Yellow Sea International Yacht Race second offshore leg continued today and the boats reached Qingdao battling their way through light winds. After 30 hours of an exhausting trip for the crews the first boat arrived at the port of Qingdao early this morning.
Qingdao is located on the south-facing coast of the Shandong Peninsula. It has a temperate, four-season monsoon influenced climate with cold and windy winters and hot and humid summers. With 8 million of inhabitants, it is considered as an important city in Eastern China, which has seen a rapid development lately, mostly because of the 2008 Olympics. Qingdao is the host city of major sailing events, such as the Extreme Sailing Series and the Qingdao International Sailing Week, and is now the second stop over of the Yellow Sea International Yacht Race.
Team Sunny kept their lead since they rounded ChinCheng Wan Cape on top and after this second leg win is now very close to Team Irene that is still at the top of the leaderboard after finishing second on this leg. The winner will be decided on the third and last leg of the Yellow Sea International Yacht Race, from Qingdao back to Incheon.
The crews, after a big parade that was organized here in Qingdao to honor the Qingdao International Sailing Week, put all their attention to prepare the boats for the 300 nautical miles leg that starts tomorrow.