Bainbridge International Signs on as Sponsor of 33rd Biennial Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race

Bainbridge International Signs on as Sponsor of 33rd Biennial Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race

Bainbridge International Signs on as Sponsor of 33rd Biennial Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race

Affiliated Brands AIRX, Karver and Plastimo also announced as race partners

12 Teams Currently Registered for the 811nm classic cace starting Miami February 3, 2017 

Montego Bay, Jamaica (November 17, 2016) – The Montego Bay Yacht Club is pleased to announced that Bainbridge International has signed on as a Gold Level sponsor for the 33rd edition of the Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race and the Cuba Cup, a new race from Montego Bay to Havana following the conclusion of the Pineapple Cup.

Founded in 1917, Bainbridge International is one of the longest established sailcloth manufacturers in the world. Celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2017, Bainbridge develops and supplies the highest quality, highest performance materials to the marine industry. In addition, Karver, manufacturers of sailing hardware, Plastimo, makers of safety equipment and Bainbridge’s Airx spinnaker cloth have also committed to the Pineapple and Cuba Cups.

Montego Bay Yacht Club Commodore Nigel Knowles, “We are delighted to have Bainbridge International and their affiliated brands, Karver, Plastimo and Airx supporting the 2017 Pineapple Cup and inaugural Cuba Cup. The Bainbridge brand embodies the spirit of the Pineapple Cup and we look forward to showcasing the brands and how they fit the offshore racer’s needs.  

Mike Cuscia, Bainbridge International Inc., CEO, “Bainbridge International Inc. is proud to sponsor the 33rd edition of the Pineapple Cup and the inaugural Cuba Cup. The Pineapple Cup is a classic ocean race that demands high performance from the sailors and the equipment they use.  From our Airx spinnaker fabrics to Karver Systems equipment to Plastimo safety products; race competitors can rest assure that these products are up to the task in helping them get to the finish line first.  As we celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2017, we remain steadfast and committed to our sailing and marine roots and we look forward to the Cuba Cup becoming a staple of future ocean races.”

12 teams are currently registered for the Pineapple Cup which starts in Miami, Florida, on February 3, 2017. Prior to the start on February 2nd, the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club will host a Crew Party for all registered teams. Once the race starts it sends competitors on a challenging 811 nautical mile course to Montego Bay, Jamaica. 

MacKenzie Davis, Class40 Registered Amhas Owner said, “The Pineapple Cup is a great way for us to start the season, and the perfect excuse to head south for the winter….which is why we signed up in August!  This will be our fourth straight time, and for good reason.  The Pineapple Cup is an awesome event – typically hard, breezy conditions around the Bahamas, which makes for fast, but physical sailing, with the siren song of the trades which (hopefully) meet you at the windward passage.  If that isn’t enough, the hospitality at the Montego Bay Yacht Club is unrivaled, and now we have the chance to race again to Havana.”  

Both the Pineapple Cup & Cuba Cup include divisions for IRC, PHRF, double-handed and multi-hulls. Both races may be registered for and raced independently, however there will be an overall series trophy awarded in Havana to the boat with the best combined corrected time.

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