Volvo Ocean Race2017-18—Guangzhou Stopover Successfully Launched at the “Canton Tower Run Up 2017”

The 4th “Canton Tower Run Up”, organized by one of the biggest TV Channels in South China—TVS1 (Economic Channel of Guangdong TV), was held on the 24th September, 2017 in the center of Guangzhou. That day a media partnership between TVS1 and Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18—Guanzghou Stopover was announced and officially launched in the ceremony that took place at the foot of the Canton Tower—one of the most popular scenic spots and a new symbol of Guangzhou.

Mr. Kenneth Fok — member of Olympic Council of Asia, Vice-President of Fok Ying Tung Group & an Honorary Chairman of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18—Guangzhou Stopover Organizing Committee introduces VOR to the Media.

Along with the Race introduction, the original Volvo Ocean Race Trophy was presented to the public.

Mr. Jeremy Fok (Executive Chairman of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18—Guangzhou Stopover Organizing Committee & Vice-President of Fok Ying Tung Group) holding the Volvo Ocean Race Trophy at the foot of the Canton Tower
Presenting VOR trophy to the Media

The event gathered more than a thousand participants from different cities. To complete the “600 meters vertical marathon”, the participants climbed up 3676 stairs. The fastest among the male runners got to the top of the tower within 14 minutes and 36 seconds—which became a new record of the competition. The best result among the ladies was 18 minutes 22 seconds.

Running, running, running…

Canton Tower Run Up 2017» marked the start of the media cooperation between VOR 2017-18—Guanzghou Stopover and TVS1.

At the Opening Ceremony Mr. Kenneth Fok and Mr. Huang Tianwen—Director of TVS1—together raised the sail on the Volvo M 65 model (the sail featured both parties logos) to “start off” a newly formed partnership.

Mr. Kenneth Fok (left)—member of Olympic Council of Asia & Honorary Chairman of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18—Guangzhou Stopover Organizing Committee, and Mr. Huang Tianwen (right)—Director of TVS1 (Economic Channel of Guangdong TV)

As Mr. Fok stated in his speech, he believes that the cooperation with TVS1 will play an important role in promoting VOR 2017-18 in the region, as well as popularizing the sport of sailing in South China and beyond. The ceremony received wide publicity and was warmly welcomed by the public.

“As the oldest port of China, Guangzhou has always been an important hub on the ancient maritime Silk Road, a multicultural place known for its prosperous economy and trade. And the fact that Volvo Ocean Race—Guangzhou Stopover activation was launched at

As part of the promotion company, a VOR—Guangzhou Stopover booth was erected next to the Canton Tower in order to introduce the upcoming event to the public.

Volvo Ocean Race-Guangzhou Stopover Pavilion

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18—will start from Spanish Alicante on the 22nd October, 2017, and 7 teams will begin their 9-month-long challenge in order to get the main trophy of the Volvo Ocean Race.

45 000 nautical miles, 12 world iconic cities, roughest weather and sea conditions, 3-times-longer route in the unforgiving Southern Ocean than in the previous editions.  All this is Volvo Ocean Race.

The world’s longest and toughest professional sailing race will for the 1st time in history arrive to Guangzhou from 31st January to 5th February, 2018. The race village will be located at Nansha Marina, Nansha Bay, Guangzhou. The citizens and guests of Guangzhou will have a once-in-a-life opportunity to feel the spirit of the legendary race, go on trial sailing and watch an exciting in-port race by VOR professional skippers “right at their doorsteps”.

For more information on the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18—Guangzhou Stopover, please follow GZ Stopover official WeChat.

By Nansha Marina

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