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China hails its first solo circumnavigator

Chinese sailor Guo Chuan sailed back home on April 5 to become the first Chinese to singlehandedly circumnavigate the globe.

Aboard his Class 40 yacht, 48-year-old Guo travelled about 21,600 nautical miles in 138 days before he returned to his hometown of Qingdao, where he had set off on Nov. 18.

Guo jumped into the sea for celebration before his yacht pulled over, and swam towards the dock to meet his wife and sons, who joined hundreds of local citizens and sports officials at a welcome ceremony.

“I am so happy that I can again see so many people, so many people who care about me,” said Guo, who knelt down as soon as he stepped on land with tears streaming down his cheeks.

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