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30 October 2008, 01:49 pm
OAMPS Signs On For Sydney International Regatta
Ben AINSLIE lines up next to his Finn at the 2007 SIR
Ben AINSLIE lines up next to his Finn at last year's SIR

Sydney International Regatta 2008
Sydney, Australia

Insurance company OAMPS has announced it had signed on as major naming rights sponsor for Yachting NSW's ISAF Grade 1 Sydney International Regatta to be held from 6-9 December.
OAMPS Insurance Brokers CEO Peter BLACKMORE said the company was delighted to be the major sponsor of the Sydney International Regatta.

"The arrangement is a natural fit. Our sponsorship of the Sydney International Regatta extends OAMPS' support for the sailing community that also includes being the main sponsor of youth development with Yachting Australia."

"OAMPS is a leading supplier of insurance for the yachting and wider business community as well as the official insurance provider for Yachting NSW. We are proud to have this opportunity to support such a prestigious event,"
BLACKMORE added.

Apart from its involvement in sailing, the company is the official insurance broker to the Rugby League World Cup 2008 and was established in 1976 and is a Wesfarmers Company with offices across Australia and in Great Britain. Through their various specialist teams, OAMPS Insurance Brokers offers a wide variety of services to support clients with a full suite of insurance, financial and risk management solutions. The company is the largest marine insurance specialist brokers in the Asia-Pacific region and is experienced in providing all aspects of marine insurance and consulting solutions. Having the largest wholly owned network of branches in Australia ensures the company is genuinely closer to the clients it serves and closer to the business and geographical communities it works with. OAMPS works with over 120 industry associations, has 28 offices across Australia, four in Great Britain and a sister company, Crombie Lockwood in New Zealand.

Yachting NSW CEO Adrian STEER said: "We are thrilled that OAMPS has agreed to be naming rights sponsor for the Sydney International Regatta.

"OAMPS has had a long association with sailing, in particular youth development, so the Sydney International Regatta is a perfect fit, as the regatta is a spawning ground of talented youths making their way up into serious adult competition, such as the Olympics and other world class events."


STEER went on to say: "Of course being the largest marine insurance specialists also fits in with their sponsorship of this event."

As sponsors of Yachting Australia Youth events, OAMPS is a good fit for the SIR. One of the earliest entries received for the regatta was that of double Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champion in the Laser Radial Gabrielle KING (AUS), a member of the successful OAMPS 2008 Australian Youth Sailing Team.

KING reiterated her 2007 world title win with an emphatic victory at the 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in 2008. Such was her points' advantage, the schoolgirl did not need to sail the last race, but did so anyway. Come December KING will sail under the OAMPS banner again.

Laser sailor Tom BURTON (AUS) is another of the Australian Youth Sailing Team who will also be at SIRs. Along with KING and others, these are the sailors who are set to become our Olympians and world class sailors of the future. The SIR, as an ISAF Grade 1 event, will provide the first platform to win points towards their Olympic campaigns.

Other early entries of note include RS:X sailboard Beijing Olympians Jessica CRISP (AUS) and Jannicke STALSTROM (NOR). This will be the friends' first major competition since the Games.

CRISP, a three-time Olympian is ranked #4 in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings and just missed a medal with a fifth place finish in China.

STALSTROM finished a disappointing 14th in Qingdao, home of the Olympic Sailing Competition after she won bronze at the Semaine Olympique Francaise, one of the series of European ISAF Grade 1 event prior to the Olympic Games.

The two will be joined by Blanca MANCHON (ESP), who despite some noteworthy results, missed selection to China. However, the Spaniard represented and finished eighth at the Athens Games and is eager to kick-start her London Olympic campaign at the SIR.

Despite being over one month away, already over 50 entries have been received by Yachting NSW. In those numbers are many Laser and Laser Radial sailors who contested their first Laser Masters Worlds earlier this year and are now preparing for the Worlds in Canada early next year.

The 2008 SIR, in its 17th edition, will once again enjoy the benefit of ongoing support from NSW Sport and Recreation. To be hosted by Woollahra Sailing Club, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club, the SIR will be sailed on Sydney Harbour, home to the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Notice of Race and all other information can be found at www.nsw.yachting.org.au or www.sailsydney.org.au.
Di Pearson (As Amended By ISAF)
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