Last updated on April 18, 2014 at 21:21 EDT

Land Rover Confirmed as One of Two Series Main Partners to the Extreme Sailing Series

April 30, 2013

LONDON, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

        - Land Rover announces three year sponsorship as a Series Main Partner of
          the Extreme Sailing SeriesTM, one of the world's most premium and spectacular global
          sailing competitions
        - A natural fit: Land Rover's all-terrain vehicles and the Extreme 40 Catamarans
          can take on the challenges of their environment and deliver class leading performance
        - The Land Rover Extreme 40 catamaran will be christened at the next 'Act' in
          Qingdao, China, on 2nd May

Land Rover has become one of two Series Main Partners in the Extreme Sailing SeriesTM.
Its three-year global sponsorship of one of the world’s most exciting sailing competitions
was announced today in Qingdao, China, where the third Act takes place.

The Extreme Sailing Series – endorsed by the International Sailing Federation – is
contested by a fleet of Extreme 40 catamarans that have exceptional speed and agility.
These beautiful boats share many fundamental principles with Land Rover’s philosophy; both
are engineered using the most advanced design and technological innovation and both
deliver peak performance.

The Series is contested at eight events – Acts – which take place in exciting iconic
venues and city harbour locations around the world. Thanks to the stadium-style nature of
the venues, spectators are just metres away from the action and enjoy the full spectacle
of the races, which are short sharp battles lasting between 10-20 minutes. Each Act takes
place over four days and can include match racing, fleet racing, straight line duels and
speed trials to give audiences a full programme of action.

The eight teams taking part feature some of the world’s most accomplished and
decorated sailors, including Olympic medalists, World and European Champions, more than 30
America’s Cup sailors and seven world circumnavigators.

Mark Cameron, Global Brand Experience Director said: “The Extreme Sailing Series is a
natural fit for Land Rover and provides a perfect platform to showcase our shared core
values. The boats, like Land Rover vehicles, have design and technological innovations at
their core. The men and women competing are experts in their field, fearless and always in
complete control.

“Land Rover is utterly at home in all terrains and conditions on land and an Extreme
40 catamaran is equally at home on the waters in which they sail. Both can take on the
unique challenges of their surroundings and deliver top performance.”

Mark Turner, Executive Chairman of OC Sport, organiser of the Extreme Sailing Series,
said: “We are proud that such an iconic brand as Land Rover is committing to the Extreme
Sailing Series. This announcement comes at the start of the circuit’s third full global
tour and underpins our decision to go ‘global’ in 2011.

“Having completed an excellent Act 2 in the iconic city of Singapore, we have no doubt
of our strategy being the right one. Land Rover’s commitment, alongside the support of our
other sponsors, like our technical partner SAP, demonstrates the commercial appeal of the
circuit and shows that we can deliver a great return on investment back to our partners at
both team and event level.”

Mark Turner continued: “We are confident that with Land Rover’s involvement we can
build on the successes of this Series as we continue to innovate, reaching out to new
audiences, and visiting new territories.”

At the third Act in Qingdao – the Beijing Olympics’ sailing venue – Land Rover’s own
boat will make its debut as the perfect viewing platform to experience this thrilling
sport, allowing guests including Land Rover customers, to get in and amongst the action.

        - Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s
          [http://www.landrover.com/gb/en/lr ] that represent true breadth of capability across
          the model range. Defender, Freelander, Discovery, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover and
          Range Rover Evoque each define the world's 4x4 sectors. Land Rover products are
          currently sold in 178 global markets.
        - Further information with supporting images to follow on 2nd May from the press
          conference and boat christening.
        - Further Extreme Sailing Acts 2013:
          Act 3: Qingdao, China 2-5 May
          Act 4: Istanbul, Turkey 20-23 June
          Act 5: Porto, Portugal 25-28 July
          Act 6: Cardiff, Wales 23-26 August (Media day 22 August)
          Act 7: Nice, France 3-6 Oct
          Act 8: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 14-17 Nov (Media day 13 November)

SOURCE Jaguar Land Rover

Source: PR Newswire