|Full sail: The Da Nang-Viet Nam team arrive in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thursday. — Photo courtesy Clipper World Race
RIO DE JANEIRO (VNS) — Da Nang-Viet Nam was the tenth team to arrive into port at Marina Da Gloria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thursday, during Race 1 of the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race from London to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Da Nang-Viet Nam team, made up of 39 men and 20 women from 12 different countries and led by Australian skipper Wendy Tuck, finished the race within 30 days London, UK to Brazil.
Australian skipper Wendy Tuck said: "It's been long and hard at times, but now that it has come to an end, I'm a tad sad. It has been great seeing the crew grow in confidence and learn new skills along the way.
"The Leg 1 highlights have been leaving London - it was such an incredible atmosphere. The first few days saw us settling into the rhythm of the boat. The Bay of Biscay was kind to us, and we enjoyed crossing it while surfing waves under kite and a full moon. I loved crossing the Equator and passing the few groups of islands.
"We are all looking forward to Leg 2 - we have learnt so much. I have already started our planning and looking at the routeing charts. It will be a chance for us to try and redeem ourselves," she added.
Of the remaining teams still competing in Race 1, ClipperTelemed+ was the first of the seven yachts to arrive on Thursday.
Teams will finish the next race in Cape Town, South Africa from October 21-25; Albany, Australia from November 22-26; Sydney, Australia on December 12-15; and Hobart, Australia on December 30-31.
The 40,000-nautical mile race will dock at Da Nang from February 17-27, before sailing to Quingdao, China from March 10-13; Seattle, the US from April 15-20; Panama from May 25-27; New York from June 12-14; Londonderry, Northern Ireland from July 7-11; and Den Helder, the Netherlands from July 23-24.
Over 700 people from about 40 countries are expected to take part in the race. — VNS