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Harken, Team McLube Join Forces to Become Silver Partner of USSTAG

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Harken Yacht Equipment and Team McLube Join Forces to Become Silver Partner of US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics

Harken McLube CombinedPortsmouth, R.I. (April 21, 2010) – Harken Yacht Equipment and Team McLube, both long-time sponsors of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG), have teamed up to increase their partnership of the team through 2013, US SAILING announced today. Their new collaborative support allows them to become a Silver Partner of the team. Harken, a leading manufacturer of sailboat hardware and sailing accessories, is the USSTAG’s official marine hardware partner/supplier, while Team McLube, a top producer of high performance hull coatings and dry lubricants for boats, is the team’s official marine lubricant supplier. As part of their new silver partnership, the two companies will provide direct funding, as well as product that will help athletes achieve elite performance on the water.

The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics is made up 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 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Weymouth, England.

Well-known for their commitment to elite sailing performance, Harken and Team McLube are continually striving to improve their products, and they encourage USSTAG members to provide useful feedback for further research and development.

“In 1968, two gold medal-winning Americans helped put Harken on the map, and ever since then, Harken has benefited from a partnership with the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics -- from product development to marketing and beyond,” said Harken USA CEO Bill Goggins (Pewaukee, Wis.).

"There's no question that developing our products with the USSTAG athletes is a win-win,” said Ward McClatchy, President of McGee Industries, Inc., parent company of Team McLube. “Our new and improved products can help them achieve the results they are striving for, while we come away with the excellent product results we are looking for too."

“Harken and Team McLube are brands that mean world class performance. Look what their products are doing from dinghies to the Volvo Ocean Race. Their commitment to the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics has been unwavering and their decision to move up to Silver Partnership makes the whole team proud,” said USSTAG’s Commercial Director Dan Cooney (Marion, Mass.).

About Harken
Harken, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality sailboat hardware and accessories. Their gear has dominated such events as the America's Cup and Olympic Games. Harken’s blocks, travelers, furling systems and winches can be found aboard everything from the smallest dinghies to the largest megayachts and cruisers. Headquartered in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Harken manufactures in the USA and Italy. Its network includes offices in 48 countries, with group offices located in Australia, France, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States (Rhode Island, California, and Florida). For more information about Harken, please visit www.harken.com

About Team McLube
Team McLube, a division of McGee Industries based in Aston, Pa., is the leading producer of high performance hull coatings and dry lubricants for marine and recreational applications. Team McLube's Sailkote is an all-purpose high-performance dry lubricant which bonds to any clean, dry surface and significantly reduces friction. Team McLube's Hullkote Speed Polish is the first citrus-based environmentally friendly hull cleaner/polish/protectant all in one coating that keeps hull surfaces clean and fast. Team McLube's OneDrop Ball Bearing Conditioner is widely respected as the best conditioning lubricant for marine ball bearings. Team McLube's parent company, McGee Industries, Inc. has been creating and producing definitive lubrication technology and providing lubrication solutions for more than 50 years. For more information about Team McLube products, please visit www.mclubemarine.com.

About the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and US SAILING
The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics 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 AlphaGraphics. US SAILING supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is AlphaGraphics; other sponsors include Rolex Watch USA, Atlantis WeatherGear, Sperry Top-Sider, LaserPerformance, Harken, Team McLube, Bow Down Training, New England Ropes, Group Experiential Learning and Trinity Yachts. 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. For more information about US SAILING, please visit: www.ussailing.org. For more information about the US Olympic Sailing Program and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: sailingteams.ussailing.org

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