Red Funnel sponsors Etchells Worlds Championship Cowes

06-04-2016 Red Funnel is delighted to be sponsoring the prestigious Etchells Worlds 2016 Championship hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club in Cowes from 31 August to 10 September 2016.

The Etchells is one of the world’s leading international one design keelboats outside of the Olympic classes and delivers some of the most competitive racing available. The annual World Championship (New York Yacht Club 2014 and Hong Kong 2015) is a showcase for international talent from the 50 racing fleets worldwide.

Red Funnel will provide a new regatta Trophy along with champagne prizes during the event and a celebratory supper during the Etchells World Championship with 270 guests expected. The company is also providing a superb range of benefits aimed at assisting competitors and spectators.

Benefits include storage space for incoming yachts in Southampton and assistance with yacht movements between the mainland and Cowes. Red Funnel will also be providing spectator boats to watch as the action unfolds for the 2016 Etchells World Championship.

Kevin George, Red Funnel’s CEO commented, “Red Funnel is delighted that Cowes has been chosen to host the 2016 Etchells Worlds and we are excited to be a sponsor of this prestigious event. It will be another great opportunity for Cowes to showcase what it can offer to international competitors both on and off the water. The focus on attracting young sailors to participate at a World Championship level presents a fantastic opportunity and follows Red Funnel’s funding of a UKSA programme to give all Isle of Wight Year 6 children a day’s sailing tuition.”

Cowes based Etchells sailor and event coordinator, Graham Sunderland said 'Red Funnel are not simply supporting the Etchells Worlds in Cowes they are a critical part of trusted logistics, delivering a care of service for the competing yachts. We have been working together for five months already and their professionalism is exceptional. We learnt during the fire where we lost 17 Etchells these boats mean more to the owners than simply their value. So I am delighted to recommend Red Funnels trusted service for owners travelling to Cowes.”

Besides offering discounts for all competitors in the Etchells World Championship, Red Funnel will be supporting three Royal London Etchells Youth Academy Teams which have now been selected following some fierce competition. Each of the 4 sailors from Anna Watkins’ team, Martin Evans’ team and Emily Wiltshire’s team will be given complimentary travel tickets valid during their training and for the regatta in September.


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