Chinese VOR Squad Swells
Published: Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Four Chinese sailors from the Chinese Yachting Association have been selected to join the Dongfeng Race Team Academy Squad, after the second round of selection trials. (From left) Xiaojing Li, Peng Zhang, Zhen Li and Chencheng Kong will join the existing Academy Squad sailors, bringing the total number of Chinese trainees to 12.
Following a successful and intense second round of selection trials, held over the 8th-9th February, four CYA sailors have joined the selection squad. These 12 Chinese athletes will now compete against each other for several months in order to gain a place onboard the Volvo Ocean 65 Dongfeng during the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Team Director Bruno Dubois explains, “We plan to have several Chinese sailors onboard Dongfeng for the race. They will race shoulder to shoulder with the experienced professional Western crew as the extremity of the race, experience onboard is a must and at this point. Our Academy Squad sailors don’t have the offshore experience at this time, nor have they competed at this high level of offshore competition. However this campaign is looking at the future of Chinese sailing and is part of a bigger picture. In future editions of the race we can expect to see a full Chinese crew and Chinese skipper, but these things need time.”