Walker first ca­su­alty of leg five

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports News -

SAIL­ING: Leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race got un­der­way yes­ter­day with each of the six skip­pers pre­dict­ing ex­treme con­di­tions for the first few days of the 6,700 nau­ti­cal-mile course from Auck­land to Ita­jai in Brazil.

Within six hours, Ian Walker and the Abu Dhabi Ocean Rac­ing team were the first to de­liver on the ex­pec­ta­tions by sus­pend­ing rac­ing due to a bro­ken bulk­head in­curred as they reached open wa­ters out­side the shel­ter of the Waitem­ata Har­bour and sur­round­ing is­lands.

The only Kiwi skip­per in the race made good on home wa­ters as Mike San­der­son on Team Sanya won the start and tore ahead of the fleet off the Auck­land city waterfront and brought the pur­su­ing pack out to sea be­fore he was reeled in on the route out to­wards Great Bar­rier Is­land.

Af­ter the lo­cal Emi­rates Team, New Zealand-crewed Camper en­try won Satur­day’s In-port Race, the over­all stand­ings have tight­ened on the points ta­ble though Iker Martinez’ Tele­fon­ica re­mains over­all leader, fol­lowed by Franck Cam­mas’ Groupama 4 and Chris Ni­chol­son’s Camper in third.

This lat­est leg, which marks the half­way stage, is likely to be the most de­ci­sive and prob­a­bly the tough­est stage of the 39,000 mile race.

CRICKET: Cricket Ire­land last night con­firmed that John Mooney has been ruled out of the re­main­der of the ICC World Twenty20 Qual­i­fiers cur­rently be­ing held in the UAE. The North County all-rounder suf­fered a torn ham­string dur­ing Ire­land’s 17-run win against Scot­land yes­ter­day in Dubai. Ire­land coach Phil Sim­mons will ap­ply to the Event Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee for a re­place­ment for Mooney.

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