Dongfeng (still) locked in mortal combat with MAPFRE

Leg 3, Day 9: Cape Town to Melbourne

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News / December 18 2017

Leg 3, Day 9: Dongfeng (still) locked in mortal combat with MAPFRE

Leg 3, Day 9: Dongfeng (still) locked in mortal combat with MAPFRE

It’s been a brutal leg and it is far from over. Dongfeng Race Team, on their ninth day at sea, are still locked in a minute-by-minute battle for supremacy with MAPFRE who has tracked them across the Southern Indian Ocean like a shadow.

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Logbook / December 17 2017

OBR Martin Keruzore on the ordeal of constant gybing in the deep south…

OBR Martin Keruzore on the ordeal of constant gybing in the deep south…

“Guys we are gybing!”

10:00

News / December 17 2017

Leg 3, Day 8: Gabart steals the show as Dongfeng Race Team continue their Southern Ocean gybe-fest

Leg 3, Day 8: Gabart steals the show as Dongfeng Race Team continue their Southern Ocean gybe-fest

This morning it is hard to concentrate on the Volvo Ocean Race when a meteorite has just flown through the sailing world by the name of Francois Gabart.

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Video / December 16 2017

Leg 3, Day 7: Inside the Washing Machine

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News / December 16 2017

Leg 3, Day 7: Dongfeng Race Team is not letting go as course change adds another challenge for Charles and Pascal

Leg 3, Day 7: Dongfeng Race Team is not letting go as course change adds another challenge for Charles and Pascal

In the Volvo Ocean Race you have to be ready for anything, including a sudden course change.

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News / December 15 2017

Marcel van Triest: “It’s all about keeping the pedal to the metal”

Marcel van Triest: “It’s all about keeping the pedal to the metal”

As the crews move steadily east on Leg 3, out of influence of the depression that has dominated the last few days and increasingly into the influence of a big high pressure system sitting to the west of the Great Australian Bight, we talk to Dongfeng Race Team meteorologist Marcel Van Triest about what’s coming next.

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News / December 15 2017

Leg 3, Day 6: Dongfeng is ice road truckin’ with MAPFRE

Leg 3, Day 6: Dongfeng is ice road truckin’ with MAPFRE

Over the last 24 hours the two red boats in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet have lifted off from the rest and are now engaged in a thrilling gybing battle right along the edge of the ice exclusion zone.

08:23

Logbook / December 15 2017

“Like sleeping in a car competing in the Paris-Dakar” – Martin Keruzore tells us more about life on board.

“Like sleeping in a car competing in the Paris-Dakar” – Martin Keruzore tells us more about life on board.

A battle is taking place in big sea conditions – likened this morning by Martin Keruzore, the Onboard Reporter on Dongfeng, to racing in the Paris-Dakar rally – and watched by majestic albatrosses swooping low over the boats’ wakes. Read what he has to say here.

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Logbook / December 14 2017

Here’s what Charles has to say in his weekly blog from the nav station of Dongfeng, currently deep in the stormy heart of the Southern Indian Ocean

Here’s what Charles has to say in his weekly blog from the nav station of Dongfeng, currently deep in the stormy heart of the Southern Indian Ocean

"Actually it was the first time I saw a bit of stress in this man…an average speed of 29 knots for a few minutes is a lot for this boat." - Charles Caudrelier

09:00

News / December 14 2017

Jack Bouttell: “The Volvo Ocean Race, the very top of the range” 

Jack Bouttell: “The Volvo Ocean Race, the very top of the range” 

Already on the scene for the 2014-2015 edition, Jack Bouttell, 26, is competing in his second Volvo Ocean Race with Dongfeng Race Team. Born in Australia, then based in England before moving to France to discover single-handed offshore racing in the Figaro, he is the bowman on the Chinese-flagged Volvo Ocean 65. Prior to the start of the third leg between Cape Town and Melbourne, he told us of his passion for the Volvo Ocean Race and for the Vendée Globe, which he hopes to take the start of in 2020. Interview by Volvo Ocean Race.

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News / December 14 2017

Leg 3, Day 5: Dongfeng leads along the hard edge of the Ice Exclusion Zone

Leg 3, Day 5: Dongfeng leads along the hard edge of the Ice Exclusion Zone

The routing by the Volvo Ocean Race experts suggests the fastest way to Melbourne – still 4,380 miles ahead of Dongfeng this morning – is to sail as close to the Antarctic Ice Exclusion Zone as possible and that is what navigator Pascal Bidégorry is doing.

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