RORC Yacht of the Year secures sponsorship

PRESS RELEASE

Issued: 15th March 2010

RORC Yacht of the Year secures sponsorship
Puma Logic goes from strength to strength as the Malta Tourism Authority backs her for the 2010 racing season

Just a few months after being named the RORC ‘Yacht of the Year’, Sailing Logic is delighted to announce that its extremely successful Reflex 38, Puma Logic, has secured a significant sponsorship deal from the Malta Tourism Authority. This exciting partnership between the Malta Tourism Authority and Sailing Logic, the UK’s leading yacht racing sailing school, has evolved as a direct result of the yacht’s successful racing campaign in 2009.  For the 2010 racing season she will now compete under the name of Visit Malta Puma.

The Malta Tourism Authority was looking to sponsor a high-profile yacht or individual in the racing arena that combined an outstanding track record with high visibility opportunities. Puma Logic and her skipper, Philippe Falle were immediately recommended, by an award-winning national newspaper journalist, as being the perfect fit.

The new kite and livery of Visit Malta Puma

There are many synergies between the Malta Tourism Authority’s objectives and Sailing Logic’s activities, not least that Malta hosts one of the World’s premier offshore racing events – the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

Philippe Falle, Sailing Logic’s Racing Director, comments: “We are very flattered and excited to be backed by another country! This sponsorship enables us to invest further in Puma – keeping her competitive at high profile events as well as helping us to continue to attract newcomers to the sport through our unique race-training programme.  I am particularly looking forward to increasing the awareness and popularity in the UK of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, which starts and finishes in Malta in October.

The Malta Tourism Authority had already identified that the sailing community represents exactly the demographics to whom they are keen to promote Malta as a tourist destination – both in the UK and Ireland.

Alex Incorvaja, Director UK and Ireland, Malta Tourism Authority enthuses: ‘We’re delighted with this new partnership with Sailing Logic.  Philippe’s exceptional results made him an obvious choice and when we heard he is also competing in Round Ireland and Cork week – it was too good to be true.”

Philippe adds: “We’re really looking forward to working with the Malta Tourism Authority to implement a creative and innovative campaign that benefits both parties. The marketing and branding potential for both of us is extensive.”  He concludes: “The Maltese Islands are not new to the sailing world. From the Phoenicians to the Knights of St. John and the British Empire, Malta played host to the best seafarers in the Mediterranean. It is an ideal stop-over destination for anyone sailing in the Mediterranean.”

This year Visit Malta Puma’s extensive racing calendar kicked off with the Warsash Spring Series that commenced yesterday, Sunday 14th March in which she scored a second place in Black Group IRC2. Her programme also includes the Round Ireland Race, Cork Week, Cowes Week and seven RORC offshore races. http://www.sailinglogic.co.uk

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Photo credit: Hamo Thornycroft.

Sailing Logic, a multi award winning sailing school, is the UK’s leading yacht racing sailing school. The company runs Visit Malta Puma, one of the UK’s most successful offshore yachts in recent years, with trainee racing teams on board for all her campaigns, making her racing results even more impressive.

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