sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race: The red runaway freight express train to Lorient
Volvo Ocean Race: The red runaway freight express train to Lorient

'Water over the deck onboard Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France.'    Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©    Click Here to view large photo

MCM on Camper, Hamish Hooper, whose role on the boat is to handle media and cook, writes of the blast across the Bay of Biscay:

Generally I sleep pretty soundly onboard Camper, but last night was definitely an exception. Such was the violet motion back forward, up down, side-to-side and everything in between. As well as the usually rainforest dripping from above. I lost count of the times I seemed to be momentarily levitating above my bunk. But the real awakener was the catapult from my bunk forward into the nav seat. Luckily no one was sitting in it.

The red runaway freight train express to Lorient has all aboard and is not stopping until it reaches France. The concerning thing is the wind is still building from what we have right now where we are fully blasting along averaging mid 20’s- before we topped over 30 knots.

The miles are clocking down at a fantastic rate, with what seemed like minutes 100 miles just disappeared.

There is constant conversation on how hard to push the boat, already we have seen Groupama have a problem with their mainsail, but they seem to be right back in the thick of it with not too much downtime.

Huge walls of white water crash over the deck onboard Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France. -  Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo
Every sail change has to be totally thought out and planned with what weather is ahead, just because slowing down for 20 minutes can cost you 10 miles.

Despite this I think across the fleet there is one eye on the 24-hour speed record for this race. That and getting more points on the board are motivation enough for us right now.

You can sense the determination of all of the guys onboard. This is incredible tough and draining sailing but you just know these guys are not going to give an inch to the other boats.

We still have an outside chance of winning this race and you can guarantee that everyone onboard CAMPER will fight with everything to keep the hope alive.

The downside to all of this is the abundance of water. Water just appears throughout the boat.

I have been wondering why I have been needing to go to the toilet a lot, I figure it’s the constant flow, drip and movement of water everywhere, all around you that is assisting in my need, which is very inconvenient.

In conditions like this you simply can’t go forward and use the toilet, the movement of the boat is so violent that you will only make a huge mess.

The options; get totally kitted up in all your wet weather get up on deck get saturated instantly then spend 30 seconds doing your business off the back of the boat, only to turn around and go back inside. The other option is to use the fantastic urine bottle we have. It is marvelous, just like the ones they use in hospital.

A drenched Will Oxley steps down below after being on deck, onboard Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France. -  Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo
Without it, life onboard in these conditions would be really annoying.

It seems ridiculous with all of the bloody water everywhere that along with bailing an endless deluge of water out of the boat, but I also have to produce water, which is rather a necessity.

To get fresh water we desalinate the sea water- there is no shortage of that.

On average to fill a 25 litre tank will take close to an hour. My trouble is that an hour is a long time on this boat, and you can quite easily get sidetracked and forget to turn it off, much to the annoyance of Mike Pammenter. I have been pretty good at not forgetting lately, but I must confess to you Michael…

Oops I did it again….

No biggie though, It was only a couple of litres of excess, and right now there is a hell of a lot more than a few litres of water in the bottom of the boat.

Guess what I am about to do.

Actually I have to put breakfast on first, something that would make a great Japanese game show- it would be called ‘cook with boiling hot water and open flame in boat behaving like a bucking bronco.’

Golden Quote: 'It is that old question, when to pull back and when to keep pushing. You just have to judge things at the moment and keep pushing hard. At the moment things are alright. So we keep on blasting along, chasing down the leading boats just a handful of miles away.' Chris Nicholson

Skipper Chris Nicholson and Navigator Will Oxley in deep discussion about how hard to push Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France. -  Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

Water over the deck onboard Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France. -  Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo


by Hamish Hooper

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=98453

11:06 AM Thu 14 Jun 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race
2011 Emirates Team New Zealand news

Related News Stories:

14 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Pushing to the limit onboard Puma + Video
14 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race Day 4: IWC Schaffhausen Speed Challenge mark smashed
14 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica leads the charge
14 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Day 3 - Groupama drops back as gale approaches
14 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 in favourable position
14 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race teams batten down the hatches
13 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Puma get ready for one last push + Video
13 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Change in strategy for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
13 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - What it takes to win sailing’s toughest challenge
13 Jun 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Fleet battle light headwinds
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

























Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals by Andy Kopetzky, Santa Monica Bay


















America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships
Anna Tunnicliffe On the Final two days of the Reebok CrossFit Games
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet
Anna Tunnicliffe holds fourth at mid-point of Reebok CrossFit Games
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win   
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event   
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - First blood to Toselli and Angulo   
Melges 24 Nationals - Record entries for 2014 and 2015 venue revealed   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Anna Kjellberg claims the lead   
Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race at Long Beach YC   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship - Poland tops the leaderboard   
America's Cup - Four teams confirm full support regardless of venue   
Plastic Classic takes place at Mariposa Hunters Point YC   
Six Metre European Championship - No champion declared for 2014   
J/Teams sail tough Chicago Mackinac Race   
Anna Tunnicliffe wins first event of Reebok Cross Fit Games + Video   
2014 Pacific Cup - Skill and luck required for victory   
Six Metre European Championship - Action resumes on day 4   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 4   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam on the horizon   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Golden Jubilee to take place this September   
DH Pacific Cup - Running with the pack + Video   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT