February 6, 2023
BEIJING – The “Just Like A Joyful Duckling” Crossing the Qiongzhou Strait Obstacle competitors correctly concluded in Haikou, Hainan province on Sunday, Feb 5. Pairs opponents Yang Jixin and Bao Naixuan as very well as Xia Haolun and Chen Xinran effectively sailed throughout the Qiongzhou Strait using a platform boat and a sailboat respectively.
The Qiongzhou Strait, a single of the 3 primary straits in China, is a massive attraction for drinking water sporting activities fans from all around the place. The strait has a narrow floor and swift currents, and the turbulence produced by huge and medium-sized vessels can trigger big disruptions.
Bao Naixuan, a 17-calendar year-previous sailor, is a superior faculty university student from Qingdao. Bao has been taking element in drinking water sports because childhood. At the age of 14, Bao independently piloted the OP sailboat by means of Bohai Bay in 3 times, environment the longest OP sailing length report for this age team.
By 2019, Bao was a fearless youthful sailor. This time he experienced added obligations, as his partner was 10-12 months-aged Yang Jixin from Shanghai. Alongside with her devotion to teachers, she has qualified in sports activities this sort of as tennis due to the fact she was quite young, and been in kayaking and sailing coaching for over a yr. Whether or not she is battling the wind and waves on the sea or standing on the podium, she constantly has a heat, sunny smile on her experience.
Yang and Bao labored collectively on their vessel. The two younger kayakers know at sea, the setting can transform at any time. They confronted not only complex and physical problems, but also tremendous psychological strain. To support overcome these troubles, the two went to Haikou for training a person month in progress.
On the day they crossed the Qiongzhou Strait, the wind power was light-weight, the wind path was northeast and the maximum speed of the ocean present was 1.3 knots for every hour (2.4 kilometers per hour) from east to west. Beginning from the tail corner of Xuwen county in Guangdong province, they overcame the prolonged length and stormy waves, demonstrating just about best procedure and an indestructible crew spirit. In the close, it took Yang and Bao 4 hrs 20 minutes and 25 seconds to correctly kayak across the strait and get there at the selected landing location of Xixiu Beach front, where by the Haikou Nationwide Sailing and Windsurfing Training Base is positioned.
It really should be pointed out this was the initially time kayakers made use of a system boat, the slowest variety of kayak, to cross the strait. Yang also became the youngest individual to cross.
The “Just Like A Joyful Duckling” Crossing the Qiongzhou Strait Obstacle is sponsored by Zhenhai (Beijing) Community Know-how Co Ltd, structured by the Haikou Town Canoeing Affiliation, Sichuan Sailing Browsing and Paddleboarding Affiliation, Rizhao Sailing and Windsurfing Affiliation, Qingdao Rowing and Kayaking Association, Nanjing Sailing and Windsurfing Affiliation, and Lianyungang Sailing Association. The obstacle is held at the time a year and organizers hope it will turn out to be the most significant non-public sailing occasion in China.