(Sailing) Dongfang enters boat for Volvo Ocean race

(10-30 18:07)

A team from China, backed by leading carmakers Dongfeng, is to compete in the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014/2015, organizers announced.
Race organizers said the team will represent China and will have a “significant number of Chinese in the final race crew as well as its support team.’’
The campaign will be run by leading sailing management company OC Sport, which has been responsible for numerous race campaigns over the past 15 years.
It will, however, be the first time that OC Sport and its chief officer Mark Turner, have been involved in running a Volvo Ocean Race campaign, AFP reports.
Team Director Bruno Dubois highlighted the initial focus of the campaign.
“Our priority is the recruitment and training of the Chinese sailors. This is very clearly the biggest challenge we have – to condense many years of experience of the average Volvo Ocean Race crew into just 10 months.
“But equally this process is at the heart of the project; we want to leave a real legacy that will both motivate the Chinese to want to embrace the sport of sailing, and be able to develop the talent so that, ultimately, a future campaign could be 100% Chinese.”
Team Dongfeng follow Team Sanya (2011-12) and Green Dragon (2008-09) as the third Chinese entry in the race’s 40-year history, the latter a joint-entry with Ireland.
Two Chinese sailors have previously participated in the Volvo Ocean Race – media crew member Guo Chuan in 2008-09 on Green Dragon and “Tiger” Teng Jianghe in 2011-12 on Team Sanya.
Team Dongfeng is the third entry so far to announce its participation in the 12th edition of the race in 2014-15 after the all-female Team SCA and Team Abu Dhabi.
Setting off from the Spanish Mediterranean port of Alicante in October 2014, the Volvo Ocean Race will oppose identical single-hulled 20-meter long boats in a multi-stage, team race around the globe lasting up to nine months.


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