Chinese sailor Guo Chuan not on board: US search team
Updated: 2016-10-27 14:11
Chinese mariner Guo Chuan sets sail of his trimaran in San Francisco, US on Oct 17, 2016, aiming to set a new solo non-stop trans-Pacific sailing world record from San Francisco to Shanghai. [Photo/IC]
The voyage was planned to be about 7,000 nautical miles long and take about 20 days.
Tuesday afternoon Beijing time, one week after departure, Guo spoke on the phone with his support team telling them that all was good and he expected to arrive in Shanghai on Nov 5 or 6.
Shortly after the call, the GPS on Guo's boat reported a sudden loss of speed, Guo's support team reported.
"After that, we haven't gotten through to or heard from Guo via phone calls or internet messages," said a team member.
24 hours after the team lost contact with Guo, Maritime Rescue Coordination Center China, in cooperation with the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles, contacted the Coast Guard in Hawaii for help with search and rescue.
Guo is a professional sailor in China, and was reported to be in good health and confident about the voyage. He holds two world records for sailing — a solo non-stop circumnavigation world record set in 2013 and an Arctic Ocean Northeast Passage non-stop sailing world record set in 2015.
Discussing the non-stop trans-Pacific crossing with reporters he said, "Most of the pressure will come from the weather."
"When the wind is strong, you may make some small mistakes and then they may become larger and larger. So that's one of the things I need to be really careful about," Guo said prior to departure.
Were he to arrive in Shanghai, Guo would be the first ever to finish a solo non-stop trans-Pacific sail from San Francisco to Shanghai.
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