Team Dongfeng new entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15
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 Dongfeng is the third campaign so far to announce its participation in the 12th edition of the offshore race that starts in Alicante on October 4 2014. The team will represent China.
The other two entries are the all-female Team SCA, first to announce their participation, and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing which once again will feature Britain’s twice Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker as skipper.
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. 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.
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.
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.
“The team will include a significant number of Chinese sailors and the search begins now to find the best in the country.”
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