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On the way to Abu Dhabi!



Emirates Team New Zealand's CAMPER set off on Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race in second place overall as the fleet face a testing first night at sea with 25-30 knot winds coupled with a three to four metre sea forecast.


CAMPER's crew were in fine form on departure, following a second place in the Cape Town In-Port Race behind Telefonica which means that CAMPER remain in second place overall, three points behind current Race leaders Telefonica.


As Leg 2 got underway, Abu Dhabi led the charge round the last mark as the fleet set out for the open sea with CAMPER in third place close behind.


It will be a stern test for the three yachts forced to retire damaged from Leg 1: the new masts on PUMA and Abu Dhabi and the repaired hull of Team Sanya.


CAMPER skipper Chris Nicholson said: "“We’ve talked several different weather scenarios. We’re almost continually waiting for the next weather to come in to try to paint the picture a little clearer for us. We’re gonna have to keep a very close eye on the competitors as we always do but you may well be just having to go there as a group. I think everyone’s equally concerned.


“I think the moment of truth will be round the Cape. There are a couple of decisions to be made even if you’re right on the coast here leading up to that. Certainly once we’re around the Cape and we get a little more weather we’ll see. You’d have to call it 50/50 at the moment.


“[Big winds and seas] in the past have been normal for Cape Town. We’re OK with all of that. I haven’t seen anything in the forecast that’s too concerning.


“It’s a distinct possibility we will be at sea at Christmas. As far as I know no Christmas presents or Christmas puddings have gone on board so it will be business as usual. To be honest I’m focused on racing. Normally when you’re at home at this time of year you feel quite a build up coming into Christmas. I’d have to say that hasn’t occurred this year. It’s been more of a build up coming into Leg 2. It’s business as usual for me.”


Read quotes from the other skippers here