A sailor and lover of fine boats becomes Hallberg-Rassy’s new importer for Korea. Han KIM, the youngest Korean circumnavigator by sail, is excited to be heading the dealership of Hallberg-Rassy in Korea.
He says, “I fell in love with Hallberg-Rassy boats at first sight. The beautiful design and nice wood work are perfect compliments for its rugged engineering.”
Having accumulated over 65,000 nm, Han is one of the most experienced ocean sailors in Korea. He is a competitive sailor having been the first Korean to participate in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in 2015, the Clipper Round the World Race in 2015-16, and then taking the first Korean team to race in the RSHYR in 2016.
He also actively works as an advisor to the Korean government putting forth ideas to promote sailing and develop the marine industries. As a profession, he works for Gin-A Co., Ltd, a leading marine industry agent in Korea, and Sportizen, the first professional sports marketing company in Korea.
“At first the combination seems odd but marine sports promotion means more sailing, both competitive and leisurely, which will naturally increase demand for boats, then all I need to do is supply the best boats to the market,” says Han.
Han is currently a co-owner of the Hallberg-Rassy 42 and uses it to tour the 3,600 islands off the south east coast of Korea and also participate in international and local regattas. He is currently making plans to take his Hallberg-Rassy 42 to the Arirang Yacht Race, a 120 nm IRC rated race between Korea and Japan.
As Hallberg-Rassy’s Korea importer, Gin-A Co. Ltd. will be working hard to jumpstart and mature the underdeveloped yacht market in Korea. We look forward to seeing their progress in the coming years.