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Tuesday, 18 April 2017


The two Dongfeng’s secure a podium finish at Spi Ouest

After twelve races contested over four days in light to medium conditions this weekend in La Trinité-sur-Mer, south-west Brittany, both Open 7.50 Dongfeng Race Team crews secured a podium place at the 39th Spi Ouest France

A familiar face on the series he created some 20 years ago, Nicolas Groleau took the win, but it wouldn’t have taken much for the Dongfeng men and women to upset the usual hierarchy. Indeed, the crew skippered by Marie Riou finished second, just 3 points shy of the top spot, closely followed by the crew skippered by Charles Caudrelier. Beyond the ranking, this ‘Spi Ouest’ proved to be an enjoyable interlude for the team on the long road to the Volvo Ocean Race. 

Marie Riou, skipper of Dongfeng Race Team 2: “We’re happy to finish second, though it’s a little frustrating as we were still in with a chance of winning the last race at one point, but it didn’t pan out like that in the end. That’s how it goes and we’re really very happy with the result. We’ve progressed a little more each day and it definitely showed Yesterday.”

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 April 2017 )