FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2018
WEST MARINE SIGNS ON AS TITLE SPONSOR FOR 2018 J70 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
West Marine, the world’s premier retailer of boating, fishing, sailing and paddling gear, has announced their title sponsorship of the 2018 J/70 World Championship, taking place between Monday, September 24 and Saturday, September 29 at the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA. More than 100 boats from around the world have qualified for this prestigious and highly competitive event.
“West Marine is excited to be part of this incredible event and to support this class,” said Doug Robinson, West Marine CEO. “It is an honor to be working with the Eastern Yacht Club and the J/70 class and to demonstrate our commitment to sailing and the boating community through this sponsorship.”
The J/70 International Class Association is recognized by World Sailing with active fleets in 20 countries and over 1,300 boats worldwide attracting some of the most talented sailors in the world and helping to spark growth across Europe and the Americas. The J/70 is replacing old keelboat fleets and helping to reinvigorate the sport by attracting younger sailors into the ranks.
“We are grateful to West Marine for their support of this event and our class,” said Henry Brauer, J/70 International Class President and Eastern Yacht Club Rear Commodore. “We are looking forward to an absolutely incredible championship in a world-class setting, with a world-class sponsor.“
The Eastern Yacht Club has hosted a multitude of local, national, and international sailing events, including the Etchells Worlds, Star Worlds, IOD Worlds, Olympic Class Regattas, Viper 640 North Americans, Sonar Worlds, J105 North Americans, Marblehead NOOD, and most recently the Star North American Championship in September 2017.
From the beginning, the Eastern Yacht Club became a leader in yacht racing with Puritan, Mayflower, and Volunteer, all flying Eastern colors, successfully defeating their British challengers in the America’s Cup in 1885, 1886, and 1887. Nearly 130 years of yachting history can be found in Marblehead and in the EYC clubhouse with trophies and medals marking its illustrious history.
“West Marine is the perfect partner for this event,” said regatta chair Doug Morgan. “Thanks to their support, the 2018 West Marine J70 World Championship is well-positioned to be an unqualified success.”
About West Marine
For over 50 years, West Marine has been the premier retailer of boating, fishing, sailing and paddling gear. With nearly 250 stores located in 38 states and Puerto Rico and an eCommerce website reaching domestic, international and professional customers, West Marine is recognized as a leading resource for cruisers, sailors, anglers and paddlesports enthusiasts. To learn more about West Marine, please visit the West Marine website at www.westmarine.com.