涓鍥芥棩鎶ョ壒鍒(涓)

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闈掑矝鏂伴椈缃銆 2006-08-23 09:24:23銆    
   
   

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涓鍥芥棩鎶ョ壒鍒(涓)

Sailors compete in the men's 470 and women's 47  
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Chinese sailors Song Xiaqun, Li Xiaoni and Zhang Chuanshuang cruise to the finish line in race 1 of the women's Yngling at the 2006 Qingdao International Regatta on Monday. The Chinese boat ranked second after yesterday's races.

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Emmanuel Dyen and Yann Rocherieux of France (right) compete in the men's 49er race at the 2006 Qingdao International Regatta on Monday. The pair stand in first place after yesterday's races. 銆銆

Qingdao gains experience in lead-up to 2008

銆銆By Xie Chuanjiao(China Daily)銆銆

銆銆QINGDAO: After two days of competition at the 2006 Qingdao International Regatta, International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Vice-President David Kellett praised the pre-Olympic preparatory efforts by the city, after working closely with the local organizing committee.

銆銆"The sailing centre is excellent! The venue, converted from a dockyard is impressive," David Kellett, ISAF Vice-President, told China Daily yesterday, "It is a credit to China and Qindgao that they have achieved their targets. Never before has an Olympic Organizing Committee been so far advanced in preparing the venue, and we can already see that this will be a magnificent facility."

銆銆With an impressive 3.28 billion yuan (US$410 million) input, built from scratch over the last two years, the sailing centre, sparkling with the best equipment money can buy, can berth up to 800 yachts, with new luxury apartment high rises surrounding the centre. Only the Olympic village is yet to be completed and is expected to be finished by next August.

銆銆In commenting on the first two days' operations, David said: "Everything is running smoothly. The idea of the test events is to give the organizing team time to practice. There have been a few minor problems but they dealt with them immediately."

銆銆He also added with satisfaction, "Volunteers are very helpful. Everyone is very supportive. It will be a friendly Games."

銆銆According to David, over the past several years, ISAF has worked with the Beijing Organizing Committee for the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) and Qingdao Sailing Committee to ensure all the facilities exactly meet the standards for the 29th Olympics.

銆銆As an inexperienced nation in hosting regattas, China lacked the experts and professionals to aid them in organizing sailing events, and ISAF has provided a number of people involved in education programmes to train more officials.

銆銆A new format for the Olympic sailing competition adopted by the ISAF last year is being used at the regatta and features a medal race, providing a climax to each of the 11 events.

銆銆"We are testing this event for the first time," David said.

銆銆And two new boat types have also been introduced for the first time during the competition.

銆銆"Everyone will get used to the new equipment. The one with laser radial for women allows many more countries to participate, because the laser is a very popular class. It is fair because everyone starts together," the official said.

銆銆Responding to some sailors' criticism that winds are fluky and currents are tricky in Qingdao, David said, "That is part of the challenge. Climate and water conditions are always different, whether in Sydney, Athens or Barcelona."

銆銆"It just depends on how good you sail."

銆銆Yachting economy soars

銆銆By Ju Chuanjiang(China Daily)銆銆

銆銆QINGDAO: The Clipper 05-06 - The Round-the-world Yacht Race arrived in Qingdao in April, the National Yachting and Sailing Championships followed in July, and now the 2006 International Regatta is underway in the coastal city.

銆銆A host of major sailing and yachting events spice up the beautiful city and help boost the emergence of yachts and sail boats and the related economy.

銆銆The number of yachts and sail boats in the city is a symbol of how well a coastal city's economy has been developed by embracing remarkable commercial opportunities.

銆銆Thanks to the successful bid to host the 2008 Olympics regatta events, the sport-related industry has been taking giant strides.

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