Lianwei Zhang makes a splash in the Volvo Ocean RaceFebruary, 2015
Celebrity jump-off for China's most successful golfer
China’s most successful golfer Lianwei Zhang made a splash in the Volvo Ocean Race by jumping off the stern of the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team’s yacht.
The epic round-the-world challenge takes the racing yachts from China to New Zealand
At the start of each leg a celebrity or notable person jumps off into the water at the final marker point of the inshore section.
After a short inshore section at the start of leg 4, close to the Sanya Race Village, ADOR’s celebrity guest made his spectacular jump.
I was a little nervous about jumping but in the end I just stepped up and went for it” Zhang – the first pro-golfer from China to play a tournament in Abu Dhabi – said he had never experienced anything like sailing on Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team’s yacht ‘Azzam’.
The 49-year-old, who had one win on the European Tour to his name, said: “The crew are amazing.
“I didn’t realise how hard these boats are to sail. The crew really has to be super fit and there is a lot all going on at the same time. I was a little nervous about jumping but in the end I just stepped up and went for it.”
Leg 4 is expected to take the fleet about 21 days to complete with the leader predicted to cross the finish line in Auckland on or around March 1.