Nautica to supply US Sailing teams

NEW YORK – Nautica International, Inc. has signed an exclusive agreement with US Sailing, the national governing body of the sport of sailing, to be the “Official General Apparel Supplier” of the US Sailing Teams, the company reported in a recent statement.

The US Sailing Teams are comprised of the US Sailing Team, the US Disabled Sailing Team and the US Youth World Team. As part of the multi-year partnership, Nautica will outfit these sailors with a complete dress and sportswear wardrobe as they compete in world-class regattas around the United States and abroad.

In addition to apparel sponsorship, Nautica is also sponsoring the following US Sailing events and will provide specially designed event clothing for the judges, umpires, club officials, volunteers and clinic coaches at these events:

* The US Youth Sailing Championship, to be held June 23-30 at Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, Conn., is for sailors under age 20.

* The US Team Racing Championship, scheduled for October 14-16 at the Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, N.Y., attracts the team racers from around the country. The winning team qualifies for the International Sailing Federation World Team Racing Championship, held every two years.

* The Rolex Miami OCR, scheduled for January 2006 in Miami features racing in the events selected for the next Olympic and Paralympic Games and draws elite sailors, Olympic medalists and future Olympic hopefuls from around the world as they prepare for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Regattas. The regatta is also a qualifying event for the 2006 US Sailing Team and US Disabled Sailing Team.

“We’re very happy to expand our sponsorship of US Sailing and to have the opportunity to support the US Sailing Teams as well as two of the top U.S. Championships,” said Denise Seegal, Nautica’s president and CEO.

“US Sailing is thrilled to expand our strong partnership with Nautica,” said Charlie Leighton, US Sailing’s executive director. “Nautica’s support of the US Sailing Teams plays an important role in the success of our U.S. competitors at home and abroad. And Nautica’s sponsorship of some of the top sailing competitions in the country helps support US Sailing’s mission of encouraging participation and promoting growth in the sport.”

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