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Volvo Ocean Race - A wild ride for Camper
Sat, 2 Jul 2011
Chris Nicholson's team enjoyed a wild offshore testing trip. But is 'enjoy' really the word for Media Crew Member Hamish Hooper? He describes facing the 'constant wall of water' in his blog.
'Will Oxley’s forecast was for a nice sail testing out past Great Barrier Island and through the night to the north east of East Cape,' Hamish writes.
'Then the breeze would go soft for 12 hours or so while we sit and wait for the big ‘southerly blast’ booming up the coast from Antarctica, which would catapult us back to Auckland in no time at all, albeit very wet and very cold.'
The wet and cold part was right but otherwise Hamish was in for a surprise.
'Again, as always Will’s report is spot on -- well almost. The bit about the sitting around resting in light wind for 12 hours or so, that didn’t happen, as the southerly blast was more intent on smashing its way up the country quicker than expected.
'Luckily I had quite a good sleep, and loaded up on a new seasick remedy to prepare for the trip home. That morning to add to my apprehension Mike Pammenter flippantly commented, 'You haven’t experienced anything yet, Hoops. Today is what I call sailing in fire hydrant conditions.' I asked myself what that was supposed to mean.
'An hour later I got a pretty clear impression of what he meant -- as clear as a spade to the head, or in this case a constant wall of water to the face.'
'It was quite a ride back to Auckland. Nico, Stu and Chuny all went nuts on the wheel. Now I understand a frequently used term 'sending it'.
'Life on deck is not so simple when 'sending it'. It's dangerous, exhausting, painful but all the while exhilarating. I was nearly winded by a wave which hit me, even though I was 70 foot away from where it hit the boat. Trae was knocked over, Stu was struggling to remain upright at the helm, and everyone’s eyes were so red and sore from the salt spray it looked as though we were all on illicit substances.'
To read more about CAMPER’s latest news watch out for Hamish's blog here.
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 will start with the In-Port Race on 29 October in Alicante, Spain and finish in Galway, Ireland during early July 2012
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