China Intl Re­gatta: A voy­age of dis­cov­ery for East and West

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - ENTERPRISE -

The 11th China Cup In­ter­na­tional Re­gatta (CCIR) was held at Shen­zhen Mar­riott Ho­tel’s Golden Bay on Oc­to­ber 29 in Shen­zhen, Guang­dong Prov­ince. Over 1,500 sailors from more than 40 coun­tries and re­gions took part in it.

Af­ter the four-day con­test, new cham­pi­ons emerged. Among them was Copa Amer­ica win­ners Yi­ihua Pocket Emi­rates Team New Zealand. Af­ter fail­ing to win the China Cup last year, the team de­feated last year’s de­fend­ing cham­pion to take home the win.

Jan Stage, chair­man of the World chief ar­bi­tra­tor of the Rio Olympic Games; Sun Yuanfu, di­rec­tor of the Wa­ter Sports Ad­min­is­tra­tion Cen­ter of the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Sport of China; Wu Yi­huan, deputy mayor of Shen­zhen; and other guests at­tended the clos­ing cer­e­mony. A to­tal of 48 awards were given out.

Liu Ji­achen, vice sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Shen­zhen Mu­nic­i­pal Govern­ment, said this year the CCIR set up 11 one-de­sign classes, ath­letes com­peted against each other in four race cour­ses sail­ing was also in­tro­duced. In the mean­time, 166-year-old Copa Amer­ica with the Copa Amer­ica In­ter­na­tional Re­gatta Cham­pi­onship Tro­phy, the CCIR Cham­pi­onship Tro­phy and the World Ri­val Tour In­ter­na­tional Re­gatta Cham­pi­onship Tro­phy.

The CCIR has be­come an in­dis­pens­able part of Shen­zhen’s of­fer­ings, play­ing a sup­port­ive role in build­ing an in­ter­na­tion­al­ized city by en­hanc­ing nav­i­ga­tional and cul­tural ex­changes at home and abroad and giv­ing im­pe­tus to coastal tourist and nav­i­ga­tion in­dus­tries. “The China Cup In­ter­na­tional Re­gatta has be­come a world event with 11 years of de­vel­op­ment, and its com­pe­ti­tion stan­dards are get­ting higher and higher,” said Stage.

“The China Cup, with its pos­i­tive pro­mo­tional ef­fect in the world of sail­ing, ac­cel­er­ates the com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­te­gra­tion of sail­ing cul­ture be­tween China and the world.”

Stage added that the China Cup is the best dis­play plat­form in Shen­zhen and “can make the world feel and ex- pe­ri­ence the great change of Shen­zhen, as well as the en­thu­si­asm of Shen­zhen’s cit­i­zens.” He said he would be present next year for the new China Cup com­pe­ti­tion.

Sun thinks that sail­ing in China has ev­i­denced by the CCIR. The in­ter will be vig­or­ously pro­moted over the next decade, thus fur­ther ac­cel­er­at­ing the com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­te­gra­tion of nav­i­ga­tion cul­ture among var­i­ous coun­tries, he said.

Apart from the Hong Kong-Shen­zhen Rally, Track Race, Around-the­is­land Race, and other galleon races for adults and kids, the CCIR, with its newly-added off­shore matches, formed three lev­els this year, strength­en­ing the China Cup’s sta­tus as the largest one re­gion. The CCIR has cre­ated a new mile­stone with Copa Amer­ica, which will fur­ther push China’s sail­ing and put Shen­zhen in a good po­si­tion in its in­ter­na­tion­al­ized city con­struc­tion.

Photo: Cour­tesy of CCIR

The clos­ing cer­e­mony of the 11th China Cup In­ter­na­tional Re­gatta (CCIR)

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