South Korea and Vietnam to enter new teams for the 2019-20 edition of the race
The Clipper Round-the-World race, which has long had a strong connection with Asia, especially China, is seeing an expansion of these links with new teams being entered by South Korea and Vietnam.
The South Korean team, called ‘Imagine your Korea’, is supported by the Korea Tourism Organisation, Gin-A Co Ltd, the Korean Sailing Federation and Yeosu Yisunsin Marina. The debut Korean team entry in the 2019-20 edition will be led by skipper Mike Surridge.
Clipper Ventures, organiser of the 40,000-mile race, says: “The partnership announcement marks a pivotal event in the development of the sport. This collaboration will promote the country as a growing mecca for sailing, both to the country’s home audience to increase participation, and for sailing tourism on a global scale. Looking forward, the parties are working towards a return as both a Team and Host Port Partner in 2021-22.”
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Clipper Race chairman and co-founder, said: “I am very pleased to welcome the Korean team entry for the upcoming edition. Its coastline and 3,600 islands make it a natural sailing haven and equip it with the ideal conditions to grow and develop its sailing culture and create a legacy for years to come. As organisations, we are united in our mission to offer opportunities for everyone to have access to the sport and I look forward to watching this positive partnership develop in the future.”
Yoo Joon-sang, president of the South Korean Sailing Federation, commented: “Sailing is the ultimate sport. Through sailing and marine sports, we wish to improve the livelihoods of Koreans, and further world citizens.”
In respect of Vietnam, which as a country has already had an association with the Clipper race, Quang Ninh Province in northeast Vietnam has signed a two-edition deal to participate in the race. Quang Ninh Province is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay and it’s this natural wonder that will be a team entry, named ‘Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam’, in the Clipper 2019-20 Race and then return as both a Team and Host Port Partner in 2021-22.
Pham Ngoc Thuy, director of the Quang Ninh Tourism Department, says: “It is edition of the Clipper Round-the-World Yacht Race. This is a special opportunity for Quang Ninh Province to promote, on a global stage, our destination of Ha Long Bay. Quang Ninh Province is making our best endeavour to prepare for the event.”
William Ward, Clipper Race CEO, said: “I welcome Ha Long Bay to the Clipper Race as a team entry for the 2019-20 edition and then as both Team and Host Port Partner in 2021-22. From September, when our race begins, The Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam team will fly the flag of this beautiful Vietnamese destination as they race around the world.
“We have 23 years’ experience in successful collaboration with worldwide destinations and our partnership with the Quang Ninh Tourism Department, supported by the Sun Group and Vin Group, will enhance its promotion of Ha Long Bay on the global stage.”