Camper second through tricky stretch
Thu, 26 Apr 2012 4:50p.m.
Team New Zealand's crew on Camper are in close attendance in second place in leg six of the Volvo Ocean Race as the fleet makes its way though a tricky stretch in the Atlantic.
Having lost the lead to Puma, Team NZ closed the gap to their American rivals to 11 nautical miles on the journey from Brazil to Miami.
However, the message from on board is that picking a route through an area of light winds between two high-pressure areas is proving complicated and stressful.
Boat speed was down to two knots at times as the five yachts vied to be the first to reach the trade winds and pick up speed while the rest suffered.
About 800nm into the 4800nm leg, Camper navigator Will Oxley says Team NZ will continue to work east as they seek to be a good position to profit "when the music starts again on the other side".
As he spoke, the crew could see a cloud line ahead.
"The wind could change direction on the other side of it, but it is a very uncertain time for everyone," he said.
Third in the leg is Abu Dhabi, ahead of Spain's Telefonica and French entry Groupama.
With four legs to complete in the race, Telefonica are the overall leaders on points, ahead of Groupama, with Team NZ third.
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