Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - NZ

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Dongfeng recruitment campaign underway

by Team Dongfeng on 20 Nov 2013
Team Dongfeng’s new Volvo Ocean 65 boat being painted at Green Marine © Green Marine http://www.greenmarine.co.uk/
Just one week following the official announcement of Team Dongfeng, the new Chinese entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 that is backed by Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Company, the recruitment campaign was started. Since then applications have been arriving thick and fast for both the International spots in the team and for the Chinese sailors.

'It has been an encouraging start that has exceeded our expectations considering the short time we have had to launch the campaign,' said Team Director, Bruno Dubois. 'The caliber of international professional sailors applying has been at a very high level, and we have also received a healthy number of applicants from Chinese sailors including three female sailors. However, we hope for many more and we want to reach out to Chinese athletes who may or may not have sailing experience – and train them to be as good as ocean racers as possible. This race is a huge test of human endurance and all the crew will need a ‘strong heart’ and a competitive character.'

Team Dongfeng will have the interests of Chinese sailing at its core, with a significant number of Chinese in both its on-water and support teams. This campaign will be a Chinese one, racing for China, and for the future of Chinese sailing, with a base to be announced in China in the coming days.

The first phase of the recruitment process is predominantly focused on the sailing team – in other words finding Chinese athletes who want to be on board, and professional sailors who will race alongside them. At the same time, Team Dongfeng is also recruiting additional positions within the shore team, communications and sponsor account management roles. In addition to the race team, a key objective is the transference of knowledge and experience to the shore and support team, so that in future editions of the Volvo Ocean Race China can have a 100% Chinese entry.

The selection and training programme of the Chinese applicants will begin in December and run through to January. 'We will run a very intensive training programme in smaller boats and on the Volvo Ocean 65 ‘Dongfeng’ race boat at our training base in China between December and March 2014. By April 2014 we will reduce the selected Chinese training squad of about 20 sailors to just 6-8 crew elite crew; it is our plan to select the final Chinese sailors who will race on board ‘Dongfeng’ in June.'

The new Volvo Ocean 65 one-design boat ‘Dongfeng’ is expected to leave the build shed at Green Marine and touch the water for the first time at the beginning of December ahead of extensive sea trials in UK waters before shipping to China where the sailing programme will continue from February 2014. The plan is that by early April the race crew will sail ‘Dongfeng’ back to Europe as part of the training programme.

'Our Team Dongfeng family is beginning to grow,' said Dubois. 'The experienced Graham Tourrell is working with us as Boat Captain, Marine Derrien from France is in place as Shore Manager, we have a Chinese intern already inside the team providing an invaluable bridge with our Chinese partner, and we’re working closely with Lingling Liu, Head of Media and PR China, for the Volvo Ocean Race. We are building a strong mixed Western/Chinese team that we can proud of and demonstrate the ethos of our campaign,' concluded Volvo Ocean Race website
Barz Optics - Kids rangeNorth Technology - Southern SparsBakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

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
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr