On Drumstick, representing the title sponsor, VinaCapital, will be one of their Senior Associates, Nguyen Quoc TRI (HKG). 31 year old TRI has never done any sailing before, and is expecting the race to be a baptism of fire. His stated expectations are 'A lot of hardship (no shower, extreme exposure to the sun, total darkness at night), but this will be a great experience and an excellent test for my endurance.'
Meanwhile the first Vietnamese national to compete in the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, Hong MINH LE, will join the crew of Shahtoosh to participate in the 656 nm slide for the second time. In 2004, MINH LE joined the crew of charter boat HSBC Johan III so a stint in this year's Premier Cruising Division should prove more comfortable! Shahtoosh is up against Hocux Pocux 2 and HSBC Strewth whilst the IRC B Division consists of Barnstormer, Polar Star III and Quest.
Skippers and crew will be looking forward to renowned Vietnamese hospitality upon their arrival in Vietnam, not least at the race prizegiving, which will take place at the Sailing Club, Nha Trang, on Sunday 29 October.