22 January 2015 – Issued on behalf of ISAF – The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Partnership Agreement with the global energy company Gazprom EP International B.V.
In a five year deal, Gazprom becomes an ISAF Official Partner with worldwide exclusivity in the energy sector.
Gazprom is a long term supporter of sailing, sponsoring the Gazprom Swan 60 class, supporting youth projects in Russia, and this development with ISAF represents a new chapter for Gazprom’s support of sailing.
“This is a very important partnership for ISAF, it will give us the opportunity to do something great for our sport, ” commented ISAF President Carlo Croce.
“With the help of Gazprom International we are aiming to reach new heights with sailing, helping young people engage with the sport through to the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Developing emerging sailing nations and getting new people into our sport is very important to both organizations and we now have a great opportunity to change the future.”
Gazprom International’s Managing Director Valery Gulev underlined that Russia sees a noticeable growth of interest in sailing. “We hope this agreement will allow athletes to better fulfil their potential on a competitive international level”, commented Valery Gulev.
The ceremony of signing the partnership agreement took place at the ISAF headquarters in Southampton, Great Britain.