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Warmest greetings to all of you visiting Gyeongnam.

Along with 3.5 million citizens of Gyeongnam, I would like to deliver my heartfelt congratulations on hosting the 11th Yisunsin Cup International Yacht Race in the sea city of Tongyeong, which is famous for Admiral Yisunsin's patriotism and loyalty to the nation.

I would like to thank all the officials involved in this tournament, particularly Mr. Ku Kil-Yong, Chairman of Gyeongsangnam-do Sailing Federation, Congressman Lee Koon-Hyon, Minister Do Jong-Hwan of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, and Mayor Kim Dong-Jin of Tongyeong City.

Beginning with its first opening in 2007, the 11th Yisunsin Cup International Yacht Race already became an international event with many of excellent sailors from across the nation and all over the world. Yacht culture is steadily growing as one of the representative marine leisure sports of Gyeongnam because of the enthusiasm and affection of participating sailors, officials and visitors. I hope that Gyeongnam will become the center of marine leisure industry through the Race.

We will make certain that this Race becomes a solid and representative tournament in the nation by thorough safety management and fair game operation. The marine leisure business is the main growth engine of Gyeongnam. We will promote marine tourism and leisure business by attracting various marine leisure events. I look forward to your active interest and cooperation.

I hope that you will be able to demonstrate your best skills in the southern coast where you can enjoy the beautiful natural environment and islands, and wish happiness and prosperity for everyone who participates in the Race. Thank you.

Han Gyeong-Ho
Interim Governor
of Gyeongsangnam-do