DA NANG – International skydivers will convene in the central city of Da Nang late this month to join the country's first ever international paramotor race.
Parachuting competition is expected to create a new trademark for Da Nang City. - Photo coutersy dipr.com.vn
Twenty five competitors, three French, one Polish, one American and 20 Japanese pilots, will compete in four events: speed flying, point-counting flying, team flying and rescue flying.
According to the competition organiser – CATI joint stock company – some the participating parachutists are world renowned athletes. For instance, Didier Eymin from France flew through the Sahara desert in 1988; Emilia Plak, from Poland, was the champion of the international gliding competition held in the Czech Republic in 2009 while Jun Asihmine from Japan is the three time champions of a Japan parachuting competition.
The major competing area will be a region with a radius of 100km and ceiling height of 170km above My Khe beach in Son Tra District.
Meanwhile the area for speed flying will be a rectangular space measuring 9km by 1.5km with ceiling height of 300m which stretches from the northernmost point of the major competing area to Ngu Hanh Son mountain.
After five days of the contest starting on May 23, organiser will present three awards. The winner will receive US$10,000, the first runner up will get one parachuting engine worth $3,000 and the second runner up will receive a height measuring kit worth $1,000.
For tourists, apart from enjoying performances by international professional parachutists, they will have chance to try gliding with the competitors by paying VND1.3million ($62).
They also can try the food and drink at Vietnamese food stalls or learn about the city's traditional crafts at the kiosk on the beach.
Nguyen Xuan Anh, Vice chairman of the municipal People's Committee, said the city authorities hoped the Da Nang International Paramotor Race will be a new trademark for the city to attract more tourists. – VNS