Dongfeng Continues To Fight In Round Britain And Ireland Race
Published: Friday, 15 August 2014
Team Dongfeng is fighting to defend third place with Team SCA and Team Alvimedica in hot pursuit on Day 4 of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.
With only 50 days to go to the start of the Volvo Ocean Race from Spain, with a new class of identical One Design Volvo Ocean 65s, the three way match race now being played out with SCA and Alvimedica is a fantastic opportunity to test and learn at close quarters (in offshore terms).
“By no means are we going to stop chasing the leader,” says Dongfeng Skipper Charles Caudrelier. “No way, but we’re one sail down and we must think ahead to the start line in Alicante and use this time we have to get smarter.”
“I can eat normally, I can go to the toilet normally, and I can get changed normally,” says Chinese sailor Wolf Yang Jiru. “We’re still sailing at 20 knots but it’s like heaven now to me.”
Dongfeng Race Team still has 520 nautical miles to the finish line and the race isn’t over yet.
"Sometimes you gain, sometimes you lose," says Dongfeng Team Director Bruno Dubois. "The teams in front ran away and SCA came back on us from behind. Quite frustrating. But the good news is that we are all in this together and it is perfect time for two-boat testing. We'll enjoy this."
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