Paramotorers to race over Da Nang

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Emilia Plak, the Polish winner of the World Paramotor Champions (female class) in 2009, will be the only female contestant at Vietnam's first international paramotor contest in Da Nang from May 23-27

Paramotor pilots from the US, Japan, France and Poland will vie for a $10,000 grand prize in Da Nang between May 23 and 27.

The Japanese Hang & Paragliding Federation and Japan's Airea Company will help officiate the contest, sending 20 competitors to in the event.

Twenty-five foreign competitors, including Poland's Emilia Plak, the world's top female parachutist and the France's Didier Eymin who flew across the Sahara in 1988 will participate in the event.

The world air sports federation FAI international competition will be the first in Vietnam.

The four-round contest will include speed flying, obstacle navigation, formation flying and rescue flying and be held over My Khe Beach.

Paramotor performances will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 23 and 25.

A VND1.3 million ($65) ticket will grant tourists a chance to fly with some of the visiting competitors and enjoy a special culinary garden, sightseeing tours and other events and services.

The main competition will be held between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on May 26 and 27, 

C.A.T.I. the marketing and communication firm which organized the competition, raised VND15 billion ($750,000) from private sources to fund the event.

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