On day five of leg one CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand has
been taught some hard lessons about how much one wrong call can cost you in
CAMPER remains in fourth place but is now trailing by 173 miles as
some short-term pain is absorbed in an effort to get west and in the best
position to benefit from an expected north west front and the steady breeze
Groupama have maintained their strong split from the rest of the
fleet and close in by the African coastline has a 87-mile lead over Telefonica.
Skipper Chris Nicholson says that CAMPER is suffering from a wrong
call as they entered the Atlantic.
“As we left the Med it was a borderline call whether we went west
or stayed in closer to the shoreline. These aren’t traditional conditions for
this part of the leg and it has been a pretty brutal reminder for us of the
importance of getting on the right side of major weather shifts and backing our
“I’m not happy with our performance over the last 48 hours and
we’ve got a lot of catching up to do. Having said that we’re getting into a
much better position and should be in good shape to take full advantage of this
expected frontal change.
“There’s 5500 miles to go in this leg and plenty of passing lanes
to claw back the advantage and that’s exactly what we intend to do. We’ve made
some difficult decisions but the boat is now going well and we’re focused on
chipping away at the lead.”
From Auckland, Emirates Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton said:
“CAMPER got into the Atlantic later than we expected from data available at
pre-start planning sessions. The result was that conditions prevailing
then tended to favour going west.
“Ultimately, it is still to be proven whether we and the other
westerly boats have made the right call or whether Groupama has. What’s clear
though is that our indecisiveness in making a call is what’s costing us now.”
CAMPER at 1900h 10 November NZT is just past Madeira Island
averaging 12 knots in a 15 knot south/south westerly.
In other race developments, Abu Dhabi having replaced the broken
mast has left Alicante and re-joined the competition.