Tuesday, July 3, 2012

CAMPER Clinch Leg 9 - Volvo Ocean Race Update

In a nail biting finish CAMPER crossed the finish line in Galway early this morning to take Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race. It was a long earned victory for Australian Skipper Chris Nicholson and his crew in their debut Volvo Ocean Race campaign.
Photo: Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
By crossing the finish line at 00:42:13 UTC CAMPER scored the maximum 30 points to take them to a total of 226 points, enough to bump PUMA Ocean Racing Powered by BERG and take second place overall behind Groupama.
Photo: Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
The final in-port race on Saturday is the last scoring opportunity and CAMPER only need to cross the finish line to receive the necessary points needed to claim the runners-up spot behind Groupama Sailing Team. CAMPER was met by a flotilla of hundreds of spectator craft as she led the parade across the finish line under the cover of darkness, while more than 10,000 cheering fans awaited their arrival on the dock.
Photo: Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
CAMPER along with PUMA, Telefónica and Groupama each held the lead during different stages of the 550 nautical mile race. When they fell back to fourth at the rounding of the iconic Fastnet Rock the team made a decisive move to launch their “secret weapon”, a massive A4 spinnaker.
Photo: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
The team then managed to claw their way back into the race before reclaiming the lead when the fleet faced a critical gybe east that set the course for the Galway finish line that allowed them to take the edge off former leg leader PUMA. The team fought hard to fend off several challenges to grab their first long awaited leg victory.

Lulu Roseman

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