International sailors concluded their over 1,200-km journey from Hong Kong (China) to Vietnam’s central coastal city of Nha Trang on October 21, with the first prize awarded to Mascalzone Latino of Italy.
The second and third prizes of the eighth Hong Kong-NhaTrang International Yacht Race went to Ambush and Freefire, both from Hong Kong.
Departing from Victoria Port in Hong Kong on October 17, 170 sailors from the UK, Italy, China, Russia, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong steered 13 boats to conquer the long journey which took place during the typhoon season.
Launched in 2004, the biennial tournament is organised by the Hong Kong Royal Yacht Club, VinaCapital Viet Nam Opportunity Fund Ltd, and other partners, aiming to promote tourism in Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province and encourage yacht racing as a sport.
Randy Dobson, Chairman of California Management Group, said Vietnam has a beautiful coastline, which has been seen as an ideal destination for many international boat races.
He suggested Vietnamese localities duplicate similar competitions which target Vietnamese coastal cities.
Khanh Hoa province -where Nha Trang is located- aims to welcome 5.5 million tourists this year, a year-on-year rise of 17 percent, including 1.7 million foreigners. The coastal city has seen a surge in tourism in recent years as more resorts have opened while new flights are now linking the airport to many destinations in China, South Korea and Russia. As an exemple, low cost carrier Vietjet alone offers flights to 15 Chinese cities!
Most recently, AirAsia launched the first non-stop flight to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia with four weekly services. In the first quarter of 2017, the city welcomed close to half a million foreign travellers, driven by a surge of Chinese travellers, who already represent 60% of all overseas arrivals.
The locality is seeking the government’s recognition of Nha Trang as a marine eco-tourism urban area and northern Cam Ranh peninsula as a national tourism site.