Guo announces sailing across Arctic Ocean

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The Chinese adventurer says he's now working on plans to sail from the Russian port of Murmansk on a 15-day journey through the Northeast Passage of Arctic Ocean.

Chinese sailor Guo Chuan [Photo:]

Chinese sailor Guo Chuan [Photo:]

Unlike his previous adventure, which saw him circle the globe alone, this time, Guo Chuan is taking a crew of 4 with him.

He says they've been working on their plans for the past 2-years.

"As for the challenges from the nature, it is very easy to think about the Arctic Ocean as the north part of our globe. Obviously, our biggest difficulty will be the cold weather. Ice, cold temperatures, fog and debris in the water will be problems we need to face."

Guo Chuan's team is going to include help from Russia.

Sergey Nizovtsev is with Russia's National Geography Association.

He says they expect the 15-day journey to be extremely difficult.

"The hard ship of this voyage is unprecedented, there is no similar voyage in the Russian history, and we will face extremely cold weather and other unpredictably emergency conditions. What's more, the crews have no chance of rest during the whole process. I think, there will be no greater voyage that is so adventurous and challenging like this one. "

The journey is due to begin in September.

That is when the Northeast Passage through the Arctic is the most accessible.

Guo Chuan admits he's nervous about the trip.

"I'm under a lot of pressure. But I feel the boat needs a new adventure. Of course, I can't predict how well the boat will do. As they say, a rider needs time to get to know his horse, no matter how excellent the horse is."

If their plan is successful, Guo Chuan and his crew will be the first to complete a non-stop voyage through the Arctic Ocean's Northeast Passage.

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