2019 Wuzhizhou Island Cup, 10th International yacht race around Hainan Island kicked off

The 2019 Wuzhizhou Island Cup, the 10th International yacht race around Hainan Island kicked off this morning at 10 o’clock. The race exceeds 1,000 nautical miles for the first time.

The 2019 Wuzhizhou Island Cup, the 10th International yacht race around Hainan Island kicked off this morning at 10 o'clock.
The 2019 Wuzhizhou Island Cup, the 10th International yacht race around Hainan Island kicked off this morning at 10 o'clock.

56 teams (38 full circuit, 18 semi circuit) with more than 600 athletes from 18 countries will take part in the eight day event.

The 2019 Wuzhizhou Island Cup, the 10th International yacht race around Hainan Island kicked off this morning at 10 o'clock.
The 2019 Wuzhizhou Island Cup, the 10th International yacht race around Hainan Island kicked off this morning at 10 o'clock.
The 2019 Wuzhizhou Island Cup, the 10th International yacht race around Hainan Island kicked off this morning at 10 o'clock.
The 2019 Wuzhizhou Island Cup, the 10th International yacht race around Hainan Island kicked off this morning at 10 o'clock.
The 2019 Wuzhizhou Island Cup, the 10th International yacht race around Hainan Island kicked off this morning at 10 o'clock.

Far from a clean start, there were a series collisions with a number of boats having to withdraw with varying degrees of damage.

The 2019 Wuzhizhou Island Cup, the 10th International yacht race around Hainan Island kicked off this morning at 10 o'clock.
The 2019 Wuzhizhou Island Cup, the 10th International yacht race around Hainan Island kicked off this morning at 10 o'clock.

Officially, boats are scheduled to arrive in Sanya in the afternoon of 19th, however crew from the faster boats hope to complete the leg in 28 hours or less.

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