Gill North America expands agreement with US Sailing teams

BUFORD, Ga. – Gill North America renewed and expanded its role as technical apparel supplier and sponsor to the US national sailing teams yesterday, according to a press release from the company.

Gill entered into a 2005-2008 agreement with US Sailing, the national governing body of the sport of sailing, to supply the US Sailing teams with competitive technical gear and other technical products to support the needs of all team members.

Through the four-year partnership, Gill North America will outfit United States sailing competitors on the US Sailing teams with foul-weather marine gear packages, gloves, bags and other equipment. The US Sailing teams consist of the US Sailing Team, the US Disabled Team and the US Youth World Team. In addition, Gill expects to outfit the nation’s sailors who will represent the United States in 2008 in Qingdao, China.

As part of its ongoing commitment to the athletes, Gill North America will provide a comprehensive product support plan, advising athletes how to use Gill North America gear to maximum competitive effectiveness.

Gill will offer retail-level US Sailing-licensed and Gill-branded apparel that will generate proceeds to be donated to the US Sailing team as part of the agreement. These newly branded products will be available through US Sailing and select Gill independent dealers.

“US Sailing wanted to make sure that the country’s best sailors can focus on their competitions on the water, without having to worry about their technical gear and Gill offers the sailors that opportunity,” said Charlie Leighton, US Sailing executive director. “The renewed and expanded partnership is a ‘win-win’ for both parties.”

Gill North America has supported the US Sailing team since 1995. In 2001, in renewing its support as technical apparel supplier through 2004, Gill extended its support to include the athletes on the US Disabled Sailing Team and the US Youth World Team.

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