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TUUCI donating shade structures to Sailability BVI

In support of sailing for people with disabilities

TORTULA, BVI - TUUCI is donating high-performance umbrellas and flags to the BVI Watersports Centre in Tortola, BVI, in support of RYA Sailability, an international program of sailing instruction for the disabled.

"The donation from TUUCI meets a critically important need of our Centre and the Sailability program of providing an enjoyable and supportive learning environment for all of our students," said Alison Knights Bramble, principal of Sailability BVI and the BVI Watersports Centre, a training center of the Royal Yachting Association. "TUUCI's parasols are not only beautiful, but also high performing to assure worry-free use for many years to come."

TUUCI is donating four of its Ocean Master Manta parasols, which feature a distinctive design inspired by the graceful movement of an in-flight manta ray. All TUUCI products are made from corrosion-resistant, marine-grade components that can withstand the sun, wind, rain and salt spray of the ocean environment. Logo-decorated flags donated by TUUCI will be flown on the various sailing craft used by the Watersports Centre for all of its teaching programs, including RYA Sailability.

RYA Sailability was created by the Royal Yachting Association to offer disabled persons the opportunity to learn sailing and enjoy the sport on a regular basis. More than 20,000 people with disabilities have taken part in RYA Sailability.

"Sailing is one of the most inspirational experiences that a person can enjoy, and through RYA Sailability this adventure is being made available to the disabled," said Dougan Clarke, chief shade architect with TUUCI. "With an able assist from RYA Sailability, virtually any disabled person can become a sailor and enjoy the thrill of slicing through the water under a full breeze. The mission of RYA Sailability aligns perfectly with TUUCI's vision of making time spent outdoors more enjoyable for everyone."

Clarke will present the Manta parasols and flags to the Watersports Centre on June 30 at the Centre's location on Tortola. This donation is one of many elements in TUUCI's sponsorship of marine related activities, including the donation of performance shade structures and on-the-water high-tech gear during HIHO 2012 barefoot regatta, which runs July 1-8.

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