BUSAN, South Korea – The 2011 Busan International Women's Match Race once again gets underway today, as skippers and crews are competing for the $100,000 grand prize. The competition takes place from October 26th through Sunday the 30th at Dongbaek Island, located behind the Nurimaru Apec Building in Haeundae.Ten of the top women's teams in the world are set to hit the waters past Dongbaek Island, in what is one of the more anticipated events on the yachting scene each year.
The opening ceremony took place last night at the Grand Hotel in Haeundae, attended by Busan Mayor Hur Nam-Shik, and other dignitaries from the sailing community. The opening ceremony featured a fusion pop Korean performance and dinner reception attended by over 200 guests.
"It is probably the most thrilling race in sailing," said Busan Mayor Hur Nam-shik during his opening address.
The race is the only first grade ISAF match race in Asia. The race consists of a round-robin, followed by a knockout stage which progresses through the week until two teams are left. Women’s match racing is one of the newest inducted sports at the 2012 London Olympic Games, and this event promises to showcase the sport on the waters around Haeundae.
For those looking to check out the action, the event is free of charge, and will run daily from approximately 10 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. There is a “spedtator” boat, which offers spectators a view of the race from the water, as well as canoes to get the best vantage point.