• 18-JAN-2015


'Surf & turf' selfie connects sports stars

The world's longest distance selfie was taken yesterday, connecting thousands of miles (around 4600 kilometres/ nearly 3,000 miles) between world number one Rory McIlroy and Volvo Ocean Race skipper Ian Walker of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, via the Inmarsat satellite link.

Before the 'surf & turf' selfie commenced, Rory McIlroy swapped tales and compared lifestyles with Ian Walker.

McIlroy, who had just finished his third-round 71 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at Abu Dhabi GC on Saturday to lie eight shots behind runaway leader Martin Kaymer, discussed winning strategies with Walker as he steered the iconic racing yacht Azzam across the South China Sea.

Walker, currently pursuing Dongfeng Race Team on Leg Three of the Volvo Ocean Race, congratulated McIlroy on Friday's hole-in-one, which took place on Hole 15 in front an Azzam backdrop – his first on the European Tour.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing is in joint first overall after two legs of the nine-month, 38,739-nautical mile (nm) race, which is scheduled to finish in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 27.


  • Marie Laurens
    Volvo Ocean Race News Distribution Manager