Chuan's Class 40 Circumnavigation
Chinese skipper Guo Chuan completed a solo non-stop circumnavigation in a Class 40 and set a new world record of 137 days, 20 hours, 1 minute and 57 seconds on April 5. Here's what he said after finishing:
It is difficult to describe my feeling at the moment. It is still like a dream, I feel like being in a dream. Sometimes during the journey, I do not know if I could go home. In Cape Horn, when I could not see anything in the wave, I felt it might be too far to go back. Several days ago in Taiwan Strait, I suspected if I could go home with the boat safely. But finally, it is all over.
I have to say many many thanks to my family, my friends, my sponsors. But I'd like to say 'THANK YOU' to the wind as well. For the whole journey, wind is always accompanying me. It is fighting with me, it is driving me back home.