Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014: British Olympic silver medalist Ian Walker sets new record as he takes spoils

Walker completed the Britain and Ireland race in 4 days, 13 hours, 10 minutes and 28 seconds to take victory

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Abu Dhabi's Volvo 65, Azzam, skippered by British Olympian Ian Walker, won its division of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race with a record elapsed time of 4 days, 13 hours, 10 minutes, 28 seconds.

This broke the previous all-comers and race record for a monohull set by Franck Cammas in the Volvo 70 Groupama, in 2010, by 1 day, 08 hours, 16 minutes and 27 seconds. Azzam's record is subject to ratification by the World Speed Sailing Record Council.

Team SCA, skippered by Sam Davies, then set a new all-woman record of 4 days, 21 hours, 00 minutes and 39 seconds.

This beat the previous women’s monohull record set by Aviva, an Open 60, in 2009, by 1 day, 14 hours, 30 minutes and 14 seconds. Among the women on SCA, both Dee Caffari and Sam Davies were also on Aviva.

Azzam was over two hours ahead of the second-placed Spanish challenger, skippered by Iker Martinez, followed by the Chinese entry Dongfeng, skippered by Charles Caudrelier, the Turkish- American Alvimedica, skippered by Charlie Enright, and SCA.

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