The Guangzhou Nansha International Sailing Regatta 2017 officially opened today, welcoming 40 sailors from 7 countries worldwide to the Nansha Marina in Guanzhou for three days of competition.
The event is organized by the Asian Sailing Federation, Chinese Yachting Association and the Government of Guangzhou and Nansha Administration is aimed to showcase Nansha, China as one of China's upcoming venues for competitive sailing. China already enjoys a strong reputation for success in the sport on the world stage, whilst consistent efforts from contributing organisations ensure the future of sailing in China continues to make a positive contribution to the country.
Addressing the large gathering of dignitaries and people present at the opening ceremony, Mr Fok said, “On behalf of the people of Nansha City, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the sailors, team leaders and Race Officials. Nansha will also be the host city for Volvo Ocean Race 2017 -18 stopover, and has an excellent infrastructure. The city is also known for its excellent hospitality and commitment to developing as a forward-looking tourism destination. We’re confident that participants will be happy with the experience of being here, and appreciate our efforts in leading the way among the world’s best sports tourism destinations.”
Neil Pryde, Advisor to the Asian Sailing Federation, in his address to the gathering reiterated that the Asian Sailing Federation was committed to popularising the sport amongst 42 Asian nations and introducing many more youth to the sport in the future. He congratulated the Nansha Marina, the Chinese Yachting Association, the Government of Guangzhou and Nasha Administration for hosting this event and added that he hoped that in the foreseeable future the event would grow to be an event where every sailor in the world would aspire to compete.
Races are scheduled to start at 1430 hrs today.