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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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
13th January 2017
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.
24th December 2016
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.