BUSAN, South Korea — Busan City announced that the 2013 Korea Sailing Festival will take place from April 22 through May 5 at Yacht Center in Busan, Yeosu New Port in Yeosu City Jeollanam-do, Jisepo Port in Gyeongsangnam-do, and Fukuoka in Japan.
The 2013 Korea Sailing Festival consists of four competitions: the 2013 Southern Coast International Yacht Race (April 22-25), the National Yacht Race for the Disabled (April 26-28), the Busan Super Cup International Yacht Race 2013 (April 27-28) and the 21st Arirang Yacht Race (May 2-5). 1,500 racers in 150 teams from 12 countries are expected to participate. It will be the first and biggest yacht festival in Korea.
The first race of the festival, the 2013 Southern Coast International Yacht Race, is held from April 22-25, co-hosted by Busan Metropolitan City, Jeollanam-do and Gyeongsangnam-do.
The Yacht Race is expected to unite the cities in south coastal areas and promote marine tourism in south coastal areas.
The race begins at Yeosu New Port in Yeosu City on April 23 and ends at the Yacht Center in Busan on April 28. The awards for the first race section will be held at Jisepo Port in Geoje City at 6 pm on April 24, and the final awards will take place at Yacht Center in Busan at 6 pm on April 28.
The main event of the festival, the Busan Super Cup International Yacht Race, will take place April 27-28 at the Yacht Center in Haeundae. 800 racers in 100 teams from 15 countries will compete on a 5-km race course around Haeundae and Oryuk-do for 76 million won in prizes.
The National Yacht Race for the Disabled takes place April 26-28 at the Yacht Center. The Race will promote yachting as a marine sport that everyone can enjoy.
The Arirang Yacht Race takes place every other year during Japan’s Golden Week holiday in Busan and Fukuoka alternately. The 21st Arirang Yacht Race is scheduled to be held May 2-5, co-hosted by Busan Yacht Association and Genkai Yacht Club. Korean and Japanese racers will participate in an 11-hour of race from Busan to Fukuoka.
Busan City established the first Korean yachting school in 1986. The opening of the school was intended to provide the public a chance to learn and enjoy yachting. Busan City has been hosting the Arirang Yacht Race since 1973. It is the oldest international yacht race in Korea. The city will continue to promote the Korea Sailing Festival in an effort to make it a world yacht festival.
A city official said, We encourage Busan citizens to come out and enjoy a variety of events at the 2013 Korea Sailing Festival, and added, We will continue to promote and improve our programs so citizens can have a chance to experience and enjoy marine sports in Busan.
Source: Busan City News