US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Family of Sponsors
Dean Brenner, Chairman of the Olympic Sailing Program proudly stated, “The goal of the US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Program is clear: return to our position as the dominant sailing nation on the planet. And we have similarly ambitious partners who can help us achieve our goals while we help them achieve theirs.”
Our sponsors support this goal in many ways day in and day out. We are fortunate to have a family of sponsors that financially helps to support our elite athletes with coaching, training, logistics and shipping as well as providing gear, supplies and services. The efforts of our partners help the USA and its athletes achieve lifelong Olympic and Paralympic dreams.
High Performance Director/Head Coach Kenneth Andreasen said, “To compete at the highest level, it takes endless hours of practice, lots of sacrifices, and you have to feel the support from your team. We feel a great deal of responsibility not only to our athletes but also to our sponsors. It’s going to take everybody to achieve our goal.”
The title sponsor of the team is Sperry Top-Sider; gold sponsors are Rolex Watch USA and Atlantis WeatherGear; silver sponsors include Harken/Team McLube, LaserPerformance, and Trinity Yachts; and bronze sponsors include New England Ropes, Group Experiential Learning and Bow Down Training.
Sperry Top-Sider is the only title sponsor of ANY U.S. National, Olympic or Paralympic Team and we are quite proud of this ground-breaking partnership.
This quadrennium, our athletes have stepped up their look by sporting a range of Sperry Top-Sider shoes that include the performance GripX3™ technology, sandals, casual, podium and dress shoes. Sperry Top-Sider is not only a financial supporter and footwear provider for our Olympic and Paralympic Teams, but also sponsors many of our Olympic athletes directly as part of their “Team Sperry.”
Dean Brenner, Chairman of US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee says, “We’ve had a close, successful relationship with Sperry for a long time, but this title partnership represents a whole new level of their commitment and our partnership. We are thrilled to have a partner like Sperry, and our athletes will benefit immensely from all the resources they bring to the table.” Meanwhile, Craig Reingold, President of Sperry Top-Sider, commented on the partnership that we “have been the official footwear of the US Sailing team for two decades. This new title partnership is a natural fit for the brand and shows commitment and support for the sport of sailing.”
Since 1935, Sperry Top-Sider has been the leading brand of footwear for those with a Passion for the Sea and remains the vanguard of high-performance amphibious footwear for life and activities in, on and around the water. Sperry Top-Sider’s shoes are available around the globe in independent, marine, outdoor, department stores, on www.sperrytopsider.com and in the 14 Sperry Top-Sider retail stores in the US.
We are proud that Sperry is our title partner and shares our love for boating and the water. Share your Passion for the Sea with Sperry Top-Sider
Rolex Watch USA
Rolex Watch USA is our longest standing sponsor and one of the biggest supporters of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams.
The company has been a partner to sailing since the 1950s and has continually supported US SAILING across the organization including Olympic and Paralympic Teams, Adult Championships, Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards and the Rolex Miami OCR. Check out Rolex Watch USA
Thanks to Atlantis WeatherGear, our athletes have never looked better on or off the water whether they are sporting podium and casual attire or performance gear. Atlantis has done a phenomenal job providing us with a solid team branding platform that also recognizes our top sponsors for their commitments. When other teams see the line of red jackets coming, they know it is US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider dominating in full force!
Chief Marketing Officer, Bill Lynn said of our sponsorship, “Atlantis WeatherGear is committed to building the highest quality, best performing apparel for today’s sailors. Our research and development program is sailor-driven, and our partnership with US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider provides our brand with a unique combination of credibility and access to this country’s elite sailing athletes.” Try on some Atlantis WeatherGear
Harken USA/ Team McLube
We are thankful to have Harken not only supporting our team financially, but, more importantly, providing our athletes with the best sailboat hardware in the world. Harken has partnered with Team McLube to provide the top marine lubricants.
Bill Goggins, CEO of Harken USA, said, “At Harken, we value our partnership with US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider at two significant levels: our relationship with the athletes and with the team’s leadership. Both parts of this well organized team work in concert to provide Harken with unparalleled technical development and marketing opportunities.”
Harken’s strong relationship with each athlete allows Harken to gain the highest level of expertise and product feedback allowing their product development and improvements to be second to none against their competition.
Ward McClatchy, President of Team McLube, is a long time supporter of our team and said, “Team McLube has been a proud supporter of the US Sailing Team since the ‘90s and we are thrilled with the direction that this particular group of athletes, coaches and administrators are taking the program.” Deck out your boat with Harken
Any dinghy sailor knows that LaserPerformance builds the best Lasers in the world which is why they are the Laser supplier for the 2012 Olympic Games. They are a sponsor of the Olympic and Paralympic teams by financially supporting our team and by supplying specialized “Paige Railey” and “Rob Crane” styled Lasers to auction at fundraisers. With a facility near the site of the 2012 Games, LaserPerformance graciously supports our Lasers sailors as they train in Weymouth, U.K. and prepare for 2012. Go for a sail with LaserPerformance
We are thankful for Trinity Yachts financial and boat-lending support in Weymouth, U.K. as our team trains and prepares for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. John Dane III, President and CEO of Trinity Yachts, was a 2008 US Olympic representative in the Star class, and he clearly understands the resources and qualities necessary to compete at this level. Trinity Yachts is a custom superyacht builder and as such, applies the same attention to detail and elite building of boats that our athletes exhibit in their training and racing. Trinity Yachts