Camper VO70 design

Chris Cameron / Camper
Chris Nicholson and Marcellino Botin tell us about their latest VO70
While back in the day Paul Cayard first applied America’s Cup techniques when he undertook the two boat EF campaign, Emirates Team New Zealand’s masterminding of the Camper campaign is the first time an active AC team has entered the Volvo Ocean Race, no doubt spurred by CEO Grant Dalton’s past association with the race. Much of the design work for the Camper VO70 was carried out by Emirates Team New Zealand’s in house boffins as the America’s Cup was in hiatus. However, oddly, the campaign has been spearheaded by two Australians, skipper Chris Nicholson, who after his 49er Olympic campaigns first sailed the round the world with Grant Dalton aboard Amer Sport One in 2001 and Neil Cox, once ABN AMRO Two crewman and boat captain. Both worked for Puma during the last Volvo Ocean Race. Whether having an America’s Cup team behind a Volvo campaign makes a difference we will see when the round the world race gets underway, but this time both Camper and Groupama (which has a similar set-up to the Kiwi team in terms of resource in in-house designers, engineers, rig and sails specialists, etc) may benefit from the unparalleled amount of available brainpower applied to the various components of their campaigns both in the build-up and during the race. As usual with Team New Zealand, the most key elements of the project were undertaken locally – the boat built by Mick Cookson, having been engineered by Giovanni Belgrano with sails designed by Burns Fallow and built by North New Zealand and a mast from Southern Spars - just as their V5 AC boats were. Plus there was input from sailing team members who had experience with all the major teams from the last round the world race: Nicholson and Cox came with Puma know-how (as did Rob