23 Jan 2012

Close race early on for Camper

7:55 pm on 23 January 2012

Team New Zealand's entry in the Volvo Ocean Race has made a solid start on stage two of the third leg from the Maldives to China.

Camper's sitting in second place, around two nautical miles behind Puma in the tightly bunched fleet with Groupama in third place a few hundred metres further off the pace.

The entire fleet is separated by less than six miles.

Camper is in second place overall behind Telefonica of Spain.

The boats were shipped from the UAE to the Maldives to avoid pirates operating out of Somalia.