Team New Zealand completed a courageous second placing in the eighth leg of the round the world yacht race today.
Camper's return to form was a welcomed effort, lifting the Kiwis back to third on the overall points table.
Groupama enjoyed a winning homecoming to France, leading the six-boat Volvo Ocean Race fleet across the Lorient finish line after four days,
23 hours, 31 minutes at sea in a dramatic dash from Portugal.
Huge seas and mountainous waves yesterday took their toll.
Telefonica, which had led the race for most of its eight-month saga and was in front on this leg, broke both rudders in separate incidents to slip out of contention.
The Kiwis took advantage of that and won a thrilling duel with Puma for second place into Lorient, arriving an hour after Groupama and just 13 minutes ahead of Puma.
Groupama's victory sees them take control of the points table with 219, Puma are second with 196 and Camper now lie third with 191.
There is just one off-shore leg left - to Galway in Ireland - and two in-port races. But with a potential 42 points up for grabs, the race isn't over yet. Especially with the sort of weather that hit the north Atlantic yesterday.
Camper skipper Chris Nicholson was a victim of the conditions.
"I was driving and got a massive wash off the wheel," Nicholson said , "I fell back, hit Nick (Burridge) and Salty (Rob Salthouse) and they both got pretty badly bruised legs.
"There were one or two waves there - one wave that I managed not to catch, but if we'd caught it there would have been tears at the bottom. And one wave we did catch ... and there was tears at the bottom."
"When you find yourself in 45-50 knots you're just trying to make it through in one piece - forget about the results, you just want to make it through the night, and we did with good speed.
"Everyone's saying they have never been this knocked around. Last night we had a few moments where we were going at 38 knots down waves in the dark - that's not right."
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