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. Accompanied by cheers from the Dongfeng shore team, it was a proud moment for everyone at Doca de Pedrouços, as they viewed this spectacular boat that is once again in mint condition and ready to race around the world in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.
‘It feels good to have the boat back in the water again and the team is raring to go. It is now up to our shore team, along with The Boatyard staff, to carry out some fine-tuning and test out the new systems onboard our racing machine,’ said Dongfeng boat captain Graham Tourell.
After an inspiring turnaround by The Boatyard, it is now down to the final commissioning and testing process before the boat is officially handed back to the team. The team will now prepare the boat to race in what promises to be one of the most gruelling and exciting editions of the Volvo Ocean Race to date!
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16th March 2017
Charles Caudrelier, the skipper of Dongfeng, today names female sailing stars Carolijn Brouwer and Marie Riou as part of Dongfeng Race Team in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.
7th March 2017
Dongfeng Race Team, the Chinese entry in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, today announced two of New Zealand’s top offshore ocean racing sailors and a star of French solo sailing as among its squad.
28th February 2017
With just 263 days to go until the Volvo Ocean Race begins, Dongfeng Race Team depart Lisbon and set sail for Lorient this afternoon, their training base for the next five months.
27th January 2017
Dongfeng Race Team became the first to take delivery of its newly-refitted race boat today, on the eve of Chinese New Year and two years to the day since Dongfeng won the leg in Sanya