After more than six months of busy planning, Da Nanghas joined London, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town and Sydney in welcoming the world famous Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race, which includes the Da Nang – Viet Nam team, and over 220 international sailors who have now completed over half of this 40,000 mile epic endurance challenge.
All twelve Clipper Race teams sailed up Da Nang's Han River and were greeted with an impressive Vietnamese arrival ceremony including wreaths, traditional drums, entertainment and flag bearers, all watched by hundreds of spectators and local and international media. Speaking at the official arrival ceremony, the Chairman of Da Nang People's Committee, Mr Huynh DucTho, told the crew and spectators: "Being the first-time Host Port of the Clipper Race, a challenging ocean race, we are very proud and thrilled to welcome you to this vibrant coastal city. We have carefully prepared various activities as well as logistics matters in order to give the crews a comfortable stay and help them better understand the culture and people of Da Nang, Viet Nam.
With your experience and feelings in Da Nang, I hope you will be ambassadors, connecting and introducing Da Nang to your friends and family, so that the world will know more about Da Nang."
One of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet, the Clipper Race takes eleven months to complete and is the world's longest ocean race. Established by legendary Sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo, non-stop around the world in 1968 – 69, it is also the only event of its kind that trains amateurs to sail around the world. Forty per cent of Clipper Race crew have no sailing experience when they sign up, and crew on this leg of the race represent over 20 nationalities. Northern Irish entryDerry~Londonderry~Doire won Race7 of the series; the Da Nang New Discovery of Asia Race, which started 27 days previously in Airlie Beach, Australia.Garmin came second, also recording its best finish to date, and GREAT Britain came third, with the rest of the 12-strong Clipper Race fleet also arriving into Viet Nam throughout the remainder of the day. The biggest and warmest welcome of the day was given to the Da Nang – Viet Nam team, which the city has been supporting closely as it races around the world displaying its name.Da Nang – Viet NamSkipper Wendy Tuck told her team's waiting fans: "Ever since we left London last summer, we have been so looking forward to arriving into our home port. The people of Da Nang have made us feel very well supported as we race around the world so to finally be here is a real highlight in our journey. "We are all very much looking forward to meeting the Vietnamese people, learning more about the culture, trying all the delicious foods and seeing the fantastic beaches and city sights we have heard so much about. In fact I am already planning my return trip." The Da Nang – Viet Nam team has run a successful campaign, its racing highlight so far being winning the Sydney to Hobart race in Australia over Christmas, and is currently fifth in the overall leaderboard, with seven races still ahead to gain valuable points.
An action packed stopover has been arranged in Da Nang for the Clipper Race crew, friends, family and supporters, with events including the CauNgu (Fishermans) Festival, barefoot beach runs, kayaking, basket shaking and mesh making demonstrations, and a visit to a local Unicef Day Care Centre for Children, as well as the chance to enjoy traditional musical performances and of course try all the local culinary delights. Members of the Da Nang community are invited to come to the Han River Port daily between 23 to 25 February to take tours of the round the world race yachts, and meet the crew at local events to better understand what life is like on board one of the toughest endurance challenges that exists on the planet. A highlight will also be to see the Clipper Race fleet parade through the Han River Bridge which will swing open to let the yachts sail down the river as far as the fire and water breathing Dragon Bridge on the evening of 25 February. ENDS To download official team photos and video, which will be updated throughout arrivals, please register at: www.clipperroundtheworld.com/mediaportal.
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Julia Wall-Clarke PR Manager, Clipper Ventures E: email@example.com T: 0126 2750 354 (Vietnamese mobile) T: +44 7769 154164 (UK Mobile) Notes to Editors Clipper Round the World Yacht Race The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the world's longest ocean adventure and is also regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet. At 40,000 nautical miles long and taking almost a year to complete, it consists of twelve teams competing against each other on the world's largest matched fleet of 70-foot ocean racing yachts. The Clipper Race was established in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-69. His aim was to allow anyone, regardless of previous sailing experience, the chance to embrace the thrill of ocean racing; it is the only event of its kind for amateur sailors. Around 40 per cent of crew are novices and have never sailed before starting a comprehensive training programme ahead of their adventure.
This unique challenge brings together everyone from chief executives to taxi drivers, nurses and firefighters, farmers, airline pilots and students, from age 18 upwards, to take on Mother Nature's toughest conditions. There is no upper age limit, the oldest competitor to date is 74. Whether they choose to take on the whole circumnavigation or compete in one or more of eight individual legs, all our crew achieve something remarkable as they conquer some of the world's most challenging oceans. The overall route is split into a series of global races and a maximum 12 points going to first place ascending to 1 point for twelfth place. The team with the highest cumulative points at the end of the final race wins the series, and the Clipper Race trophy. The Clipper 2015-16 Race started from St Katharine Docks, London on 30 August 2015 and is the event's tenth edition. Over 690 people from more than 40 different countries will take part, and over 3,000 novice sailors have been transformed into ocean racers throughout Clipper Race history so far.
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About Da Nang
Under the backdrop of the Marble Mountains and surrounded by breathtaking beaches, Da Nang is a vibrant city shaping itself as a centre of culture, tourism and events. Its success to date has earned it the title of Tripadvisor 2015 Top Destination on the Rise.
The third largest city in Vietnam, Da Nang, is rich in history and culture. Immersed in legendary folklore with tales of dragons and fairies, Da Nang is affectionately nicknamed "the yoke" by locals because it connects two sides of the country.
As a first time Clipper Race Team Sponsor and Host Port, Da Nang has the opportunity to introduce itself to the international community through this global sports event. It not only promotes Da Nang, but also the whole of Vietnam, its people and culture. The city's involvement in the race expresses the nation's desire to connect and interact with the world in a spirit of warmth and peace, opening up trade opportunities and enhancing social development.
The Da Nang – Viet Nam team tasted victory in the Clipper 2015-16 Race when Skipper Wendy Tuck and her crew won Race 5, the Clipper division of the iconic Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (RSHYR). Wendy, 50, is the first Australian woman to Skipper a Clipper Race yacht and was also awarded the prize in the RSHYR for being the first female Skipper across the finish line in a fleet of 108 boats.
The Da Nang – Viet Nam crew is made up of 58 people, 38 men and 20 women, ranging in age from 18 - 66 years old and twelve nationalities.
The Da Nang New Discovery of Asia Race starts in Australia on 18 January and the fleet is expected to arrive in Da Nang on 17 February 2016 as part of the Asia-Pacific leg. The Clipper Race fleet and more than 200 crew will stay in the city until they are due to depart on 27 February