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The 12th Qingdao International Sailing Week · Qingdao International Marine Festival 2020 opens
青岛帆船网 2020-08-15 15:37:44 

At 9:00 a.m., August 8, the 12th Qingdao International Sailing Week · Qingdao International Marine Festival 2020 opened at Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center.

After speeches made by Vice Mayor Luan Xin, and President Zhang Xiaodong, Vice President Liu Jingmin announced the opening of the event. Guests from at home and abroad went onstage and together sounded the starting horn of the Sailing Week · Marine Festival. Later all boats in the harbor sailed out to sea, marking the beginning of the Sea-cruising Carnival. Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center suddenly became an ocean of joy, with white sails scattering in Fushan Bay.

Impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the on-site activities of this year's international exchange of Olympic sailing have been replaced by online communication. Apart from the letter of congratulations from Grégoire Junod, President of the World Union of Olympic Cities and Mayor of Lausanne, this year's Sailing Week · Marine Festival has received 13 videos of greetings from international organizations including the World Sailing and International Sailing Schools Association; friendly and cooperative cities of Qingdao including Kiel and Barcelona; international and regional partners including Catalan Sailing Federation, Far-Eastern State Technical Fisheries University, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, OC Sport, New Zealand International Optimist Dinghy Association, Singapore Armed Force Yacht Club, Optimist Association of Thailand, Optimist Victoria and Macau Sailing Association.

At the Opening Ceremony, municipal sports bureaus of seven cities including Qingdao, Yantai, Weifang, Weihai, Rizhao, Dongying and Binzhou signed a contract to establish the Shandong Peninsula Sailing City Alliance for sailing events. Qingdao Major International Sailing Events (Festivals) Organizing Committee also signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Shandong Port Group Co., Ltd. to host sailing events in Shandong Peninsula.

This Sailing Week · Marine Festival is scheduled from August 8 to 16. Its core segment is“seven regattas and one camp”, namely, Shandong Peninsula City Regatta, Coastal City Regatta, Qingdao-Shenzhen City Regatta, Langya Cup Regatta, Qingdao International Regatta, Qingdao International Optimist Training Camp & Regatta and Radio Sailing Competition & Radio Sailing Learning and Experiencing Activities. The first four are newly designed regattas this year. The event also covers six major segments with nearly 40 activities including sailing competitions, exchanges, cultural and sports activities, and business and trade activities.


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