Class 40 Circumnavigation

Guo Chan, of China, departed from Qingdao on Nov. 18 to circumnavigate the globe solo on a Class 40. Here are some photos from on board. Click here to visit Chan's website.

Since Qingdao sailed into the Indian Ocean in the middle of February, strong winds have been stalking her all along the way. At times, the gusts could rise to 40 knots. "The winds are not only big but also variable. It could rise to a boat-breaking level in a short while", said Guo Chuan. To his delight, things will change for the better since this week (March 4th) with the winds slowly decreasing until he crosses Sunda Strait of Indonesia by the end of the week as estimated. -Courtesy of the 15th week press release
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When Guo sails up to the north day by day, the temperature also rises rapidly and a tropical scene unfolds, with bright daytime and some "new visitors" coming. After albatross are left behind, the flying fish, which could often be seen in the low-latitude area and that accidentally landed on the deck, signifies that the boat is approaching the equator. "It's a pity that these flying fish are not tasty at all. They are good stuff for Neptune King but could by no way make a good meal", Guo Chuan said. -Courtesy of 15th week press release