So long, Ha Long Bay

8 April, 2024


After an unforgettable two weeks in the beautiful Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam, the Clipper Race fleet has embarked on its next race, setting sail towards Zhuhai, China in a short 600 nautical mile sprint – estimated to take just four days to complete.

Image: Parade of Sail

The departure from the International Cruise Port in Ha Long Bay was marked by a vibrant sendoff, complete with traditional lion and dragon dancers, rhythmic drummers, and a paragliding flare display, captivating both crew and onlookers.

A first time Host Port on the Clipper Race circuit, as the non-professional Race Crew bid farewell to Ha Long Bay, they will be left with a stopover full of memories.

During their stay in Quang Ninh Province, Race Crew have immersed themselves in Vietnamese culture, indulging in a diverse array of experiences, from exploring ancient caves to hiking mountain trails, mastering the art of crafting the renowned squid cakes of the region, and venturing out into the thousands of islets the area has to offer.

The warmth and hospitality of the Host Port has left crew members glowing about their stay in the province.

Image: Crowds line the docks to bid farewell to the fleet

Skipper Mike Miller, from PSP Logistics said: “I have had the most amazing experience in Ha Long Bay. The people, and the food has been more than I imagined. I am leaving here with fond memories and cannot wait to return again”.

The leaving ceremony was attended by dignitaries from Quang Ninh Province and Clipper Race officials, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Tung. Deputy Director of Quang Ninh Culture and Sports Department, Ms Nguyễn Huyền Anh is Deputy Director of Quang Ninh Department of Tourism.

Image: Ha Long Bay departure

Speaking at the leaving ceremony, Laura Ayres Managing Director of Clipper Ventures said: “I truly believe that this stopover has achieved all objectives. Race Crew have been to museums, walking tours and visited the mountains to meet the Dao people at the Ky Thuong commune, trying rafting, cooking, dancing and hiking.

Image: Departure ceremony

“They have eaten their way around the region – someone told me that Quang Ninh Province cuisine is like tasting the whole of Vietnam in one place. From Ha Long Skipper Josh going to the fish market and learning the traditional process of making Squid Balls, to Race Crew having a cook off making spring rolls and seafood pancakes.

“We have seen many cultural performances that have been breathtaking, my personal highlight that I expect many of you will share was the violinist at the Gala Prize Giving and her emotive performance of Hello Vietnam”.

With Zhuhai beckoning on the horizon, the crew leave well rested and well fed, ahead of Race 8: The Sprint to the city of a hundred islands.


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