It has been almost a year since Camper and Emirates Team New Zealand confirmed their entry in the Volvo Ocean Race. This morning in Auckland, the team’s Volvo Open 70, CAMPER, rolled out of the shed at Cookson Boats and was transported across the Harbour Bridge to the team’s base in the Viaduct.
Marcelino Botin led the Emirates Team New Zealand design team, and over the last 12 months a core group of people from Emirates Team New Zealand has been working hard with the Cookson crew to keep the build on track.
Emirates Team New Zealand Managing Director, Grant Dalton, is very pleased with progress. “This is a great day for us as a team,” he enthused. “To be able to stand back and see the amazing job that the guys have done and now see her in her full livery, is quite humbling. I am very excited about going out sailing towards the end of this week.”
Camper’s founder and chairman, Lorenzo Fluxá is equally excited about today’s event, an historical moment in the company’s first foray into ocean racing. “The boat build has been a great experience,” he said, “so precise in its execution that all we can do is congratulate all those involved in bringing ‘the CAMPER’ to life.”
The shore crew will bring the final components together from the team’s base in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. The remaining systems and keel will be fitted before CAMPER is lowered in the water by travel lift, where the mast will be stepped and the sails loaded. Then follows the boat’s first sail, when the full extent of her new livery will be revealed.
For latest information on Camper and Emirates Team New Zealand campaign in the Volvo Ocean Race, visit the team website. http://www.camper.com/#/en/volvo-ocean-race/
- VOR Media