Landfall Announces Gold Partnership with USODA DinghyLocker.com Continues Expansion into Small Boat Sailing in Response to Strong Consumer Demand
Stamford, CT – June 27, 2008
Landfall, the nation’s leading marine offshore outfitter and safety expert, announced today that it has entered into a Gold Level partnership with the United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA). The company also announced that it has been named as an official North American dealership for Optiparts, the leading supplier of Optimist spars, blades, fittings and accessories. These moves come as part of Landfall’s continued expansion into small boat sailing in 2008. Earlier this spring the company launched DinghyLocker.com, a dedicated site within Landfallnav.com, offering the best equipment and technologies for competitive sailing dinghies and was named as the exclusive North American distributor for the award-winning Bluemagic Optimist.
“Over the last 25 years, Landfall has established a reputation as the leading provider of navigation and safety equipment for big boat sailors and we are proud to offer the same level of support to small boat sailors,” said Captain Henry Marx, president of Landfall. “The Optimist is the fastest growing dinghy class in the world and Landfall’s Dinghylocker.com is becoming the one-stop shop for small boat sailors.”
As part of its ongoing expansion into dinghy sailing, Landfall supports the USODA as a Gold Level partner. Dinghylocker.com’s Mobile Support Center will be onsite at USODA events throughout the summer, including the USODA Nationals in Patchogue, NY as an official event sponsor, offering a complete line of gear, replacement parts, and expertise. As the governing body for the Optimist class in the United States, the USODA sponsors a wide range of events and activities around the country including the annual USODA National Championships, the largest Optimist event in North America. A proud supporter of 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, Landfall is continuing to expand its focus on junior sailing throughout New England and around the country.
Founded in 1991, Optiparts has continuously developed a broad range of products for the Optimist dinghy which are exported to more than 50 countries around the world. Dinghylocker.com, offers the best equipment and the latest technology for competitive dinghy sailors including hulls, sails, spars and foils as well as all related hardware, gear, safety equipment and accessories.
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 Optiparts, Harken, Ronstan, Gill, Opti-max, FSE Robline, NorthSails, Quantum by Toni Tio, Olimpic, J Sails, N1 Foils, Marlow, Henri Lloyd, Atlantis, Extrasport, Holt Allen, Hawk, JCD Custom Race Parts, Mustang and Zhik.
Through the Marine Training Center (MarineTrainingCenter.com), 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.com or call 1-800-941-2219.