Dear yacht sailors and officials from all over the world,
nice to see you all.
My name is Kim Gyoung-su, governor of Gyeongsangnam-do or South Gyeongsang Province.
Above all, congratulations on hosting the 『13th Yisunsin Cup International Yacht Race』that is held in the sea of Tongyeong where you can find a patriotic spirit of Admiral Yi Sun-sin with the support of 3.5 million residents of Gyeongsangnam-do. And also, I truly welcome some 600 athletes and officials from 10 different countries.
I would like to deliver my sincere gratitude to mayor Kang Seok-ju of Tongyeong City, chairman Koo Kil-yong of Gyeongsangnam-do Sailing Federation, and all the relevant officials for their commitment to the Race. In addition, I would like to thank Minister Park Yang-woo of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and chairman Yoo Jun-sang of Korea Sailing Federation, who helped make the event more beautiful.
Celebrating 13th event this year, the『Yisunsin Cup International Yacht Race』has become one of the three major yacht races in Asia. And it has been a good opportunity to let the world know about General Yi Sun-sin and the Great Battle of Hansan.
It is believed that this achievement was made thanks to everyone’s support and passion along with solid marine sports infrastructure of Tongyeong.
In particular, a dinghy yacht competition will be separately held for youth athletes and national athletes with disabilities as a preliminary match in the Race of this year. This game will be a significant venue of unity and harmony beyond borders, ages and disabilities.
In addition, there will be diverse cultural events including a marine festival and plea market where any residents and visitors are able to participate. I would like to ask for your interest and support as it is a well-prepared marine sports game as well as marine cultural festival that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Our provincial government of Gyeongsangnam-do will continue to preserve the value of the South Coast where Hallyeohaesang National Marine Park is situated and will do our best to make Gyeongsangnam-do as a center for marine tourism and leisure industry.
Once again, congratulations on hosting the『13th Yisunsin Cup International Yacht Race』and wish you a meaningful time to enjoy world-class yacht races and various cultural events. Especially, the athletes attending the races are expected to perform their best and to be safe.
I wish you all the best of health and happiness. Thank you.