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It never stops in the world of offshore racing, day and night 24/7 we have content coming off the boat straight to you! This page is where we post all our stories and live updates so you can keep up to date with what's going on. Don't forget you can also write to our team and ask questions by emailing messageofsupport@dongfengraceteam.com



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LEG 5, DAY 12 - YANN’S BLOG: THE FINAL CURVED LINE

29-03-2015

“Good teamwork. We lost a few miles but we’ve gained in confidence” Martin Stromberg

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A CLASSIC FINAL RUN IN TOWARDS CAPE HORN IN A BUILDING STORM

29-03-2015

The distance of a Fastnet Race to go, but the Volvo Ocean Race fleet will probably cover it in under 2 days as they surf their way east, pushing along by a classic Southern Ocean swell and an ever increasing following wind. A ‘classic’ Cape Horn seems on the menu for the determined men of Dongfeng, only 3 of which have passed the mythical rock before.

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LEG 5, DAY 11 - ‘I’m expecting the hardest part of this Volvo in the next 48 hours’

28-03-2015

More of the same for 24 hours as the wind continues to increase (speeds are already solid averages of over 20 knots - faster than most people sail in their entire lives!), colder and colder, and then the final leg in to Cape Horn where 40 to 50 knots of wind is expected. Classic Southern Ocean.

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LEG 5, DAY 11 - WOLF LIVE X: SKIPPER WEI

28-03-2015

Wolf had a great link up with with Wei Jun, skipper of a Xiamen based boat that Wolf had hoped to join for their Cape Horn passage in 2011

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LEG 5, DAY 11 - YANN’S BLOG: FAST BUT NOT FURIOUS

28-03-2015

'Speeds touching 26 to 28 knots, a reasonably organised sea, and a closely fought regatta, gybing duels with amongst others Mapfre and Alvimedica. It is full speed, but for now still what you’d call reasonable!' - Yann

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LEG 5, DAY 11 - CHARLES BLOG: SURREAL DAY

28-03-2015

Surreal day for our skipper, Charles Caudrelier, as the Volvo fleet battle in gybing duels.

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DAY 10 - DONGFENG TAKE LEAD…“We have been lucky with the wind, and the others made a mistake”

27-03-2015

We received this blog at 0638 UTC when we were still in 1st position. However the most recent position report shows we have made a sharp gybe north where the rest of the fleet have continued straight. Question is: Has Pascal spotted something the rest of the fleet haven't? Or was it the curse of being first that allowed the rest of the fleet to learn from our mistake? Only time will tell.

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DAY 10 - DAMIAN’S BLOG: THE THIRD ROLLER-COASTER

27-03-2015

Where the Southern Ocean is concerned Damian Foxall has been there, done that and come back for more. He is a veteran of the race, a tough man and knows how to keep a cool head which has proven important this leg for us. Today he sent us a blog through with enough detail to make you feel like you're an extra crew member onboard, from the comfort of your living room of course!

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BACK IN THE MIX

26-03-2015

Today, in OC Sport’s office the Dongfeng Race Team shore team received the latest position report. Dongfeng, who most likely through determination, smart navigation and no doubt a little luck, have managed to gain 24 miles in 3 hours.

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FURTHEST POINT FROM LAND? AN INTERESTING CONCEPT

26-03-2015

We call it Point Nemo. A place on Earth (in the Southern Ocean to be precise), where the nearest point of human contact is a satellite space station 300 miles above your head. Who let’s face it, wouldn’t be much use if something were to go wrong.