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New England Ropes Renews Sponsorship of USSTAG

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New England Ropes Renews Sponsorship of US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics

New England RopesPortsmouth, R.I. (April 21, 2010) – New England Ropes has renewed their sponsorship of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) as a Bronze Partner through 2012, US SAILING announced today. An established, leading manufacturer of premium quality rope, New England Ropes will continue to be the team’s Official Cordage Supplier and develop customized line packages for team members. New England Ropes will also provide direct funding to the USSTAG.

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.

Over the past three years, USSTAG members have not only benefited from using New England’s high quality lines while training and racing competitively, but they have been crucial members of the company’s development team. They have provided feedback and suggestions about how to continually improve their lines to withstand their high demands and how to expand their product range for Olympic and Paralympic class one-design boats.

“New England Ropes knows our sport well. They are at the events, they talk to the sailors and they understand the demands on their products,” said USSTAG Commercial Director Dan Cooney (Marion, Mass.). “They have a commitment to innovation, design and testing to make sure that line handling and performance is world class. We are really excited to have them renew their commitment to the team.”

“Our partnership with the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics is a cornerstone to the development and enhancement of our performance product line,” said Kevin Coughlin (Cumberland, R.I.), Marine Market Manager of New England Ropes. “In addition, this partnership confirms our company’s commitment to the sport of sailing.”

About New England Ropes
New England Ropes, Corp. a member of the Teufelberger group, has built and maintained its reputation as the leading manufacturer of premium quality rope, proudly servicing more markets than any other rope company. Our rope is made in New England for you, the most discriminating customer. It’s the most innovative product available, woven from the finest first-class fiber, and designed and tested in a place with some of the world’s most notoriously harsh conditions. If our rope can withstand everything from daunting mountain peaks to a historically ruthless sea, you know you can trust it to perform in your world. Every time. Without exception. Together in Motion.

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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