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Dongfeng Race Team: Success at China Cup for Chinese Team mates Kit, Black, Kong and Leo
Whilst Chen Jinhao (Horace) and Yang Jiru (Wolf) race on the high seas of the Volvo Ocean Race, their Chinese Dongfeng teammates Cheng Ying Kit (Kit), Liu Xue (Black), Kong Chencheng (Kong) and Liu Ming (Leo) were racing on the waters of Shenzhen and Hong Kong in the 8th edition of the China Cup International Regatta. The outcome could not have been better, as Dongfeng Race Team fought off the 14 other entries to win the IRC-B Division.

In total 103 entries representing more than 30 countries, competed in the China Cup International Regatta across the different classes. It was the perfect environment for the Dongfeng sailors to continue their training and boat handling skills: “The aim is to put the sailors in a competitive environment whenever we get the opportunity, and the China Cup is the biggest regatta in the country and one of the biggest in Asia, with the quality going up every year,” said team director, Bruno Dubois.

Dongfeng Race Team put in a dominant performance from the start winning the first three races and the final race (eight) to secure victory. The Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 was skippered by the boat’s designer Daniel Andrieu; however, all eyes were on the Chinese sailors on board the 36-footer. Dubois is deservedly proud of the progress that his Chinese apprentices have made in the past year. “I was at the China Cup a year ago looking for talent,” he said, “and there were certain qualities we were looking for such as strength and fitness. But the main thing is spirit, and that is what these sailors have. Spirit is the most important quality.”

Kit, Black, Kong and Leo are all hoping to be selected for a leg of the Volvo Ocean Race that started from Alicante, Spain on 11th October and will finish in Gothenburg, Sweden, next June. For now, it is Horace and Wolf, who dedicated Leg 1 to Leo, who are flying the flag for China on board the VO65 Dongfeng. “Our long term objective is to bring offshore racing to China and develop Chinese sailors to become offshore professionals. That doesn’t mean just having a few onboard and that’s it, we will keep training the Chinese guys who are not onboard the VO65 Dongfeng, so they have a chance of racing in a Volvo Ocean Race leg in the future. This is our first training regatta and will be followed by the Tour of Arabia in February and multiple Extreme Sailing Series events in 2015, including the Chinese event in Qingdao. We are training these guys from every angle, not just sailing but from a shore perspective as well, teaching them how to manage and care for big boats so they become excellent all round sailors. Our short term objective is to have six excellent Chinese offshore sailors by July 2015 and if you ask me, we’re heading in the right direction.”

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