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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

CAMPER Return To The Roaring Fifties - Volvo Ocean Race Update

The harsh reality of life in the Southern Ocean was flooding back to the CAMPER crew on Tuesday as they punched into the Furious Fifties en route to Cape Horn. With less than 24 hours until they were due to round the southernmost tip of South America, the team were hitting speeds of more than 20 knots as the wind rose and the temperature plummeted.
Photo: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
“Back into the Furious Fifties again -- water temperature is down to eight degrees and my bag is getting very empty as I put every layer of clothing on,” said CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand navigator Will Oxley.

Although the only other boat on the racecourse on Tuesday was Groupama sailing team, who were due to finish the leg almost 2,000 miles away, CAMPER were still in full-on racing mode as they battled to stay ahead of a nasty weather system threatening to upset their Cape Horn rounding.
Photo: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
“It can’t be that often a yacht rounds Cape Horn in mid April,” Oxley added. “Touch wood, it looks like we can get around the Horn well ahead of the low pressure system that is trundling east.”

CAMPER resumed racing on Sunday, five days after suspending close to Puerto Montt in Chile where they stopped to make repairs. Media crew member Hamish Hooper said despite the heavy weather, confidence in team and boat on board was running high.
Photo: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
“We have been making good progress south today, and putting the boat through its paces a little bit as well,” he said.

“We’ve had some half decent crashes where everyone below shoots a glance forward nervously.

“But all is good up there so far, and you can tell everyone’s confidence in the boat is returning, if not returned fully, which is a very good thing so soon.

“By this time tomorrow, all things going well and going to plan we should be around Cape Horn by now -- I hope.
Photo: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
“So far the weather is playing ball nicely with us, but as everyone knows the weather at Cape Horn can be a temperamental beast, so we are doing out best not to upset things.

“We’re just trying to tip toe down the Chilean coast and sneak around the Horn with no more drama.”

At 0700 UTC on Tuesday CAMPER had around 270 miles to go to Cape Horn, and 2,160 miles to the finish in Itajaí, Brazil.

Volvo Ocean Race Media

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