A participating clipper of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2019-2020 was named “Ha Long Bay – Vietnam” at  a ceremony held in London on August 29.

Vietnam’s northeastern province of Quang Ninh has recently signed a cooperation agreement with Clipper Ventures on its participation in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2019-2020 and hosting of the 2021-2022 edition.

According to the pact, from the 2019-2020 edition, Quang Ninh is officially a team partner of the race and is the only representative locality of Vietnam to have a team named “Ha Long Bay – Viet Nam” taking part in the global sailing race.

As such, the province has its own clipper and team bearing the logo of the local Ha Long Bay.

Recognised as a world natural heritage site by UNESCO in 1994 and 2000, the bay spans 1,553 square kilometres and features thousands of limestone karsts and islets in various shapes and sizes.

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has been held for more than 20 years and become an annual event with the participation of about 70 clippers.-VNA