Wind Energy is an obvious sponsorhip partner for sailing. Not only is there a shared power source, but companies that are beginning to harness the wind are often sharing the marine environment with sailors and communities onshore.
Given the enormous investments required and the marketing campaigns that are embarked upon by consumer power companies to educate customers of environmental credentials, it is slightly surprising that more is not made of sailing by this industry sector.
It’s great then to see Ramsgate Week announce a sponsorship deal with Vattenfall, the energy company behind the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm.
Vattenfall Ramsgate Week, taking place from 10th – 15th August, is one of the major sailing events on the East Coast, attracting sailors from the UK, France, Holland and Belgium.
IRC Classes will compete in a coastal series for the first three days, followed by an IRC Regatta Series starting on Thursday and running through to Saturday, when the one-day SailEAST Regatta will be held. Two Cruiser Classes – one with the use of spinnakers prohibited and one with no sail restriction – will enjoy one race per day with competitors being treated to some of the most scenic waters in Kent.
Vattenfall will be collaborating with the Royal Temple Yacht Club (RTYC) throughout the year, to support their Open Days; a new initiative giving the local community an opportunity to try sailing.
Mike Brand, RTYC Commodore said:
“The Ramsgate Week Committee are excited about the partnership with Vattenfall; it’s an important step in our continued development of Ramsgate Week. Extending this support to the RTYC’s Open Day’s will also provide a great boost in promoting sailing in the area and with the local community.”
Ole Bigum Nielsen, Project Director at Vattenfall, said:
“With the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm now under construction this is an ideal time for Vattenfall to be sponsoring Ramsgate Week. It is an opportunity for us to become more involved with the community both onshore and offshore!”