On August 30th, 2019, a naming ceremony for team Sanya’s boat – Visit Sanya, China — was held at St. Katharine Docks, London.

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Attendees included Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, founder of the Clipper Round-the-World Race, Mr. Seumas Kellock, skipper of the Sanya team, all crew members from the Sanya team, and their family members.

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Performers representing Sanya’s Li ethnic group played music on nose flutes and tree leaves, leaving the audience mesmerized.

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Sanya crew member Afshin said he was deeply impressed by the unique performances and would tell more relatives and friends about Sanya’s tropical charm.

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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston extended his best wishes to the sailors, who will soon embark on a 40,000 nautical-mile global route, to include 15 stopovers in Sanya, Zhuhai, and Qingdao. He noted that last year’s race helped create a strong cooperative relationship between Sanya and the Clipper Round-the-World Race, and that this year’s event is sure to create more opportunities for Sanya.

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During the event, Sanya team skipper Seumas Kellock gave an interview to London-stationed CCTV reporters, expressing his sense of responsibility and determination to promote Sanya during the voyage.

After the naming ceremony, a Li-minority artist performed handmade brocade-making at the Sanya marquee, which attracted the admiration of visitors from all over the world.

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