July 6 - London 2012 Tier One sponsor UPS has completed delivery of the first set of safety and competition officials' lifeboats to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), which will serve as the host venue for the sailing events during the Olympics and Paralympics.

The 21 rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), which have been transported from Valencia, where they were deployed during the 33rd America's Cup, will play an active part in all of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games sailing events.

Over the course of the next two years, UPS will transport a number of sailing items to the WPNSA in time for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, ranging from larger items such as competition boats to flags and signage to be used across the sailing venue.

UPS is responsible for virtually all the distribution and logistics services for the London 2012 Games.

Alan Williams, the UPS director London 2012 sponsorship and operations, said: "Organising the logistics for an event as equipment-intensive as sailing requires a lot of precision in both the planning and execution phases of delivery.

"Knowing that these boats will play a vital role in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games sailing events adds an extra layer of pressure, but it's a challenge we continue to relish as we count down to the Games."

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