Dongfeng Race Team Day 3 Round Britain And Ireland Race
Published: Thursday, 14 August 2014
At the half waypoint of the Round Britain and Ireland Race, Dongfeng Race Team had a broken sail and an injured sailor. Pascal Bidégorry, although still able to do his job as navigator onboard, is down for the count as far as manoeuvres are concerned.
It's taking the team longer to make any sail changes and they are losing valuable time on the competition. Combine that with the onset of fatigue and the constant soakings in the wild conditions, and Dongfeng Race Team are hanging in there.
Although still in a gruesome and painful condition Pascal’s hand has been repaired to the best possible state by calm colleague and three-time Volvo Ocean Race goer Martin Strömberg.
Despite the setbacks Dongfeng Race Team are still relentlessly fighting their Volvo Ocean Race competitors Team Campos for second place behind Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Azzam with less than 750 miles of the 1,800-mile course to go.
As they rounded the top of Britain, the wind direction changed course. Now from the northwest, it’s allowing the leading boats to fast reach down the west coast of Scotland and Ireland.
This race has so far has given a promising glimpse of the team’s resilience and ability to face adversity. Charles Caudrelier’s team is made of strong characters. From this race, Dongfeng Race Team will lay down the roots of a bond that will be tried and tested over nine months and 39,000 nautical miles in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race.