South Korea’s southern port city of Busan will bid to become one of the stopovers for a premium ocean race, local officials said Friday.
Busan’s bidding committee for the Volvo Ocean Race said it will try to have the city’s northern harbor designated as one of the ports of call for the sailing event in the 2021-22 season.
The committee, led by Korea Sailing Federation chief Yoo Joon-sang, said it appointed 26 members who will work until October to win the bid.
The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the big three offshore races in the world, along with the Olympics and America’s Cup.
The event, which started in 1973, is recognized as the longest and toughest team challenge in sailing. For the 2017-18 season, the participants will have to sail across four oceans, six continents, and visit 12 host cities.
South Korean ports have never been selected for the event.
“If Busan is selected as a port of call, top-class sailors will visit South Korea,” an official with the bidding committee said. “This will help the country to boost the development of the sailing industry.