CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand Media Crew Member, star onboard reporter and all-round good guy Hamish Hooper saw nine months of hard work pay off last night as he was crowned champion Media Crew Member of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.
Hooper, 33, was presented with the Inmarsat Media Crew Member Award at the grand finale prize giving ceremony marking the end of the race in recognition of his outstanding onboard coverage during the nine-month round the world marathon.
Hamish’s work constantly shone as he documented with skill and flair life on board CAMPER through daily photos, video reports, blogs and audio clips.
Highlights include his storytelling of CAMPER’s boat damage in the Southern Ocean and the monumental repair during Leg 5, capturing the moment helmsman ‘Chuny’ Bermúdez had to swerve while driving the boat at more than 20 knots to avoid a whale in the North Atlantic, and skipper Chris Nicholson being washed off the helm by a huge wave.
Hamish was relentless in his work day after day producing high quality media material that delivered the race to a passionate audience at home in New Zealand and around the world.
As well as a trophy, Hooper also won 10,000 euro.
CAMPER success did not end there with the team also picking up second place overall for the 2011/12 race, and taking out one of the most coveted prizes of the race when each member of the crew was presented with a limited edition IWC watch in recognition of the best 24-hour distance run over the course of the race.
The team racked up 566 nautical miles on Leg 8 to just beat the best mark of Telefónica.