sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Racing: Camper to suspend racing and stop in Chile + Video
Volvo Ocean Racing: Camper to suspend racing and stop in Chile + Video

'Rob Salthouse grinding back some delaminated carbon on the longitudinal, onboard Camper'    Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©    Click Here to view large photo

Camper will divert to Puerto Montt on the west coast of Chile to repair damage suffered in the ferocious conditions currently being experienced in the Southern Ocean.

Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Chris Nicholson confirmed the need to go in for repairs, while pledging to resume racing and reach the finish of Leg 5 Itajaí in Brazil.

'We are 2,500 nautical miles away from where we are going, which is Puerto Montt in Chile, on the western coast,' skipper Chris Nicholson said. 'It’s about 800 nautical miles north of Cape Horn.

'What lead us to this course is I guess like a classic Southern Ocean snowball effect where we had some problems with our bulkhead early on in the race, we repaired that only for that repair to fail again probably about three days ago.

'Then we were trying to stem the flow in terms of stopping the problem getting any worse. The bulkhead offers a lot of support to our longitudinals (hull supports) and we have to keep the longitudinals intact.

Navigator Will Oxley pointing to Camper’s location. Almost at Point Nemo, the furthest point from land in the world. -  Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

'Unfortunately some of the secondary bonding let go off the longitudinal and that’s basically when seamanship has to take over and basically call enough is enough.

'We are running out of spare materials to effect repairs at sea and the repairs are struggling to be effective so we had to slow the boat down immediately and assess the situation.



'We estimate it will be three days of repairs and then we will be on our way to Itajaí. So we will suspend racing once we get closer to Puerto Montt, do our repairs and get back in the race.'

Puerto Montt is a port city in southern Chile,and had a population of 175,938 in 2002. The town grew significantly due to the rise of Chile as the second largest salmon producer of the world during the 1990s and 2000s. However in 2007 production dropped to 25% of the original levels after the fish were hit by disease and are not expected to recover for another two years, creating significant local unemployment.

Camper is estimated to take over six days to reach Puerto Montt and will arrive on 1 April UTC.

Puerto Montt on the western coast of Chile -  Google Earth   Click Here to view large photo

Puerto Montt with the two volcanoes in the background -    


A statement issued by Team New Zealand, says that after conducting a full assessment of the bow damage suffered 24 hours ago Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand has decided that the damage is too significant to repair at sea and therefore will need to make a brief stop at the Chilean port of Puerto Montt to carry out a permanent repair.

Daryl Wislang sending an email home from onboard Camper -  Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

Exact details are still being worked through but the current intention is to suspend racing when close to Puerto Montt.

Camper is not withdrawing from Leg Five and after completing repairs will resume racing from where it was suspended.

Spirits remain high aboard and all crew are focused on getting back into racing as soon as possible. Skipper Chris Nicolson said from the yacht: 'This is the only option that is satisfactory to us from a safety perspective, but also keeps us in the race. It’s a hard decision to make but we are all in good spirits. As we have said in the past the Southern Ocean throws up the best and worst days of your life - recent days certainly haven’t been the best days but we will get through this uninjured and ready to continue in the race.'




After leading the fleet two days ago, Camper is believed to have aggravated damage to a bulkhead, initially damaged on the first night out of Auckland. The damage was repaired a couple of days later when the yacht was in a patch of lighter weather, however the strong winds of the roaring forties and fifties and pounding of the hull in four to seven metre seas too its toll. The repair failed about three days ago, after they came off a big wave, popping the port longitudinal over a considerable length.

It is estimated that the repairs will take three days, at which time she will resume racing.

Skipper Chris Nicholson on the satellite phone, onboard Camper -  Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

Navigator Will Oxley checks the latest position onboard Camper -  Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

Tony Rae nursing the boat through monster Southern Ocean waves onboard Camper -  Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo


by Sail-World

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=95244

10:34 AM Sun 25 Mar 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

Related News Stories:

26 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 first to pass Central Ice Gate
26 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Safety a priority for Puma's Mar Mostro
25 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica's double Southern Ocean side-swipe +Video
25 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Surviving onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
25 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Camper update - putting safety first + Video
25 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Staying dry onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
24 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: War of Attrition in Southern Ocean continues
24 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Camper's Southern Ocean sailing lesson Video
24 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Pushed to the extreme of human endurance
24 Mar 2012  Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 - Groupama not taking any chances
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World













































ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here by Dan Ibsen, Sail-World Europe & UK editor,








470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position by 470 International Association Class,




ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets by Olga Maslivets, International RS:X Class Assoc.,










Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years
America’s Cup: The Future is foiling – AC45s to be modified
Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt
Red Bull 49erFX: On the eve of the Worlds in Santander
America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Racing launches partnership with Yamaha
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Starts tomorrow
Rio 2016 Daylight the issue for Olympic sailing regatta
ISAF Sailing World Championships - USA 470's and Lasers battle at top
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 5 video highlights
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander images by Jesús Renedo
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - No action on day 2
470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Finns off to slow start in Santander
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Seesaw Day 5 in Santander + Video
ISAF Sailing World Championships - 470 sailors shine in Santander
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Kiwi Ray Davies returns to TP52 fleet
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - No windsurfing action on day 1
A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Prizegiving images by Chuck Lantz   
ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video   
18ft skiffs: Carnage compilation from the glory days of the Grand Prix   
ISAF Worlds: Video from the British Sailing Team   
Bart's Bash expected to set new records this weekend   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Marcilio Browne wins Super Session   
470 Men and Women World Championships - Racing abandoned on day 2   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 4 images from Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Emerging Nations Program sailors shine   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Teasing winds play havoc on day 4   
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Hot conditions in Santander on day 4   
Santander ISAF Sailing World Championships joins Bart’s Bash   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Grounded fishing boat creates problems   
Marseille One Design - GC32 Armin Strom Sailing Team emerge victorious   
Rolex Big Boat Series 2014 - Ready for another 50 years   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4   
2014 Rolex Swan Cup - Eleventh-hour victories   
Extreme Sailing Series - Kiwis clinch Act win in Istanbul + Video   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Two long races today for the J70 fleet   


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