Saturday cover: Volvo Ocean Race kicks off in Alicante

The National's Sport cover for the Saturday, October 4 issue, featuring Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Azzam and the rest of the yachts that will contest the round-the-world regatta.

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The National's Sport cover for the Saturday, October 4 issue, featuring Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Azzam and the rest of the seven yachts that will contest the 2014/15 round-the-world regatta which begins with an in-port race in Alicante, Spain today.

From Spain, Steve Elling writes about how, with the boats now standardised for the 2014/15 event, the race will come down to sailing skill rather than who could afford to build the best ship.

“With all things being equal – which is the specific intent of the matching boat designs – the most able-bodied, capable bunch should win,” Elling writes.

"There is nowhere to hide, no excuses," Azzam skipper Ian Walker tells him.

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