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Land Rover X40 in Shanghai

Catamaran sails through the heart of one of China's biggest cities

Monday April 13th 2015, Author: James Boyd, Location: China

The Land Rover Extreme 40 became the first professional racing yacht to sail down Shanghai's Huangpu River, one of the busiest waterways in the world. Sailing through the heart of Shanghai’s financial district, the 40ft cat jostled for space alongside cargo ships, tankers and passenger ferries to mark Land Rover China’s sponsorship of the Shanghai International Boat Show.

Race Director of the Extreme Sailing Series, Phil Lawrence, kept a watchful eye over the on-water proceedings and said: “The DNA of the Extreme Sailing Series is to race in the centre of iconic cities around the world and Shanghai perfectly fits the bill for such an event. Most of the venues we use for the Extreme Sailing Series are very challenging. Here in Shanghai we are in the centre of a busy city, we have a very commercial waterway with hundreds of boats passing every day, but OC Sport, Land Rover and the hundreds of thousands of Chinese public walking along the Bund today have all been really excited to see it here on the Huangpu River. It’s been an incredible event.”

Mark Hall, Land Rover Brand Executive Vice President added, “The Shanghai International Boat Show is the perfect platform to demonstrate Land Rover’s commitment to sailing. We are extremely proud to see our Extreme 40 sailing on the iconic Bund or Huangpu River - the first time this boat, or any like it has ever done so. Our shared values of adventure, composure and strength of mind are reflected in this endeavour and in Land Rover’s 'Above and Beyond' philosophy, which has been at the heart of everything we do for the past 67 years.”

Sailing an Extreme 40 through the heart of one of China's biggest cities also heralds the start of the Extreme Sailing Series, partnered by Land Rover, due to take place in China’s ‘Olympic Sailing City’, Qingdao, over 30 April - 3 May.

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