I would like to deliver my warmest greetings to all the sailors, officials, and sailing families from all over the world in order to attend the 14th Yisunsin Cup International Yacht Race.
Above all, despite the difficult times of the COVID-19, I would like to express my gratitude to minister Park Yang-woo of Culture, Sports and Tourism, governor Kim Kyoung-su of Gyeongsangnam-do, chairman Koo Kil-yong of Gyeongsangnam-do Sailing Federation, and all the relevant officials for their contribution to organizing the Race.
This year marks the 14th anniversary of the Race, and it was possible to grow into one of the three major sailing competitions in Asia thanks to the passion of yacht-loving athletes and officials. In order to develop the marine leisure industry, Tongyeong City has been carrying out various projects such as expanding yacht mooring facilities on each island and building a marina business center.
Tongyeong is a historic site of the Great Battle of Hansan that is considered as one of the four greatest battles in world history. And also, it has the best conditions to enjoy yachts because of the picturesque natural scenery of islands, mild climate, and calm sea.
Although it is unfortunate that many of the originally planned events were canceled and no audience is allowed, I hope that the Race will serve as a valuable opportunity to promote the charm of marine sports through the exciting races on the clean sea of Tongyeong. Furthermore, it is expected that the Race will reflect our will and hope not to be daunted by the difficulty of the pandemic.
Once again, I would like to thank the sailors and sailing families for visiting Tongyeong and hope that you will be able to fill your heart with precious and beautiful memories during your stay in Tongyeong - the sea of Yi Sun-shin and the city of marine leisure sports. Thank you.