ASPEN BECOMES TITLE SPONSOR FOR VIPER 640 2016 INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Viper 640 Class Association, Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, and Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club are proud to announce Aspen has been named the title sponsor for the Class’s 2016 International Championship: The Aspen Viper 640 International Championship presented by EFG. This major regatta will be sailed from November 16-19, 2016 on Bermuda’s Great Sound, the same waters on which the America’s Cup will be sailed the following year.

The Viper 640 sportboat originally had designated this regatta its North American Championship; however, when the event’s registrants represented sailors from three continents, it was designated an International Championship. Well over 50 Vipers are registered for the event and it is anticipated that the final tally will be in excess of 60 boats competing.

The partnership of Aspen and the Viper Class reflects the strong presence of both the insurance and reinsurance industries on Bermuda combined with the growing popularity of the Viper amongst Bermudian sailors. Mike Cain, Chief Executive Officer for Aspen Bermuda Limited, noted, “For Aspen¬† to be able to support such a high-visibility yachting event in a part of the world where our company enjoys such a strong franchise makes perfect sense. This partnership provides Aspen with the opportunity to say “thank you” to the country that has been so gracious to our company while also allowing us to acknowledge Bermuda’s long-standing sailing heritage.”

Somers Kempe, Immediate Past Commodore of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and regatta co-chair added, “Aspen has become a leading member of the Bermudian business community and this partnership is showing all Bermudians…and yacht racers…the generosity and outreach of the company.”

Douglas DeCouto, Regatta Co-Chair, went on to note that, “With the support of both Aspen and EFG, this regatta is being made possible by two international financial institutions, each with major presences on Bermuda, whose global footprints reflect the ongoing growth of the Viper 640 Class around the world.”

According to Dr. Jim Sears, President of the Viper 640 Class Association, “The Aspen Viper 640 International Championship presented by EFG is clearly a bucket list regatta, combining a spectacular destination, ideal sailing conditions for our sportboats, and the promise of world-renowned Bermudian hospitality ashore. This is definitely one regatta not to be missed, and I can’t understate the ongoing importance of EFG’s support for the Viper Class.”

The Aspen Viper 640 International Championship will be held in Bermuda from November 16-19.  The event Host Sponsor is the Bermuda Tourism Authority. Shipping sponsors include the Bermuda Container Line, Bermuda International Shipping Ltd, Somers Isles Shipping Ltd, and Bermuda Forwarders. The Presenting Sponsor is EFG and Supporting Sponsors include Goslings, Gubinelli Wine, Oleander Cycles, Newstead Belmont Hills, and Island Construction.

For more information, contact admin@viper640.bm.

About Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited

Aspen provides reinsurance and insurance coverage to clients in various domestic and global markets through wholly-owned subsidiaries and offices in Australia, Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. For the year ended December 31, 2015, Aspen reported $11.0 billion in total assets, $4.9 billion in gross reserves, $3.4 billion in total shareholders’ equity and $3.0 billion in gross written premiums. Its operating subsidiaries have been assigned a rating of “A” by Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC, an “A” (“Excellent”) by A.M. Best Company Inc. and an “A2″ by Moody’s Investor Service, Inc.

Aspen Insurance, 141 Front Street, Hamilton HM19, Bermuda www.aspen.co.

About EFG International

EFG International is a global private banking group offering private banking and asset management services, headquartered in Zurich. EFG’s group of private banking businesses operates in around 30 locations worldwide, with circa 2,000 employees. EFG International’s registered shares (EFGN) are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

EFG has been the primary supporting sponsor of the Viper 640 Class since 2011. Every year, Viper sailors around the world competing in qualifying events leading up to the EFG Viper Pan-American Championship sailed each March in Miami, FL, as part of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG.

EFG International AG, Bleicherweg 8, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland www.efginternational.com

About the Viper 640 Class Association

The Viper 640 is a high-performance one-design sport boat. At 21 ft (6.40 m) and only 750 lb. (340 kg) it combines the stiffness of a keelboat with the acceleration and planing abilities of a dinghy. The Viper has a precise and exhilarating feel on the helm, a spacious cockpit for three or more people, strict one-design class rules, and ease of launching by ramp or hoist. With fleets and regattas around the world, there is certainly Viper racing near you.

For more information contact Viper 640 Class Association Administrator Ed “Buttons” Padin (epadin@padesta.com) or Rondar Raceboats’ Dan Tucker (Dan@rondarboats.com). For more information about the Aspen Viper 640 International Championship presented by EFG contact event chair Doug De Couto (decouto@alum.mit.edu) or Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Immediate Past Commodore Somers Kempe (somers@mahoganyreef.com).

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