Abu Dhabi storms ahead at Volvo Ocean Race opener

Win marked a dream debut for the Abu Dhabi crew, the first Middle East-backed team to enter
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Abu Dhabi's sailing team, known as Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, stormed ahead in the Volvo Ocean Race opener this weekend, winning the first leg of the nine month-long competition. (Getty Images)
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The fleet of Volvo Open 70's competed against one another in the Iberdrola In-Port Race, which opened the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 championship on October 29 in Alicante, Spain. (Getty Images)
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Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by the UK's Ian Walker - a double Olympic silver medallist - secured an early advantage over their rivals after surging to the finish line with a 14-minute win over their rivals. (Getty Images)
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The Abu Dhabi team is the first team from the UAE to enter the race, making the weekend win a tremendous victory, and setting them up for the rest of the competition. (Getty Images)
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BERG's PUMA Ocean Racing were second, and CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand came in a close third. Team Sanya were fourth, Groupama sailing team were fifth, and Team Telefónica came last. (Getty Images)
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Prince Carl Philip (L) of Sweden was on board the Puma Ocean Racing boat, powered by BERG Propulsion, and skippered by Ken Read of Canada, during the race. (Getty Images)
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The race, formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race, is one of the most prestigious yacht races in the world, held every three years.
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Named after its current owner, it is an epic 39,000 nautical mile round the world race, 9 or 10 legs and in-port races at many of the stopover cities. (Getty Images)
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The 2011–12 Volvo Ocean Race started in Alicante, Spain in October, and will conclude in Galway, Ireland in July next year. The teams will sail over the world’s most treacherous seas via Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, around Cape Horn to Itajaí, Miami, Lisbon, and Lorient.(Getty Images)
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Each team is made up of 11 professional crew, required to sail day and night for more than 20 days at a time on some of the legs. Each crew member takes different jobs.\n(Getty Images)
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During the race, no fresh food is allowed on board, temperatures vary from -5 to +40 degrees Celsius and crew members are only allowed one change of clothes. (Getty Images)
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After opening the race with a win, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing will go into the first offshore leg with a maximum six points and a psychological advantage.(Getty Images)