World record on Northern Sea Route

Guo Chuan outside Kirkenes before leaving for Murmansk and the Northern Sea Route.

Chinese sailor Guo Chuan completed the journey from Murmansk to the Bering Strait one day ahead of schedule.


The Chinese adventurer Guo Chan and his crew of three completed the journey through the Northern Sea Route with the trimaran Quindao in just 13 days, one day less than Chan had expected when BarentsObserver talked to him outside Kirkenes before leaving for Murmansk.

This is a world record for navigating the Arctic Ocean none-stop completely powered by wind, CRI reports.

The Qingdao is built in France and became world-famous when Captain Joyon took it around the globe in a record-setting solo non-stop circumnavigation voyage in 2008.  Since then, the ship has been made better prepared for sailing in rough northern waters. The front parts of the hulls have been enforced and new technology has been installed.

Captain Guo Chuan became a star in China after he completed a solo non-stop circumnavigation in a 40ft yacht and set a new world record.