Sanya, one of the stopovers for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, is actively seeking to take advantage of its location, infrastructure and community and continues to expand its sailing events.
Started by the Dutch during the 17th century, sailing is one of the most popular sports around the world. As for China, although the nation has a long history of maritime exploration, it has been not been too enthusiastic about taking up sailing as a sport in the past. But now the trend is changing.
In Sanya, more people are embracing this new adventurous sport.
On January 27th, 2015, six boats of the Volvo Ocean Race sprinting from Abu Dhabi blazed into Sanya, with the Dongfeng Race Team claiming the win on Leg 3 of the race. During the stopover time in Sanya, yachting-themed activities and TV programs lit up the enthusiasm of the home city’s audiences.
The Volvo Ocean Race is a top class global regatta amongst international sailing events. It is important to Sanya to have a world class event here. Since the race has been held in Sanya for a second time, more people will get an opportunity to learn more about match racing.
Sanya will stage a series of international sailing games in the days to come, including the Round Hainan Regatta 2015 as well as the Sinan Cup Sailing Race 2015.
Progress continues with the recognition that the city’s world-class facilities will become a major appeal for sailing in Sanya.
The city has begun constructing large-scale coastal marinas to create several yacht havens in this part of China. A professional sailing school, the Sanya Marina Sailing Academy, is built to provide inland and offshore training to further popularize sailing as a sport.
In 2015, Sanya will be the venue for the 2015 ISAF (International Sailing Federation) Annual Conference. The success in winning the bid is the result of the hard work of the local government in promoting sailing in Sanya and the fast development of Sanya’s sailing market.
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