America's Cup Syndicates to Compete in United Airlines RYA Match Racing Open Championships
United Airlines today announced that they will sponsor a match racing open championship which has requested ISAF grade one status. It will be organised by the RYA. Four America's Cup syndicates have already indicated they will send teams. Peter Harrison's GBR Challenge will have a strong presence at the event which is due to be held in mid-September. Other syndicates who have expressed interest in the United Airlines Match Racing Open are Prada, One World and Oracle.
United Airlines also announced today their sponsorship of the RYA British Match Racing Championships, which will begin this weekend with the United Airlines RYA British Universities Match Racing Championship in Weymouth. The international event will be the culmination of this program.
This follows the announcement earlier this week that the Admirals Cup 2001 will not be held in Cowes this summer. United Airlines was due to sponsor the British Sydney 40 for this event, to be crewed entirely by GBR Challenge sailors.
"We are delighted that the opportunity has arisen for United Airlines to sponsor a grade one match racing event in the UK. United Airlines was nominated for a Hollis Sponsorship Award earlier this week due to their successful relationship with sailing. This project is a fantastic opportunity to continue the association and to raise brand profile in the UK" said Melissa Tamres, Events and Sponsorship Manager for United Airlines. "We are also very pleased to become the sponsors of the United Airlines RYA British Match Racing Championships. This is a project that allows us to inject our support at a grassroots level and will dovetail well with the International event."