On 16th January 2016, the Final SSC Sailing League was held on Dianshan Lake, Shanghai. This League is hosted by Shanghai Rowing Canoeing Yachting Association, co-organized by Far East Boats and Shanghai Sailing Club. Almost 30 teams made up by 126 sailing lovers from Shanghai and surrounding areas came for this event. They were sailing FAREAST 23R and FAREAST 28R to celebrate the New Year. Half of them are new for sailing, and the coming of the first SSC Media Team made this event more exciting.
The weather and wind condition were very suitable for the race, and professional judge team and rescue team were ready in the first place. Sailors said, “We had great fun. It is winter but we didn’t feel the cold during the racing.” Keelboats FAREAST 28R and FAREAST 23R made by national brand Far East were used for the event. All teams were separated into two groups: Group A and Group B. And each group had three round races. Then the top three teams went for the final. New sailors and veterans were racing together and they communicated a lot. After total seven races, Team Tongzhou Bay Yachting Club, Team Dashan and Team Jinjianfeiyang ranked top 3 of FAREAST 28R class. Team Suzhou TB, Team Aimengfan and Team Dragon Fly 2 got top 3 of FAREAST 23R class. Besides the fierce racing on the water, the organization committee also prepared interesting land games for sailors and their families, to make sure all of them enjoy the whole activity.
SSC will be six years old in 2016. Club members ordered two special cakes shaped in FAREAST 23R and FAREAST 28R for the event. To better serve club members and spread sailing culture, SSC announced the set-up of The First Member Committee of SSC. With the committee, sailors’ opinions and advices can be better taken, so their need can be better fulfilled. Moreover, if club members buy boats from Far East, they can get a discount. In future club activities and services will be more considerate, to encourage sailors to involve more often in sailing.
Sailors feel deeply about this league. Some beginners became sailing fans immediately. It is also the first sailing experience for some media friends. They said, “Sailing combines nature, science, wisdom and team work. Usually other sports don’t have all these factors. Sailing is amazing!” Since founded in 2010, SSC keep building a communication bridge between the public and sailing. And the club provides kind of services, including sailing experience, summer camp, team building, membership services, international sailing training such as ASA, support and operation of events both in China and abroad, etc. SSC is persisting with spreading sailing culture and sports.