Dongfeng Race Team is participating in Cowes Week 2015 and this year, for the Artemis Challenge, we have chosen to support Race For Water
Charles Caudrelier runs his rule over his sailing team…and the manager
"Skippering Dongfeng Race Team was my first experience as a leader in a big project..."
Yang Jiru (Wolf) summed up the feelings of the Chinese crew members: “I know from the reaction back home that this project has been great for offshore sailing in China. I hope it will inspire young Chinese sailors for years to come.”
The vibe amongst the Dongfeng Race Team in Newport as the leg 7 re-start day approached was confident but tinged with anxiety...
For the Dongfeng team it was a race against time to get their dismasted boat to Itajai from Ushuaia and then install a replacement mast and get everything ready for racing in time for the re-start.
In the early hours of their 13th night at sea, there was a loud “CRACK!” The mast had suffered a breakage over the top of the third spreader and the broken section was hanging off it like parts of a demented puppet.
Managing expectations was high on Charles Caudrelier’s mind when the Dongfeng Race Team skipper prepared to set sail on leg four
The 4,670-mile course for leg three was another monster and was anything but simple for the six crews remaining in the race.
From Cape Town to Abu Dhabi, the 'obstacle course' and the tragedy of Team Vestas Wind