Mike Sanderson back in the Volvo Ocean Race

2005-6 race winner to skipper Team Sanya
They say you can never keep a good man down and so it is that after a year out of the game post TeamOrigin, winner of the 2005-6 Volvo Ocean Race Mike Sanderson is back with an 11th hour campaign in the fully crewed round the world race backed by the Chinese government, called Team Sanya, Sanya being the Chinese stopover this time around. “It’s nice to be back in the hot seat after a year of R&R,” said Sanderson, 40, late last night from China. “For me it is an amazing challenge. It is an opportunity to help develop China as an ocean racing nation. We know that when China puts their mind to something, as we’ve seen time and time again, they tend not to do things by halves.” While Green Dragon had partial funding from China in the last race, and had Guo Chuan as their on board media crewman, Sanderson says that in this next race they will have a squad of three or four Chinese sailors and of these at least one would always on board as part of the sailing team. “This is about developing awareness in China and with the Chinese people, to try and get a huge wave of momentum behind the Volvo Ocean Race and ocean racing and sailing, in the hope that this could be a stepping stone to being able to have a race winning campaign in the next race,” maintains Sanderson. “So given the incredibly short amount of time, we have been careful that the budget fits what our objectives need to be for this one. It is really about dipping the nation’s toe in the water. It is trying to over-achieve for this one in the hope that we can encourage them to bigger and better things and be a