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11 May 2006, 09:46 am
WHARINGTON Steps Off
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Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006
New York, USA

Grant WHARINGTON (AUS), owner and skipper of Brunel has been replaced by Matt HUMPHRIES (GBR) as skipper for tomorrow's transatlantic crossing to Portsmouth, citing ill health as the reason. Mark BARTLETT, 20, will make up the void in the crew left by WHARINGTON, who did not reveal the nature of the illness, but said he will return home to Australia immediately to seek a medical diagnosis of his condition.
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WHARINGTON said the decision to miss leg six was a "tough one" but having struggled through the last 48 hours not feeling "all there" concluded he was in no condition to sail and now plans to rejoin the crew for the Portsmouth In Port race.

"It was a personal decision," WHARINGTON said. "I haven't consulted a physician at this stage, but I just haven't been feeling all there this last 48 hours and I just need some time to step back. You can't go into any ocean passage, let alone a race of this calibre, not feeling 100 percent. I'm not feeling 100 percent.'

"Obviously a very tough decision for me as this leg was very important. I think the boat will perform very well in this leg, but there was nothing I could do about it."

Talking about his decision not to seek medical advice in America before withdrawing from the leg, WHARINGTON added, "You always feel better talking to people at home about these situations."

HUMPHRIES, who has stepped up from his duties as watch captain, does not believe the change will impact upon the team's performance.

He added, "It doesn't really affect anything. Essentially there are two watches on the boat, run by Jeff SCOTT and myself, we both work very well with Will (OXLEY, the navigator).'

"There is no shock or change to the programme in any way. Business as usual. Business for us is to go out and make Brunel proud of what we are doing and keeping working our way up the position ladder.'

"We are all very sad that Grant can't join us on this leg. We all understand the amount of work Grant has done to make sure we can be here racing in this yacht race. We will endeavour to make Grant proud and Brunel proud."

OXLEY revealed his shock at the announcement. "It was a surprise to us. Obviously we are fully supportive of Grant and wish he was on the boat, but he has made his decision for this leg and we are fully supportive of his decision.

"Matt and I work very well together so we won't see any major changes to how we run the boat."

Overall Leaderboard
(Up to and including Leg Six)

Pos Team Nation Skipper Pts
1 ABN AMRO ONE NED Mike SANDERSON (NZL) 70.5
2 Pirates of the Caribbean USA Paul CAYARD (USA) 47.5
3 movistar ESP Bouwe BEKKING (NED) 47
4= ABN AMRO TWO NED Sebastien JOSSE (FRA) 42
4= Brasil 1 BRA Torben GRAEL (BRA) 42
6 Ericsson Racing Team SWE Neal MCDONALD (GBR) 34.5
7 Brunel AUS Grant WHARINGTON (AUS) 2.5

For a complete list of all the news about the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 CLICK HERE.

Lizzie GREEN (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Brunel Skipper:© Martin STOCKBRIDGE
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