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Slam to back J/80 Worlds

New J/80 campaigner and owner of Slam UK, Chris Ducker, steps forward with signficant support for June's event in Dartmouth

Monday February 13th 2012, Author: Becci Eplett, Location: none selected

Slam UK is to be the major sponsorship of the 2012 J/80 World Championship, which will now be 'Powered by Slam'.

The regatta will take place over 9-15 June, jointly hosted by the Britannia Yacht Club, the Royal Dart Yacht Club and the J/80 UK Class Association. Both the Opening Ceremony and the Prizegiving Ceremony for 2012 J/80 World Championship Powered by Slam will take place at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon.

In addition to significant financial support for the regatta, the partnership with Slam UK will bring style, flair and inimitable glamour to the event, along with real and quantifiable added value for the competitors of the 80 teams due to compete.

Chris Ducker, owner of Slam UK, will also be racing his brand new J/80 at the Worlds. He explained his passion for Slam and his commercial desire to be involved at a grass roots level with the J/80 Worlds: "I am delighted to have an opportunity to work with the Key Yachting team and for Slam to sponsor the 2012 J/80 Worlds; this will certainly be a fantastic event on and off the water. I look forward enormously to sailing and socialising in the J Community throughout the 2012 season."

At the London Boat Show in January, Slam UK was also appointed official clothing partner of Key Yachting Ltd, the UK agent and distributor for the J/80 Sportsboat and for the whole range of yachts by J Boats.

This is the first time Key Yachting has entered in to a partnership of this sort. Paul Heys, Managing Director explained "There is a strong parallel between the design credentials of the Slam technological clothing range and J Boats, not least in the fundamentally intelligent and performance oriented design. I've worn Slam kit on the water for a number of years and it unfailingly delivers the results one expects. This new partnership is great for Key Yachting and it will also prove extremely valuable to our clients during the coming year. Competitors at the 2012 J/80 World Championship Powered by Slam have a real treat in store."

Entries for the 2012 J/80 World Championship are rolling in at serious pace now. The online entry system can be found here. Brittany Ferries has offered discounted pricing for J/80 teams travelling to the UK from the continent.

February may be frosty but the competition in Dartmouth in June is looking hotter than ever.

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