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The Pacific Cup International Yacht Race initiated by China's Zhai Mo to be held in 2018

Reporter: Luo Gang 丨 CCTV.com

10-13-2016 16:01 BJT

To the water, the Pacific Cup International Yacht Race, initiated by Zhai Mo, the first Chinese national to sail around the world solo, was officially launched on Wednesday in Beijng. The race is designed to be the world's top professional sailing event and aims to push the limits of human ability in the face of challenges from the natural world. 

Descirbed as the world's most risky and challenging yacht race, it will be held in the winter of 2018. The journey will start from Shanghai and end in Los Angeles covering a total distance of 11,000 kilometers.

Chinese sailboats will be used in the event and teams from the world's top sailing clubs will be invited. Participants will only be allowed to use traditional navigation tools such as those that rely on astronomy. The use of electronic navigational equipment will be prohibited throughout the race.

The timing of the event coincides with the Pacific's windiest season which will only increase the difficulites for the sailors. 

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