More than 60 travel agents and media gathered at Sydney’s Cruising Yacht club on Friday (18 Dec) to showcase a unique relationship between the dynamic central Vietnamese coastal city of Da Nang and a Clipper 70 yacht called and sponsored by Da Nang competing in the 2015-16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
It was the first seminar co-hosted by the Vietnamese Embassy in Australia and Da Nang municipal authorities as the Da Nang – Vietnam team in the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race has landed in Sydney Harbour from December 12-26.
Ambassador to Australia Luong Thanh Nghi, in his speech, praised efforts made by Australian captain Wendy Tuck and Vietnamese crew on the Da Nang-Vietnam yacht, which he said, has fostered friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Australia.
He said Da Nang is gaining popularity among Australian tourists and through the yacht race, more and more Australians will learn about Vietnam and Da Nang in particular.
First-time Clipper Race sponsor Da Nang will be supported by local business partners and local government.
As a fast-growing, tourism friendly city, and gifted by nature with a beautiful river, mountains and beaches, Da Nang is striving to become a livable city and a world destination for tourists. It was No#1 in the top 10 World’s Destinations on the Rise for 2015 by TripAdvisor.
Being a Host Port and Team Sponsor of the Clipper Race is an opportunity for Da Nang to boost trade, investment and tourism along with enhanced social and diplomatic relations. The city will also host the race fleet during the Asia-Pacific leg from Australia in February 2016.
After two Australian race victories, skipper Wendy Tuck is hoping to add to her nations accolades by becoming Australia’s first female Clipper Race winner.
Tuck, the 50 year old skipper from Sydney is relishing the huge physical and mental challenge of taking her crew through Mother Nature’s toughest environments and Wendy says: “My main aim is to have a happy confident crew who have a great time, but I’d also like to be up the pointy end of the results. Available to her during the enduring race are 58 crew, 38 men and 20 women ranging in age from 18-66 and 12 nationalities including 14 Australians.
The fleet is expected to sail into Da Nang between 17 and 21st February 2016 and depart on 27th. Da Nang is an ever increasing centre for culture, business, education and tourism. Landscapes like the Hai Van Pass, Da Nang Bay and Son Tra Peninsula are only day trips. The city is also the gateway to various world heritage sites including the Hue Citadel, a walled palace formerly the imperial capital of Vietnam, Hoi An and My Son Sanctuary a collection of Hindu temples built between the 4th and 14th century. The cuisine and night life are also a highlight of the city.
One of the races, which makes up Leg 4 of the Clipper 2015-16 Race is the Rolex Sydney-Hobart due off on Boxing Day. This 71st sailing of the race will feature 110 yachts.
Written by John Savage