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12 January 2007, 10:51 am
Mount Gay Rum Speaker Series Kicks Off 2007 Season
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US SAILING, and Mount Gay Rum, the Official Rum of US SAILING, are kicking off the third year of the popular US SAILING Mount Gay Rum Speaker Series later this month. The 2007 season will consist of 16 events held at sailing organizations nationwide from January through April, bringing the country's top sailing experts into the hometowns of many sailors.
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Speakers confirmed for this year's season include renowned sailing commentator Gary JOBSON, America's Cup Principal Race Officer Peter REGGIO, racing rules expert Dave PERRY, and past Yngling World Champions and Olympic hopefuls Sally BARKOW, Carrie HOWE, and Debbie CAPOZZI (USA), to name a few. In addition to title sponsor Mount Gay Rum, the programme is also sponsored by Landfall Navigation, Sailing World magazine and Sunsail.

Grassroots Educational Series

US SAILING's Mount Gay Rum Speaker Series was first created in 2005 as a grassroots, educational series delivering high quality seminars to cruising and racing sailors nationwide. The Series has proven to be very successful in its first two years with more than 4,000 sailors attending 30 events. Details are currently being finalized to bring the Series to 16 different sailing organizations around country, which will be held in locations nationwide such as San Francisco, California; Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.; and Annapolis, Maryland. For an up-to-date schedule of events and for more information about the Series, visit

'In its third year, the speaker series has built up a tremendous amount of momentum, sailors have fun and learn a lot by hosting the sport's top names in their hometowns,' said US SAILING's Marketing Director Dan COONEY. 'Mount Gay Rum recognized this unique opportunity to support the sport of sailing early on and now they are joined by some of the best companies in the game such as Landfall Navigation, Sailing World, and Sunsail.'

Marlieke Eaton (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Sally BARKOW is amongst the names at the Speaker Series:© Bob Grieser/PPL
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