Saturday, November 3, 2012

Feadship's "Helix" Makes History In China

The 45m (147ft) Feadship Helix has just made history in becoming the first large foreign registered yacht to be allowed to cruise the Pearl River in China. Feadship has already made history this year by being the first 'Western' superyacht builder to receive orders from Mainland China. Also Helix was the first brand new Feadship to visit China where she starred at the Hainan Rendezvous and the Nansha International Boat Show. Next stop for this history breaking Feadship is the China International Boat Show in Xiamen from 2nd - 5th November 2012.

The historic trip to explore the Pearl River in the Guangdong Province of China made Helix the first superyacht to navigate this famous river delta. She berthed in the city of Nansha, where European traders kept Folly Forts in the 17th Century to trade with the mainland Chinese. Today Nansha is a thriving metropolis and a replica of an old Chinese fort serves as the marina clubhouse. This was the ideal location for the city’s first boat show, which took place in early October and where large crowds admired Helix’s unprecedented quality levels.

"As far as we can determine no pleasure vessel over 30 metres has ever sailed up the Pearl River," says Feadship’s head of marketing, Francis Vermeer. "There may have been some wealthy Dutch traders who kept a yacht in the Canton area during the 1600s – after all, the first pleasure yachts were created by the Dutch a century before that! But Helix has certainly made history for this modern era, and this state-of-the-art Feadship has been very much appreciated by the new wave of yachting enthusiasts in China."

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