Team NZ win final Volvo ocean leg
Tue, 03 Jul 2012 1:31p.m.
Team New Zealand's crew on Camper have saved their best till late in the Volvo Ocean Race, winning the final ocean leg from France to Ireland.
Victory in the 550-nautical-mile sprint from Lorient to Galway was Team NZ's first in any of the nine legs and sets them up to finish second overall behind Groupama of France.
Groupama came in second behind Camper to clinch the overall title.
The race concludes with an in-port contest early on Sunday (NZT) and Team NZ need only to cross the finish line to get the one point they need to secure the runners-up spot ahead of US-entry Puma.
Camper's Australian skipper Chris Nicholson and his crew arrived in Galway on Tuesday under the cover of darkness and after a day and a half at sea.
They were met by hundreds of spectators on the water and thousands of fans on the dock.
Camper had been among a quartet of boats in the six-strong fleet of VO70s to hold the lead at different stages of the journey from Lorient.
Rounding iconic Fastnet Rock, Team NZ found themselves back in fourth spot, before they made their decisive move launching a massive spinnaker.
They hit the front during a critical gybe as they set their course for Galway and fought off several challenges.
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