Cape Town - New Zealand's Camper took second place to Spanish yacht Telefonica in the opening stage of the Volvo Ocean Race here on Sunday.
Camper, skippered by Australian Chris Nichyolson, crossed the finish line in Cape Town 16 hours behind Telefonica, who completed the leg on Saturday after 21 days, five hours and 14 minutes at sea since leaving the Spanish port of Alicante.
"The feeling is fantastic," said Telefonica skipper Iker Martinez when reaching port.
"It's something that you only dream of. We've seen what can happen and we have achieved much more than we thought we could."
The victory moved the Spaniards from the bottom of the leaderboard, with just one sole point, to the top with 31 points.
Camper is lying second on 29 points.
In third position and still at sea is Groupama who is set to secure 20 points, and third position overall.
The second leg from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi starts on December 10. The race finishes in Galway, Ireland, next July.