SAILING SPIRIT HIGH IN QINGDAO WITH BENETEAU’S FLAG UNFURLED
Over the past weekend, the first T&Z Marine - Beneteau Cup was successfully held in Qingdao, China. Initiated by China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and its alumni companies, the two-day sailing challenge received significant support from the Qingdao government. The event was organized by Beneteau’s local dealer, Cape-10, with support from Beneteau.
Eight teams competed on the legendary First 40 – a classic model that appears frequently in all kinds of inshore and offshore regattas in Qingdao. A rigorous vessel, the First 40’s exceptional performance has stood the test of time. In the run-up to the race, CEIBS alumni and alumnae underwent comprehensive training starting in June, including sailing theory and on-board practice.
The popularity of sailing is growing in China, especially in coastal cities like Qingdao. Efforts to get involved in more sailing activities between amateurs and professional sailors are made. Amateurs initiate junior-level regattas, while professional sailors take part in sailing week programs and rallies. Last month, nine teams set out from Qingdao to complete the 2nd edition of the Fareast Cup, a 10-day round sailing rally from Qingdao to Mokpo, South Korea. Beneteau and its local dealer have been actively engaged in the Fareast Cup.
The T&Z Marine – Beneteau Cup and the Fareast Cup, together with the iconic Qingdao International Sailing Week and other sailing events, keep the waters in Qingdao quite busy. They have generated widespread influence in the city, always with First boats actively hitting the water.