The first AZAB was open to monohulls and multihulls of between 22ft
(7.2m) and 38ft (11.6m), racing on handicap but not divided into classes.
Either four or five countries were represented – depending whether you
accept the winner’s claim to Manx nationality! – with other placings going
to French and Belgian yachts. The very fast outward leg took the organisers
by surprise and the record set by the trimaran Three Legs of Man stood for
twelve years.

* Extract from the 2007 Official Race Program