Dongfeng Race Team Prepares For Round Britain And Ireland Race
Published: Monday, 11 August 2014
Five out of seven Volvo Ocean Race teams competing in the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race, will take part in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race scheduled to take place on Aug 10. However, the Race has been postponed for 21 hours due to predicted winds of up to 50 knots in the English Channel. The new start time is 0900 on Monday Aug 11.
This will be the first time the Volvo Ocean 65 Dongfeng will line up directly against the competition. The conditions for the 1,800-mile race will be a gruelling test to see how this team will perform together under pressure. This will be the first time the Chinese sailors on board will experience wild, offshore conditions in a race situation.
“This race is going to be tricky for two reasons,” says Team Director Bruno Dubois. “One, the weather conditions are terrible, courtesy of the remnants of Hurricane Bertha, meaning the boys will be thrown in at the deep end from the moment the race starts. Conditions will be extremely uncomfortable and difficult living conditions onboard. Couple that with the fact it’s the first time they’re racing together as a team. It’s going to be a great learning curve – put it that way.”
With the start of the Volvo Ocean Race just 56 days away Charles Caudrelier and his Chinese crew are under pressure to cram into 10 months what most other teams have had 10 years to practise.
“I feel we have come far in the last six months,” says Chinese sailor Wolf. “Building this team has been difficult because of the different cultures and I’ve felt that sometimes it has been hard to work together, especially for the western guys. But to know that tomorrow we will be racing together as a team makes me very proud. I know our team is not perfect but I think in six months we did a good job.”
(photos courtesty of Sam Greenfield)