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Sail Korea 2002 regatta to open ahead of World Cup.

NAHA, Japan, April 30 Kyodo


An international sailing regatta and festivities will open next week in Japan and South Korea to coincide with their hosting of the upcoming World Cup soccer finals, organizers said Tuesday.

Sail Korea 2002, to run May 8 to June 30, aims to foster goodwill and international exchanges. Organizers hope it helps hype the May 31-June 30 tournament.

Eighteen ships from South Korea, Japan, Russia, New Zealand, Australia and the Netherlands are expected to join, they said. Vessels will range from small sailboats to tall ships displacing over 2,000 tons. There will be two entries from Japan.

Under the theme of friendship and peace, the boats are expected to begin at Naha port in Okinawa Prefecture and sail to Incheon, Mokpo and Pusan in South Korea before reaching Yokohama, the site of the World Cup finale.

Boat shows and welcoming ceremonies will be held at every port of call for about five days each, organizers said.

The Sail Korea 2002 Organizing Committee also hopes the regatta and festivals will help Japan-South Korea friendship, and contribute to peace in the entire Asian region.
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Date:May 6, 2002
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