30 Jan Sperry Top-Sider® Charleston Race Week surges ahead with strong Sponsor support
Spring in the South Carolina Lowcountry is marked each year by blooming jasmine, longer days and – for the past 18 years – Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week, a regatta unlike any other.
What sets this event apart is its unique combination of heightened competition across a wide spectrum of sailboat designs and superb Southern hospitality, each in abundance. But there’s another factor that has come to characterize this bucket-list event for sailors from across the U.S., and that’s the unusually strong commitment exhibited by the event’s sponsors.
Sperry Top-Sider, a global performance leader in technical footwear and gear for sailors, has been the title sponsor of the regatta for five years now. “Sailing is at the core of our heritage and we are excited to return as the title sponsor of Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week,” offered Sperry Top-Sider President Craig Reingold. “This highly competitive regatta allows us to celebrate the sport with avid sailors that share our Passion for the Sea.”
In addition to Sperry Top-Sider, the event organizers are fortunate to have strong support from renowned clothier Vineyard Vines, the ever-popular distillery Goslings Rum, and Charleston’s premier hotel and marina enterprise, Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina.
Now, a fifth big sponsor has joined this cadre of unique companies – Quantum Sail Design Group. “Charleston Race Week’s organizers have done a tremendous job in building a respected event that is now one of the largest of its kind in the country,” noted Quantum President Ed Reynolds. “The regatta has a great, grassroots vibe that resonates with the sailing community. The focus on creating a great customer experience aligns with what Quantum is all about, and we look forward to partnering with the event staff to build on this even more,” he added. “With our sail loft in Charleston, we will be able to provide a high level of service and support to the race teams as well as professional on-the-water coaching, post-race debriefs, and event coverage utilizing the talents of our Quantum team members.”
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Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week also enjoys support from numerous other companies, including many from the marine industry and others based in the Charleston area. For more information, please visit www.charlestonraceweek.com. You can also follow the event on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
About Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week runs from April 10 through April 13, 2014 and is open to all sailboats 20 to 80 feet in length. (The offshore classes accept boats from 24 to 80 feet, but only those capable of sailing offshore.) The event is owned and managed by Charleston Ocean Racing Association, and is supported by Sperry Top-Sider, the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Vineyard Vines, Gosling’s Rum, and Quantum Sail Design Group. Additional sponsors include the Town of Mt. Pleasant, Gill, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, B&G/Simrad, Dimension Polyant, Azalea Moving and Storage, and Torqueedo Outboards, along with Charleston Community Sailing, West Marine, Pierside Boatworks, College of Charleston Sailing Association, Harken, Sail Charleston and Zip2Water.com.
About Sperry Top-Sider
Since 1935, Sperry Top-Sider has been the leading brand of footwear for those with a Passion for the Sea®. From its introduction of the world’s first siped rubber outsole for non-marking traction to advanced technical fabrication designed to combat the elements, Sperry Top-Sider remains the standard for men’s and women’s boat shoes, high-performance amphibious footwear and apparel for life and activities in, on and around the water.
Sperry Top-Sider’s distinct, classic collections of men’s and women’s boat shoes, loafers, sandals, and more are available online at sperrytopsider.com and around the globe in independent, marine, outdoor, and department stores. Sperry is the title sponsor of the U.S. Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week and the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regattas, and is also the official footwear of the U.S. Sailing Association. The brand also sponsors high-profile watersport athletes who are part of Team Sperry Top-Sider.
Since early 2010, the brand has launched 31 Sperry Top-Sider retail stores in the U.S., which are dedicated to the Passion for the Sea® lifestyle. You can also shop online for men’s and women’s performance water shoes, boat shoes, loafers, oxfords, and more. Sperry Top-Sider is a division of Wolverine Worldwide. For more information, please visit sperrytopsider.com.