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Yale Cordage Selected as Team Supplier

Portsmouth, R.I. (March 5, 2013) – The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider has named Yale Cordage as the official High Performance Line and Rope Supplier through 2016. Yale Cordage is a custom and specialty rope manufacturer, based in Saco, Maine, that designs application-specific ropes for the marine, industrial, arborist and oceanographic industries. The partnership will supply Team members with high-performance line and rope, and contribute to their success at international competition.

The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is comprised of the United States’ top athletes in each of the 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes who train together with the common goals of winning medals at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“One of our core goals is to improve the performance development of sailors and their boats,” said Josh Adams, Managing Director, U.S. Olympic Sailing. “Critical to this goal is high-quality partnerships, and Yale Cordage is among the best American marine industry manufacturers. We are pleased to have them on board.”

Well-known in sailing circles as an innovator, Yale Cordage will work with US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes and coaches to further research and development of their products. The team will be using an assortment of Crystalyne®, Vectrus®, Maxibraid®, Ultrex® and Yale Cordage’s latest release, Ph. D®.

“Our entire product line is made in the U.S.A. and our employees take a lot of pride in knowing that they’re helping future Olympic and Paralympic sailors,” said Skip Yale, Account Manager, Yale Cordage. “Based upon our great experience from previous work with the team dating back to 2001, the line has continued to evolve to be lightweight and easy to grip. Many of the firsts in our company’s history have come from working with sailors, and we look forward to applying our passion for sailing to our work with the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider.”

About Yale Cordage
At Yale Cordage, sailing is more than a pastime. It’s an obsession. Every single day of the year, the company works to develop the best, most advanced ropes in the industry. The company’s reputation comes from years of careful experimentation with cutting-edge fibers like Kevlar®, Spectra®, Dyneema®, Vectran®, and Zylon PBO® to produce lightweight, high-performance marine and sailing ropes for specialty applications. All sailboat racing ropes are tested both in the lab and at sea, where reliable performance can define the difference between victory — and everything else. Get your Ph.D. from Yale Cordage and make an intelligent investment in your performance. www.YaleCordage.com

About US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. US Sailing supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is Sperry Top-Sider; other sponsors include Harken Team McLube. Oakcliff Sailing is an official training center. Yale Cordage is a team supplier.

The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider.

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Press contact:
US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider - Dana Paxton, 401-683-0800 x615, danapaxton@ussailing.org