Chinese Navigator and China's Ocean Ambassador Zhai Mo stops by ONE°15 Marina Club during the Singapore leg of the 2015 Retrace Maritime Silk Road Expedition

Singapore, 8 May 2015 – Paying tribute to China’s history of maritime culture, renowned Chinese Navigator and China’s Ocean Ambassador Zhai Mo has set sailed on a highly-anticipated expedition and TV show, titled “2015 Retrace Maritime Silk Road” and is expected to reach ONE°15 Marina Club on 11 May 2015 (Monday) for the Singapore leg of the voyage.

The TV show, produced by Southeast TV in Fujian, China, will chart Zhai Mo’s travels along the old Maritime Silk Road, one of the earliest ancient trade routes which connect the Eastern and Western world. Covering over 10,000 nautical miles and stopping by countries such as Singapore, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Greece and completing in Milan, Italy, Zhai, 46, and his team of about eight sailors from all around the world started their journey on 20 April 2015 (Monday) on board three unpowered sailboats. During his Singapore stopover, Zhai will be berthing their mono-hull sailboats at ONE°15 Marina Club for five days before setting sail towards their next destination, Sri Lanka, on 15 May 2015 (Friday).

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Figure 1: Launch Ceremony of the new TV show “2015 Retrace Maritime Silk Road”, on 31 March 2015, which will feature Zhai Mo (center) and his crew’s voyage along the infamous ancient trade route. [Photo: Xinhua]

This will be Zhai’s second circumnavigation across the globe; his first was a solo trip in 2009. This time, the crew will be focusing on promoting the ancient trade and cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world. The crew will also be bringing along cultural symbols such as Chinese porcelain, tea and other agriculture goods and to exhibit them in their various stopovers. Zhai hopes to “let the world see [through this trip] that China has been a country of rites and peace since ancient times, and now it’s embracing the world and future with an equally open mind.”

“We are delighted and honoured to be able to host Zhai Mo and his crew during their Singapore stopover,” said Brian E. Werner, General Manager at ONE°15 Marina Club. “His story hits close to home as maritime trade played a huge role in Singapore’s economical growth and we are very excited to be part of his expedition.”

Since its opening in 2007, ONE°15 Marina Club has hosted sailing fleets, including international events such as the Clipper 2013/2014 Round the World Yacht Race and the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/2009. The Club was also the venue host of the Singapore Straits Regatta from 2012 to 2015. A prominent presence in the sailing scene, it is within the Club’s vision to promote Singapore as an international hub for sailing and our participation in this expedition has further boost Singapore’s standing on the sailing world map.

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Figure 2: Zhai Mo and his crew as they explore the ancient Chinese Maritime Silk Road [Photo: Weibo]

“It has been seven days since I showered. The sailors want to go ashore as soon as possible and take showers!” recorded one of the crewmembers in their microblog. The journey will span two to three months, during which the crew will have to brave through both physical and mental challenges including seasickness, malnutrition and isolation.

In light of this, Werner hopes that, during their time here, the Club will be able to provide a suitable haven for the crew to rejuvenate and recharge themselves for the remainder of their journey. He also added that this stopover has strengthened the Club’s relationship with its reciprocal club, Visun Royal Yacht Club in Sanya, Hainan, which the owner of one of the three sailboats is a member of. The two clubs share good relations; with ONE°15 Marina Club recently hosting about 50 members of Visun Royal Yacht Club, on 24 February 2015, when they visited Singapore. During the visit, the members were brought on a tour, enjoyed a yacht trip onboard one of the fleet under the Club’s chartering arm (ONE15 Luxury Yachting) before ending the day with a special dinner reception at its ballroom.

About ONE°15 Marina Club
Since its inauguration in 2007, ONE°15 Marina Club has won several international accolades including the Outstanding Hospitality Award at the Helm Magazine Singapore Yacht Show Awards 2013, Asian Marina of the Year at the Asia Boating Awards consecutively from 2012 to 2014, Best Asian Marina/Best Yachting Club 2009 and the prestigious FIVE Gold Anchor Award. It is the first marina in the region to achieve ISO 14001, a prestigious and internationally-recognised certification for Environmental Management. The Club’s environmentally-friendly practices and efforts were also recognised when it was named Green Maritime Company of the Year at the Asia Boating Awards 2015. ONE°15 Marina Club is honoured to be the host of upscale international yachting events including the Clipper 2013/14 Round the World Yacht Race, the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/2009, Asia Pacific Yachting Conference 2014-2015 and the Singapore Yacht Show 2011-2015. Located in Sentosa Cove, the prime leisure district of Singapore, ONE°15 Marina Club features a beautiful marina of 270 berths with facilities to accommodate megayachts of up to 200 feet. The well-appointed clubhouse encompasses world-class facilities including fine restaurants and bars, luxurious suite rooms, a modern spa, a well-equipped gymnasium, members’ and kids’ lounges as well as conference and meeting rooms. Evoking the glamour and elegance of Monte Carlo, ONE°15 Marina Club is Asia’s most desired waterfront leisure destination.
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