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Volvo Ocean Race Update: CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand

Consistency is key for CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand as they took their fifth podium finish from as many starts in the Volvo Ocean Race.

CAMPER managed a third in today’s Abu Dhabi in-port race maintaining their second overall position and bringing them two points closer to overall race leader Telefonica who finished in last place.

CAMPER rounding a mark in the Abu Dhabi in-port race

In light conditions of a seven to ten knot southerly breeze CAMPER made a strong start and their decision to pick the windward side of the course paid dividends as they led the fleet down to the first mark. However, a poorly timed gybe and being caught up in the large spectator fleet allowed Abu Dhabi and Groupama to slip through and eventually go on to secure the top two positions.

It was tight fight however for first place with the lead changing a number of times as the leading boats clashed before hometown team Abu Dhabi managed to consolidate their lead and go onto win by over a minute.

Despite closing the overall points gap with Telefonica, CAMPER skipper Chris Nicholson is not satisfied.

CAMPER in the Abu Dhabi in-port race

“I have mixed emotions about today’s result. I’m not happy that we let second place get away from us and we made some simple mistakes that cost us. We’re very close to putting together a first class in-port performance but we’re not quite there yet.

“Nonetheless, we can’t lose sight of the fact that we’re consistently getting podium finishes and have managed to go out there today and close the gap with overall race leader Telefonica.

“I think the fact that we saw some very good teams struggle out there today shows how quickly things can turn around in this race. It only takes one bad result and that changes everything. So we feel like we’re nicely positioned and we’re poised to get it right. We will get there I have no doubt, but patience is not my strong suit and we need to get there sooner. Leg 3 is our chance to prove that.”

CAMPER skipper Chris Nicholson getting some local transport prior to the start of the in-port race

CAMPER is straight back into action tomorrow  with the start of Leg 3. The more than 4,000 nautical mile race to Sanya will start on Saturday, with the first stage  from Abu Dhabi to a point off the Sharjah coast getting underway at 1400 local time, 2300 NZT. Early forecasts are tipping fresh north-west winds of 13 to 16 knots inshore, building to 18 to 22 knots offshore.

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