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Dinghy Locker Solidifies Position in Performance Youth Sailing


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Dinghy Locker @ Landfall Solidifies Position in Performance Youth Sailing
Dealership Agreement with McLaughlin Boat Works Unites Market Leaders

Stamford, CT – July 14, 2010

McLaughlin Boat Works (MBW) has named Dinghy Locker @ Landfall as its newest distributor. The agreement helps MBW increase its presence in Southwestern Connecticut and the Hudson Valley while strengthening Dinghy Locker’s position as the most complete solution for performance and youth sailors.

“Since launching Dinghy Locker @ Landfall in 2008, we have been working to become THE destination for competitive dinghy sailors,” stated Capt. Henry Marx, president and founder of Landfall. “With the addition of the McLaughlin line, we now have everything a small boat sailor could want.”

McLaughlin has been building boats in the US for more than 50 years and is the only American made Optimist. Recognized worldwide for its stiffness, durability and speed, the McLaughlin hull has become the most envied and most copied Optimist ever built. Dinghy Locker will stock both the Club Racer, proven as the choice of clubs and program directors and the Pro Racer, for the serious competitor.

“Landfall has been recognized as a leader in safety and offshore outfitting for more than 25 years and they’ve clearly brought that level of service to performance and youth sailing with Dinghy Locker @ Landfall”, commented Steve Sherman, president of McLaughlin Boat Works. “In just a few years, Dinghy Locker has established itself as one of the most comprehensive sources for small boat sailors and we are proud to partner with them as we work to promote junior sailing.”

Long recognized as the leader in offshore outfitting, Landfall expanded into performance and youth sailing two years ago with the launch of Dinghy Locker. Whether on-site, in-store or online, Dinghy Locker offers the best equipment and the latest technology for competitive dinghy sailing including hulls, sails, spars and foils as well as all related hardware, gear, safety equipment and accessories.

As a result of the partnership, MBW and Dinghy Locker will work together to promote performance and youth sailing through a variety of in-store, online and on-site marketing programs. Throughout the year, Dinghy Locker’s Mobile Support Center will be at more than 40 regattas, US Sailing Championships and other events including the USODA New England, Atlantic Coast and Mid-Winter Championships and the Coral Reef YC Orange Bowl. Landfall is a proud sponsor of Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound and continues to support transition programs such as the Beachpoint and Dorade Trophy races, which offer junior sailors the opportunity to practice their skills as junior navigators on big boats.

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About Landfall

Landfall, formerly Landfall Navigation, is the nation’s leading specialist in offshore outfitting, navigation and marine safety. The company’s retail store, website and catalog offer a broad selection of products from leading suppliers including ACR, Life Sling, McMurdo, Mustang, Paines-Wessex, Revere, Switlik, Winslow and Wichard.

Dinghy Locker @ Landfall, launched in 2008, promotes small boat sailing both in-store and on-site. Dinghy Locker Mobile Support Center attends and sponsors regattas on Long Island Sound and the East Coast. Dinghy Locker represents many top-line manufacturers such as McLaughlin, Laser Performance, Bluemagic, JSails, Harken, Ronstan, Magic Marine, SLAM, Patagonia, Gill, Henri Lloyd and Kokatat as well as genuine OPTIPARTS brand fittings and accessories for the Optimist.

Through the Marine Training Center (), Landfall offers a comprehensive curriculum of classroom courses for recreational and professional mariners on topics of boating and seamanship.

For more information or to start shopping visit Landfallnav.com, DinghyLocker@Landfall.com or call 1-800- 941-2219

About McLaughlin Boatworks

For more than 50 years, McLaughlin Boats Works (MBW) has specialized in building and servicing one design sailboat classes including the Lightning, Day Sailor, Windmill, Highlander, Thistle, Tanzer 16, and Optimist class. MBW has always taken pride in pushing the forefront of composite technology, such as being one of the first, outside of the aerospace industry, to use a vacuum bag in performance sail craft back in the early 1980's. That history of innovation and continual improvement are evident today in their new dust and climate controlled production facility.

Beginning in 1990, at the request of families from the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, McLaughlin began building its first International Optimist Dinghy. Today, McLaughlin specializes in the Optimist and enjoys the distinction of being the most copied hull in the World.

MBW continues as a business run by sailors for the benefit of sailors. You cannot build a successful company without good people. MBW has assembled a group of like-minded sailors who believe that if you provide the finest in customer service and the best product money can buy the rest will take care of its self. This is why MBW is the premiere partner with the United States Optimist Dinghy class organization (USODA) and supporter of the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA). McLaughlin's reputation has been built upon the principles of: Customer service, exacting quality standards, and engineering fast durable racing yachts.

For more information please visit or call 1-800-784-6478.