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Robertson, at 25 the second youngest skipper in the AC World Series fleet, was enthused by the team’s performance last week. China Team scored its first match racing victory on the America’s Cup World Series circuit and they counted a 5th as their top finish in the fleet racing championship. Robertson said the crew work was much improved.
“We won our first match race and had a 5th, 7th and 8th in the fleet racing, which is fantastic for the team,” said Robertson. “It shows how much we’ve improved over the past two weeks. In between the two events we worked hard in the gym and we’ve managed to put in a few more training sessions. Now we’re competitive with a little more momentum behind us, and we’re really happy with how it’s all gone.”

Robertson, at 25 the second youngest skipper in the AC World Series fleet, was enthused by the team’s performance last week. China Team scored its first match racing victory on the America’s Cup World Series circuit and they counted a 5th as their top finish in the fleet racing championship. Robertson said the crew work was much improved.

“We won our first match race and had a 5th, 7th and 8th in the fleet racing, which is fantastic for the team,” said Robertson. “It shows how much we’ve improved over the past two weeks. In between the two events we worked hard in the gym and we’ve managed to put in a few more training sessions. Now we’re competitive with a little more momentum behind us, and we’re really happy with how it’s all gone.”

I think the team has taken a massive step forward in crew work and boatspeed. We’ve been here for two weeks and we’ve learned so much in terms of how to make the boat go faster. We’re excited to get into the racing and see whether we can put ourselves in a good position early and hopefully stay there to the end. - Phil Robertson, China Team

I think the team has taken a massive step forward in crew work and boatspeed. We’ve been here for two weeks and we’ve learned so much in terms of how to make the boat go faster. We’re excited to get into the racing and see whether we can put ourselves in a good position early and hopefully stay there to the end. - Phil Robertson, China Team

If the AC World Series presented an award for perseverance it would likely go to China Team. The team has gone through numerous skippers and many sailors over the past year, but currently is led by Phil Robertson, at 25 years old the youngest skipper in the fleet. Robertson guided China Team to 11th place in the first AC World Series San Francisco.

Crew: Phil Robertson (skipper), Garth Ellingham (wingsail trimmer), Nick Catley (headsail trimmer), Ming Yang (bow), YingKit Cheng (floater)

Prediction for October: A mid-fleet finish would show improvement and be gratifying in the team’s quest for development.