CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Chris Nicholson is confident the dedication and professionalism of the team’s shore crew will get the team back in the race in quick time.
After making the decision to divert to Puerto Montt on the west coast of Chile to repair bow damage suffered in the ferocious conditions in the Southern Ocean, Nicholson says he is now relying on the skills of shore manager Neil Cox.
“When you are working with really capable people like Coxy, he just says: ‘Puerto Montt? If it’s Puerto Montt I will make it work.’ If you have people with that attitude and that desire to make it happen, then good for us. It helps just a huge amount.
“The shore team are fully into getting everything ready to roll out -- replacement parts, materials, everything so that we can hopefully have a quick turnaround in Puerto Montt.
Nicholson said it was particularly impressive how quickly Cox’s team had been able to deploy considering the inaccessible nature of the Chilean coast.
“The decisions on where we need to go, the timing, logistics everything -- a lot of those things have to mesh to get it to work as an overall package.
“Up until four days ago Coxy and our shore team were having some time off. That was all obviously hit on the head really quick and they are just jumping to try and get us back going again,” he said.
With up to eight more days of cautious sailing to go before they make landfall Nicholson said everything still needed to go well if they were to make a quick return to the action.
“We still have a bit under 2,000 miles to travel and you can still see a lot of bad weather in that time,” he said.
“Weather wise you can just call this a hostile part of the world with regards to the severity of the weather fronts and we have got to keep this in mind.
“It’s a big expanse of water. Hopefully everything goes according to plan.”
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