Wilmington Trust Hoists Sail as Returning Sponsor of Marblehead Race Week

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July 14, 2015
Daily winners in the J/105 fleet to be awarded the Wilmington Trust Leader Spinnaker
Marblehead Leader Spinnaker 2014
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Marblehead Leader Spinnaker 2014

The Wilmington Trust Leader Spinnaker from Marblehead Race Week in 2014. 
BOSTON — Wilmington Trust returns to Marblehead Race Week this July 23-26 as the official financial services sponsor at the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta at the Eastern Yacht Club.
Wilmington Trust will award the “leader spinnaker” to the winning boat in each day’s heat—and to the overall winner—for the J/105 fleet. The wealth and investment management firm, based in Wilmington, Del., conceived the leader’s spinnaker award in 2014 to recognize winners for their exceptional performance in the J/105 class races during Marblehead Race Week.
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Marblehead Race Week, and are excited to again sponsor the leader spinnaker award to recognize the best teams at this premier sailing event,” said Will Parizeau, Wealth Advisory market leader for Wilmington Trust in Boston. “Wilmington Trust is honored to support the efforts of the Helly Hanson NOOD Regatta and the Marblehead Racing Association. We wish the very best to all boats and their crews.”
“The Wilmington Trust Leader Spinnaker both rewards the best J/105 crews for their victories and establishes them as the team to beat in the next race,” said David Reed, editor of Sailing World magazine.
The final awards for the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta will be presented on Sunday, July 26, at the culmination of the event. The J/105 boat with the lowest cumulative score at the end of Race Week will be awarded the Wilmington Trust Leader Spinnaker to keep. The spinnaker, created by internationally-recognized sailmaker North Sails, is composed of a black background with Wilmington Trust’s name and logo in white. The leader spinnaker sported the reverse in 2014 with a white background (SEE ATTACHED PHOTO).
In 2014, Circe’s Cup, skippered by Ric Dexter of Swampscott, Mass., was awarded the Wilmington Trust Leader Spinnaker at the conclusion of Race Week.
The Marblehead NOOD is one of the seven Helly Hansen NOOD Regattas organized by the publishers of Cruising World and Sailing World magazine every year. The regattas are hosted by America’s most prestigious yacht clubs in major metropolitan markets, and have grown to become one of the most popular sailing regatta series in the U.S., second only to the America’s Cup.
Marblehead Race Week is hosted by three major Boston-area yacht clubs—Corinthian Yacht Club, Boston Yacht Club, and Eastern Yacht Club. Race Week is managed by the Marblehead Racing Association (MRA), a volunteer organization comprised of race committee chairs and designated representatives from the three yacht clubs. The MRA is responsible for scheduling and coordinating both one-design and PHRF racing each season.
The MRA is committed to ensuring that Marblehead continues to be one of the world’s premier yacht racing venues. The MRA works to improve the quality of Marblehead racing, while ensuring fun and safety for all competitors. Learn more at www.mheadrace.org

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