Travis Perkins has become an official event partner of the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth for the second year running. Supporting community events at the UK stage of the global regatta, the partnership reflects the distributor’s presence in the South of England and its commitment to supporting the local communities surrounding branch and store locations.

As part of its commitment, Travis Perkins is funding the Portsmouth Sailing Project, which delivers sailing taster sessions to local school children to inspire a new generation into sailing, whilst breaking down the potential barriers to young people from diverse backgrounds.

Carol Kavanagh, HR director at Travis Perkins, said: “This is our second year as an official event partner and we’re excited to see more children from the local area out on the water, trying something new and learning new skills. We are built on family values and this is what makes us different from many big businesses. Being a good member of the community is a key part of our vision and that’s why we wanted to partner with the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth.”

There are around 300 Travis Perkins businesses in a 50 mile radius of Portsmouth, so this sponsorship presents a great opportunity for the company to support employees and customers in this area.

The America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth is one of a series of regattas staged around the globe building up to the battle for the America’s Cup in 2017, the most prestigious and coveted sailing trophy in the world. The Portsmouth Sailing Project is an initiative arranged by the 1851 Trust, the official charity of the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth and delivered by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.