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CAMPER wins Leg 7 DHL Shore Crew Award

DHL honors CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand with the DHL Shore Crew Award for consistently solid performance throughout the Volvo Ocean Race 2011/2012.

Despite having one of the smallest shore crews in the race, the effort and dedication of the entire CAMPER crew – led by Shore Manager Neil Cox – has never ceased to impress the DHL Shore Crew Award judging panel. The CAMPER crew works tirelessly to ensure their boat is ready for each in-port race and offshore leg, and they are regularly the first crew to complete their work and get their boat back in the water. As the judging panel put it: “The Camper shore crew, including their extremely effective and proactive media team, are extremely worthy winners of this award due to consistently solid performances throughout the race to date.”

Credit: Ian Roman, Volvo Ocean Race
The DHL Shore Crew Award was presented to CAMPER by Americo Fernandes, CEO of DHL Express Portugal, at the official award ceremony on June 7 in Lisbon. “As the Official Logistics Partner of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011/2012, DHL is proud to distinguish CAMPER Emirates Team New Zealand for their hard work, persistence and demonstrated competence in the face of various adversity,” said Fernandes. “CAMPER has secured, in an exemplary manner, the necessary conditions to ready their boat for the next leg in this challenging global competition. Like DHL, CAMPER has risen to the challenges of this race, and they did so in record time. “

Abu Dhabi & PUMA tied at two Shore Crew Awards

With two legs to go and Abu Dhabi and PUMA still tied at two Shore Crew Awards apiece, the race to win the overall award for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011/2012 is technically still up for grabs. Sanya, Groupama and now CAMPER all have a chance to make it a three-way tie in Leg 8 when the boats set sail from Lorient, France on July 1 for the final leg to Galway, Ireland.

Here are the winners thus far:
  • Leg 1 (Alicante to Cape Town): Team Sanya
  • Leg 2 (Cape Town to Abu Dhabi): PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG
  • Leg 3 (Abu Dhabi to Sanya): PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG
  • Leg 4 (Sanya to Auckland): Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
  • Leg 5 (Auckland to Itajai): Groupama
  • Leg 6 (Itajai to Miami): Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
  • Leg 7 (Miami to Lisbon): CAMPER Emirates Team New Zealand

Credit: Ian Roman, Volvo Ocean Race
All six teams set sail from Lisbon on June 10 for the 1,900-nautical-mile sprint to Lorient. PUMA Ocean Racing by BERG – in third place overall –got off to a great start out of Lisbon, although most expect the fleet to tighten up as they approach São Miguel island in the Azores, which they will round before heading to France. The teams are estimated to arrive in the French seaport on June 16.

As the Official Logistics Partner, DHL’s support of Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 includes transportation of high-end gear for the crews and haulage of Race Village pavilions for visitors to the ten stopover locations along the 72,000-kilometer route, as well as short-term, emergency supply of spare parts. DHL has a total of 152 containers in operation to accommodate the hundreds of tons of materials.

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