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CAMPER third in Leg 3



Emirates Team New Zealand's CAMPER finished third in Leg 3, arriving in Sanya behind Leg winner Telefonica and second placed Groupama.


Less than nine hours separated the first five boats in the fleet after racing for more than 12 days over the 3,051 nautical miles from the safe haven restart point.


“We thought and expected to do better than third to be honest but it’s a difficult race we’re entered into with the best professional teams in the world,” said CAMPER skipper Chris Nicholson. “We left the Singapore Strait in fifth so we’re happy to have got back to third. We thought we were a lot better than fifth. To finish third is good, it’s a good positive for us to finish on. However there’s still a lot of thought required about how we can start winning legs.”


Despite leading the fleet on five separate occasions during the 12-day leg, Nicholson said the defining moment for CAMPER came while navigating the Malacca Strait, the narrow band of water between Sumatra and Malaysia.


“We got on the wrong side of a thunderstorm in the Malacca Strait,” he added. “The other guys went to the Indonesian shore line and we couldn’t get there. That was pretty much the ball game there and then.”


With six more offshore Legs and seven In-Port Races left, Nicholson said his team would rally to eke out every last bit of speed from their boat – but not before some much needed rest.


“We’re able to match the leaders at certain periods of the race and then we kind of let ourselves down occasionally,” he said. “Everyone does it – all the teams do it. I guess I’m a little more conscious of it than most. We just have to keep working on that, go back to the designer, see if there’s anything more in regards to how we’re sailing the boat."


Telefonica added 24 points to their total to maintain first place on the leader board on 95 points. CAMPER remains in second place overall, moving up to 80 points, with Groupama in third on a total of 71 points.


The third successive Leg win means Telefonica becomes the first boat since Peter Blake's Steinlager 2 in 1989-90 to sweep the first three Legs.


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