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Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng Racing take delivery of their VO65

by Jonno Turner on 29 Dec 2016
Charles Caudrelier, Skipper from Dongfeng Race Team visit the Boatyard facilities in Lisbon where their boat has been refited and is getting ready to be launched. Amalia Infante / Volvo Ocean Race
After an outstanding result in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, Dongfeng Racing now turn to the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race which gets underway in ten months time.

Just before Christmas the team took delivery of their good as new, refitted Volvo Ocean 65.

Dongfeng Race Team skipper Charles Caudrelier visited the Boatyard in Lisbon, Portugal, before heading for the Rolex Sydney Hobart to get a sneak peek at the progress made on his team's boat.

As part of a €1 million per boat refit process, the 2014-15 boats are being completely upgraded – with new paint jobs, new deck gear and new electronics amongst the parts being refreshed ahead of what will be a gruelling 2017-18 edition.

The Boatyard employs a crew of boatbuilding experts who have spent hours making sure that every inch of the boat is designed for speed, safety and, of course, looks pretty cool, too.

With seven boats set to go through the refit process, and another being built from scratch at Persico Marine in Bergamo, Italy, there's no time to waste for the Boatyard, and one setback could have a knock-on effect that could jeopardise the whole project.

Luckily, everything is going like clockwork so far. Dongfeng, the first boat through the process, is now complete, and ready for inspection by the man who will sail it over 45,000 nautical miles around the planet in about 10 months time.

Caudrelier met with Donfeng Race Team's Boat Captain Graham Tourell and Technical Manager Neil Graham, who have been overseeing the build alongside Volvo Ocean Race staff in Portugal.

With the boat's refit now complete, it won't be long before Charles and his crew are taking their 65 for a ride.

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