DETROIT, Aug. 27, 2007 – Organizers of the Audi 2007 Melges 24 U.S. National
Championship have announced that Audi of America Inc. and the Detroit-Area
Audi Metro Dealers have been named Title Sponsor of this prestigious event.
“We are extremely happy to have Audi on board for this regatta and pleased
they recognize what we already know; that Melges 24 racing is the most
exciting sailing going on in the United States today,” said Paul Hulsey,
event chairman. “We’re looking forward to showing the folks at Audi that 50
plus Melges’s roaring into the leeward mark is the maritime equivalent to
dozens of race cars zooming around a track.”
This National Championship marks Audi’s first title sponsorship of any U.S.
regatta. With AUDI AG recently announcing its sponsorship of the Breitling
Medcup Transpac 52 circuit, and Audi of Australia’s strong support of
Hamilton Island Race Week and the Sydney Harbor Regatta, the automobile
manufacturer is sending a clear message of their support to the yacht racing
Dave Suplee, Audi’s general manager for the Midwest U.S., has big
expectations for the event: “Our company’s heritage is all about racing and
competition, and our best innovations have come from racing,” Suplee said.
“High performance, clean technologies and pushing the envelope are core
values for Audi, which is why we see this National Championship as such a
good match for us.”
Audi will display a full line up of their high-performance cars on the
grounds of Detroit’s Bayview Yacht Club, including the TT roadster and 354
horsepower S5 Sports Coupe. The powerful and stylish Q7, easily able to
easily tow a Melges 24 and carry the entire crew, will also be on display
throughout the event.
ENTRY LIST SWELLS AS EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHES
Forty-two teams have already registered from as far away as England and
California, with at least 15 more boats expected to register over the coming
weeks. Only two weeks remain until the September 10 early registration
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