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Tongyeong in Gyeongsangnam-do where the history
of Korea cruise sailing began.

Looking into the history of sailing competition in Tongyeong, it began from lighters(Tonggumi) that our ancestors made.... Tongyeong Fisheries College(now the College of Marine Sciences at Gyeongsang National University) was known to operate a sailing club in the late 1930s, and its student sailors travelled between Dongho bay and Busan, and Tongyeong Yeosu, as a part of ocean training programs in the era of Japanese invasion.

Student sailors of Tongyeong Fisheries College(now the College of Marine Sciences at Gyeongsang National University) in the late 1930s

After independence from Japan on August 15, 1945, there were some sailing tournaments - a competition between cadets of the Naval Academy and students of Tongyeong Fisheries College around 1950, a regatta in Tongyeong to celebrate the establishment of Admiral Yisunsin's statue in 1953, a tournament of Tonggumi, a traditional lighter, and a rowing competition in Dongchung of Hangnam-dong during the 3rd Great Battle of Hansan Festival in 1964, which suggest sailing events similar to today's yachting competitions were popular from the past.(CHOE Jeong-Guy Tongyeong Sports History, 2010)

Sailboats competition held in the Great Battel of Hansan Festival in front of Dongchung, Hyanam-dong, 1964