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China. MCC's Marco Polo II Morphs into MAZU

Monday, 26 April 2010


MCC’s MP II, the second yacht in the Marco Polo series being built at the Cheoy Lee Shipyard in China, has received a new build name; MAZU. Literally speaking, in Chinese, the word Mazu (also spelled Matsu) means ‘mother ancestor’. Colloquially speaking, Mazu is the indigenous ‘goddess of the sea’. In ancient China and in Southeast Asia, Mazu was worshipped as the one who protected fishermen and sailors. Many temples were erected to Mazu during the Ming Dynasty in the 14th and 15th centuries.  MCC is very clever with naming their yachts. Marco Polo was a 13th century Venetian merchant who made numerous exploratory trips to southern and eastern China. The Marco Polo series of yachts are clearly designed and built to travel the world, not to sit at the dock. With a metaphorical nod to her birthplace, MY Mazu will shortly follow in her sistership’s footsteps. Scheduled to launch in October 2010—remarkably, a bit ahead of schedule—Mazu will proceed on to Hong Kong after her shake down cruise. The new vessel will be available for charter during the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Hong Kong in January. This is the first time the Cup is in Hong Kong and the excitement is already building.  Maybe the goddess, Mazu, will be influential in who wins The Cup!

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 April 2010 )