Annapolis Performance Sailing Celebrates 20 Years

| July 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

Annapolis Performance Sailing (APS)  is celebrating 20 years of outfitting performance sailors.  Best known for stocking sailing gear, having knowledgeable customer service representatives on call, rigging, and developing Crugear, a top-of-the-line custom decoration shop, APS will mark its milestone anniversary with a back yard BBQ to be hosted Sunday, July 10th, 2011 at the APS Storefront (104 Severn Avenue, Annapolis, MD) from 12:00pm until 4:00pm.  ­

Twenty years ago, Kyle Gross recognized a need for a one-stop shop where  sailors could obtain everything they needed from foul weather gear to nearly impossible to find deck hardware.   He opened the doors to Annapolis Performance Sailing in 1991 and in 1992, distributed the first APS mail order catalog.  Slowly and steadily, APS grew from a one-man operation into a thriving international company run by a team of 30 racing sailors stocking over 10,000 sailing products.   APS has revolutionized accessibility to boat parts and sailing accessories while building strong relationships with its patrons and vendors to support the sport of performance sailing.

“A sincere thank you goes out to our loyal patrons – without them, this anniversary would not be possible,” said APS President and Founder Kyle Gross.  “For 20 years, our passionate staff has consistently demonstrated the drive to provide the best products and services available in the industry, and we, along with our vendors, have grown to better serve the sport.  It is an honor to reflect on the success of the last 20 years and to strive for continued innovation in the next 20 years.”

The APS 20th Anniversary will be celebrated with food, drink, and extended store hours as a thank you to their regional patrons and all performance racers visiting Annapolis.  Stop by to join in the celebration, meet and greet with current and Alumni APS Staff members, and to see how far they’ve come in 20 years!

Source: Annapolis Performance Sailing

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