AC China Team setting up shop in Sanya

China Team starting the third race of day four of the America’s Cup World Series regatta in Cascais, Portugal. 11/8/2011
China Team, the sole Chinese challenger for the AC 34, to take place in San Francisco in the summer of 2013, is delighted to announce that they will set up a training base in Sanya, at the Serenity Marina. Serenity Marina will host China Team’s boats and sailing requirements for the upcoming training of China Team.

China Team is thrilled to have a home at Serenity Marina. Thierry Barot, CEO of China Team, says 'Serenity Marina is the first world class marina in China and has all the requirements that China Team needs to be able to train both the international sailors as well as the Chinese sailors whom we are in the process of recruiting. China Team has already received the two boats that will be used to train the crew before the next America’s Cup World Series in Naples. Sanya is the ideal location for China Team training needs, with its tropical weather and idea sailing conditions all year round'.

Thierry Barot, Skipper of China Team - Extreme 40 Sailing Series - Asia
Two Ventilo M2 catamarans have been purchased by China Team and will be arriving at the Serenity Marina shortly to train all crew prior to racing. These boats have been modified to ensure that they fit within the America’s Cup requirements that they do not exceed the 10 meter length overall.

Mr Gerard Houa, Managing Director of Sanya Serenity Marina explains 'Serenity Marina, with its world-class facilities, is the perfect marina to welcome and host China Team, the Chinese challenger for the America’s Cup. Sanya is the yachting destination of China, and Serenity Marina is uniquely positioned to become the Marina for yachting in Sanya. Serenity Marina is completely equipped to handle all yachting needs, and with our 100-ton capacity travel lift, we will also be able to accommodate the larger training boats that China Team will be using for training the Chinese athletes'.

China Team’s international crew will be training in Sanya from March 14 to 29, 2012, before heading to Naples for the upcoming America’s Cup World Series, to compete against the nine other teams which represent the challengers and the defender of the America’s Cup.