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CAMPER have punched through the 1,000-mile mark as temperatures -- and spirits -- rise on the final stretch to Itajaí.

"We have had a pretty heinous few weeks but already the memory of them is fading" - Stu Bannatyne, CAMPER co-skipper

The end of Leg 5 was in sight for Chris Nicholson’s men on Saturday after a testing four weeks at sea.

By the time they complete the 6,700-mile leg, predicted to be on April 17, it will have been an entire month since they set sail from Auckland in New Zealand bound for Brazil.

They were forced to suspend racing on April 3 and head to Puerto Montt in Chile to repair structural damage, resuming the leg on April 8.

“It’s got a lot warmer, the fog is gone, the temperature as gone up,” said co-skipper Stu Bannatyne.

“As with all of these things always, the bad memories fade quickly -- we have had a pretty heinous few weeks but already that is fading.

“A bit of sunshine puts a whole new light on things and we are looking forward to getting there and getting on with the race.”

CAMPER media crew member Hamish Hooper said the appearance of the sun -- a rare occurrence during Leg 5 -- was cause for an impromptu celebration on the boat.

“Today was the most social day we have had on board CAMPER in pretty much the last month,” he said.

“At one point it wasn’t just the entire crew having a good social get together on deck, but the sun decide to join us also for the first time since we left Auckland.

“Talk about cause for celebration -- there was a dozen cans of Coke quietly loaded onto the boat in Puerto Montt, so it was fizzy pop all round to celebrate.”

At 0700 UTC CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand had 923 nautical miles to sail, and will pick up 15 points for finishing in fourth place, enough to move them back into third in the overall standings.

They plan to be on the start line of the DHL In-Port Race Itajaí on April 21.

Comments

  • The first time I've followed the Volvo Ocean Race having seen TV coverage only - Camper is certainly a courageous crew and it is thrilling to follow them. Good Luck.

  • This race shouldn't be about points, it should be who has the fastest elapsed time sailing around the world. The only reason the points system came into play was to keep things more equal when boats break and finish 2-5 days after the leg winner. I guess it keeps the sponsors of the broken boats happier as there could still be a chance there boat might win......on points. The whole aura of this race has completely changed and the relevance of being the fastest around the world is no longer there.

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