1st round of selection trials for VOR Team Dongfeng completes in Sanya
The selection trials started at 8:00 am on December 16th at the team’s official training base at Sanya Serenity Marina.
Following a brief introduction from Bruno Dubois, the Team Dongfeng Director, 20 potential sailing candidates and 2 media crew members were separated into four groups and a selection team began to manage the selection trials process.
“The purpose of the selection trials is to identify the athletes who have the most potential to be offshore racers and who show the ability to work effectively as a team in any task and to learn the skills needed over the coming months to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race next October,” said Guo Chuan, a Chinese sailor who is on the selection team.
“These testing programs may sound strange, but each is specially designed for a purpose and to complete them not only require plenty of coordination and cooperation work as a team but also a huge amount of patience. Strong determination and strict discipline are the keys to victory in the Volvo Ocean Race”, said Bruno Dubois
“We have seen some good performances during the selection trials,” said Guo Chuan. “Some of them demonstrated a very logical approach to problem solving and the right attitude to contribute towards team performance. Many of them impressed us with their high-ability sailing skills.”
The judging panel now has to make a decision on which candidates will be chosen to participate in the following training program activities starting in January 2014. Team Dongfeng is looking for some of best Chinese sailing athletes before a Chinese training Elite Squad is to be announced in March.
Further selection trials will be held in January as the search for Team Dongfeng’s Chinese crew continues.