Published: Thursday, 29 October 2015

In an effort to promote sailing culture, on-water sports and tourism across the region, the 30-metre trimaran Qingdao arrived at Nansha Marina in Guangzhou, China as part of the new 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The voyage across the ancient Maritime Silk Road hopes to foster a new image of China.

Nansha Marina Welcomes Trimaran Qingdao 1


Qingdao departed from its home harbour in Qingdao on October 21 before making a stop in Shanghai. Nansha was the second stop on the voyage (Oct 28), while the next and final stop within China will be Hong Kong.

During the two-month journey, the trimaran will visit Singapore, Sri Lanka, India, Egypt, Italy and finally arrive in Monaco in late December.

Qingdao is being sailed by a crew of six including Skipper Guo Chuan, world record holder for the solo non-stop circumnavigation in a 40-foot yacht.

Nansha Marina Welcomes Trimaran Qingdao

(Nansha Marina - Guangzhou, China)

The Qingdao trimaran (formerly IDEC) has become well known in the sailing world for its incredible racing history. In 2008, former Skipper Francis Joyon circled the planet alone in 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and six seconds to set a world record for the fastest around-the-world sailing. Qingdao also holds the 24-hour solo speed world record and North Atlantic record.

Media and event organisers welcomed Qingdao at its stopover at Nansha Marina, where 21st Century Maritime Silk Road organisers presented a token of appreciation to Nansha Marina Commodore Erik Fok for support and assistance of the event.