30 Oct 2011

Camper finishes third in opening race of Volvo Ocean Race

2:19 pm on 30 October 2011

The New Zealand yacht Camper has finished third in a shortened opening in-port stage of the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante in Spain.

The race, won by Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, signalled the start of the 11th edition of the eight-month, 39,000 nautical mile event.

United States-based Puma Ocean Racing, with Prince Carl Philip of Sweden on board, were second in the six-team race, more than 14 minutes down, and took five points, while Camper were third, a further two minutes behind, and secured four points.

The first offshore leg, from Alicante to Cape Town, will start next weekend.