Russia's famous yacht Pallada visits Qingdao

Source:Xinhua Published: 2016/8/5 20:48:10

Russia's famous yacht Pallada docked at the Olympic Sailing Center of Qingdao on Friday to attend the coming 2016 Qingdao International Sailing Week.

During the four-day-stay in Qingdao, sailors of the Pallada will communicate with trainees of an international sailing camp, and local citizens will have chances to go aboard the famous sailing vessel, said Ji Gaoshang, an official of the organizing committee of the sailing week.

The organizing committee held a warm welcome ceremony for Russian guests with lion dances and martial arts performance.

"We are very excited that Pallada could come all the way to visit Qingdao, and this visit will promote sports and culture communication between China and Russia," said Zang Aimin, an official of the organizing committee of the sailing week.

Qingdao, venue of the sailing events of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, has staged the international sailing week for eight years since 2009, and the 2016 events will start on Sunday night.

The Pallada, a large traditionally-rigged sailing vessel, is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest sailing vessel in the world, with a speed exceeding 18 knots. It is a star sailing vessel in Russia, winning many international festivals and races.

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