Guo Chuan has been the first Asian sailor to circumnavigate the globe non-stop. He did this single handed on a class40. Boris and Guo Chuan had been working together in 2013 on a project for the 2014 Barcelona World Race, but – not satisfied with the performance potential of our boat – shifted their priorities to other challenges.

The Arctic Ocean World Record Challenge in September 2015 was the result of an enormous amount of hard work of Manager Lingling Liou ( and Guo Chuan. They managed to get the city of Quingdao to back this unique record and expedition project:

The attempt was to be the first race yacht to pass the NE passage – the northern sea route – and ratify this as a reference time with the WSSRC world record committee for sailing. This means the crew had to do the challenge non-stop and without engine which to date had never been done before.

In spite of low temperatures and the ice, Guo Chuan´s multinational team crossed the finish line off Cape Deznev on september 15th and set a record for the first race yacht to pass the NE Passage.