Second Wind.

By Mark Andrews

Silkroad – Cathay Dragon Airlines. March 2015

Hainan is on its way to establishing itself as China’s new capital for recreational and competitive sailing

Even as it is being hoisted, the mainsail begins to fill and the J/80 picks up speed. Although a sport boat, it’s well built for its size, easy to sail, safe and certified for offshore sailing. It’s an ideal boat for learning how to sail and it’s put to good use at Sanya Sailing Academy, located in Sanya Serenity Marina.

Hainan, and in particular Sanya, is beginning to replace Qingdao – the site of the 2008 Olympic sailing events – as China’s sailing capital. It may be a small scene at present, but thanks to a busy calendar of events including a stopover on the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race this year, it’s growing rapidly.

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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