• 17-MAR-2012

  • SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race

Local Heroes CAMPER Win Auckland In-Port Race

Auckland, NZ – Local heroes CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand clinched a dream victory on Saturday, winning the Auckland In-Port Race in front of tens of thousands of ecstatic fans to reinvigorate their Volvo Ocean Race campaign. With five in-port races down and five to go still in this Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, the fleet now kicks off the second half of the race Sunday with the Leg 5 start for Brazil.CAMPER, the Spanish-sponsored team who count Auckland as one of their two homeports, earned the advantage with a tack right to the shoreline off the start and once in front never let go, keeping a comfortable lead all the way home on the 60-minute course.PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG finished second, just 54 seconds behind, followed by Groupama sailing team in the third podium spot.Team Sanya, skippered by Auckland-born Mike Sanderson, sailed a terrific race to clinch fourth ahead of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team Telefónica, who between them had won all four of the previous races in the in-port series.CAMPER scored six points for the win but it wasn't enough to edge them ahead on the overall leaderboard where they remain third with 104 points, behind Telefónica (122 points) and Groupama (107).


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