London, UK - 29 August 2019: A Chinese entrepreneur and her British ‘rocket scientist’ husband are embarking on a unique global campaign to build stronger cultural partnerships and commercial opportunities between Europe and China.
于海玲 Hailing Yu and Tim Harper have a unique combination of skills and experiences in both Europe and China working in new technology markets. They are aware of the potential cultural misunderstandings that can occur and support Chinese hi-tech companies to develop European collaborations.
This week marks the launch of their team in the famous Clipper Round the World Yacht Race which leaves London this Sunday 1 September 2019 bound for three Chinese ports of call in an 11-month, 40,000 nautical mile circumnavigation of the planet.
The team is not named after a company, city or country, but a concept: Dare to Lead! It is based on an ethos of multicultural teamwork, determination and leadership and its international crew consists of amateur sailors from all walks of life, ages and occupations.
于海玲 Hailing Yu said: “By becoming a Team Partner of Dare to Lead we can demonstrate how better cultural understanding, teamwork, determination and leadership leads to success, not only in sport, but also in business. Our experience of working in the hi-tech sectors in Europe and China places us in a unique position to support Chinese companies aiming to build European trade and partnership opportunities with a high confidence of success.”
Dare to Lead will carry this message to its three Chinese ports of call in Sanya, Zhuhai and Qingdao where 于海玲 Hailing Yu will meet with Chinese hi-tech companies and prospective partners.
In addressing the Dare to Lead skipper and crew at the naming ceremony in London Tim Harper congratulated their team spirit. He said: “You are an inspirational example of how courage, vision, leadership and teamwork can overcome any obstacle, of how a group of people working as a team can exceed their wildest expectations, and achieve goals that a collection of individuals could never aspire to. And that gives us, here on dry land, the courage and inspiration to rise to these global challenges.”
Harper stressed: “If I've learned one thing from my time, first at the European Space Agency designing missions to planets and comets, or my subsequent career as a technology entrepreneur, it is that without a top class and well-functioning team the only possible result is failure.”
于海玲 Hailing Yu added: “China already dares to lead and has shown great initiative in developing its economy and world trade through its Belt and Road initiative. We aim to travel the hi-tech Silk Road to build on the positive environment for international business that has already been created by the Chinese government.
“I have learned from past experience that while people may be from different cultures we can be united by common values which often embrace the universal human desire for harmony in our work and family lives.”
The 2019-20 series of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the twelfth edition of the unique biennial global event which trains novices from all walks of life, ages and nationalities to become seasoned ocean sailors, taking on the most challenging oceans on the planet in a fleet of identical 70 foot yachts. The race route takes in Portugal, Uruguay, South Africa, Australia, China, The Philippines, United States, Bermuda and Northern Ireland before returning to London almost a year later in August 2020.