Camper out of Volvo Ocean Race leg with broken bow
Saturday, March 24, 2012
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) -- Some of the most treacherous sailing conditions in the world forced title challenger Camper to head to Chile to make repairs on a broken bow in the Volvo Ocean Race.
Camper was in third place overall and had led for long periods in the fifth leg to Itajai, Brazil, before a massive wave hit the boat.
Australian skipper Chris Nicholson tried slowing the boat down to carry out repairs mid-ocean, but he ended their hopes of winning the leg by setting a course change on Sunday to Puerto Montt on the west coast of Chile.
French boat Groupama, in second place overall, led the leg by 45 nautical miles from U.S. team Puma with overall leader Telefonica 100 miles adrift in third place.