Yacht Zhuhai leaves London for race around the world
Chinese yachts Zhuhai, Visit Sanya China, and Qingdao set sail with eight others from London's St Katherine Docks on Sep 1 on the first leg of the 2019-20 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
The 11 yachts will sail over 40,000 nautical miles between now and August 2020.
Naming ceremony on Aug 31 [Photo courtesy Zhuhai Daily]
The Clipper Race is one of the most influential sailing events in the world. It is also one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other.
Last July, Zhuhai Jiuzhou Holdings signed an agreement with Clipper Race operator Clipper Ventures, adding the city of Zhuhai as a stopover on the Chinese leg of the event's eight rounds. Zhuhai will be the host port and a team partner during the 2019-20, 2021-22, and 2023-24 editions.
This is the first time that the city has participated in the global sailing competition with a yacht bearing its name. This is seen as a boost to the sailing industry and maritime culture in Zhuhai as it increases global exposure of the city's image.
Ambassador sailors promote Zhuhai
As a host port and team partner, Zhuhai has selected 18 "ambassador sailors" to join the voyage and promote the city. Female sailors He Ping and Pan Yue are aboard for Race 1 -- the Atlantic Trade Winds Leg.
Zhuhai will be the third stopover in the Asia Pacific Leg 5. The fleet is expected to arrive on March 2. After completing the fifth leg, the yachts will set off on March 9 to Qingdao before arriving in Seattle in the US.
Zhuhai sets sail [Photos courtesy Xinhua]
Eighteen Zhuhai Ambassadors selected on March 15 include Wu Kefu, who recently graduated as a research assistant from an unnamed Zhuhai university campus.
Nick Leggatt, a 52-year-old seasoned yachtsman from Cape Town, South Africa, will skipper the yacht Zhuhai during the 2019-20 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
The Chinese yachts Zhuhai, Qingdao, and Sanya will set sail from St. Katherine Dock on Sept 1 after a week's preparation for a 40,000-nautical-mile global adventure in the 2019-20 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Solicitation for 16 Zhuhai Ambassador Crew to represent the "Islands & Sailing" city in the 2019-20 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race began on Dec 12.