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China Team announces crew for Naples World Series

by Stephanie Martin on 14 Mar 2012
China Team in action - America’s Cup World Series - Day 7, 18 September 2011 Ben Gladwell http://www.sail-world.com/nz
China Team, the Chinese challenger for the America’s Cup 34 Sailing regatta to take place in San Francisco in the summer of 2013, has announced the crew to compete at the Naples AC World Series (April 7-15, 2012) is ready and have all arrived at the Serenity Marina in Sanya, the China Team base, to start training for the upcoming competition.

Among the eight crew members, two skippers will be training on the recently acquired Ventilo M2 catamarans for the exclusive position of China Team skipper in Sanya.

Fred Le Peutrec is a sailing veteran and one of the most experienced multihull skippers in the world. Fred has accumulated a number of world records, including the 'Jules Verne Trophy' (previously called 'The Race' around the world) three times (with Loick Peyron (2012), Franck Cammas (2010), Grant Dalton (2001)); he has been winner of the ORMA (trimaran) championships and has been in the top 3 on numerous occasions for World Championships and various multihull categories.

The second skipper is already a China Team member - Phil Robertson. At only 25 years old, Phil fronts WAKA Racing, a tight team of top young sailors, and has already won many major regattas. He is eighth worldwide on the World Match Racing Tour rankings and is aiming for number 1. Phil has placed in the top three in over 20 races in the past two years as skipper.

Wang Chaoyong, chairman of China Team, says 'We are fully committed to creating an environment for our sailors that will enable them to compete at the same level as their competitors. Training and practice is a key element of success and we will make sure that China Team sailors are ready for the upcoming races. With Sanya’s close-to-ideal sailing conditions all year round , and our new team base in the world-class Serenity Marina, the China Team crew will be able to practice in between all races, as well as support the training of the Chinese athletes'.

China Team’s international crew will be training in Sanya from March 14 to 29, 2012, and will be heading to Naples for the upcoming America’s Cup World Series, to compete against the 10 other teams which represent the challengers and the defender of the America’s Cup.

Five years after China entered the America’s Cup race for the first time, China is back in the competition with China Team under the leadership of chairman Wang Chaoyong and led by the 25 year America Cup veteran Thierry Barot. This new challenger team will feature mainly Chinese sailors, on a China-built boat.

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