Volvo Ocean Race: Camper - the ride so far + Video

Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand finish leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race in Cape Town second behind Team Telefonica.

Some eight months ago the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race got underway in Alicante, Spain. Since then it has been roller-coaster ride for Camper with plenty of ups, a few downs, some amazing sailing and a heap of fun.

With only one leg and two in-port races left to go here’s a quick look back at some of the highlights of the campaign to date – from injuries in the Atlantic and a visit from King Neptune, to a rapturous welcome home in Auckland, and a sublime in-port performance, to the thrill of Southern Ocean sailing, the despair of a broken bow, and the determination of a Puerto Montt pit stop.

It’s all here mainly thanks to the amazing work of Camper’s MCM Hamish Hooper.

The only question now? What will the last three weeks bring? Stay tuned to www.etnzblog.com



CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Chris Nicholson from Australia, powers up at the start of leg 6, from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, USA, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)

Tony Rae nursing the boat through monster Southern Ocean waves onboard Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil. (Credit: Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race)

Camper during the Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Departure 18.03.2012 -

Camper during the Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Departure 18.03.2012 - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Departure 18.03.2012

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Chris Nicholson from Australia, heading in to tough seas, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race) - Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 5 - Day 1

Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand - Volvo Ocean Race 2011

Camper With Emirates Team New Zealand finish leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race in Cape Town second behind Team Telefonica. 27/11/2011

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Chris Nicholson from Australia, during the start of leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race)

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Chris Nicholson from Australia leading the fleet, during the Auckland In-Port Race, in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race) - Volvo Ocean Race, In Port Race, Auckland March 17, 2012

Puma leads Camper away in the In Port Race. Camper went on to win the race by a comfortable margin

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Chris Nicholson from Australia, in rough weather, on the approach to the finish of leg 8, from Lisbon, Portugal, to Lorient, France, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Chris Nicholson from Australia during the start of leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12