Published: Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The second edition of the So! Dalian Beach Polo & Marine Lifestyle Show took place on June 18-21 in North China.

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The event organised sea trials, kids sailing classes, and match racing on boats of all sizes to help its guests experience the various pleasures of boating.

Cocktails and Gala dinners at the Shangri La Hotel Dalian, the Gaggenau VIP lounge, the Taittinger Champagne bar and more were organised throughout So! Dalian to offer guests food tastings, fine wines and champagne as well as an exciting networking platform.

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The three-day Beach Polo World Cup was a main draw for VIPs and visitors alike. On the women’s side, the final was a close match between the Shangri La Team and Patriot National team, with Shangri La winning 3 to 2. On the men’s side, the Tianjin Golden Metropolitan Polo Club was the clear winner, beating Air France in the finals 6 to 3.

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The biggest names in the yachting industry from China and overseas introduced their latest models to potential customers and sailing aficionados: Azimut, Beneteau, Lagoon, Monte Carlo Yachts, Jeanneau, Bavaria, Ferretti Group, Blue Whale, Sea Stella, Prestige, Yamaha, Taiyi and Dufour.

Visitors were also introduced to the 8th edition of the Vendée Globe Sailing Race. The world-renowned competition is a single-handed, non-stop race around the world. Taking place every four years, the race will depart in November of 2016 from les Sables d’Olonne, France. CEO David Brabis shared his hopes for the Vendee Globe to welcome its first Chinese skipper by the 2020 edition.

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So! Dalian marks the first event of the year in the China Rendez-Vous’ 2015 calendar and the first of two flagship marine lifestyle events. The second event is So! Hainan in South China, December 3-6.