‘My honour to compete in Volvo Ocean Race’, says Tiger Teng Jianghe
Teng Jianghe, a 37-year-old entrepreneur, is the first Chinese sailor to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race.
With only 2 years of yachting experience, Teng Jianghe, nicknamed “Tiger”, said he was honoured to join Team Sanya, the first Chinese yachting team to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race.
For Teng Jianghe, it’s not a hobby, but an honourable job to become a real sailor at sea. “I will spare no efforts to get the respect from my crew members and learn more sailing skills. I will prove that Chinese are also best sailors.”
“Tiger has impressed everyone in the team from day one. He is determined, focused and has an endless hunger to learn everything he can – both on and off the boat," said Mike Sanderson, the New Zealand skipper of Team Sanya.
Mike Sanderson makes no secret of his affection for Teng Jianghe, “Tiger is like a robot, he works very hard and has a good team spirit. We are very lucky to find an adaptable Chinese sailor like him.”
For Teng Jianghe, it’s also an opportunity to step closer to his dream, or his plan as he said, “I hope I can become a skipper to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race one day.”
"I hope that many Chinese people will become inspired to learn to sail through my experience and I also hope that we can encourage many people to visit the tropical destination of Sanya by promoting the profile of Hainan and Sanya through our beautiful race boat colors."