Dongfeng Race Team Starts Sailing on its Global Journey
Volvo Ocean Race has 40 years of history, representing the world's top competitive strength in offshore sailing competition. Dongfeng Race Team is a set up through global recruitment. The skipper Charles Caudrelier is a French professional, with multiple experiences. He will lead the11 top professional crew members to fulfill the nine-month long journey with ten stopovers, across the four oceans and five continents. There aresix Chinese crew members. This crew will be the first team ever with Chinese crew members in Volvo Ocean Race history. This has attracted great attention from the international media.
“Dongfeng Trucks is one of China's leading truck brands with 45 years of history. The product range covers heavy to medium duty truck. TheVolvo Ocean Race - the world's top sailing race - will globally promote the Dongfeng Trucks brand. With trust, professional and powerfulcombinations of new technology it will further support the Dongfeng Race Team in the sailing contest. The team will experience the fusion and forces of the nature" - says Mr Huang Gang, President of Dongfeng Trucks.
“We have a strong foothold in South East Asia and in other strategic markets globally. Some of the ten stopovers in the Volvo Ocean Race will match our overseas objectives. The race will communicate and reinforce our brand awareness, product offers and it will further develop new business opportunities and partnership”, continues Mr Gary Huang.
Dongfeng Trucks is now in full operation with its global activities. The company has just successfully ended its debut at the Hannover International Auto show, IAA and is now focusing on the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante, in Spain. These activities are just the beginning for Dongfeng Trucks to go globally.
The up-coming partnership with the Volvo Group is steadily moving forward. This partnership will create a platform for our mutual global objectives. The intention is to establish a strong and reliable partnership based on trust and understanding. This will truly be a win-win strategic partnership.
As for Dongfeng Trucks, the Race Team has opened new way toward its global journey. Just as Mr Gary Huang says - ”The Dongfeng Race Team not only carry the dream of Chinese sailors, conquering the ocean, but also stand for the Chinese dream for offshore sailing, and even more, it symbolize DongfengTrucks’ way to go global.
The pavilion of Dongfeng Race Team – Dongfeng Trucks, Aeolus Tyres and the City of Shiyan - is located in the Race Village in the city of Alicante in Spain. It communicates corporate and products offers plus Chinese culture to the audience. There will be a Wudang Kungfu show which originates from the Dongfeng Trucks’ hometown near Wudang Mountain in the Hubei province in China. The information will be communicated during the full race. Dongfeng Race Team members will surprise the visitors with exciting onboard experience, race-watching and other amazing on-board experiences.
The Race will open to the public on Oct. 4th, 2014. The Leg 1 will officially start on Oct. 11th. There will be severe competitions through the In-port Races, Leg Races, and the Pro-Am Races.