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Manx Telecom announces Island Games
Sailing Sponsorship

Manx Telecom has announced a £20,000 sponsorship of the sailing events in the Island Games, which will be used towards the purchase of 20 brand new International Laser Class dinghies. This will give the Isle of Man the most prestigious Island Games sailing event so far, as it will be the first time that every competitor in teh event has been supplied with a brand new boat. After the Island Games are over, there are plans to use the boats to train talented young sailors on the Island for future international competitions.

Peter Whipp, Co-ordinator for Sailing at the Island Games, will himself be competing at the Games, and has been captain of the Island sailing team in three previous Island Games. He commented, " This very kind sponsorship from Manx Telecom has made my dream of competing at the Island Games in identical brand new boats a reality. It sets a completely new standard which is similar to that expected at the Olympic Games. As a bonus, the boats will give local young sailors a unique opportunity to train for future Games, and should transform the sport on the Island for years to come."

Shooting Sponsorship Cheque
Mike Cook from Manx Teleocm presents a cheque for £20,000 to Commodore
Peter Hoosen-Owen, Ramsey Sailing Club, Peter Whipp, Island Games Sailing
Co-ordinator and Mick Kneale, the Treasurer of the Manx Yachting Association

Mike Cook, Director of Customer Services at Manx Telecom added, " Manx Telecom is delighted to be able to support the Island Games by providing sponsorship of the sailing discipline. The purchase of the new fleet of Laser dinghies will ensure a top class event by providing competitors with the quality of equipment that they deserve. In addition, after the Games, the Island will have a real asset for future race training and competitions."


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