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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Amy Monkman (English Language)
Xiaowei Wu / Capri Wu (Chinese Language)
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