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Now we're in Alicante, it's time to meet the competition!
Meet the man charged with the task of getting you up close and personal.
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.
DONGFENG FEVER CATCHES ON AS TWO MORE CHINESE RECRUITS RETURN TO THE TEAM
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?
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.