Team Sanya only announced its participation in the Volvo Ocean Race in June and the team, skippered by 2005-06 champion Mike Sanderson, is actively recruiting the crew that will contest the race – including at least one sailor from China.
The other big task on the team's hands is to refit the Volvo Open 70 Telefónica Blue boat from the last race. That is going ahead now in the UK, with the team due to take part in the Fastnet, with rivals Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Groupama.
Team Sanya skipper Mike Sanderson (speaking late last month): "This campaign is very late in getting going, and there is no doubt that we are handicapped by having to use an older generation boat. "That said, we know we need to pitch the boat's performance into a corner and Telefónica Blue last time was very quick in the light and moderate conditions and potent during inshore racing. "Seeing the new boats launched so far, it appears she still might be okay in these conditions. Only time will tell of course, but we do feel that she will offer us a great opportunity to have our 'day in the sun'."
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