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More Sponsors Are Joining The
Nordhavn Rally Bandwagon!

Dana Point, Calif. – (February 10, 2004) – The Nordhavn Atlantic Rally continues to receive enthusiastic support from marine industry leaders, according to Pacific Asian Enterprises Vice President, Jim Leishman. “We couldn’t be more pleased by the support we’re getting from our sponsors and the press about this event, “ says Leishman. “Over two-dozen more companies have agreed to help with the Rally. Without their financial and logistical support, we couldn’t have attempted to manage a project of this magnitude.”

Companies are contributing in a number of ways. Marine equipment companies have donated products or provided significant discounts for escort vessels and participants. Others are helping with technical support and are offering to train participants in the use of their products. Marinas and yacht clubs in Ft. Lauderdale, Bermuda, the Azores and Gibraltar are providing special services and reduced rates for all participating boats. “It’s apparent that many companies and organizations see the ‘big picture’ benefit of this event,” adds Leishman. “Hopefully, others will be inspired by our participants crossing the ocean on their own bottom and will want to buy a boat and do the same.”

The latest sponsors to sign up are:

All At Sea – Flag Fabrication
Bermuda Customs – Customs Assistance
Bermuda Tourism – Tourist Assistance
Brookes & Gatehouse USA, Inc. – Marine Instruments
CFX Marine Specialties – Marine Safety Systems
Charles Industries/Heartsine Technologies – Portable Defibrillators
Diamond/Sea-Glaze – Marine Windows, Doors & Hatches
Faial Regional Directorate for Tourism – Tourist Assistance
Forespar Products Corporation – Marine Hardware
Gibraltar Tourist Board – Event Coordination
Horta Marina – Azores Marina
Jeddy’s Upholstery & Interiors – Interior Design
Marina Bay Complex – Gibraltar Marina
Maritime Trading Company–OCEANair USA – Custom Blinds
Mid-Atlantic Yacht Services – Vessel Service & Support
Outbound Yacht Services, Inc. – Certified Technicians
Radisson Bahia Mar Beach Resort & Yachting Center – Ft. Lauderdale Marina & Hotel
Royal Bermuda Yacht Club – Rally Assistance
Shorepoint Insurance Services – Individual & Business Insurance Coverage
TRAC/American Bow Thruster – Thrusters & Stabilizers

Leishman also points to the terrific enthusiasm of the press. “It all began when Yachting and MotorBoating stepped up and offered to sponsor one of our escort vessels and host our Bon Voyage Party. They immediately saw this Rally as being of great interest to their readers and
will be sending editors on every leg. We’re also thrilled that so many other magazines are either sending editors on one of the legs or are at least covering the event. Power Cruising, Soundings, Lakeland Boating, Southern Boating and the UK’s MotorBoat & Yachting will be aboard with a writer. SEA, Boating, Yachts International and Showboats International have agreed to cover the Rally. Since our event is open to non-Nordhavns, we had always hoped the press would see this as an effort to promote long distance cruising in general.” Besides Nordhavn, a Hatteras, Kadey-Krogen and a Monk designed 80-foot expedition yacht are among the participants.

Sponsors who had signed up earlier include:

Achilles Inflatable Craft – Inflatables
Aegis Marine International, Inc. – Marine Equipment & Replacement Parts
Alcom Marine Electronics – Electronics Design & Installation
Beachcomber Fiberglass Technology, Inc. – Fiberglass Products
Bellingham Chart Printers – Paper Charts
Bluewater Books & Charts – Charts & Cruising Guides
Boat Systems – Electrical & Mechanical Design
C-Map – Electronic Charts & Navigation Software
Caribe Inflatables – Yacht Tender
Dimen Financial – Financial Services
Dometic Corporation - Sanitation System – Marine Sanitations
Furuno USA, Inc. – Marine Electronics
Handcraft Mattress Company, Inc. – Marine Mattresses
Honda Marine – Outboard Engines
IMTRA Corporation – Marine Accessory Equipment
MarQuipt – Davits, Cranes & Boarding Systems
Maxwell Marine – Anchor Handling Equipment
Prime Fabrication – Metal Fabrication & Powder Coating
SkyMate – Satellite Communications
STIDD Systems, Inc. – Helm Chair
Tradewind Inflatables – Life Raft & Inflatable Dealer
Village Marine Tec – Watermaker
Winslow LifeRaft Company – Life Rafts
Yachting & MotorBoating Magazines – Media & Special Events

For a complete description of the products and services of these sponsor companies, please visit: www.nordhavn.com/rally/sponsors/sponsors.htm

The Nordhavn Atlantic Rally is taking place this coming May, when a fleet of 33 seaworthy power vessels will leave Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and cross the Atlantic Ocean, arriving in Gibraltar in
late June. The fleet of passage makers will be escorted by three Nordhavns which will provide technical and logistical support throughout the voyage. The fleet will stop in Bermuda and the Azores before completing the 3,500-mile voyage to Gibraltar.

Pacific Asian Enterprises (P.A.E.) is the designer and developer of the Nordhavn line of oceangoing powerboats. It is currently building twelve models between the sizes of 35 and
76-feet.

For more information, contact: Melissa Hartnett, Rally Sponsor Coordinator, 410-263-8448, ext. 222, melissa@sasscom.com.

 

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