Guo Chuan’s solo world sail disturbed by little windSouce:Xinhua Publish By Dustin Updated 18/12/2012 12:00 am in Sport / no comments
QINGDAO, Dec. 17 — Chinese sailor Guo Chuan was disturbed by little wind, instead of gale, in his solo non-stop sail around the world last week, technicians of his support team said Monday.
“The yacht hardly sailed forward when there was little wind, while in-situ swinging with the wave was a great threat to the mainsail,” Guo said through a satellite phone.
Starting from Qingdao, a port city of east China, on November 18, Guo was sailing around Solomon Islands last week.
“I must watch out for alarm and any abnormal sound and make timely adjustment, to avoid big damage to the in-situ yacht.” Guo said.
Besides, Guo said he was very anxious when there was little wind, because he was eager to set sail again and looked for any big wind signal all the time.
“However, the little wind indeed provided me a great opportunity to repair some devices of the yacht, like the radar and the spare anemoscope.” he said.
The wind has been getting stronger and stronger since last Friday, and Guo has reached hte southeast of Solomon Islands, heading for Cape Horn in Chile.
The 47-year-old Guo, the first Chinese sailor to have taken part in the Clipper Round the World (2006) and the first Chinese to complete the Volvo Ocean Race (2008-2009), aims to travel 21,600 nautical miles in about 130 days, in a Class 40 boat “Qingdao”, named after his hometown.