Chinese sailing team qualifies for one of the toughest ocean races_China_Asia Pacific Daily

To download APD News app

1. Please scan the QR Code 2. Download and install APD News App

Chinese sailing team qualifies for one of the toughest ocean races

China2017-11-13

An all Chinese sailing crew celebrated in Sydney on Sunday, after officially qualifying for one of the world's most challenging and prestigious ocean races. The De Rucci won its place in Australia's Sydney to Hobart yacht race after completing an offshore event on the east coast of Australia Saturday evening, which was designed to test competitors night-sailing capabilities. This will be the fourth consecutive year, the Shanghai-based Noah's sailing team has entered the famed Boxing Day event. "This race is hailed as one of the top three offshore events in the world sailing community," skipper Qing Dong said. "And we really want to challenge in this race." After arriving in Sydney in October, the crew has been preparing for the grueling race with rigorous physical and tactical training. The Sydney Harbor Qing said he is full of confidence six weeks out from the event. "We made a lot of preparations and I believe our efforts will be rewarded," he said. A secret weapon for the De Rucci in the lead up to the race has been the help of Aussie sailing coach Ben Morrison-Jack. With almost two decades of professional experience, the three-time America's Cup veteran has put the team through its paces and shared some local knowledge for the upcoming race. "The experiences you gain from years of sailing is what helps you get through the situations in Sydney to Hobart because it can throw anything up at any time," Morrison-Jack said. "So to cram all that learning into three months is quite difficult and it's almost impossible to be prepared for anything, but I'm just trying to teach them a lot of the basics so that when something crops up they can deal with it in the best way." The Chinese crew on ARK323 – a Chinese TP52 team. Wild winds, huge seas, and cramped, cold conditions will be just a few of the challenges awaiting the crew onboard the "super-fast" TP 52, a model that Morrison-Jack said is not particularly suited to offshore racing. "I've done a couple of Sydney to Hobart on these boats," Morrison-Jack said. "The interesting thing is that they are not designed to do ocean sailing, they are more designed for grand prix racing in the Mediterranean, kind of the opposite to Sydney to Hobart." "But that makes it more exciting and you can go faster! It's definitely more fun and more challenging to sail." (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

An all Chinese sailing crew celebrated in Sydney on Sunday, after officially qualifying for one of the world's most challenging and prestigious ocean races.

The De Rucci won its place in Australia's Sydney to Hobart yacht race after completing an offshore event on the east coast of Australia Saturday evening, which was designed to test competitors night-sailing capabilities.

This will be the fourth consecutive year, the Shanghai-based Noah's sailing team has entered the famed Boxing Day event.

"This race is hailed as one of the top three offshore events in the world sailing community," skipper Qing Dong said.

"And we really want to challenge in this race."

After arriving in Sydney in October, the crew has been preparing for the grueling race with rigorous physical and tactical training.

The Sydney Harbor

The Sydney Harbor

Qing said he is full of confidence six weeks out from the event.

"We made a lot of preparations and I believe our efforts will be rewarded," he said.

A secret weapon for the De Rucci in the lead up to the race has been the help of Aussie sailing coach Ben Morrison-Jack.

With almost two decades of professional experience, the three-time America's Cup veteran has put the team through its paces and shared some local knowledge for the upcoming race.

"The experiences you gain from years of sailing is what helps you get through the situations in Sydney to Hobart because it can throw anything up at any time," Morrison-Jack said.

"So to cram all that learning into three months is quite difficult and it's almost impossible to be prepared for anything, but I'm just trying to teach them a lot of the basics so that when something crops up they can deal with it in the best way."

The Chinese crew on ARK323 – a Chinese TP52 team.

The Chinese crew on ARK323 – a Chinese TP52 team.

Wild winds, huge seas, and cramped, cold conditions will be just a few of the challenges awaiting the crew onboard the "super-fast" TP 52, a model that Morrison-Jack said is not particularly suited to offshore racing.

"I've done a couple of Sydney to Hobart on these boats," Morrison-Jack said.

"The interesting thing is that they are not designed to do ocean sailing, they are more designed for grand prix racing in the Mediterranean, kind of the opposite to Sydney to Hobart."

"But that makes it more exciting and you can go faster! It's definitely more fun and more challenging to sail."

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

Hot Recommended

  • China: Grieving mother confronts murdered daughter's former roommate

  • China’s giant energy firm keen to expand cooperation with Indonesia

  • Indonesia frees hostages from separatist group’s custody in Papua

  • Pakistan:Honda criticized for blaming fuel quality for vehicle’s failure

  • EU silence over Catalan leader's call for action speaks volumes

  • China reaches agreement with WHO on fight against cancer