Dongfeng Race Team’s upgraded Volvo Ocean 65 returned to the water today in Lisbon, with The Boatyard guiding their prized handiwork from the cradle to the dock.
We have all been waiting and watching as The Boatyard in Lisbon work tirelessly to finish the refit process of 'Boat Number One'. That boat was our beloved Chinese boat and we can finally present our (almost) new racing machine...
Charles Caudrelier and a mixed French and Chinese crew aboard the Cookson 50, UBOX, reached Hobart in Tasmania earlier today at the end of a storming Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race that saw them finish – provisionally – in third place on handicap.
Charles Caudrelier, the skipper of Dongfeng Race Team in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, is making his final preparations for his first attempt at one of the most famous challenges in world sailing - the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Charles Caudrelier, the skipper of Dongfeng Race Team, the Chinese entry in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, has been down in Lisbon
Dongfeng is the first Volvo Ocean 65 into the Boatyard for pre-race refit. About seven kilometres out of the centre of the Portuguese capital Lisbon, there is an old fish market that has been converted into a marina with the fish sheds now used for yacht re-fit work.
Dongfeng Race Team to take part in the 2016 Sydney Hobart in partnership with UBOX
Charles Caudrelier returns as Skipper
Charles Caudrelier knows more than most about what it takes to win the Volvo Ocean Race. As a crew member he tasted glory with Franck Cammas on board the Volvo Open 70, Groupama 4, when they won the 2011/12 edition and then two years ago he discovered what it was like to finish third when skippering Dongfeng.