Dongfeng first to round Fastnet Rock

Tuesday, 08 August 2017

The Chinese entry passed team AkzoNobel after a night of constant tacking battles
August 08, 2017 04:08 UTC
Text by Conrad Colman

Dongfeng were the first Volvo Ocean Race team to round the iconic Fastnet Rock with a lead of 1.5 nm over AkzoNobel after a night of intense concentration in light conditions.



There were no dramatic crashing waves or fast Volvo Ocean Race style surfs overnight. Instead, Dongfeng Race Team brought their experience in the Volvo Ocean 65 to bear as they overhauled yesterday's leaders with smart sailing.



Both are hugely experienced teams, AkzoNobel has 23 accumulated Volvo Ocean Races in their crew to 18 on Dongfeng, but Charles Caudrelier and the bulk of his team raced together around the world last time and clearly remember how to go fast in light conditions.

Last night also saw the return of MAPFRE into the podium positions. A painful westward tack early in the Celtic sea positioned the Spanish boat in slightly different wind from the rest of the fleet and then, again, their experience showed as they were able to sail faster than the rest of the fleet to regain the leaders.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 August 2017 )