VIDEO: Dongfeng Keel Ram Update
Published on December 30th, 2017
In the closing stages of Leg 3 of the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race, the crew on Dongfeng discovered that the boat’s swing keel mechanism had suffered a serious component failure with the portside ram no longer working.
After making running repairs they were able to get Dongfeng back up to speed, but the keel system is now requires a major overhaul during the short stopover in Melbourne before the fleet sets sail on Leg 4 to Hong Kong on January 2, 2018.
“It turned the boat into a war zone, it has taken us three days to clean the boat out to a point where we are not ice skating around it” – Dongfeng Race Team’s Boat Captain, Graham Tourell gives us an update on the keel ram issue.