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."
(Up to and including Leg Six)
|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|
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