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Vietnam finishes 7th at Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Wednesday, August 03, 2016, 14:03 GMT+7

The 2015-16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has concluded, with Vietnam’s Da Nang team finishing seventh out of twelve participating teams.

The Department of Foreign Affairs in Da Nang City announced on Monday that the Da Nang-Vietnam team had arrived in London on July 30.

The team ranked seventh out of twelve participating teams and was among the top three twice throughout the journey.

Da Nang City is Vietnam’s first-ever team to take part in the global yacht race, and local resident Nguyen Tran Minh An was the first Vietnamese to have joined the contest.

An awards ceremony was held on the same day at the St Katharine Docks, where the LMAX Exchange team received their first prize.

The Visit Seattle and Derry Londonderry Doire team grabbed the second and third prize, respectively.

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the biggest endurance challenge in the sailing world; a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race on 70-foot ocean racing yachts.

The race kicked off in August last year and concluded in July this year, attracting 12 teams from 12 different countries.

Among the participating yachts was the Da Nang-Vietnam team, which hosted 58 crew members throughout its journey from 12 different nationalities, including one crew member from Da Nang.

Contenders reached the central Vietnamese city on February 17 and left ten days later as part of their race through ten countries.

The Clipper 2017-18 event will start in the summer of 2017 with a global route similar to this year’s edition, according to the contest’s website.

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