by Dongfeng Race Team on 4 Jun 2014
A variety of conditions onboard as Dongfeng Race Team prepare to race for China in the Volvo Ocean Race Dongfeng Race Team
From Skipper Charles Caudrelier: 'We had the scariest experience to date during the night when we came so close to hitting a whale, so close we could hear it breathing. You can smell whales in the air but in the pitch black you can’t tell where they are. You can’t sense them in the water because very often when whales are at the surface it’s because they’re sleeping, so it’s a nasty surprise for both the whale and us! I just held my breath knowing how close we were to potential danger but, thankfully, we didn’t hit it – we just had a near miss. The night was one of the darkest I’ve ever experienced with absolutely no moon at all, we had barley any visual. When the night is that black it’s hard for your eyes to adapt,' reported Charles.