Saturday, April 14, 2012

CAMPER On The Home Stretch - Volvo Ocean Race Update

They might be the only team still in action in Leg 5 but CAMPER were nevertheless locked in a bitter race on Saturday – against themselves.
Photo: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
Chris Nicholson’s men are fighting the clock with less than 1,000 miles to go to the finish line in Itajaí where they will have just four days to prepare for a return to combat.

“We’re racing ourselves to get there as quick as possible to prepare the best we can for the in-port race,” Nicholson said.
Photo: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
“We’ve been on the back foot now for a couple of weeks so we need to get there in good time to get the boat sorted and get back to in-port racing.

“The motivation is to get to shore as soon as possible.”

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand were forced to suspend racing on April 3 and divert to Puerto Montt in Chile to repair structural damage, resuming the leg on April 8.
Photo: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
By the time they complete the 6,700-mile leg it will have been an entire month since they set sail from Auckland in New Zealand bound for Brazil.

Despite the tight schedule in Itajaí, Nicholson said his team were fully aware of what lies in store on arrival.

“The sailors know it’s going to be a very short break before the in-port race, the shore team know they have a shorter schedule in which to check everything, and we all understand the little tweaks and little jobs we’d all liked to have done in Itajaí won’t happen,” he added.
Photo: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
“We knew it would be a tough ask to have everything sorted out and in place but, touch wood, so far we’re going to make all our milestones.”

CAMPER intend to lift their boat out of the water to allow for thorough checks to both the repaired hull and the rig before the DHL In-Port Race Itajaí on April 21 and the start of Leg 6 to Miami the following day.

“As tempting as it is to leave the boat in the water, the rig alone has done an extra 3,000 miles than anyone else on this leg so we need to pull it out and check it over,” Nicholson said.
Photo: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
“We also need to do another thorough inspection of the hull because it’s been a pretty hard 3,000 miles since Puerto Montt. Everything seems fine but we need to do a rapid check.”

Although they will finish seven days behind Groupama sailing team, who took third place in Leg 5 behind PUMA Ocean Racing and Team Telefónica, Nicholson said the 15 points they will claim for fourth place could prove vital come the end of the race.

In the short term they will be enough to move them back into third in the overall standings ahead of PUMA.
Photo: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
“It’s been a very long journey to get to here but we’re going to get fourth, we’re going to earn points, and I think that’s quite a reward for the efforts of the team,” he said.

“I’m very proud of the whole team – everyone was totally prepared to do whatever it took to get these points. You never know how much these points will count for come Galway.”

At 1300 UTC CAMPER were making 15.8 knots of boat speed with just over 800 nautical miles of Leg 5 left.

There was good news for CAMPER on Saturday as Media Crew Member Hamish Hooper was named among the nominees for the Inmarsat MCM Award for Leg 5.

With so many compelling videos, still images, blogs and audio reports coming off the boats in what was arguably the toughest leg in the race´s history the competition was fiercer than ever.

Hooper was nominated alongside Yann Riou of Groupama sailing team and Amory Ross of Leg 5 winners PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG.

Leg 5
14/04/2012 13:08:46 UTC
1PUMAFIN019d 18h 09m 50s
2TELEFIN019d 18h 22m 28s
3GPMAFIN023d 12h 58m 44s
-ADORDid Not Finish
-SNYADid Not Finish
Volvo Ocean Race Media

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