Miss World to visit Team Sanya

Mike Sanderson's VO70 heads for Ireland

Friday September 2nd 2011, Author: Leslie Greenhalgh, Location: Ireland

Rosanna Davison will revisit her Miss World connections when the Team Sanya yacht arrives into Dublin Port next Monday in the build-up to this year’s Volvo Ocean Race around the world. Skipper and past race winner Mike Sanderson and his crew - including Galway’s Frankie Leonard - will receive a special send-off from Rosanna who won the coveted title in the Chinese city of Sanya in 2003.

Team Sanya, the Chinese entry in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, is supported by Discover Ireland as the 40,000-mile race finishes in Galway in July 2012. A special relationship developed between Ireland and China during the last race through the Green Dragon entry that Rosanna also visited prior to the start of the 2008 race.

As part of the team’s promotion with Discover Ireland, the race boat and crew will call into Dun Laoghaire this Sunday before sailing across Dublin Bay for their meeting with Rosanna the following day.

Mike Sanderson, skipper and CEO of Team Sanya commented on the forthcoming trip: “Our relationship with Ireland is really important to us. Frankie Leonard from Galway is our media crew member and he is going to be paramount in telling our story as we race around the world, building the profile of Ireland as the stunning tourist destination that it is. For many of our team, it is our first time visiting Ireland so we were really happy to include a pitstop in Dublin during one of our training trips.”

Frankie Leonard, Team Sanya race team and the Irish Media Crew Member, added: “As the only Irishman on board I’m very proud to be part of this exciting event with Team Sanya and really looking forward to sailing into Dublin next week. My home town is Galway and finishing there in July 2012 is going to be a very special moment but this stop-over is a perfect way to help build a strong following and fan base in Ireland to develop Ireland’s profile as we travel to nine other ports around the world.”

Team Sanya is working in close partnership with ‘Lets Do It Global’, organisers of the Volvo Ocean Race finish in Galway, under the ‘DiscoverIreland.com’ brand.

“This partnership with China has come about as a result of a lot of hard work dome by all the team at Failte Ireland,” said Enda O’Coineen, Chairman of Let’s Do It Global. “Having such a professional team and a skipper with the calibre of Mike Sanderson, twice winner of the Volvo Ocean Race and media crew-member member Frankie Leonard on board assures us of a very exciting race.”

As the final destination, Galway will host the largest festival in the country. According to a Deloitte Media Impact Study, there were 650,000 visitors to the race village during the stop-over in the last race. As part of the race festival, the Let’s Do It Global Team have developed a concept to showcase all Irish based businesses entitled “Global Village 2012” encompassing four pillars of: Food, Innovation, Green (environment) and Marine and aims to be a unique opportunity to showcase all that is good about doing business in Ireland to a global audience.


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