Sperry and waterlife outfitter West Marine hosted the America’s Cup Trophy on Thursday, June 9 at West Marine’s Chicago Flagship store, offering people the chance to take a photo with the venerated Auld Mug. Athletes from ORACLE TEAM USA and SoftBank Team Japan were also available for photos and meet and greets at the event. SoftBank Team Japan sailor Chris Draper spoke with customers and hosted a question and answer session about the 35th America’s Cup races to be held in Bermuda and spoke about the up coming races in Chicago.
“It’s exciting,” commented Draper, “Chicago is a sailor’s town – Lake Michigan is such a great place to sail and to have the America’s Cup World Series in town will be a thrill for people to watch.”
Fans packed the store to ask Draper questions about the foiling AC45 America’s Cup boats and to have their photos taken. ORACLE TEAM USA Sailors Sam Newton and Jimmy Spithill were also on-site signing autographs and entertaining customers.
This West Marine Chicago location, along with four others around the country, have begun carrying limited edition Sperry X America’s Cup footwear, apparel and accessories. West Marine has also offered customers an opportunity for a chance to win the “Official Uniform of ORACLE TEAM USA” sponsored by Sperry, with a sweepstakes taking place from May 31-June 30. To enter, customers must visit a participating West Marine store location, fill out an official entry form, and then mail back it to West Marine. Five lucky grand-prize winners (one at each location) will receive a Sail Racing ORACLE JACKET valued at $200.
“The America’s Cup is one of the premiere sailing events, so when West Marine was presented with the opportunity to host the official Trophy at our Chicago Flagship, we eagerly said yes,” says Laura Berry, Senior Marketing Manager for West Marine. “We’re happy to have Sperry host a sweepstakes that allows our customers the opportunity win sail-worthy gear.”
Sperry President, Rick Blackshaw expressed, “Sperry is excited to bring the thrill of the America’s Cup, ORACLE TEAM USA and SoftBank Team Japan to West Marine. As the teams race on fresh water for the first time ever with the Chicago skyline and Navy Pier as the their backdrop, offering West Marine customers and fans of the America’s Cup this rare and exciting opportunity in the windy city is something that may happen only once in their lifetime.”
Racing and action will kick off on Friday, June 10th, 2016 as sailors practice for their first freshwater race out on Lake Michigan. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series races will begin with a special Opening Day ceremony in Navy Pier’s Festival Hall on Friday evening and official races will be held on Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June 12th.
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