The 2008 Paralympic sailing race ranked among the top ten; 30 days of unberthing crossing the Atlantic to set a world record; the Chinese sailed the world for the first time a catamaran sailing ... The "Qingdao Dream" catamaran had a legendary one-armed captain, his name was Xu Jingkun.
Speaking of Xu Jingkun, many people who are interested in sailing are no strangers. At 12, he lost his left forearm in an accident. The sudden disaster did not make this Qingdao guy stunned. On the recommendation of the Disabled Federation, Xu Jingkun entered sports school to study.
Sailing requires the close cooperation of both hands. It is a very challenging and dangerous sport. It is still true for normal people. The difficulty facing Xu Jingkun, who has only one arm, can be imagined.
With his perseverance and perseverance, Xu Jingkun became the first group of members of the Chinese disabled sailing team in 2003; in 2008, he represented China in the Paralympic Sailing Championships and entered the top ten, realizing his aspirations for sailing. But he did not stop there, and germinated the dream of sailing alone.
In 2012, he drove the first-generation "Qingdao Dream" from Qingdao and sailed 4500 nautical miles, setting the world record for the first single-handed one-armed unpowered sailing boat to sail around the China Sea, fulfilling his dream.
In 2015, he sailed for 4020 nautical miles in 30 days to complete the single-handed transatlantic regatta, becoming the second person in China, the third person in Asia, and the first person in one arm. In 2017, the World Paralympic Sailing Championships held in Germany in 2017 On the other hand, he won the fourth place of Hansa303, creating the best result for Chinese players in the tournament. In the same year, he was nominated for the CCTV Annual Sportsman of the Year Disability Sports Spirit Award.
In June 2017, Xu Jingkun embarked on a new journey—the Chinese sailed the world for the first time on a catamaran. He drove the "Qingdao Dream" alone from Turkey and is expected to return to the Canary Islands in early 2020 to complete the voyage. The whole journey is 34,000 nautical miles, passing through more than 40 countries and regions, and crossing the equator four times.
During the voyage, he often invites friends and sailing enthusiasts to get on the boat and enjoy sailing together. In addition to cultural exchanges, Xu Jingkun's voyage around the world is an exploration journey.
He organized climate change along the way, navigation policies and regulations of various countries, and safety information into a Chinese version of the Global Navigation Guide to help Chinese sailing enthusiasts better start their future global journey.
"On the sea, I can only rely on myself. After landing, I have to rely on everyone. The reason why many people who have never known me selflessly lend a helping hand, perhaps because each of them once had a dream of sailing. This is exactly It is the true expression of the spirit of Chinese nautical culture, 'bringing together in the same boat and being brothers in all four seas!' "Xu Jingkun realized.
Xu Jingkun said: "I hope that the Dream World Tour will become a journey of exploration and cultural exchanges in China. I will promote Qingdao's friendly image and sailing culture to all parts of the world and bring back the blessings of Qingdao from all over the world. "