The Pizza Company sponsors Optimist World Championship 2017 as part of the company’s vision for social sustainability

business June 19, 2017

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Thomas Whitcraft, President of the Optimist World Championship 2017 Thailand and Mr. John Heinecke, Chief Operating Officer of The Minor Food Group PCL, together for the signing ceremony marking The Pizza Company’s sponsorship of the Optimist World Championship 2017.

Bangkok, 12 June, 2017 – The Pizza Company, Thailand’s market leader in the dine-in, delivery and take-away food business and one of Asia's best known pizza brands, has announced to be the co-sponsor of the Optimist World Championship 2017 as part of the company’s vision for sustainability for people development and supporting youth and local community. The event will be organized from 11-21 July, 2017 at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC) in Pattaya, Thailand. 

The international race is organized by the Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC), the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand (YRAT) in conjunction with the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) with support from the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT). IODA member countries including Thailand will send their most talented Optimist sailors to race as national representatives on this world stage. 

Mr. John Heinecke, Chief Operating Officer of The Minor Food Group PCL, said, “We are pleased to support the Optimist World Championship 2017 as we strongly believe that this event will provide opportunities for our children and young sailors in Thailand to learn and gain great experience on the world stage.    It is our company’s vision for sustainability in the focus area of people development, and also in supporting youth and local communities which the business serves.” 

Thomas Whitcraft, President of the Optimist World Championship 2017, said,  “We would like to thank The Pizza Company for their great support, and we look forward to working jointly to further boost the growth of the sailing sport in Thailand as well as to promote Thailand as a world class sailing destination for both yachts and dinghies”.

The Optimist Dinghy has proven to be the ideal boat for introducing young children to the sport of sailing. The objective of the class is to provide an affordable racing boat for young people. More than 85% of all sailors who participated in the Olympics sailed in Optimist dinghies when they were young.


About The International Optimist World Championship

The International Optimist Dinghy was first designed in 1947 by Clark Mills in Clearwater Florida. It was made out of 8 ft marine plywood and was called the Optimist Pram, as it was a project with the local Optimist Club to get young children sailing.

The Optimist Dinghy later evolved in Denmark where it transformed into the International Optimist Dinghy that it is today. Although the first boats were made of wood, fibreglass boats started to be built in the 1970’s which has become the norm ever since. Established in 1965, the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) is the governing body for all national members with responsibility to maintain technical regulations and development. Today there are 118 IODA member countries and over 165,000 boats registered making the Optimist the largest youth sailing class in the world. 

IODA is a not for profit organization registered in Aalborg, Denmark operating out of Toronto, Canada. It is the governing body of national associations in charge of the regulation and development of Optimist sailing in over 118 countries around the world.

About Minor Food Group

The Minor Food Group Public Company Limited and its subsidiaries owns and operates restaurants and fast food outlets under franchise agreements with well-known restaurant chains including The Pizza Company, Swensen's, Sizzler, Dairy Queen, Burger King, Breadtalk, The Coffee Club and Thai Express 

About The Pizza Company

When it opened in 2001, The Pizza Company was quickly recognized as a one of the pioneers in the Asian food service industry. It introduced a fresh and innovative approach to pizza by offering customers over 20 different delicious toppings that are richer and zestier than the competitor's, together with a selection of great-tasting cheese blends and inviting appetizers to enhance the total pizza experience. From the first day that it opened, The Pizza Company has been the market leader in the dine-in, delivery and take-away businesses, with its delicious food and attentive service consistently being recognized by diners as the very best in the market. Not one to rest on its laurels, The Pizza Company has continued its commitment to customer satisfaction by introducing new innovations, and in 2004 began to expand its franchise internationally. Today it is well on its way to becoming one of Asia's best known pizza brands.

About Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC) 

Under Royal Patronage, the Royal Varuna Yacht Club was founded by HSH Bhisadej Rajani and Mr.Walter J.Meyer  in 1957 and other members. His Majesty the Late King Bhumibhol Adulyadej and Princess Ubolratana, both keen sailors, regularly sailed at Royal Varuna Yacht Club. Unprecedented, they both achieved first place and won Gold Medals at the 1967 South-East Asia Peninsular Games.  

The Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC) founded in 1957 is the premier sailing club and center of dinghy sailing in Thailand, located in a secluded cove between Pattaya and Jomtien.  It is a Not-For-Profit Association with a constitutional mandate to Promote Sailing in Thailand. With close to 500 members, it is a family oriented club for sailors of all abilities, from the uninitiated to serious racers. The club offers a year-round sailing program with cruising and racing. The club offers sailing tuition for adults, in its extensive sailing program under RYA accreditation from the UK.

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