Collectively the CAMPER team, which is being run by Emirates Team New Zealand, brings a wealth of experience to the race. Team members have between them no less than three Olympic campaigns, 17 America’s Cups, 22 Volvo/Whitbread races and numerous world championship titles.
Emirates Team New Zealand are one of the most successful sailing teams in the world. The team became a household name in their home country following their consecutive wins in the America's Cup in 1995 and 2000. They became the first team from a country outside the United States to successfully win and then defend the America's Cup.
Their success has contributed to New Zealand's reputation for producing world-class sailors and boat designers. Since winning the Louis Vuitton Challenger series in 2007, the team has gone onto win consecutive championships during the TP52 Audi Med Cup circuit (2009/2010). They dominated the Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas in 2009/2010 winning four out of five events. In April 2011 the team announced their participation in the 34th edition of the America’s Cup.
A crew for a Volvo Open 70 is made up of 11 people: 10 sailors and a ‘Media Crew Member’ (MCM/onboard journalist).
Each crewmember has a specific role onboard the boat, as well as doubling up as sailmakers, engineers, and even a medic. Two crew members have had specific medical training so that they can deal with any injuries during the race.
"Coxy"Neil Cox (AUS) / Shore Manager
Neil Cox, or “Coxy” as he is more commonly known, has three Volvo Ocean.Races to his name. His first race was in 2000/01 when he signed up with SEB. His next Volvo role was as boat captain for the winning entry ABN AMRO ONE in 2005-2006, and he joins CAMPER from his most recent position as Shore Manager for PUMA during the last edition of the race. Coxy participated in the 1995 America’s Cup with One Australia and was build manager and shore crew for Aloha Racing in 2000. He is an accomplished sailor having served as boat captain for the Maxi Z86 Windquest and has competed in many offshore and inshore regattas around the world.
"Clouds"Roger Badham (AUS) / Weather expert
A world respected meteorologist who specialises in sailing projects. He has been involved in numerous round the world races, as well as many major international ocean races. He has been the Australian and New Zealand Olympic Yachting Team meteorologist and worked on many America’s Cup campaigns.
GuyEndean (NZL) / Boat builder / diver
Guy is one of the youngest members of the team, and this will be his first Volvo Ocean Race. He has sailed onboard BEAU GESTE completing in races such as the Fastnet Race and Middle Sea Race. Alongside his boat building skills, Guy is also a qualified diver, so he will be responsible for cleaning the boat when it’s in the water.
NickBurridge (NZL) / Rigger / reserve crew member
A sailor and rigger, Nick has worked on many of the most successful maxi and mini maxi yachts in the racing world including Alfa Romeo, Investec Loyal and Shockwave. He has competed in several Sydney Hobart and Fastnet races, and six Maxi World Championships. He has been a rigger for Emirates Team New Zealand since 2009. This will be his first Volvo Ocean Race.
StuMcLachlan (NZL) / Hydraulics/ systems
This will be Stu’s second Volvo Ocean Race, in 2005/06 he was boat captain for Telefonica during the last edition of the race. He has also been boat captain for the IMOCA Open 60 W Hotels during the New York to Barcelona Transoceanic Sailing Record and the Veulta Espana Race. Stu joins the team from his most recent role as boat captain for Renault ZE during the Barcelona World Race.
JessSweeney (AUS) / Weather / data analysis
Jess brings a detailed understanding and experience of data analysis tot he team. She holds a first class honours degree in Applied Mathematics and is currently studying for a Masters in Meteorology at the University of Reading. Jess has been actively involved in international offshore sailing for several years, she has competed in races such as Round Britain and Ireland, The Fastnet, and most recently the Sydney Hobart as a navigator. Jess will provide navigation and weather support for CAMPER during the race.