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US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Announces Major Partnership with Sunbrella Fabrics

365 Grilling - It's a Canadian Thing!

US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
Announces Major Partnership
with Sunbrella Fabrics

The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider today announced a major partnership with Sunbrella fabrics, the leading producer of performance and marine canvas around the globe. Effective immediately, Sunbrella will be named as a Gold-level sponsor of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, the nation's Olympic and Paralympic sailing team, and also as the presenting sponsor of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, North America's premier Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta. A North Carolina-based brand with deep roots in the American sailing community, Sunbrella will now assume a prominent role in fostering the future of high-performance sailing in the United States.

“Sunbrella and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider share many core principles, and we are very excited to bring them onboard,” said Josh Adams, managing director of US Olympic Sailing. “With our mutual commitment to high performance, technical innovation, and sustainable results, this is a natural partnership on many levels. By joining our team's Rio 2016 campaign, Sunbrella adds tremendous support to US Olympic and Paralympic athletes.” 

Founded in 1961, Sunbrella began offering marine upholstery products in the mid 1970s. By producing innovative canvas and fabrics that were exceptionally weather-resistant and easy to maintain, Sunbrella quickly became a dominant player in the marine industry. Fabric made by Sunbrella's parent company and manufacturer, Glen Raven, was notably used for the American flag planted on the moon by Apollo 11 astronauts in 1969. With a core brand identity that celebrates the best of what America has to offer, Sunbrella now will adorn the hulls and sails of US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes as they make their push towards the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“There has been a special bond between Sunbrella and the sailing community for nearly 50 years as sailors the world over have adopted Sunbrella as their fabric of choice,” said Gina Wicker, creative director for Glen Raven, makers of Sunbrella fabrics. “Our alignment with the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider as a Gold Level partner is a natural fit, as the team of athletes represents the best in our country, known for its endurance, commitment to excellence and reputation of dependability. We are proud to support the team’s quest for Olympic and Paralympic greatness in 2016.”

Visit the Sunbrella website.


Don't put away your grill this winter. Be a 365 griller.

365 Grilling - It's a Canadian Thing!

Brrrrr! Winter is here, but when it comes to grilling Canadians don't fear the cold.  According to the recent Weber Canadian GrillWatch survey, (40%) of Canadians consider themselves all-season grillers, with one-third of respondents grilling in below-freezing temperatures. In addition, (13%) of Canadian grill owners will barbecue on Christmas Day and on New Year's Day/Eve.

Top reasons for grilling outdoors during freezing temperatures are:

  • Certain foods just HAVE to be grilled (55%)
  • Everything tastes better grilled (53%)
  • Real grillers don't let the cold stop them (38%)

In addition, the experts at Weber offer these timely tips for your seasonal grilling pleasure.“Looking isn't cooking, so keep that lid closed,” says Chef Clive. “Lifting the lid reduces the internal temperature of the cooking box, which prolongs cooking time. Trust your thermometer and use a timer.”

  1. Make sure you bundle up, but remember to avoid scarfs, tassels or other loose clothing items that could come in contact with the grill during use.
  2. Make sure you clear a path to your grill and remove all snow and ice before ignition. Make sure there is ample room around your grill so you can move around freely. Throw some salt down if necessary.
  3. In below-freezing temperatures, plan on doubling the time it typically takes to pre-heat the grill in warmer weather months.
  4. Charcoal lovers should always be prepared with extra briquettes in cold weather. Grilling time may need to be extended or the grill may need a little extra fuel to reach the right temperature, so remember to add briquettes as necessary to maintain a consistent temperature.
  5. Position gas grills so the wind is perpendicular to the gas flow, or is situated at a 90-degree angle to the wind.  This will help control the temperature inside the grill.
  6. Never grill inside your garage or under an overhang. Grilling safely is a priority, so be sure your grill is at least five feet away from all combustible materials and is in a well-ventilated area.

No matter what your grilling season, the Weber Grill Academy offers a variety of classes that are fun, informative, and guaranteed to take your grilling skills to the next level. 

For more information, visit the Weber Grill Academy website.

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