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China Chinese adventurer sets off solo world sail 中国探险家一个人开始世界航行

The 47-year-old Guo, the first Chinese sailor to have taken part in the Clipper Round the World (2006) and the first Chinese to complete the Volvo Ocean Race (2008-2009), aims to travel 21,600 nautical miles in about 130 days, in a Class 40 boat "Qingdao", named after his hometown.

After departing from China, Guo will pilot his yacht across the Pacific Ocean to Cape Horn in Chile, sail into the Atlantic Ocean, then get into the Indian Ocean via the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa before crossing the islands of Indonesia to return to the starting point in Qingdao.

"I have been preparing for this for about three years. It has been step by step," said Guo. "Learning the skills, finding the right boat, preparing the boat and training with a coach."

Guo will have to eat artificial dehydrated food during the voyage, and use a desalination unit to get drinking water. Though he is most concerned about the reliability of his vessel over the next four months.

"It's hard to say whether the boat, the rope or the sail will go wrong in the middle of the journey," Guo said. "Glitches are inevitable. But, hopefully, big problems won't occur."
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