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Chinese patriot solo-sails into 8 km off Diaoyu Islands

2012-10-11 07:26:25 GMT2012-10-11 15:26:25(Beijing Time)

By Zhao Wei, Sina English

As the Japan-triggered flare-up over the Diaoyu Islands enrages the Chinese people, Chinese patriots choose to go on their own way to show indignation toward Japan’s plot to seize the Chinese territory.

After nine and a half days of sailing on the sea, Guo Chuan, preparing for a solo round-the-globe sailing in his "Tsingtao", concluded the first sea trial and reached the port of Tsingtao at 10:30 p.m. on October 8. 

The main task of this sea trial was to transport his 40-foot-class boat, named "Tsingtao", from Hong Kong to Tsingtao, China’s east port city in Shandong Province, and test the controlling system, communication and navigation equipments on the boat.  

During the sea trial, Guo’s boat was seen sailing in the water 8 kilometers off the Diaoyu Islands. The Japanese coast guard dispatched six patrol ships in attempt to intercept Guo’s boat. In the process, the Japanese fleet was photographed pressing his sailing boat from both sides. 

The 47-year-old has already made history in China creating many “firsts”: His is the first Chinese who participated in the Clipper Round the World in 2006; the first Chinese who completed the VOLVO Ocean Race in 2008-2009; and appointed as the first Chinese "Champion for Peace" by Peace and Sport Association.  

In September, Guo decided to challenge a new record: trying a solo sailing non-stop around the globe.


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