Out into the North Atlantic

Green Dragon VO70 sets off on her qualifier

Friday August 8th 2008, Author: Lucy Harwood, Location: United Kingdom
The Green Dragon Volvo Open 70 set off for her mandatory 2000-mile Volvo Ocean Race qualification passage from her base in Cork this morning. The boat, which is sailing with a crew of 13, will head south to round the Fastnet rock and then north-east into the North Atlantic for the week-long passage. The current forecast is quite strong, with a large depression heading east providing a good test for the crew and the boat.

For this qualification, the Green Dragon Racing Team are joined by some new additions in the form of three Chinese crew members, who are all being trialled for a place on board the boat during the 37,000 mile Volvo Ocean Race. The three Chinese crew members sailing onboard are Haung Jian, Guo Chuan and Jue Wang.

“We have been sailing as much as possible since our arrival in Cork. But this qualification passage is a crucial part of our testing programme,” said skipper Ian Walker. “The forecast is good, we are looking at some challenging conditions around 30 knots, which will enable us to sail the boat in ‘race mode’ so to speak, putting the boat through its paces”.

Green Dragon Racing Team crew list 2000-mile qualification passage:
1) Ian Walker (GBR)
2) Justin Slattery (IRL)
3) Tom Braidwood (AUS)
4) Freddie Shanks (GBR)
5) Andrew Maclean (NZ)
6) Phil Harmer (AUS)
7) Scott Millar (IRL)
8) Guo Chuan (CHN)
9) Ian Moore (IRL)
10) Damian Foxall (IRL)
11) Neal McDonald (GBR)
12) Huang Jian (CHN)
13) Jue Wang (CHN)

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