Mike Sanderson : "we have our first Chinese sailing team member"
samedi 6 août 2011 –
In an unprecedented short period of time of just one and a half months, this new entry in the race has managed to recruit a world class team and put their Volvo Open 70 race boat through a refit and re-brand to ensure it was ready for sailing on Sunday 7th August 2011.
Mike announced today nine of his eleven sailing team members for the forthcoming Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race #VolvoOceanRace :
- Mike Sanderson, Skipper
- Cameron Dunn, Watch Leader
- Chris Main, Watch Leader
- Aksel Magdahl, Navigator
- Richard Mason, Helm/Trimmer
- David Swete, Helm/Trimmer (Under 30)
- Andy Meiklejohn, Bow
- Ryan Houston, Bow (Under 30)
- Frankie Leonard, Media crew member
(Two further sailing team members are still to be announced)
Tiger, Teng Jiang He, has been working with the team for the past week and is the first Chinese sailor to take part in the crew selection trial process. Tiger will sail with the team during next week’s training and take part in the Rolex Fastnet race with Team Sanya.
Mike Sanderson commented on the team he has recruited so far.
“Despite starting this campaign late in the day, I am really excited about the team we have gathered together and that applies to both the sailing and shore team. Without realising it, we have a really young and ambitious sailing team – the average age is 33 and I am the oldest at 40 !! – We have managed to bring together a combination of experience in all of the right areas as well a fresh and innovative approach and that feels really right for this team. We still have two sailing team members to announce and we have our first Chinese sailing team member, Tiger, on a trial with us now and he will compete in the Fastnet race with us so all is progressing really well.”
The TEAM SANYA boat carries an impressive new branding livery – displaying the multiple colours of the tropical Chinese holiday destination of Sanya – with the 8 colours in the logo displayed through brush strokes which represent the coloured tail feathers of the Phoenix – a mythical bird which carries a good luck status in China, as well as other parts of the world. Sanya, the southern-most city in China to be found on Hainan Island is a popular tourist destination and is using the platform of this team and the Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race #VolvoOceanRace Host Port to raise profile and interest in this exciting venue.
The team now have a week to get their sailing up to speed before they take part in their first race – the Rolex Fastnet race – which starts on Sunday 14th August. In that race they will line up against two other Volvo Ocean Race competitors – the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Groupama Sailing teams.
Mike Sanderson closed with his views on the forthcoming race for the team.
"With the boat being so newly re-launched, the aim of the Fastnet is really just to draw a good line in the sand for the completion of the re-fit. Whatever the result, just getting the boat to the start line will be a great result for the team considering just five weeks earlier she was sitting on the dock in her previous life.”
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