The 27th edition of “Key West Race Week” is
ready to begin and there’s no better way to start than by
acknowledging and thanking the sponsors. Key West sponsors have
always been one of race week’s critical success factors. Premiere
Racing would like to take this opportunity to highlight their loyalty
Title Sponsor Quantum Sail Design Group, the Official Sailmaker,
leads a prestigious roster that includes Day Sponsors Lewmar /
Navtec, Official Marine Hardware and Mount Gay® Rum, Official
Rum. The Supporting Sponsors are B&G, Official Marine Electronics,
Gill Official Technical Gear, and Marlow Ropes, Official Rope.
This will be the third straight year that Quantum will serve as title
sponsor and Fontenot said the Michigan-based sail-making company
has enjoyed its partnership with Premiere Racing.
“It’s been a great relationship because we both have the same
interests in mind, which is to keep an iconic regatta moving forward
in tough economic times,” said Farley Fontenot, executive vice
president of Quantum Sail Design Group. “Quantum’s goal for this is
to perpetuate our sport by supporting one of the greatest events in
“Quantum’s enthusiasm is energizing and the working relationship
has been a good situation for Premiere Racing and for the event,”
said Event Director Peter Craig. “Having a company that is intimate
with the sport in the title position is a first for us. While our Industry
Partners have always been involved, we’re very pleased that
Quantum is playing an active role and enabling us to keep this
regatta on the calendar.”
Day Sponsors Lewmar /Navtec, have been distinguished leaders
in the performance sailing industry. They are both known and
respected by boat builders and yacht owners the world over. Their
craftsmanship, reliability, innovation and commitment to supporting
the marine industry have made their names synonymous with
consistent quality. Lewmar and Navtec have been a sponsor for 15
years. Lewmar / Navtec Day winners and Boat of the Day winners
will be presented with the very popular One Touch winch handles.
Mount Gay® Rum – the rum that invented rum, is the world’s
oldest refined rum dating back to 1703. Made from the finest sugar
cane molasses and pure coral filtered Barbadian water, Mount Gay is
double distilled, matured in toasted bourbon oak barrels and
harmoniously blended by Master Blender Allen Smith to produce a
handcrafted rum with distinct character.
“Mount Gay Rum is excited to celebrate its 27th year of partnership
with Key West Race Week,” said Gene Song, Vice President of
Marketing, Mount Gay Rum. “The brand is grateful to the sailing
community for its continued loyalty throughout the years.”
This is the tenth year that B&G has participated at the Supporting Sponsor level. For years, B&G has
been the marine electronics brand of choice among top sailors and yachtsmen, And with good reason.
With a 50-year reputation of helping to set records in the world’s toughest events, B&G is trusted for
absolute accuracy and unequalled reliability.
Marlow Ropes is back for its sixth year as a supporting sponsor. The Marlow brand has earned an
outstanding reputation based on products tried and tested in the world’s harshest environments by
elite performance partners. Marlow is one of the only global names in yachting rope with distributors
in every continent around the globe. In February 2013, Marlow also announced the formation of
Marlow Ropes Inc. The company is based out of Plymouth, Massachusetts with a designated sales
function, inventory availability and technical support, designed to strengthen service and distribution in
the US market.”
Gill, the Official Technical Gear, has been a long-time Industry Partner and event supporter. This is
their third year as a supporting sponsor. Representatives will be on site and special event gear from
their line of high quality products is available for purchase on site and through their website. Gills new
Race Collection will be launched at Key West Race Week.
Key West Race Week is also supported by The Florida Keys & Key West Tourism Council.
The Ocean Key Resort and Spa is the Official Hotel.
Sapporo USA is the Official Beer and Regatta Ginger Beer is the Official Ginger Beer.
Chelsea Clock is providing their classic handcrafter Ship’s Bell Clocks for the Boat of the Day trophies.
For those who can’t be out on the race course, there will be plenty of ways to follow the racing. Last
year was a first for “Key West Live” coverage (#QKeyWest) and there will be more real time bloggers
and video coverage to keep everyone connected this year: Premiere-Racing.com/QKWLive