Gazprom is a long term supporter of sailing, sponsoring the Gazprom Swan 60 class, supporting youth projects in Russia, and this development with ISAF represents a new chapter for Gazprom's support of sailing.
"This is a very important partnership for ISAF, it will give us the opportunity to do something great for our sport," commented ISAF President Carlo Croce.
"With the help of Gazprom International we are aiming to reach new heights with sailing, helping young people engage with the sport through to the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Developing emerging sailing nations and getting new people into our sport is very important to both organizations and we now have a great opportunity to change the future."
Gazprom International's Managing Director Valery Gulev underlined that Russia sees a noticeable growth of interest in sailing.
"We hope this agreement will allow athletes to better fulfil their potential on a competitive international level", commented Valery Gulev.
The ceremony of signing the partnership agreement took place at the ISAF headquarters in Southampton, Great Britain.
About Gazprom International
Gazprom International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gazprom, and the sole operator of Gazprom's overseas projects in the field of prospecting, exploration and development of hydrocarbon deposits.
Gazprom International's main types of activity are: prospecting and the acquisition of new assets; the creation of or involvement in new oil-and-gas projects in various regions of the world on behalf of Gazprom; the management of Gazprom's foreign upstream projects, both on land and offshore; the design and construction of main and supporting industrial infrastructure (capacity for transporting, processing hydrocarbon raw materials, etc.); representing Gazprom's interests outside the Russian Federation.
Gazprom International's headquarters are located in Amsterdam (the Netherlands). Its branches in Russia are located in St. Petersburg and Moscow.