NYYC Event Chair John Mendez has announced that Henri Lloyd has joined the NYYC Invitational Cup as the Official Clothing Sponsor. Henri Lloyd joins previously announced official sponsors Rolex Watch U.S.A., Sperry Top-Sider and Nautor’s Swan in supporting the event.
Paul Strzelecki, Joint Chief Executive of Henri Lloyd noted:
“We are uniquely positioned to participate as a corporate sponsor. As a company globally recognized as a leader in high-performance clothing, sailors have looked to Henri Lloyd for the perfect balance of style, comfort and performance. Partnering with NYYC is a privilege and represents a natural kind of alliance for two organizations committed to the advancement of sailing worldwide.”
One of the teams competing will be Yacht Club de France. Skipper Bruno Troublé commented on Newport as a venue, saying:
“While everything changes in Europe with a lot of new developments going on everywhere, Newport doesn’t change much. It’s the same atmosphere, same bars and restaurants-Black Pearl, Candy Store, etc.-same sticky fog, same smell. Going there is like returning to the 1977 America’s Cup with Turner and Jobson.”
Like the America’s Cup competitions of the 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, the NYYC Invitational Cup will have a strong amateur focus, something that Troublé thinks is important for the sport.
“Sailing is now fully professional at the top level, and we need events where the quality of racing is amazing without so many pro sailors around.”