103_Leg-2-Finish  Volvo Ocean Race in Abu Dhabi 103 Leg 2 FinishWhat an amazing weekend for Abu Dhabi! Months of hard work from the team on the ground, and the yacht crews on the water, culminated in a home win for ‘Azzam’ during both the In-Port race, and the first stage of Leg 3 which will end in Sanya, China next month.

Charter and private yachts were out in force, clustered along the edge of the race course as everyone from royals to local sailors, and even an ex UK Prime Minister, turned out in support of their favourite team. A home win turned the already electric atmosphere at the Destination Village into a full blown fiesta, as sailing afficionados and visitors enjoyed the celebration.

So we all went, saw, and got the official T-shirt. At Eden Yachting we chartered three of our largest luxury motor yachts for the VVVIP’s, but as a sailor at heart, I am hoping that with such a high profile event on the doorstep the sport will get the boost it needs in the Emirates.