[Source: Emirates Team New Zealand] Preparations are already in full swing for CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand’s brief pit stop in the Chilean port of Puerto Montt to repair damage to the bow section of the boat.
CAMPER is making steady progress towards the Chilean Port which is more than 2000 nautical miles (nm) away from the boat’s location this afternoon. Current estimated time of arrival is between April 1 – 3, with the repair work estimated to take between 4 – 5 days, and the team looking to depart Puerto Montt and resume racing in Leg Five between April 5 – 8.
Ahead of CAMPER’s arrival in Puerto Montt, Emirates Team New Zealand has launched a significant logistics operation to ensure that the boat can be turned around as fast as possible. Cookson Boats which built CAMPER, started today building a replacement bulkhead and longitudinal (hull support) that will be air freighted to Chile. A six strong shore crew of boat builders are also preparing to leave for Puerto Montt to carry out the repairs when CAMPER arrives.
The team’s focus remains strongly on completing a permanent repair job as quickly as possible and getting back into racing.
Skipper Chris Nicolson says that the team is determined to get back up to speed as soon as possible.
“We are making steady progress towards Puerto Montt where I know our great shore crew will get the boat back into racing shape in record time.
“For now our immediate priority is keeping the boat de-powered and ensuring that no further damage is suffered between here and Chile. Conditions are still pretty brutal with winds gusting over 40 knots so we are just nursing things along and attempting to keep the boat at a safe speed.”