National Offshore One-Design Regatta Series announces sponsor

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Highfield RIBS were used in the Vendée Globe.

Highfield RIBS were used in the Vendée Globe.

Highfield Boats, a manufacturer of aluminum-hull rigid inflatable boats, is sponsoring the 2019 Helly Hansen National Offshore One-Design Regatta Series. Highfield will provide the media boat for the races at each venue this year.

“The Highfield name has become synonymous with the most prestigious sailing events around the world, helping to promote sailing and safe boating,” Tom Watson, general manager, Highfield Boats U.S.A., said in a statement. “We are delighted to bring the invaluable experience we have gained in partnering with the Vendée Globe, Route du Rhum and Extreme Sailing Series to our new partnership with the Helly Hansen NOOD Regattas, America’s prominent national sailing competitions.”

The NOOD Regatta series was launched in Newport, R.I., in 1988 by the editors of Sailing World magazine and now visits five American cities and yacht clubs. Highfield is providing the media boat and exhibit on-site at the following regattas:

  • March 15-17: San Diego, Calif.
  • May 3-5: Annapolis, Md.
  • June 7-9: Chicago, Ill.
  • July 25-28: Marblehead, Mass.
  • Oct. 27-Nov. 1: Caribbean Championship, British Virgin Islands