Homecoming voyage of NEW ERA/跨世紀號回娘家
A multitude of people gathered at the Star of the Ocean Plaza with enthusiasm to join the welcoming rally for the homeward voyage of sailboat New Era. The rally symbolic of the merger of Kaohsiung city and harbor was organized by KCG. After two and a half years of sailing, New Era finally returned to Kaohsiung Harbor on May 19. Mayor Hsieh welcomed Captain Nelson Liu and his six crew members received a hero's welcome by Mayor Hsieh as they completed the dream tour of circling the world. Renowned painter Liu Chi-wei gave his son Captain Liu a big hug as they reunited. With chocked voice, the father said, "You've come a long way!"
"Now that you have set foot on the land, you need a pair of shoes." Hsieh said as he gave each crew member a pair of shoes. "Kaohsiung citizens are so proud of you!" he continued. Hsieh also shook hands with the boatsmen to extend his warm welcome.
New Era set sail from Kaohsiung Harbor on December 24, 1998. For the past two and a half years, the odyssey of more than 28,000 nautical miles traversed three oceans, seven seas, and over twenty countries and sixty ports. It is the first Chinese sailboat to have successfully circumnavigated the globe.