West Marine Partners with US Open Sailing on Series Kickoff in Florida

West Marine local stores will provide supplies, gear and support to US Sailing Team

WATSONVILLE, CA – Jan. 11, 2021 – West Marine, the title sponsor of the 2021 US Open Sailing Series, will provide supplies and gear via its local Ft. Lauderdale store and custom rigging shop to the US Sailing Team for the inaugural race. The first regatta begins on January 15 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

West Marine will support the US Open Sailing Series launch in Florida by providing needed supplies, gear and support through local stores. West Marine currently operates 58 stores in Florida and full service rigging shop in Ft. Lauderdale. The unique rigging services provide sailors with an extensive inventory, fast service, and high-quality work and products. Each shop is staffed by master riggers who can create custom solutions and rigs. West Marine is committed to providing the local sailing community with expert service, while overdelivering on value and inspiring a new generation.

“West Marine is passionate about outfitting, educating and inspiring boaters of all ages, and this series gives us the opportunity to achieve all of the above,” said Ken Seipel, CEO of West Marine. “We are thrilled to partner with US Sailing on this new Olympic-class series. It’s a great opportunity to inspire both current Olympic hopefuls as well as young athletes about to enter the sport with dreams of standing on the podium.”

“The entire West Marine Florida region is excited for the official start of this new Olympic level sailing series. Our Florida stores are ready and waiting to provide any service the US Sailing Team may need,” said Erik Rimblas, Florida regional vice president of West Marine. “The sailing community is unlike any other and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to help grow excitement and awareness for the sport.”

The first race of the US Open Sailing regatta series will launch from the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale on January 15 and officially end on January 18.  For updates on the race, visit ocr.ussailing.org. The series continues in Miami, Florida from Jan. 21-24, 2021 and Clearwater, FL from Feb. 4-7, 2021.

About West Marine

For more than 50 years, West Marine has been the premier retailer of boating, fishing, sailing and paddling gear. With 237 stores located in 38 states and Puerto Rico and an eCommerce website reaching domestic, international and professional customers, West Marine is recognized as a leading resource for cruisers, sailors, anglers and paddlesports enthusiasts. West Marine associates share the same love for the water as our customers and provide helpful advice on the gear and gadgets they need to be safe and have fun. To learn more about West Marine, please visit the West Marine website at westmarine.com.

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