The ceremony, at Nansha Marina, which is along the Pearl River in south China, marked the official signing of the HVA document ahead of the race's stop in the city in 2018 – and was attended by key representatives from the region, including Mr. CAI Chaolin, the vice mayor of Guangzhou City and Eric Fok, Honorary Chairman of Gunagdong Yacht Tourism Association.
The HVA document was co-signed by Eric Fok. Nansha has developed into an economic and technological hub and has a long maritime history.
“We were incredibly impressed by the amount of engagement in the region – and can’t wait to visit again during the race in 2018,” said five-time Volvo Ocean Race star Richard Mason, who is now Operations Director.
The Volvo Ocean Race team, which consisted of the Operations and Commercial departments, also visited the Yacht CN 2016 conference, organised by Nansha Marina and supported by the local government to promote Nansha District as a newly-developing coastal city.
At the conference, Richard Mason delivered an address alongside speakers from Nansha Marina Club, ICOMIA Marinas Group, MIA Australia, Global Marine Institute, Asia Yacht Press and Dream Cruises.