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Volvo Ocean Race- Third entry confirmed for 2014/15 Race

by Volvo Ocean Race Media on 30 Oct 2013
Jie Qin Head of Communications for DFCV with Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Knut Frostadt Volvo Ocean Race http://www.volvooceanrace.com

A team from China backed by Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle and run by leading sailing experts OC Sport will race in the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15.

Team Dongfeng will have the interests of Chinese sailing at its core - with a significant number of Chinese in the final race crew as well as its support team.

Team Director Bruno Dubois announced the launch of the new campaign in the Hubei province city of Wuhan on Wednesday (Oct. 30).

Team Dongfeng is the third campaign so far to announce its participation in the 12th edition of the world’s leading crewed offshore race that starts on October 4, 2014 with the Alicante In-Port Race before the departure from Spain to Cape Town for the first leg a week later. The team will represent China.

Seven Volvo Ocean 65 boats are currently being constructed in readiness for the next race.

Huang Gang, General Manager of Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Company, said: 'Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle has become an important partner for the Volvo Ocean Race, which is an internationally renowned sailing event. This is also a key step in DFCV's global marketing strategy.'

OC Sport, which will run all aspects of the campaign, is one of the most respected companies in the sport of sailing and responsible for the successful Extreme Sailing Series as well as numerous race campaigns over the past 15 years including those of record-breaking British female sailor, Dame Ellen MacArthur.

It is, however, the first time that OC Sport and its Executive Chairman, Mark Turner, has been involved in running a Volvo Ocean Race campaign and so fulfils a long-standing ambition for him, and for Team Director Bruno Dubois, who both competed in the 1989-90 race.

'We are aiming for a successful race entry with a Chinese team, not just a successful entry – this is an absolute at the heart of this very exciting and challenging project,' said Turner.

Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle will be the title partner of the campaign, but will be supported by a number of other commercial partners which OC Sport is now seeking to allow the campaign to realise its full potential.

These partners will have the opportunity to share a story that is expected to receive significant global exposure, in particular in China itself, through Team Dongfeng’s participation.

Team Dongfeng follow Team Sanya (2011-12) and Green Dragon (2008-09) as the third Chinese entry in the race’s 40-year history, the latter a joint-entry with Ireland.


Two Chinese sailors have previously participated in the Volvo Ocean Race – media crew member Guo Chuan in 2008-09 on Green Dragon and 'Tiger' Teng Jianghe in 2011-12 on Team Sanya, predating China’s sailing success in the London 2012 Olympics with Xu Lijia winning gold in the women’s laser radial.

But this project, and the planned establishment of an academy, has the potential to provide a major boost to the development of professional, and indeed all types, of sailing in China.

Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad said on Wednesday that he expected Team Dongfeng to be a real contender. 'I know there is a Chinese proverb saying: ‘Everything is ready and all that we need is an east wind’. Now we have the support from DFCV and Dongfeng means 'east wind' in Mandarin.

'Team Dongfeng will be sailing in our new One-Design Volvo Ocean 65 like the rest of the fleet which means they will have exactly the same boat and competitive opportunities as anyone in the race, and they will be one of the first teams on the water,' he told reporters.

'The team will include a significant number of Chinese sailors and the search begins now to find the best in the country. They are sure to be the subject of huge media interest in China as Guo and Tiger were before them.'

Team Director Bruno Dubois highlighted the initial focus of the campaign. 'Our priority is the recruitment and training of the Chinese sailors. This is very clearly the biggest challenge we have – to condense many years of experience of the average Volvo Ocean Race crew into just 10 months.

'But equally this process is at the heart of the project; we want to leave a real legacy that will both motivate the Chinese to want to embrace the sport of sailing, and be able to develop the talent so that, ultimately, a future campaign could be 100% Chinese.

'It had already been revealed earlier this year that the next race would again feature a stopover in China in the port of Sanya. The city in the Hainan Island province successfully hosted the event in 2011-2012, following Qingdao who became the first Chinese hosts in the previous edition of 2008-09.

About Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle

Established in 1969, Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Co. Limited (DFCV) has taken over the core business of Dongfeng group as the business division for medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

With Shiyan the main production base, DFCV boasts a wide range of products covering medium and heavy-duty trucks, complete bus & bus chassis in its vehicle business, cab and chassis frames in its key components and assemblies business, as well as engines, transmissions and axles in its powertrain business.

DFCV has become one of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturers. It has enjoyed the leading market position in medium and heavy-duty truck sales in China for several years.

For more information see the DFCV website www.dfcv.com.cn.

About OC Sport

OC Sport is a global sports marketing and events company specialising in professional sailing and outdoor events ranging from running, cycling and winter sports, to more extreme sports including adventure racing and trail running.

The company can be found in every outdoor arena: oceans, lakes, mountains, deserts and city centres.

By the end of 2013 OC Sport’s international team will have delivered 22 events and more than 100 days of competition, across 32 host venues, spanning four continents.

For more information see www.ocsport.com.

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