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Drone Footage Of Dongfeng’s Refitted Volvo Ocean Race Contender

28th February 2017
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Charles Caudrelier skippers Dongfeng’s upgraded Volvo Ocean 65 off Lisbon Charles Caudrelier skippers Dongfeng’s upgraded Volvo Ocean 65 off Lisbon Photo: Eloi Stichelbaut/Dongfeng Race Team

#VOR - Dongfeng Race Team is back on the water and training is well underway for the returning Chinese campaign in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race less than eight months away.

To mark the occasion, some incredible drone footage of the refitted Volvo Ocean 65 has been released as the team hit the water off the coast of Lisbon.

As the remaining boats continue to undergo the €1-million refit process, Charles Caudrelier is the first skipper out on the water with his upgraded Volvo Ocean Race challenger.

The French skipper has yet to announce his sailing squad for the next edition of the race, but the team have said it will once again feature a mixed Chinese and western crew — and will also take advantage of new rules designed to encourage female sailors to take part.

Caudrelier has been working hard for months on this new campaign that he hopes will build on the team’s impressive third place on debut in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15.

Dongfeng Race Team are backed by Dongfeng Motor Corporation, one of the largest automobile manufacturers in China.

MacDara Conroy

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