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Ambassador of Vietnam to South Africa His Excellency Mr Le Huy Hoang with guests and the Da Nang - Viet Nam Clipper Race team.
Claire Glancy
Clipper Race team Da Nang – Viet Nam received a visit from the Ambassador of Vietnam to South Africa, during the stopover in Cape Town before the fleet leaves to race across the Southern Ocean on Saturday 31 October. 

His Excellency Mr Le Huy Hoang was welcomed by Skipper Wendy Tuck and her crew on board Da Nang – Viet Nam, before taking the crew out for dinner at a local Vietnamese restaurant in Cape Town. 

The team shared tales of their adventures with the Ambassador, who said the Vietnamese city’s involvement with the Clipper Race was all part of a brighter future for the country. He said: “We are so proud to visit the Da Nang – Viet Nam Clipper Race team here in Cape Town. They are bringing the message that Viet Nam is welcoming foreign visitors, and we look forward to opening up more and more and gaining more friends. 

“We want to educate people about the new Vietnam, we are a country of peace. We hope that over time the race will visit different ports in our country, so as many people as possible in Viet Nam will have the opportunity to welcome the Clipper Race and all the people from different countries around the world.” 

This is the first time the Vietnamese city of Da Nang has sponsored a team in the Clipper Race and in February the South East Asian port will also become a stopover on the 40,000 mile global challenge for the first time. 

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Clipper Race Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the Ambassador of Vietnam to South Africa His Excellency Mr Le Huy Hoang, Da Nang - Viet Nam Skipper Wendy Tuck, Clipper Race CEO William Ward.
Claire Glancy

Upon welcoming the Ambassador on board the yacht, Skipper Wendy Tuck said: “It means a lot to me and the crew to have His Excellency come and visit us today, and to hear about how the city wants to use the race to educate the world on the new chapter in Viet Nam’s history. 

“We are all very proud to represent Da Nang – Viet Nam around the world. Da Nang is such a vibrant city and it will mean all the more to us to be sailing into our ‘home port’ early next year.” 

Da Nang – Viet Nam finished a credible sixth place after its 3,400 mile sprint across the South Atlantic Ocean, picking up an extra bonus point for being the third fastest team through the Scoring Gate. 

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. It will call in 14 ports throughout the 11 month circumnavigation, presenting the perfect opportunity to spread the message of Da Nang, Viet Nam. 

The Ambassador added: “The Vietnamese people are very anxious to see the Clipper Race coming to our country and I think it will be of much benefit to them. Tourism can come first and then business development will follow because this is about building a new understanding. We want to encourage people from places like London, Sydney and Cape Town to come to Viet Nam. 

“Here in South Africa the people can come here and learn something about the boats and because we have the Da Nang – Viet Nam team, people visiting here are learning about Viet Nam so I hope they will bring more investments to our country.” 

The Clipper Race consists of twelve teams competing against each other on the world’s largest matched fleet of 70-foot ocean racing yachts and was established in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-69. 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. 

The Clipper Race fleet will depart for Albany, Western Australia on 31 October where it will then visit Sydney, Hobat and the Whitsundays before racing to Da Nang, Viet Nam 

The expected arrival dates for Da Nang are estimated to be between 17 – 21 February. The international crew and their friends and families will enjoy a stopover in the city until the race departure on 27 February.

Da Nang - Viet Nam arrives in Cape Town
Full sail: Da Nang -Viet Nam team arrives in Cape Town, South Africa in sixth place of the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race. — Photo courtesy of Clipper Race
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (VNS) — The Da Nang-Viet Nam team arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, at the end of the 3,400 nautical mile Race 2 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, crossing the line in sixth position.
The team improved greatly on its Race 1 tenth place in the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race, known as one of the planet's toughest endurance challenges.
In this leg across the South Atlantic Ocean, conditions didn't disappoint, pushing the fleet on in a fast and furious crossing with some record speeds in excess of 30 knots, and the front runners averaging a credible 10 knots across the entire 14 day dash.
Da Nang-Viet Nam team's Skipper Wendy Tuck reported the exciting finish that saw her team cross the line six minutes in front of the South African-sponsored entry IchorCoal after thousands of miles of racing.
"We had a duel to the finish line which was so exhilarating. The crew morale on board is fabulous. Towards the end when we could see IchorCoal in front of us, we knew we had to get it. I was in the navigation station when I got the call from deck that it had stopped and parked in a wind hole," Tuck said
"We went from having two reefs in and a number three headsail and getting gusts of up to 38 knots, down to 16 knots, and then nothing. It was quite extraordinary on how it closed up so quick."
Tuck said: "It's hard racing out at sea waiting with baited breath for the six hourly reports to see where your competitors are, and to see if you have gained or lost. It's very tense. The start was the first time we had sailed in really heavy winds upwind and we decided to go for the Scoring Gate which was pretty much upwind all the way."
He added: "We figured by the time the weather changed we were halfway there so we thought we would go for it. It was good practice for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race because nobody had done it before. We then had really heavy downwind stuff that we didn't experience in the last race which was a great learning curve for the crew."
This race is being run on an elapsed time basis and the final positions and points will be awarded in ascending elapsed time. The shortest time wins. This is to account for the late start of LMAX Exchange and Qingdao after repairs following damage caused outside of racing during the stopover in Brazil. They started three days 11 hours and ten minutes after the rest of the fleet.
The Clipper Race fleet will depart for Albany, Western Australia on 31 October where it will then visit Sydney and the Whitsundays before racing to Da Nang.
The expected arrival dates for Da Nang are estimated to be between February 17-21. The international crew and their friends and families will enjoy a stopover in the city until the race departure on February 27. — VNS

On 30th August, the “Da Nang – Viet Nam” yacht, skippered by 50-year-old Sydney woman Wendy Tuck, started the opening leg of the Clipper 15-16 Round the World Yacht Race which will take the participating teams over 5,000 nautical miles from the British capital to race to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tens of thousands of well-wishers filled the international Race Village and lined the banks of the Thames to wave off the 12 courageous crews.
“Da Nang – Viet Nam” Starts Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race
It's the first time a team with Da Nang-Viet Nam sponsorship has taken part in a global yachting event.  The Clipper Race fleet is scheduled to arrive in Da Nang from 17th to 27th February 2016. 
Wendy Tuck said that “I think it will get the whole crew really excited for when we finally get to Da Nang.  It’s definitely going to be the best stopover for us and I think we’re very lucky to have them on board”.
Clipper Race founder and legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said “Irrespective of their amateur status, Mother Nature pulls no punches.  They’re going to go through the roughest waters in the world.  I wish them a safe and an extraordinary journey – the experiences ahead will stay with them for life.”
Following the first stopover in Brazil, the fleet will continue on via Cape Town – South Africa, Albany - Australia, Sydney – Australia (including participating in the world famous Sydney-Hobart Race), the Whitsundays - Australia, Da Nang – Viet Nam, Qingdao - China, Seattle – U.S.A., Panama, New York – U.S.A., Derry-Londonderry – U.K., and Den Helder – the Netherlands, before returning to London’s St Katharine Docks for the Race’s Finish on 30th July 2016.

From Transport Newspaper

Harnn Heritage Spa at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort has won the titles “World's Best New Hotel Spa” and “Viet Nam's Best Hotel Spa” in the World Spa Awards 2015, the “Oscars” of the Spa industry, organised by the World Travel Awards.
Da Nang’s Harnn Heritage Spa Voted Worlds Best New Hotel Spa 2015
The awarding ceremony
Voting for this award opened on 25th May and closed on 19th July 2015, and votes were submitted online at the World Spa Awards website.  The winner of the 2015 World Spa Awards defeated such big rivals as Guerlain Spa at Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, the Ritz-Carlton Spa - Kyoto and Spa de La Mer at Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York to receive these notable awards.
Harnn Heritage Spa offers the ultimate luxurious spa complemented by one of world’s finest pedicures at Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by Bastien Gonzalez.  The Spa focuses on restoring the natural balance of body and mind.  Inspired by the practice of traditional Asian medicine and naturopathy, each of Harnn’s treatments is thoughtfully designed to enrich guests’ relaxation experience.  
Set on their own quiet lagoon apart from the main resort facilities, the Harnn Heritage Spa treatment rooms and villas share the same tubular shape as the Quonset huts and are covered in a greenish tint of rusted copper.  And while the original huts were anything but luxurious, their reimagined versions are oases of calm, with natural light, soothing music, marble showers and organic curves.

Bao Han

The General Department of Sports and Physical Training, belonging to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Viet Nam, recently hosted an international press conference to announce the 5th Asian Beach Games (ABG5) to be held in Da Nang from 24th September to 3rd October 2016.
 International Press Conference for 5th Asian Beach Games
The press conference
According to the Organising Board for ABG5, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) decided to choose only Da Nang, instead of the 3 localities comprised of Da Nang and the provinces of Khanh Hoa and Binh Thuan as previously scheduled, to reduce the costs for Viet Nam – the organiser, and facilitate the travel of participating countries. 
Mr Vuong Bich Thang, Head of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training said that, ABG5 will take place on the beach area with a length of 5,000m stretching from Son Tra District’s Man Thai Ward to Ngu Hanh Son District’s Hoa Hai Ward.  It is anticipated that about 10,000 participants, including nearly 4,600 athletes and coaches from 45 countries and territories, along with representatives from the OCA, the national Olympic committees in the participating countries, and other international sports organisations will participate in the sporting event.
ABG5 will have 14 beach sports in a total of 22 different categories including: Aquatics (Marathon Swimming and Water Polo); Beach Kabaddi; Beach Soccer; Beach Volleyball; Beach Handball; 3x3 Basketball; Beach Sepak takraw; Beach Martial Arts (Wrestling, Sambo, Jujitsu, Kurash, Pencak Silat, Vovinam, Muay Thai, Vietnamese Traditional Martial Arts); Beach Badminton; Beach Petanque; Beach Bodybuilding; Woodball; Rowing and Athletics.
Asian Beach Games, initiated by OCA, is one of the biggest sporting events in Asia.  The first ABG took place in Indonesia’s Bali in 2008.

Le Nhan

The Da Nang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism recently held a press conference to launch a tourism promotion programme to attract more visitors to the city in the low tourism season from now until 31st March 2016.
Da Nang Launches Tourism Promotion Programme 2015
The programme aims to attract more visitors to the city in the low tourism season from now to 31 March 2016
This year’s programme, with a focus on domestic, international and MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) tourism markets, also aims to publicise Da Nang’s tourism image as an ideal, friendly, safe and hospitable destination.
It is reported that nearly 100 hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, shops and carriers have registered for the programme.  These businesses will offer many products, promotional and preferential packages with 10 to 50% discounts on their prices.
Mr. Tran Chi Cuong, Vice Director of the Da Nang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said that more focus will be put on international markets with available direct air routes including South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia; and such traditional markets as Australia, the U.S.A., France, Germany, the U.K. and Chinese-speaking nations.   In addition, the city will pay attention to developing domestic markets including northern localities, HCM City and the Mekong Delta River as well as MICE tourism with an aim to turn the city into Viet Nam’s top destination for this type of service.
It is scheduled that the city will organise promotion programmes to approach potential international markets including a roadshow in Japan, a familiarisation visit for travel companies and press agencies to such international markets as Japan, South Korea, Russia and Australia this month; as well as carrying out activities to publicise the Da Nang destination within the framework of promotional events to be held by the General Department of Tourism and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

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