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First Time(s) For Everything—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
|Year of the Tiger for Team Sanya's Teng - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race |
Every now and then you hear a story about someone newly acquainted with sailing who's taking on a challenge far bolder than anything you've likely attempted yourself. Meet Teng Jiang He, aka 'Tiger'. According to Sophie Luther's report in this issue, Tiger, 37, a former Chinese businessman, took up sailing just last year, but he has been confirmed as the first Chinese sailor (not a media crewmember) to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR). Tiger will be joining Mike Sanderson's Chinese-flagged Team Sanya, one of six confirmed entrants in the 2011-2012 race.
'The VOR is incredibly tough going and I was looking for someone with both the skill and the right attitude to contribute towards team performance,' said the legendary Sanderson. 'From day one, Tiger has impressed everyone in the team. He is determined, focused and has an endless hunger to learn everything he can – both on and off the boat.'
'Admittedly, sailing was not my career and I didn't have that much experience compared to the others,' said Tiger, 'but I am very passionate about the sport and keep myself fit so I'm ready for this challenge.'
While Sanderson is a two-time winner of this prestigious ocean race, his team will be using a previous-generation boat (the former Telefonica Blue) and they haven't sailed anywhere near as many miles together as some of the longer-standing programs. Irrespective of how competitive Team Sanya proves to be in this year's VOR, Tiger and the rest of his teammates are in for a wild adventure, especially given their skipper's storied reputation for dropping the hammer offshore. Stay tuned for more, as it becomes known.
|Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 La Charente-Maritime /Bahia Transat 6.50|
Peeling headsails from fully crewed Volvo Open 70s to 21-foot Classe Minis— while still talking about bold sailing—check out the race preview of six female skippers who will be competing in the 4,200-mile singlehanded Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 (formerly the Mini Transat). American sailing interests are being represented by Emma Creighton and her prototype Classe Mini, Pocket Rocket, (USA 574). 'Doing the Mini Transat is about digging deep and seeing how far you can push yourself and your boat, while still practicing good seamanship,' said Creighton, a first-time Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 competitor. 'I'm excited to get out there and see what I can do against many of the world's best offshore skippers.'
Also inside, get the latest from the Clipper Around The World Race, the ISAF Team Racing Worlds, and the St. Moritz Match Race, the sixth stop on the 2011 World Match Racing Tour.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
|Navigating A Blue 'Silk Road' - China Team CEO at Cascais |
It's apparent that of all the projects in a diverse portfolio of investments ranging from information technology, renewable energy, and health care, to real estate, consumer products and entertainment, he is most proud of China Team, contending for the 34th America's Cup. Behind that pride, though, is a passion for the sea and a pursuit much larger, deeper and more personal... [more]
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|International 14 World Championships at Weymouth preview |
Artemis International 14 World Championships - With 68 entries to date, including teams from Australia, Japan, Canada, USA, Italy, Germany, France and the UK, the event promises to provide a spectacle both on and off the water. Two times defending World Champion, Archie Massey and crew Dan Wilsdon, will be looking to take an unprecedented third World Title, in the tough seven race series.... [more]
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|Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica returns to base after 2000nm Qualifier |
The Spanish Volvo Ocean race entry, Telefonica, is back at the pontoon of her training base at Sanxenxo, in Pontevedra, Spain. At 17:30 local time the Spanish boat skippered by Iker Martínez, with the entire crew on board, completed the almost one thousand mile climb up the Atlantic from the team's offshore base at Marina Rubicón, in Lanzarote, to the one in Sanxenxo, Northern Spain. This is where... [more]
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