Saturday, March 10, 2012

Groupama Get The Gun - Volvo Ocean Race Update

It was a spectacular sight in Auckland late this evening when Franck Cammas steered Groupama into Waitemata Harbour and over the finish line to claim Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Photo: Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
A flotilla of spectator craft welcomed the French team, who are competing in the race first time, to New Zealand with the karanga (cry of welcome) called from Pohututkawa Tower at the end of the harbour.
Groupama Skipper Franck Cammas Photo: Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
It was the longest leg in this epic race so far and after 19 days at sea Cammas and his international crew were happy to hit the land.
Photo: Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
According to Australian  Phil Harmer,  the last few hours onboard were a little on the smelly side and no, it wasn't body odour or smelly feet.
Photo: Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
The French team had to isolate a leak and furiously pump out around a ton of water after suffering damage to the bow within hours of the finish line, following repeated upwind pounding in eight-metre waves over recent days

"Just by chance one of the guys went up to the front and noticed it. The hole in the bow was close to where we keep the rubbish is so we had to get that out aswell and it was pretty smelly."

Lulu Roseman

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