• 17-APR-2012

  • SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race

CAMPER Finish Leg 5 Odyssey

CAMPER completed their Leg 5 odyssey to claim fourth place and collect a vital 15 points, arriving in Itajaí, Brazil at 12:35:44 UTC on Tuesday, 31 days after the start and more than 10 days behind leg winners PUMA.

CAMPER's triumph over adversity was enough to catapult them back to third position overall, 28 points behind overall leaders Team Telefónica.

It was a 9,048 nautical mile (nm) race for CAMPER, who were forced to suspend racing on April 3 when they pulled into the Chilean port of Puerto Montt for five days to fix structural damage.

"I am very proud of the whole team," said skipper Chris Nicholson. "I think in previous races some other teams would not have done what we needed to do to get the points."

"Yes, adversity makes a team stronger and we are stronger than ever."

Nicholson added: "It's a valuable 15 points we'll get. We won't even know how valuable those points are until the end in Galway, but I have a feeling they're vital."

The team arrived under cloudy skies in Itajaí to hugs from their loved ones and a frenzy from the young crowd following their month-long ordeal.


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