VIDEO: Winning Takes Many Forms

Published on August 10th, 2015

The 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race began in Alicante, Spain on October 11, covering 38,739 nm on the way to the final In-Port Race on June 27 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Racing the new one design Volvo Ocean 65, seven teams scored points in 9 offshore legs to determine the overall Volvo Ocean Race winner. Additionally, the teams competed in 10 In-Port races at each stopover for a separate competition, the Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Series.

Click here for recap of offshore legs.

Among the interesting stories of the race was the formation and success of Dongfeng Race Team. Here is the background from the team:

Our mission at the start was never about winning the Volvo Ocean Race outright – but two leg wins, and third overall meant we came closer then we ever expected when we set sail over a year ago. This video is our story. It shows the genuine struggle of the team to prove themselves and it shows how, as the race unfolded, the ‘underdogs’ quickly demonstrated their potential against the other professional crews and, more importantly, their determination…

There were ecstatic highs and unfair lows. Hardly race favourites, from day one this Chinese campaign faced adversity and sometimes it was draining, both physically and emotionally. It’s a given that if we had a dollar for every tear, drop of sweat and laughter over the last nine months, we would be millionaires today. This video will take you through it all.

Winning comes in many forms, we didn’t take the trophy home but does that mean we didn’t win? Maybe we didn’t win the Volvo Ocean Race but we won our own challenge.

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