Published: Wednesday, 26 February 2014

On his 40th birthday, Frenchman Charles Caudrelier was presented as skipper of Dongfeng Race Team at the official christening in Sanya of the team’s Volvo Ocean 65 Dongfeng (meaning East Wind) in the presence of famous Chinese sporting stars Zhang Ning and Guo Chuan.

Also in attendance were Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad, Li Quan-Hai of the China Yachting Association and Director of Watersports National Centre of the China and Gary Huang, General Manager of Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Company, title dponsor of Dongfeng Race Team.

“The choice of skipper for Dongfeng Race Team was a particularly challenging one because we weren’t only looking for the qualities and leadership of a Volvo Ocean Race skipper, but we were also looking for someone who would embrace the task of developing the Chinese sailors that will form part of the team,” explains Team Director Bruno Dubois. “We’re delighted with our choice and look forward to a long and exciting collaboration with Charles.”

Charles Caudrelier Named Skipper Of Volvo Ocean 65 Dongfeng 1 

Caudrelier is no stranger to the race. As a key figure of the winning team Groupama in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, he has experienced first hand the extremity of the race and understands what it will mean to guide a team through the next edition.

“Dongfeng Race Team is a natural choice for me. I want to help develop sailing as a sport around the world and China is a major player, not just economically, but in the sporting arena as well. I take a great pleasure in teaching my sport and if the Chinese sailors are willing to learn I am more than willing to teach. There is so much for them to learn, this race is about collaboration, teamwork and adventure. The sport of sailing is a universal language and I want to make people see that,” says Caudrelier.