Le Peutrec versus Robertson
China Team has announced that the crew to compete at the Naples AC World Series is ready and have all arrived at the Serenity Marina in Sanya, the China Team base, to start training for the upcoming competition. Among the eight crew members, two skippers will be training on the recently acquired Ventilo M2 catamarans for the exclusive position of China Team skipper in Sanya.
Fred Le Peutrec is one of the most experienced multihull skippers in the world. A former Olympic Tornado sailor le Peutrec skippered the ORMA 60 trimaran Beyer CropScience and has sailed multihulls round the world non-stop three times - with Grant Dalton on Club Med in The Race and on both of the last two successful attempts of the Jules Verne Trophy - with Franck Cammas on Groupama 3 in 2010 and on Banque Populaire earlier this year.
The competition for Le Peutrec comes from a very different background in the form of 25 year old Kiwi match racer, Phil Robertson. Robertson normally fronts WAKA Racing and is currently placed 8th on the World Match Racing Tour.
Wang Chaoyong, Chairman of China Team, says: “We are fully committed to creating an environment for our sailors that will enable them to compete at the same level as their competitors. Training and practice is a key element of success and we will make sure that China Team sailors are ready for the upcoming races. With Sanya’s close-to-ideal sailing conditions all year round , and our new team base in the world-class Serenity Marina, the China Team crew will be able to practice in between all races, as well as support the training of the Chinese athletes”.
China Team’s international crew will be training in Sanya over 14 to 29 March before heading to Naples for the upcoming America’s Cup World Series.