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RECORD CHINESE REPRESENTATION IN GLOBAL YACHT RACE
纪录辉煌:中国力量重装上阵环球帆船赛

29 April 2019

The twelfth consecutive edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is set to prove sailing in China is going from strength to strength, with a record number of Chinese crew and teams set to take part in the global ocean adventure.

即将开始的第十二个赛季克利伯环球帆船赛蓄势待发,本届赛事注定要见证中国帆船运动发展的步步壮大,新赛季中参加的中国城市赛队和中国籍船员的数量都将创造克利伯环球帆船赛自成立以来历史之最。

 

For the first time in the 23 year history of the Clipper Race, there will be three Chinese teams, with the cities of Qingdao, Sanya and Zhuhai to compete against eight other teams as they race 40,000 nautical miles around the planet. To assist in their global adventure, the Qingdao team will be led by British yachtsman Chris Brooks, Scottish Skipper Seumas Kellock will be at the helm for team Visit Sanya, while world record breaking South African sailor Nick Leggat will skipper the Zhuhai team.

在克利伯帆船赛成立的23年时间里,即将开始的新赛季将首次同时有三座来自中国城市冠名的赛队同场竞技,出征这一史诗般、总里程超过40,000海里的三座中国城市分别是青岛、三亚和珠海。率领这三支赛队出征比赛的船长也均已确认,青岛号赛队将由英国籍航海人克里斯.布鲁克斯(Chris Brooks)掌舵;来自苏格兰的船长苏马斯.凯洛克(Seumas Kellock)将率领中国三亚号赛队出征;创纪录的南非籍顶尖航海人尼克.雷杰特(Nick Leggat)将成为珠海号赛队的船长。

 

The previous edition of the Clipper Race was a huge triumph for the Chinese entrants. Sanya capped off a memorable debut by claiming the overall win, with Skipper Wendy Tuck making history as the first female skipper to ever win a round the world yacht race. Team Qingdao continued the Chinese success by finishing third.

上个赛季的克利伯环球帆船赛对于中国城市赛队来说可以说是大获成功。三亚号赛队在上个赛季首秀之中既获得了年度总冠军的骄人战绩,船长温蒂.塔克(Wendy Tuck)也是随之创造了历史,成为了世界上第一名赢得环球帆船赛冠军的女性船长。而青岛号赛队也是获得了年度季军的好成绩。

 

Following the recent Selection Week in Sanya, there will be a record 48 Ambassador Crew from the cities of Sanya, Zhuhai and Qingdao travelling to the UK to spend a month training to be ocean racers. Just like the wider Clipper Race crew, the ambassadors are of all ages and come from all walks of life, and include a graphic designer, engineer, CEO, bilingual event host, snowboard instructor and teacher. What unifies the ambassadors is their desire to become sailors and promote their cities around the world.

随着近期刚刚结束的三亚大使船员选拔,新赛季克利伯帆船赛将会有创纪录的48名中国籍船员参赛,他们不久将分批次飞往英国参加为期一个月时间的高强度赛前培训,为成为远洋比赛船员做充足准备。如同其他的国际克利伯帆船赛船员一样,这些大使船员也是来自社会的各行各业,他们中有美术设计师、工程师、首席执行官、双语主持人、滑雪板教练和教师等等。让这些大使船员走到一起的共同点就是:他们都有激情和欲望成为一名远洋水手,他们都愿意为各自代表的城市积极地宣传推广。

 

The Clipper Race is undoubtedly one of the greatest ocean adventures and renowned as the toughest endurance challenges on the planet. Founded in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who this month celebrated 50 years since becoming the first person to sail solo and non-stop around the world, it is the only event of its kind for non-professional sailors.

克利伯环球帆船赛无疑是世界上最为伟大的海洋历险活动之一,同时也被认为是全球范围内最具耐力挑战的极限运动之一。该赛事是在1996年由罗宾.诺克斯-约翰斯顿爵士创办,是全球范围内唯一针对非专业选手开放的远洋赛事,罗宾爵士是完成单人不间断无补给环球航海航行的世界第一人,就在本月前不久,他刚刚庆祝了完成此举的50周年纪念活动。

 

Taking almost a year to complete, it consists of eleven teams, each made up of a Skipper, Mate, and a crew who come from all over the globe and many different walks of life, competing against each other on the world’s largest matched fleet of 70-foot ocean racing yachts. Fewer people have sailed around the world than climbed Mount Everest, and with 40 percent of crew having no previous sailing experience before signing up – the achievement is all the more incredible.

比赛耗时近一年时间,参加角逐的总共有十一支赛队,每支赛队都由一名职业船长和安全大副率领,其他的比赛船员都是非职业的航海选手,比赛使用的是全世界规模最大的统一船型克利伯70英尺大帆船比赛船队。根据统计,世界上成功完成环球航海的人要比登顶珠峰的人数还要少,参加克利伯帆船赛的比赛船员中有40%的选手是之前没有任何帆船航海经历的,因此说这样的比赛经历是非常令人难以置信的。

 

Clipper Race Founder and Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “Through the Ambassador Crew programmes for our Chinese Partners, hundreds of people have been introduced to sailing and trained as ocean racers.

克利伯帆船赛创始人、赛事主席罗宾.诺克斯-约翰斯顿爵士说到:“通过我们赛事中国区合作伙伴的大使船员项目,已经有数以百计的中国人接受远洋航海培训并参与到了环球航海运动之中。”

 

“The first Chinese man and woman to sail around the world, Guo Chuan and Vicky Song, both began their sailing careers as Qingdao Ambassadors in the Clipper Race.

“中国单人不间断无补给环球航海第一人郭川以及完成环球航海航行的第一名中国女性宋坤都是参加过克利伯帆船赛的青岛大使船员。”

 

“More than 700 people from 44 different countries will be taking part in the Clipper 2019-20 Race, with more than half of them visiting one or more of our Chinese Host Port Partner Cities during their time on the race. Chris, Nick and Seumas (the three Skippers representing Qingdao, Zhuhai and Sanya respectively) are exceptional leaders and ready to fly the flag for their adopted Chinese cities.  The welcome they will receive into their Host Ports will be second to none.”

“总共有来自全球44多个国家和地区的700余名船员参加克利伯2019-20环球帆船赛,这些船员中有半数以上将参加抵达一个或者多个中国主办港城市停靠站的赛段比赛。克里斯、尼克和苏马斯(他们分别是率队中国青岛、中国珠海和中国三亚比赛的船长)都是远洋航海运动中的佼佼者,将全力以赴代表中国城市出征环球比赛。他们率队抵达各自母港城市时将会受到最为热烈的欢迎和接待。”

 

The Clipper Race’s association with China is long standing. Qingdao is the longest serving Host Port and Team Partner in the history of the global event.  The Clipper 2019-20 Race will be the eighth consecutive edition to feature the iconic red and gold hull of China’s Sailing City. This will be the second straight race for the tropical paradise city of Sanya, while Zhuhai will make its debut in the upcoming Clipper 2019-20 Race which will start in the UK this summer. Zhuhai, China’s City of Islands, is already shaping up as highlight destination for crew due to its spectacular coastline and the world’s longest sea crossing bridge, has signed a three edition deal to be a Host Port and Team Partner for the 2019-20, 2021-22 and 2023-24 editions of the global event.

克利伯环球帆船赛与中国合作的时间长久。其中,青岛是这项环球帆船赛事历史中合作时间最长的主办港和赛队合作伙伴。克利伯2019-20帆船赛将是青岛是连续第八次参赛,标志性的火红金黄色青岛号大帆船将继续代表‘中国帆船之都’出征。热带天堂都市三亚本赛季将是第二次参赛,而珠海市则是本赛季中上演首秀的全新中国城市赛事伙伴,克利伯2019-20帆船赛将于今年夏季在英国起航开赛。珠海市拥有‘百岛之城、千帆之都’的美誉,这里有美丽迷人的超长海岸线,还有世界上距离最长的跨海巨制-港珠澳大桥,很多船员已经将这里定为环球线路中的必到之地之一了。珠海与克利伯环球帆船赛签署了三个赛季的主办港和赛队合作伙伴协议,时间跨度将包含2019-20/2021-22和2023-24赛季。

 

Beyond the race, its organising company, Clipper Ventures, recently announced a new Chinese division to meet the country’s growing participation in sailing. Named Clipper China, this new division will utilise the world-class sail training expertise of the Clipper Race to develop offshore sail training and regattas in cities across China, and is currently building its own offshore racing yachts for its use.  

除了克利伯环球帆船赛这一板块之外,组委会总部机构-克利伯风险投资公司去年刚刚在中国成立了其全新的分支机构,目的就是为了迎合满足国内日益增长帆船运动需要。全新分支业务机构名叫克利伯中国,她将利用克利伯帆船赛世界水准的帆船培训体系来帮助发展中国地区的离岸帆船培训以及中国城市之间的帆船赛事举办,目前,用于离岸赛事使用的比赛帆船正处于生产制造阶段。

 

Starting from the UK later this summer, the Clipper 2019-20 Race route will see the teams race from the UK, across the Atlantic to South America; the South Atlantic to South Africa; across the Southern Ocean’s Roaring Forties to Western Australia; around to East Australia, back into the Northern Hemisphere to China where teams will race to Qingdao, via Sanya and Zhuhai; across the mighty North Pacific to West Coast USA; to East Coast USA via the famous Panama Canal; and then it’s a final Atlantic crossing; before arriving back to the UK as fully proven ocean racers.

克利伯2019-20环球帆船赛将于今年夏天从英国起航开赛,比赛船队将从英国出发,跨越大西洋行至南美洲;跨越南大西洋至南非;跨越南大洋的咆哮西风带至澳大利亚西海岸;继续航行至澳大利亚东海岸,然后回到北半球至中国赛区的三个停靠城市:青岛、三亚和珠海;继而跨越浩瀚的太平洋至美国西海岸;通过知名的巴拿马运河中转至美国东海岸;接着完成最后的大西洋穿越;最终再次返回到英国并成就环球航海的梦想。