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DOCKSIDE EXCITEMENT

Life just got very real for the Chinese sailors onboard ‘Dongfeng’ as they docked at the Volvo Ocean Race HQ in Alicante in the early hours of this morning. They have gone from hopeful candidates submitting their CV’s ten months ago, to arriving in Alicante, home to the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.

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DONGFENG FEVER CATCHES ON AS TWO MORE CHINESE RECRUITS RETURN TO THE TEAM

DONGFENG FEVER CATCHES ON AS TWO MORE CHINESE RECRUITS RETURN TO THE TEAM

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WHAT IF?

But what if things were different? What if following your dream was going to expose you to some of the most dangerous situations Mother Nature had to offer? What if you weren’t only responsible for your life but also that of the person next to you?

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IT’S NOT EASY TO BECOME A VOLVO OCEAN RACE SAILOR IN 6 MONTHS

At 4:40am BST Dongfeng Race Team crossed the finish line of this year’s Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Despite a few small set backs it has been an awesome week for the team. As the Volvo Ocean 65 ‘Dongfeng’ arrived at Ocean Village in Southampton, spirits were high both onboard and on land.

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‘ONE DESIGN’ – NO MORE EXCUSES!

Two years ago the Volvo Ocean Race introduced a One-Design boat. All identical, all built to the same rule, no way to buy victory through technology. Meaning the playing field is even in technology terms. Meaning the pressure is all on the people. Meaning there are no more excuses.

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THE BEAUTY OF UNPREDICTABILITY

Thanks to Mother Nature, offshore racing is one of the most unpredictable sports around. If you can’t handle unpredictability, ecstatic highs and unfair lows then this sport is probably not for you.

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GIVING IT ALL YOU’VE GOT

Sitting in an office it’s easy to look at a tracker and think ‘come on!’ or ‘they’re only 5 miles away’. It’s easy to sit at your comfortable desk and casually refresh the page excited to see which Volvo Ocean 65 is in which position.

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LIFE ONBOARD GETS COMPLICATED

Today we broke a sail. Today our entire comms system went down. Today we were in 3rd place and dropped to 4th. Today we have decided that life onboard is not always easy. In fact, today, it is really quite complicated.

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OUR SPORTING MISSION

Dongfeng Race Team will race for China in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. There is a strong commitment to a long-term sporting mission that puts the future interests of Chinese sailing at the core of Dongfeng Race Team project. For the 2014-15 edition the objective is to deliver a competitive campaign with, for the first time in the history of the race, multiple Chinese sailors onboard. This is a key element in setting the conditions for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 when the aim is to have a campaign with the majority of the sailors onboard being Chinese and for the 2020-21 edition of the race, a 100% Chinese project with a Chinese skipper and a Chinese crew. There is a strong momentum to create a legacy for offshore sailing so that Chinese sailors can excel in this discipline, in the same way the Chinese Olympic sailors have done. We hope the Chinese nation will follow the Dongfeng Race Team story that is only just beginning…

ABOUT US

Dongfeng Race Team are a sailing team from China backed by Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Company and managed by OC Sport. Dongfeng Race Team are the third campaign to announce their participation in the 12th edition of the world’s leading crewed offshore round the world race that starts on October 11, 2014 from Alicante, Spain and will end in July 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden.