Why did Jeff Scott walk?


The Kiwi Volvo veteran puts the record straight on why he left a buoyant News Corp campaign to join djuice
There have been plenty of musical chairs during the Volvo Ocean Race, but one of the most baffling moves was Jeff Scott's departure from News Corp in Rio, to return aboard djuice for the start of leg 7 in Annapolis. Why would a sailor of Scott's calibre choose to quit a boat that is in with a serious chance of a podium position in favour of one that has consistently picked up the wooden spoon, Amer Sports Too excepted? Despite a long history of sailing with Ross Field, including being part of the winning Yamaha team in the 93/94 Whitbread, Scott and Field are known for not seeing eye to eye, so the gossip running around Scott's departure that it was a proverbial two-fingered goodbye from the Kiwi watch captain to his old skipper. But speaking to madfor sailing having just got ashore from djuice at the La Rochelle finish, Scott said it wasn't quite like that. "I thought I was going to come back on News Corp for this leg, but they had such a good result on the leg up to Baltimore that they didn't want to change the team. I can understand that, but this is how I make my living. "I preferably wouldn't have changed teams, but I've got to feed the family, and that's how professional sailing is these days, I suppose. But I don't like the pink, I'd be much happier in the blue. When we left Baltimore, I was trying to get my wet weather gear off Spike [Peter Doriean, who defected from djuice to News Corp] or Matt Humphries, but they wouldn't give it to me," he laughs. "I was pretty disappointed not to get back on, but I'll be on djuice for the rest of this race now. This is the fourth one for

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