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First Chinese Solo Circumnavigation

April 5, 2013 – Qingdao, China


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No rest for the weary. Here, Chuan battles rough weather in the Taiwan Strait during his sprint to the finish line. © 2017 Guo Chuan

Chinese singlehander Guo Chuan, 48, completed a nonstop lap around the planet yesterday morning, thus becoming the first of his countrymen to do so. The benchmark he set, from Qingdao to Qingdao, was 137d, 20h, 1m, and will stand as a Class 40 record.

Sailing his 40-ft sloop named for it's homeport, Qingdao, he arrived at the city's Olympic Sailing Center to a huge crowd of well-wishers. According to news reports, he was so anxious to see his wife and two sons that he couldn't wait for his boat to arrive at the dock. Instead, he leaped into the water and swam several yards to reach them.


Chuan records his rounding of Cape Horn. © 2017 Guo Chuan

"I’m so on the top of the world," said Chuan at the press conference. "It’s such an unbelievable moment. 137 days ago, I wouldn’t have imagined I could have a moment like this. It is a moment that could only happen in a dream."


Chuan is seen here romping across the Southern Ocean aboard Qingdao. Sailing solo more than 21,000 miles in a tiller boat is quite a feat. © 2017 Guo Chuan

A scientist by profession, trained in aeronautics and astronautics, Chuan was introduced to sailing only 15 years ago. But since then he's been on a fast track, participating in the 2006 Clipper Round the World Race, the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race, and the Mini Transat (transatlantic) in 2011. He was the first Chinese competitor in all three events. With such momentum we have to wonder what Chuan will tackle next.

- latitude / andy

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Eleven Days from Cabo

April 5, 2013 – Sausalito


Seaward took just 11 days to sail from Mexico to the Bay. Photo Courtesy Seaward
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Who says returning from Baja has to be a bash? The 82-ft schooner Seaward, a non-profit educational tall ship, made the trip from Cabo to her berth at Sausalito's Bay Model — a 1,600-mile voyage — in just 11 days, 11 hours.

"We'd originally planned to travel up the coast from Cabo, but the weather forecasts were perfect for the Clipper Route," said Seaward's captain Ryan Shamburger. "We were on starboard tack the entire trip, with a good southerly breeze for the last 60 hours of it. Full sail under clear skies and gently rolling seas were the norm. This was my first Clipper Route passage and, considering our fast run home, I'll always pick the ocean over the Baja Bash."


Plot points for her trip home. Photo Courtesy Seaward
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More than 50 crew enjoyed winter cruising in the Sea and the mainland's Gold Coast during Seaward's three months in Mexico. To find out more about the organization's mission, visit their website at www.callofthesea.org or visit Seaward at Strictly Sail next weekend, April 11-14, at Oakland's Jack London Square. Free Family Adventure Sails are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday from 3-5 p.m. A sign-up sheet will be available at the boat on the day of the sail — first come, first served!

- angie lackey

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April 5, 2013 – Two Harbors, CA

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Weekend Racing Preview

April 5, 2013 – San Francisco Bay

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Nico Popp's SunFast 3200 Dare Dare was looking good in a Sequoia YC race last month. © 2017 Tim Petersen

Among local races on Saturday, Sequoia YC's Summer Series begins, Santa Rosa Sailing Club takes to Spring Lake, and Coyote Point YC holds their Andy Byrd Memorial Pursuit Race. We asked whether any of the hearty Bullship racers were planning to hustle back to Richmond YC for the intraclub race that afternoon, but didn't hear of any takers. Stockton Sailing Club's Spring Series continues on Sunday. Sausalito YC's Women's Skipper Race, which had been scheduled for Saturday, is canceled.

OYRA is having a pre-season competitors' meeting at Berkeley YC on Thursday, April 11. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will start around 7. Among the speakers will be Sally Honey, who will talk about the Low Speed Chase incident and local conditions. Skippers and crew are encouraged to attend.

Continue preparing for offshore races with a seminar specially developed for safety on our local ocean: US Sailing's new half-day Coastal Safety at Sea Seminar at Strictly Sail Pacific on the morning of Sunday, April 14. Topics will include:

  • Personal safety gear
  • Crew overboard recovery
  • Emergency communications
  • Coast Guard Search and Rescue
  • Breaking wave prediction and avoidance

Chuck Hawley, Chair, US Sailing SAS Committee; Bruce Brown, Safety at Sea moderator and sailor; and Jim Antrim, Naval Architect and active racer, will be the presenters. Students who complete the seminar will be entered in the US Sailing database. This is being phased in as a requirement of OYRA, SSS and others, and is intended for local races. If your plans include Coastal Cup, Spinnaker Cup, TransPac or Pacific Cup, you should do the 8-hour version (see www.pacificcup.org/seminars/2013sas). Space is limited; sign up at NorCalORC.org.

- latitude / chris

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