Community Involvement

ALMACO Is Proud to continue Sponsorship of Erika Reinike at the upcoming 2016 Miami Olympic Class Regatta (MOCR)

This event is the only World Cup Regatta on the circuit that is based in the United States. It is a qualification regatta to be a member on the US Sailing Team Sperry and it has been an Olympic Trials event for the past two Olympics. The upcoming 2016 MOCR will be the first part of the U.S. Trials with the second part located in the Canary Islands.

ALMACO-Sponsored Erika Reinike Shines at the 2014 Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

For the Test Event, only the top two sailors from the United States were selected to compete. This regatta gives the venue organizers and the sailors a taste of how the 2016 Olympic Games will be run.

Erika placed 6th overall at the Olympic venue with 50 competitors.

ALMACO-Sponsored Erika Reinike Secures #1 ranking in the United States in Laser Radial in Santander, Spain

The ISAF World Championship only happens once every four years.

It is significant because only the topsailors in the world are selected to compete in the event through an application process.

Due to Erika’s 14th place finish out of 120 boats in the 2014 ISAF World Championship in Santander, Spain, she was able to secure a spot on the 2015 US Sailing Team Sperry as well as the number one ranking in the United States in the Laser Radial.



ALMACO Supports Young Talent During Snipe Junior Worlds

ALMACO Group supported Kyle Pond and Jensen McTighe for the 2013 Snipe Junior Worlds in Rio de Janeiro. 


ALMACO Continues to Support Tennis Players


Since 2012 ALMACO has supported a Finnish professional tennis player Jarkko Nieminen.

Jarkko won the singles title at the Apia International Sydney, an ATP 250 event and a "warm up" tournament for the Australian Open.

Jarkko played outstanding tennis for the entire week and became the first qualifier to win a tournament in the ATP since 2009.

Jarkko is in good company as winner of the Sydney Apia International; previous winners include Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, and Lleyton Hewitt.

Jarkko’s ATP ranking is currently 43. ALMACO congratulates Jarkko and wishes him continued success!








ALMACO-sponsored sailors have a successful year 2011

ALMACO has sponsored two teams and two individuals during their 2011 season, and they have all had a great year.

Erika Reineke from Fort Laudedale, USA, won the 2011 Laser Radial Youth World Championship held July 24-31, in La Rochelle, France. Erika won the title second year in a row. Less than two weeks prior to the World Championships she won a silver medal at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Croatia.

Also sailing in very competitive waters: Brad Funk (Fort Lauderdale, FL) represented the United States in the Pre-Olympics in Weymouth UK in August. He sailed 15th and will be sailing in the 2012 Olympics qualifying race in Perth, Australia in December 2011.

Mac Agnese and Antoine Screve paired up to compete in the 29er skiff in the 2011 Volvo Youth Worlds in Zadar, Croatia. The young men, living on opposite coasts of the United States, worked hard to qualify and get ready: it all paid off and the finished 2nd in the prestigious race in July.

The Finnish H-Boat team (captain: Bobi Casén, crew: Ville Kurki and Jari Saarinen) had an excellent summer: 

  • Lahti Regatta, #1
  • Helsinki Regatta, #1
  • Hanko Regatta, #2
  • World Championships (Neustadt, Germany), #7
  • Tampere Regatta, #1
  • Finnish Championship, Tampere, #7
  • Short Course Finnish Championship, Naantali, #1 (Kaj Casén replaced injured crew member Ville Kurki for this race)
  • National Ranking, all races combined, #1
  • Best crew member, Ville Kurki

ALMACO donates to Åbo Akademi University

In April 2011 ALMACO has made a donation to Abo Akademi University to support top class education, teaching and pioneering research. Abo Akademi is a multi-disciplinary, academic and international university (

“With this donation we want to support the continued success and high quality of Finnish higher education also in the future. At the same time it is an investment in terms of our recruitment” says Vilhelm Roberts, President & CEO.

ALMACO Tennis Sponsorship

ALMACO Group sponsored the Tennis Europe Junior Tournament for Boys & Girls 12 & Under in Finland in October 2009. This was the first time in history that a Tennis Europe (boys and girls 12 tournament) was arranged in Finland. ALMACO supports the willpower and ambition of young athletes dedicated to their sport.

The tournament lasted one week and participants for seven countries took part in the tournament: Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Germany and Great Britain. The tournament was a great success and we received feedback highly encouraging the arrangement of another tournament again next year.

ALMACO Group proud to be a sponsor of the Natwest Island Games XIII Laser Standard Class competition

The sails of 38 participants in the Laser Standard Class sailing competition featured ALMACO Group's logo, with Oscar Dannström from the Aland Islands taking the lead and winning the gold medal.

ALMACO Group is proud to be associated with the talented group of young sailors who gave an outstanding performance during the Natwest Island Games this past July 2009.