Commenting on this event, Valery Gulev, General Director of Gazprom International, commented: “We are greatly honoured to be the Publicity Partner of the World Championship in Dragon Class – the most acclaimed and popular class of sailing vessel in the world, including Russia. Support for sporting events is part of our global ECONET project, which includes a number of programmes and initiatives in the area of environmental protection, industrial safety and corporate social responsibility. We hope that this will be the beginning of a long journey together.”
The chairman of the British Dragon Association, Martin Makey, noted in turn: “We are delighted to welcome Gazprom International as an official sponsor of the 2013 world championship. Over the past few years, the company has provided invaluable support to our Association and the international events it organises, and we are proud to be working with them again on the most important event of the year for us.”
Teams from Australia, Belgium, Britain, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, the USA, Ukraine, France and Switzerland will take part in the sporting event, which is organised by the International Dragon Association and the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA). Among them are teams that are World Champions, Olympic Ohampions, America’s Cup holders, and winners of Continental and National Championships.