IWC Abu Dhabi Welcomes Winners of Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015

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On 12 July, following their recent win at the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race, Azzam Skipper Ian Walker and his crew Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) paid a visit to the IWC Schaffhausen boutique in The Galleria on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi.

HANDOUT - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Azzam Skipper Ian Walker (right) and teammate Adil Khalid (left) with their crew Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) made a final stopover at the IWC boutique in The Galleria on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, with the coveted Volvo Ocean Race trophy to celebrate the win. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC)
Azzam Skipper Ian Walker (right) and teammate Adil Khalid (left) with their crew Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) made a final stopover at the IWC boutique in The Galleria on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, with the coveted Volvo Ocean Race trophy to celebrate the win. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC)

The IWC-sponsored crew of the racing yacht, Azzam (Arabic for “determination”), lifted the Volvo Ocean Race 2014 –15 trophy as champions in the  final stopover in Gothenburg, Sweden. Walker  and  his team celebrated their  victory during their visit to the city.   

“We kept our eye on the prize and with the hard work, focus and dedication of the entire team we managed to win the race,” said Walker. “We are all thrilled and it feels great to celebrate the achievement with our sponsors, IWC Schaffhausen.”

HANDOUT - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Azzam Skipper Ian Walker and his crew Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) made a final stopover at the IWC boutique in The Galleria on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, with the coveted Volvo Ocean Race trophy to celebrate the win. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC)
Azzam Skipper Ian Walker and his crew Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) made a final stopover at the IWC boutique in The Galleria on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, with the coveted Volvo Ocean Race trophy to celebrate the win. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC)

After almost 72,000 kilometres, IWC-sponsored ADOR, led by Skipper and two-time Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker, emerged as the victor in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014–15. As Race Partner and Official Timekeeper, the Swiss watch manufacturer celebrated the overall victory with ADOR in Gothenburg, Sweden, where they also awarded the team the IWC 24-Hour Speed Record Chal- lenge prize. Moreover, ADOR won the Volvo Ocean Race 2014–15 In-Port Race Series, while the crew’s on-board reporter, Matt Knighton, received the Inmarsat Onboard Reporter Award for his journalistic work during the race. The team triumphed with a total of 24 points after finishing fifth in the ninth and final leg of the 38,739-nautical-mile, nine-month race. ADOR secured a top-three podium place in all but two of the legs and came first in two of them.

IWC is located at The Galleria Mall in Abu Dhabi. Tel: +971 26227820

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