Camper tick off Cape Horn rounding on way to Brazil12/04/2012
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand rounded Cape Horn under the cover of darkness, marking a major milestone on their mission to complete Leg 5 to Itajaí, Brazil. The Camper crew passed the cape at 0025 UTC, catching brief but poignant glimpses of the headland when the lighthouse flashed, Navigator Will Oxley said.
Focusing on the next landmark
“We didn’t do much (to mark the occasion) because by that stage we were in to 25 to 30 knots, beam reaching, so it was fire-hose weather on deck,’’ he said. “We acknowledged we had passed it, spent a bit of time staring at a flashing light and got into focusing on the next landmark.”
Delayed by structural damage
Despite being unable to properly sight the cape, Media Crew Member Hamish Hooper said the team were nevertheless pleased to have passed one of the classic ocean racing waypoints. Skipper Chris Nicholson said it was late in the year to be taking on Cape Horn, but having been delayed by structural damage which forced the team to suspend racing on April 3 and resume on April 8, there was little choice. “Ideally you want to be doing this in February, but there have been a few little delays,’’ he said. “It’s been quite a marathon really for all of us in the team to get here at this stage. We would have done an extra 2,000 miles than everyone else, and taken 10 days longer.”
Racing with a reefed mainsail and storm jib
Since the rounding CAMPER have been battered by gusts in excess of 60 knots and are racing with a reefed mainsail and storm jib, Oxley said. They have their sights firmly set on the Falkland Islands with an estimated time of arrival in Itajaí around the end of the week.
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