Boat Show Attendees Meet US Sailing Team Sperry Athletes

As part of our sponsorship of the US Sailing Team Sperry, several of the team’s inspiring athletes recently joined us for two iconic boat shows in Newport, Rhode Island, and Annapolis, Maryland.

The Newport International Boat Show is held each year in September on Rhode Island’s scenic coastline. The show represents a boat enthusiast’s nirvana with a full range of powerboats, sailboats, marine equipment and accessories, including Sunbrella fabrics and our Perspective New England Rhode Yacht. This year, show attendees had the unique opportunity to meet athletes on the US Sailing Team Sperry to learn about the joys and challenges of pursuing an Olympic dream.

As the sun began to set on the first day of the show our party kicked off at nearby IYRS, a trade school with a mission to teach the skills, history, art and science of making, building, restoring and maintaining boats. US Sailing Team Sperry athletes Cindy Walker and Sarah Everhart-Skeels, and Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha were in attendance.

An inspired, outdoor setting with a breathtakingly beautiful Newport sunset set the scene for IYRS alum Anthony Daniels to play the night away on his handmade guitar that he crafted from reclaimed wooden boat parts.

Three weeks later, the Rhode Yacht traveled 400 miles south to the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis. The sailboat show is the first of a two-week boating takeover of this historic, seafaring town and is the largest and oldest in-water sailboat show in the world.

Boat show attendees gathered at the Maryland Inn for cocktails and conversation with US Sailing Team Sperry athletes Sarah Newberry and teammates Rick Doerr, Hugh Freund and Brad Kendell.

“The US Sailing Team Sperry athletes are so approachable and genuine, despite the stress and pressure of being Olympic athletes,” said Gina Wicker, architect and design market director for Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, the makers of Sunbrella. “It was wonderful to be able to honor them and their hard work at these marine industry events.” 

Guests and athletes chatted into the night, swapping sailing stories and laughter. Everyone left with their very own US Sailing Team Sperry bag made of Sunbrella canvas, ideal for cheering on the team when they head to Rio.

Miss us in Newport and Annapolis? Keep up with the latest from US Sailing Team Sperry and their push toward the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio by visiting and following them on Twitter @ussailing and Instagram @ussailingteam.