Charles Caudrelier the French skipper of Team DongFeng was a key player on board Groupama, the winners of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 and is about to take on one the biggest challenges of his career so far.
As the Volvo Ocean Race grows in popularity in China, crews are searching for Chinese sailors to compete, but so far only two have raced in this 39000 mile round the world classic; onboard Green Dragon (2008-09) and Team Sanya (2011-12).
With only a few months to prepare DongFeng, Caudrelier and Bruno Dubois (Team Director DongFeng Race Team) have taken on the huge responsibility to find a number of Chinese sailors to make up the 8 man crew on the new one design Volvo 65.
Shirley spends some time with the team in Lorient and Newport, USA and finds out there is no shortage of tenacity, desire, passion, ability and motivation in this inexperienced but determined team.
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Dongfeng Race Team select their crew