Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Kids range

Volvo Ocean Race - Selection trials begin for Team Dongfeng

by Amy Monkman on 17 Dec 2013
Candidates at the Dongfeng Race Team selection trials are briefed before the activities begin. Volvo Ocean Race© http://www.volvooceanrace.com
Selection trials to find the Chinese crew members for Dongfeng Race Team, for the Volvo Ocean Race, commenced today in Sanya at Serenity Marina, the team’s Official Training Facility.

Serenity Marina is situated on the south peninsula of the city and was home to the Volvo Ocean Race fleet in 2011-12 and will be again for the 2014-15 edition during the Sanya stopover. For the next few months it will for the base for Dongfeng Race Team as the Official Training Facility, hosting not only the selection trials process but will also house the full team once the training programme begins from February onwards. 'It is with great pride and excitement that we welcome Dongfeng Race Team to our Marina. We have no doubt that Dongfeng Race Team will find here the very best sailing environment and training facilities China has to offer and will discover in Sanya, a true home base of loyal supporters and fans,' explains Xavier Maurey, General Manager of Serenity Marina.


Dongfeng Race Team’s search for Chinese crew members is officially underway. The first selection trials kick-started this morning at 8:00am local time in Sanya, China. The selection trials will be led by the OC Sport team who manage the selection process for the UK-based Artemis Offshore and Team Director, Bruno Dubois. 'We have 20 great Chinese candidates here at Serenity Marina, even if they are feeling a bit apprehensive about what lies ahead,' explains Bruno Dubois. The Chinese athletes who have been selected for these first trials are purposely kept in the dark about what will take place over the next 36 hours so that the selection panel can judge at first-hand how they cope under pressure, suffering from the effects of extreme fatigue and in stressful situations.

Chinese sailor Guo Chuan, although not participating in the trials, will be part of the selection team. Guo was the first Chinese sailor to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race as the media crew member on Green Dragon from 2008 to 2009, he also took part in the Clipper Round the World in 2006 and fully appreciates what lies ahead for these sailors. In 2011 Guo became the first Chinese sailor to participate in the Mini Transat and more recently became the first sailor from China to complete a non-stop solo circumnavigation of the globe.


It can also be confirmed that Teng Jianghe, trimmer on-board Team Sanya in the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will be participating in the selection trials with the hope of becoming a Dongfeng Race Team member. Alongside Teng Jianghe other notable candidates include Ying Kit Cheng from Kowloon. Kit has impressive dinghy experience in 420, 29er and 49er classes and was a crew member of the America’s Cup World Series China Team. 'I would like to be one of the top-level sailors in my country and share my knowledge to all the people who love sailing,' said Kit. Also putting their ACWS and Extreme 40 experience to good use is Xue Liu from ShanDong; as is Yiran Zhang from Qingdao and representing Sanya, Zijin Wen who also has an impressive 470 CV.

Jin Hao Chen from Hong Kong is bringing all his windsurfing, Laser, Finn and sail making experience to the trials in the hope he can impress the judges and make the big step into the world of professional offshore sailing: 'I hope I will have this great opportunity to join the Dongfeng Race Team to take part in the next Volvo Ocean Race as a Chinese Sailor' said Jin Hao. 'Not only because I hope to learn more sailing techniques, but to enrich my sailing experience by sailing with the best sailors from around the world. I also have the great pursuit of challenging myself to the limit.'

Ex-Olympic sailor Shen Sheng will also be participating in the selection trials with the hope of joining Dongfeng Race Team. Shen competed with Team China in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and has since competed in the Hainan Island Sailing Regatta and the China Cup International Regatta.

Not only will the candidates come under scrutiny by the judging panel but also the media, including China’s national dedicated sports channel CCTV who are on site to make a special news report.


Sanya Marina provides a prestigious yacht club, cafes, restaurants, hotels, retail outlets, swimming pools, a sailing school, and a 48m high capitainerie tower housing the marina services. The marina also offers 325 full-service berths from 10 to 40m (LOA), a repair and maintenance workshop operating a 100 ton travel Volvo Ocean Race

Phuket Raceweek 2016 660x82Pantaenius - Fixed ValueSouthern Spars - 100

Related Articles

America's Cup - Arbitration Panel Hearing over Kiwi Qualifier for July
ACEA CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. In a yet to be published interview in Sail-World, America’s Cup Events Authority CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. This is the first official indication that the three person Arbitration Panel had even been formed, however Sail-World’s sources indicated that it had been empanelled since last January, possibly earlier.
Posted today at 3:19 am
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
The importance of being Alive
Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, the team have lined up for a lot of things, won plenty and nabbed a record, as well. She’s presently in a yard in the Philippines having a minor refit in readiness for the Australian season. It will commence with the upcoming Brisbane to Keppel and then head sharply into this year’s Hobart.
Posted on 10 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May
Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May