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11 February 2008, 04:02 pm
WMRT Announces New Event In Korea
World Tour President Scott MACLEOD, ISAF President Göran PETERSSON and Governor Kim Moon SOO
World Match Racing Tour President Scott MACLEOD, left, shakes hands with Governor Kim Moon SOO from Gyeonggi province of Korea, centre, and ISAF President Göran PETERSSON

World Match Racing Tour

The World Match Racing Tour is pleased to announce the inaugural Korea Match Cup from 11-15 June this year in Jeongok, Hwasung City.
Hwasung City is located in the Gyeonggi Province of Korea, approximately 45 kilometres southwest of Seoul. The event will be staged in conjunction with a boat show, part of a US$232m government initiative to expand and promote the leisure boating industry in Korea including the construction of four large scale marinas. The British Marine Federation, organizers of the successful London and Southampton Boat Shows in Great Britain, are assisting with the planning of the show in Jeongok.

The event will offer a minimum prize purse of US$320,000 and the organizers are building a brand new fleet of Bakewell White 36-foot match racing yachts for the event. The boats are being built at a facility close to the event venue.

"Korea is a totally new venue for the World Tour and I am delighted that the Gyeonggi Province has selected the Korea Match Cup to headline their considerable investment of leisure boating in the region," commented Tour President, Scott MACLEOD. "The Korea Match Cup prize purse of US$320,000 is also the highest on the Tour for 2008 which takes the total Tour prize purse to over US$1.9 million, which is exceptional."

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Yvonne Reid
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