Friday, May 25, 2012

CAMPER's Incredible Comeback - Volvo Ocean Race Update

Friday May 25th

In an amazing turnaround midway on Leg 7 from Miami to Lisbon, CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand stormed to the front of the fleet on Friday having been last 48 hours earlier.The decision to abandon their southern position and take a more northerly track paid dividends as they left previous frontrunners Telefonica and Groupama in their slipstream.
Photo: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
In the latest position report at 13:02 on Friday, May 25, CAMPER was 11 nm ahead of second-placed Abu Dhabi, 26 clear of race leader Telefonica and 39 nm in front of Groupama.

Only two days earlier, Chris Nicholson’s CAMPER crew were more than 80 miles behind the leaders, and their hopes of clawing their way back into contention looked remote. But the brave decision by Nicholson and navigator Will Oxley to cut their losses and adopt a completely different strategy was richly rewarded as they flew to the top of the pack.
Photo: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
Skipper Nicholson was delighted to be in front, but insisted there was still a long way to go in this intriguing leg.

“There’s a lot of variable weather going on with the leg and it makes for an unstable leaderboard,”Nicholson said on Friday. “There’s so much left to play out in this leg – it’s far from straightforward.”
Photo: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
Nicholson was happy that he and his crew were able to turn things around in such a short space of time.

“It’s never good dropping a huge amount of miles on a sudden cloud, but if you’re going to do it, it’s better to do it early as it gives you more time to make it back up,” he said.“Now we are just trying to skirt around the outside of a high pressure system coming down, and hopefully this is a little bit safer. Then hopefully there will be some good running conditions heading towards Lisbon.”
Photo: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
Media crew member Hamish Hooper was equally restrained in expressing his joy at Camper’s staggering recovery.
Photo: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
"It’s a nice feeling going from one wrong extreme to the right one, but by no means anything to get too carried away with other than a quiet grin and momentary warm sense of satisfaction for the guys who have all been toiling away quietly and focused, sailing the boat to its optimum from a point two days ago where a lot of other teams might have just given up," he said.


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