Vietnam To Host Clipper Fleet In Southeast Asia
Published: Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Vietnamese city Da Nang has agreed to be the Southeast Asia host of the 2015/16 Clipper Round The World Race.
(Da Nang, Vietnam)
This is the 10th edition of the biennial event, which is the longest ocean race around the planet at more than 40,000 nautical miles.
The central Vietnamese city will not only host the fleet of 12 identical 70-foot ocean racing yachts but will also have an entry in the race supported by local businesses and government.
Da Nang’s debut is the first time Vietnam has participated in the global race crewed by amateur sailors who are trained to race with professional skippers across the world’s most challenging oceans.
More than 670 crew members from all walks of life and representing over 40 different nationalities will compete in the race.
Setting sail from London on August 30, the Clipper Race will have crews competing against each other between six different continents before returning to London in summer 2016.
Leg 5 will be the Asia-Pacific portion of the race. Participants will depart the East coast of Australia heading north toward Vietnam. The leg will finish in Qingdao, China.