It's the last whole day tomorrow before we sail (Friday). Danang had been amazing. Last minute maintenance jobs will keep us busy right up to the off.
I've even met the ambassador to Hanoi and yes, he was spoiling us!
I've been on an emotional visit to a school for children affected by the legacy of Agent Orange from the Vietnam war. They were as happy and funny as the guys at home and I loved being with them. Vietnam has a very turbulent history and it's a crime these guys are paying the price. However they put on an amazing dance and singing performance which reminded me of the shows back at college. They were so pleased with themselves! We even snuck in a quick game of football. Unicef are doing a great job there and loads more is needed.
We've had a couple of corporate events on the boat with canapés and a few drinks while we fly the flag for the GREAT campaign. Another world really but have met some very interesting people. Sir Robin and William Ward the CEO have come by to chat with us. Sir Robin is amazing. Balls of steel. What a life, and a great story teller!
Last night was a cultural evening with local singers and dancers with guest appearances from various crew members. Amanda's song went down very well with the locals who cheered and danced like a rock concert. Phil read a poem he had composed about the race which was spot on.
Just this evening we have had our parade up the river to the dragon bridge which breathes actual fire! The riverside was lined by thousands of people -20 deep in places, and we were live on TV. Truely an amazing experience to have all those cheering for us.
...... We leave tomorrow. I'm nervous, excited, anxious, every emotion possible really. The boat is ready, just hope I am.