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8 May 2003, 10:05 am
Vanguard, West Marine, Disney And Gill Extend Sponsorship Of U.S. Youth Sailing Championship
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Milwaukee Yacht Club

Demonstrating their dedication to encourage youth sailing as a positive recreational activity, all four sponsors of US SAILING's U.S. Youth Championship have announced their continued sponsorship of the event.
Vanguard Sailboats, West Marine, The Walt Disney Company and Gill. The event will be held June 20-26 and hosted by the Milwaukee Yacht Club.

Vanguard Sailboats continues to demonstrate its strong commitment to youth sailing by supplying boats to the event, as well as the support and maintenance required for the charter fleet. Vanguard Sailboats is the leading world manufacturer and largest US supplier of recreational and high performance small sailboats. Vanguard products include the Sunfish and Laser, two of the most recognized brands in the sailing world. Visit their website at www.teamvanguard.com.

The U.S. Youth Championship is one of many youth sailing events West Marine sponsors. West Marine, Official Marine Retailer of US SAILING, offers a broad assortment of boating equipment and apparel worldwide through its more than 260 retail stores, an international catalog mail order division, and a wholesale division. More information on West Marine can be found at www.westmarine.com.

This is the second consecutive year The Walt Disney Company is sponsoring the U.S. Youth Championship. As part of its sponsorship, Disney will provide financial support for costs associated with running the 6-day regatta, including maintenance of a web site dedicated specifically to youth and US SAILING. The website includes daily reports and results, competitor interviews, photos, sailor and coach bios, as well as a host of other information.

Gill is also continuing its support of the prestigious event as official supplier of technical apparel. Gill clothing systems are designed for competitive sailing. Gill gear is available through hundreds of dealers nationally, including West Marine Products, and its products range from a performance base and mid-layer garments and deck jackets to full on offshore and ocean suits. More information on Gill can be found at www.gillna.com.

Considered the premier youth sailing event in the country, the U.S. Youth Championship was first held in 1973. The top 150 sailors are selected from more than 300 applicants based on resumes. The final selection will be announced in May.

The United States Sailing Association (US SAILING) is the national governing body for sailing and sailboat racing. Headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, the organization's mission is to encourage participation and promote excellence in sailing and racing in the U.S. US SAILING offers training and education programs, develops and supports a wide range of sailing organizations, associations and communities, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country. For more information, visit www.ussailing.org.



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