China Cup International Regatta : 80 teams from around the World vie for championship title

Sunday, 31 October 2010

800 sailors, 76 boats, 26 countries – the one and only definitive sailing regatta in Asia starts today

Over 800 sailors and their fleet of 76 boats comprising 26 countries around the world congregates today in Daya Bay, Shenzhen, P.R. China, marking the launch of the 4th China Cup International Regatta (CCIR). Kicking off the four-day sailing regatta, the teams set sail from the shores of Daya Bay today as part of the Audi Round Island Race, with Team Sheraton emerging as the winner of the One Design Class First 40.7 race of the China Cup out of a total of five races - namely One Design Class First 40.7; IRC Class; HKPN Class, Catamaran and the Fareast 26.

The teams will meet with stiff competition from around the world including last year’s champions - Team Sheraton from South Africa set on defending their title; as well as the femme fatales from DEA II, an all-female team representing Hong Kong. Diversity takes centre stage in this year’s China Cup as new entrant from Estonia, Cosco Estonia, looks set to make a splash in their first appearance at the Cup; and with the Youth Team whose youngest sailor is only 14 years of age, Ryushda Jumali from Singapore, this year’s China Cup is set for exciting times ahead.

17-year-old Australian sailing sensation, Jessica Watson is named this year’s China Cup Ambassador for her inspiring, unassisted, solo sailing sojourn around the world when she was at the tender age of 16. Excited about her role as this year’s China Cup ambassador, Jessica enthuses, “I was deeply inspired by Kay Cottee and Jesse Martin and was extremely motivated to take my passion for sailing to the next level by embarking on my solo journey around the world. I hope to inspire other young sailors and motivate them to keep challenging their physical and mental limits and demonstrate what it takes to be a good sailor.”

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Eileen Fu, Vice President of the CCIR Committee comments “Sailing is more than just steering a boat out at sea or a lifestyle embraced by the affluent and privileged. Sailing is about passion, dedication and commitment. These very values are the reasons why CCIR has grown from strength to strength since its inauguration four years ago. Jessica Watson is a reflection of these values and embraces sailing with a passion as ours and we’re proud to have her as CCIR’s ambassador. The regatta has put Shenzhen on the world map with its international acclaim, and we look forward to many great years of competitive sailing ahead.”

One of the major highlights of the four-day regatta is the Whisper Music Festival and Sailing Spirit Award Ceremony. Whisper music festival will take place on 30 October 2010 and features a stellar line-up of international, regional and local music acts including Mickey Moonlight from the Ed Banger label; German DJ-Producer Mijk van Dijk; UK electro-pop outfit Pop Levi; Canadian-born-Los-Angeles-based kid rapper Bunny Holiday; Hong-Kong experimental DJ Sin:Ned; Hong-Kong Rock group Amino Shower; American-Chinese Hip Hop sensation MC Jin and Hong-Kong noise-rock group Unixx amongst  others.

The 4th China Cup International Regatta concludes with the Sailing Spirit Award Ceremony where an outstanding individual is honoured for his/her efforts and contribution to the sailing community and industry in China. Mr. Xiao Tian, Vice Minister of General Administration of Sport, China said , “My heartfelt congratulations to all. Your efforts in promoting sailing as a sport in Shenzhen and in China, as well as attracting foreign talent, bridging the gap between east and west in sailing is extremely commendable. The success of the regatta reflects the cumulative efforts to highlight China as a destination of choice for major sporting events and the CCIR organizing committee has been playing a key role and I appreciate the hard work that goes into this and we look forward to bigger, better and more exciting events in the future.”

Angela Lau

Inaugurated in 2007, China Cup International Regatta (CCIR) is the first-ever and only big boat sailing regatta initiated by Chinese. Approved by the General Administration of Sport of China, the regatta is held annually and each year it attracts over 60 boats with 600 sailors of more than 20 nationalities to compete in the event, gaining wide attention from sailing community and international media.

Under the auspices of Chinese Yachting Association and Executive Office of Organizing Committee for the Shenzhen 26th Summer Universiade, the 4th CCIR will be managed by Shenzhen Administration of Culture, Sport, Tourism and China Cup International Regatta Management Co.,Ltd. Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and Shenzhen Vanke Longcheer Yacht Club will provide venue and professional support.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 31 October 2010 )