Bidegorry joked that he had spent much of the last leg asleep, preparing for the celebrations at the finish. In fact, like all the crew on board, he barely slept at all during an intense three-day final stage.
“I have known Charles Caudrelier for a long time and when he called me four or five years ago to join him for the last campaign, I really wanted to do my best because if this guy could win the Volvo Ocean Race I would be really, really happy. And I am really happy because Charles Caudrelier, our skipper, has won the Volvo Ocean Race.”
Chinese sailor Chen Jinhao, also known as Horace, said he cried with relief and happiness when Dongfeng crossed the finish line. “I think there is no better feeling,” he said amid the celebrations on the dockside.
“We have worked for so long on this. Thank you to Dongfeng for giving us the biggest trust and biggest support so that after the last Volvo we could renew the dream of what we didn’t finish last time. That is why me and Charles and the other team worked so hard for this. Today we deserve it, it is the best moment and I am looking forward to the next challenge in the future to keep this going,” Horace added.
And he made this prediction: “In the future there will be more Chinese sailors winning and getting results like this.”