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Playing the Long Game

Ian Walker

© Ian Roman/ Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing: Ian Walker is prepared to be patient

Ian Walker is not known for his patience. But at the start of Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing drifted across the start line virtually last, the only boat with two reefs in the mainsail. Two minutes later it was obvious why. The breeze was gusting up to 40 knots. For Walker it's about playing the long game, about preserving bodies and equipment, and sails in particular. It's one of the topics covered in our interview with the double Olympic medallist.

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