Clipper Round World Yacht Race – Teams Embark on 8th Leg

On the 2nd of March, the organizing committee for the 2023-2024 season of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race conducted a restart ceremony in the morning.

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All the teams participating in the 2023-2024 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race set sail from Ha Long International Cruise Port in Quang Ninh province on March 2, heading towards Jiuzhou Port in Zhuhai city, Guangdong province, China, as reported by VNA.

The Clipper Race was first organized in 1996 in the UK and has since trained and attracted over 6,000 race crews from more than 60 countries.

Chairman of the People’s Committee of Quang Ninh province, Cao Tuong Huy (black shirt, standing in the middle) took a souvenir photo with the “HaLongBay, VietNam” Racing Team. Source: daidoanket.vn

In the 2023-2024 season, the race consists of 8 stages with 16 individual races and 6 ocean crossings. 11 racing boats, including the “Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam” team from Quang Ninh, are currently competing in the race, ranked sixth overall.

The 7th race, also known as the “Asia-Pacific Challenge,” started in Coral Seaport, Queensland state, Australia, and finishes in Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh province, Vietnam.

During their 2-week stay in Quang Ninh, the 400 sailors from the 11 racing boats participated in various activities and events organized by the local authorities to promote local attractions and tourism.

The 11 participating racing teams completed the race 2 days ahead of schedule after a 25-day cruise covering a distance of 4,515 nautical miles. Source: daidoanket.vn

Laura Ayres, CEO of Clipper Ventures, expressed her gratitude for the warm welcome and hospitality of the local authorities and people in Quang Ninh.

“I truly believe that this stopover has exceeded all expectations. Race crews had the opportunity to explore museums, take walking tours, visit the mountains to meet the Dao people in Ky Thuong commune, and try activities like rafting, cooking, dancing, and hiking,” quoted from Quang Ninh newspaper.

“They have also indulged in the local cuisine – someone described Quang Ninh province’s cuisine as a taste of all Vietnam in one place. From Ha Long Skipper Josh going to the fish market and learning the traditional process of making Squid Balls, to the Race Crew having a cook-off making spring rolls and seafood pancakes.”

Laura expressed her hope that Vietnam will have participants as members of racing teams or ambassadors in the next Clipper Race tournament.

As the crew sets sail for Zhuhai, they are well-rested and well-fed, ready for Race 8: The Sprint to the city of a hundred islands. Source: daidoanket.vn

During their time in Quang Ninh province, the race crews have immersed themselves in Vietnamese culture, exploring ancient caves, hiking mountain trails, learning how to make squid cakes, and exploring the beautiful islets in the area.

The warm welcome and hospitality from the locals have left a positive impression on the crew members.

Skipper Mike Miller from PSP Logistics said that Ha Long Bay has been an amazing experience for him. The people and the food have exceeded his expectations, and he looks forward to returning.

All sailing teams competing in the 2023-2024 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race left Quang Ninh on March 2. Photo: VNA

By participating in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in the 2023-2024 season, Quang Ninh province has proven its capabilities in organizing international tourism and sports events, showcasing its attractions, and attracting investment.

The province considers the race as one of its key tourism investment and promotional activities for 2024 and beyond.

Hannah Nguyen