Trieste: “Banco Espirito Santo” with Russell Coutts on tactics and boat owner, Patrick De Barros, at the helm, won the Trieste leg of the RC44 Circuit.
For almost all the regattas the crew wore Bistrow T-shirts and Hissar Bermuda shorts for the light wind and warm temperature conditions which characterised the days of the competition in the Gulf of Trieste; only on the penultimate day did the crew don the RC44 oilskin with both the Long John and the RC Spray Top against the fresher Bora winds which began blowing at around the 20 knot mark, and finally provided conditions for some spectacular trials.
Currently, Banco Espirito Santo is lying in second place in the overall rankings. The final event in the RC 44 Championship Tour will be held at Puerto Calero from 10th -14th December.
SLAM will be represented at Mets 2014 in keeping with its decades-old tradition but reinvented and reworked with major technological innovations for its new and relentlessly state-of-the-art technical and sportswear collections.
Opening new ground with Force outerwear models that complement leisure sailors and the Force 1,2,3,4 and brand new Force 9 models that suit all professional and ocean sailors. With the benefit of experience of sailing in very diverse conditions, from coastal conditions to more extreme conditions in the Volvo Ocean Race, the Force range now offers a solution to ensure protection and comfort for sailing at all levels. The range of outerwear jackets is reminiscent of the Beaufort Scale, which measures wind strength based on sea conditions: SLAM also offers jackets, spray tops and technical trousers depending on the different levels of usage and performance that sailors are looking for, of course with a view to racing too.
Force 1 is the most minimal oilskin range, although it performs above its class: made from 2-layer ripstop nylon, with a 10,000 mm waterproof protection rating and MVTR breathability of 4000g/m2/24h and heat-sealed seams.
Then there is Force 2, which features the brand new Force 2 Bermuda shorts with 300 D reinforced canvas and removable protection, full-length trousers with reinforced seat and knees, a spray top, long-johns - also available in a women’s version with a comfortable solution on the back - and a 155g, 2-layer taslon nylon jacket with adjustable double cuffs, fleece-lined collar, a 25,000 mm waterproof protection rating and breathable. Its range of use can include coastal and daytime racing uses. With higher performance, we have the Force 3 range, conceived for offshore coastal sailing, with more breathable jacket and long-johns and a 20,000 mm waterproof protection rating. Details include 600 D canvas reinforcement on the back of both the jacket and long-johns, adjustable double cuffs, emergency whistle, reflective inserts and micro-fleece lined pockets. Extra details mark the Force 4 garments, which are suitable for inshore and racing use. Made of 130g, 3-layer ripstop nylon, drainage holes under the collar, on the chest and on the front pocket, the double-closing double collar, the option to insert Paron® XRD protection on elbows and knees - the Force 4 jacket and long-johns are a high-quality product with a 25,000 mm waterproof protection rating and MTVR breathability of approximately 8,000 g/m2/24h.
And the experience of the Volvo Ocean Race, which this time was won by Franck Cammas and his Groupama, has resulted in the top-of-the-range Force 9, the flagship of SLAM outerwear: conceived, designed and manufactured for those who take on the seas and the oceans in the toughest, harshest conditions. It goes on sale in 2015 and is made of 300g Oxford nylon in 3 layers, with a 30,000 mm waterproof protection rating and features a number of refined details to support a sailor’s levels of comfort and health in adverse conditions. Features include its “kangaroo” central pocket with waterproof zips and drainage holes and the waterproof gaiter with adjustable seam. Intricate collar area with 3mm neoprene, double-closing double collar and a hood that can be adjusted with one hand as well as clear side panels.
TECHNOLOGY AND DYNAMICS: SKIFF RANGE FOR MODERN SAILING
The Skiff range is about sailing that is dynamic, youthful and shows great potential. SLAM was able to produce the range using feedback from the Olympic experiences of the national teams it has accompanied over the years. These unforgettable Olympic medals alongside SLAM have given it detailed technical information, which has been developed into the Skiff range. It offers a series of garments and useful accessories for improved racing performance: from the youngest Optimist sailors to Olympic legends and dynamic skippers flying on foils, SLAM has a series of solutions in neoprene and thermal materials, Lycra, life jackets, tops of various thicknesses with titanium linings, to meet the demands necessary for speed and quick response.
THE HARBOUR SPORTSWEAR COLLECTION AUTUMN/WINTER 2014-2015
The Harbour Sportswear Collection Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 brings together experience from the boating and sailing world in a series of garments allowing you to identify your own style whilst all being instantly recognisable by their nautical flavour. The design brief for the AW 14/15 collection was protection, breathable, lightweight, strong and functional.
The nautical-style detailing (the piping and taping featuring the geographical coordinates of Genoa – SLAM’s home city), revamping best sellers with their materials and fitting, precise selection of colour variants, but most of all the comprehensiveness of the range on offer and the attention to value for money all make this a show-stopping collection that is perfect for current market conditions.
THE SPORTSWEAR COLLECTION SPRING/SUMMER 2015
SLAM’s Harbour Collection for Spring/Summer 2015 has been designed to maintain a course set several seasons ago. It represents a concept for sportswear combining classic elements and important innovative solutions. The nautical-style detailing (the geographical coordinates of Genoa – SLAM’s home city), the addition of Made in Italy knitwear items, revamps best sellers with its materials and fitting, precise selection of colour variants, but most of all the comprehensiveness of the range on offer and the attention to value for money all make this a show-stopping collection. The men’s and women’s Harbour Collection is divided into three capsule collections: TECHNOLOGY, LUXURY, BRAZIL. The Technology group takes its inspiration from traditional competitive sailing with our SLAM SAILING TEAM on the MOTH - the flying dinghy that glides over the water - as well as the experiences of Team AZZURRA and the Optimist class. Elegance inspired by sailing. The white and blue are lifted from badges and graphics with a strong maritime flavour. The Luxury group is inspired by the present day, with pastel shades smoothly blending together: this collection can suit all kinds of weather needs. The Brazil group is completely themed around the colours of Brazil and the thrill of taking part in the Olympics with the green and gold sailing team CBVela, which SLAM sponsors. The result is a capsule collection that perfectly evokes a feeling of summer with a samba beat!
TOTAL CARBON FOR A TECHNICAL AND ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT LOOK:
THE NEW “CARBON GLASSES” AT JUST 20.8 GRAMS
The new arrivals also include the launch of Made in Italy eyewear with an
ultra-lightweight carbon frame and polarised lenses that make it look technical, aggressive and naturally lightweight at just 20.8g. A special, if not unique, accessory that encapsulates the finest attention to detail.
The last race of the tournament was conducted, whereby the sailing BRUSCHETTA CHAMPION BRAZIL SOUTH AMERICA 2014 was crowned with 14pts. Secondly, I'll take the SCARAMOUCH of PERU sailboat with 22 pts. and thirdly GURU of CHILE sailboat with 35 pts.
Onboard LS Rash Top and SLAM shorts.
ph. © Bernardita Grez
New technology in the home SLAM: from December 1, it will go live on the new online store.
Despite their young age (both are 23) this year's nomination of Brazilians Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze was no surprise. They have been leading lights in the 49erFX class all season, regularly topping the podium in ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas and holding the #1 spot in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings. The pair also exhibit a never say die characteristic, proven by their recent victory at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. Playing catch up throughout the series in the pursuit of their first world title, Grael and Kunze kept going to the very end, finally overtaking the championship leaders on the penultimate upwind leg of the final race.
SLAM is official supplier of CB Vela: congratulations Martine and Kahena!
Grael and Kunze mark the fourth time Brazil has tasted success at the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards following Torben Grael (the father of Martine - 2009), and Robert Scheidt (2001 & 2004).
Martine Grael, "This prize is the recognition for a marvellous year. We are very happy and it's really hard for me to find the words to express our feelings."
Kahena Kunze, "We're very happy. Just by being part of this ceremony, surrounded by all these people, it would have made our night. This prize means a lot, and we cannot take the smile off our faces."
Congratulations to CMGE/KRT Team: wins the 8th China Cup International Regatta, Class SOTO 27, SLAM together (official apparel partner) #slamsailing #slamfriends.The China Cup International Regatta 2014 took place on 24th to 27th October 2014 in the waters of Shenzhen and Hong Kong. There were 103 entries representing more than 30 countries. In the one-design fleet, SOTO 27s, Tiffany Koo has raced seven China Cups before, but apart from a line honours victory aboard the Maxi yacht Jelik, this was her first victory at the event. Koo and her crew on CMGE/ KRT won in style, taking five wins from seven races. Not that the team's victory was entirely a surprise. "We had a fixed crew, and we did three events before the China Cup, so we have got used to the boat already. The first day of the regatta was great for us, when we took three bullets."
Competitors for the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series started in the first Act of the championship which runs until Sunday. Around 30 one-designs (Melges 20 and J/70), mainly from Italy and Eastern European countries, are competing in this first weekend.The level is high and includes title holder, Bang Bang (Ivan Babich), winner of the 2013/2014 edition; Shimmer, skippered by Pierre Casiraghi sailing with Vasco Vascotto and Federico Michetti; Monaco Racing Fleet crewed by Guido Miani, 3rd in the recent Melges 20 World Championship; Mascalzone Latino Jr. led by Achille Onorato; and of course Synergy with Valentin Zavadnikov who has just won the Melges 32 European circuit. SLAM official supplier of Sportsboat Winter Series 2014/2015 organized by Yacht Club Monaco.
SLAM at the Route du Rhum 2014 - at the Village in Saint Malò with a Slam shop.
Come and visit us from friday 25th october to 2nd november, date of the race start; destination: Guadalupe!
Good performance of RC 44 Illyteca, 1st in cat. 1 and 2nd overall. 3rd in cat. SuperMaxi of Ancilla Domini with Mauro Pelaschier at the helm. SLAM together.
In Trieste for the bigger regatta onboard 80' Jena,
SLAM sailing gear onboard Bruschetta at the J24 Worlds. Secon place SLAM together: congratulations to Bruschetta crew!
Azzurra score 2nd in Ibiza and are 2nd in the BARCLAYS 52 SUPER SERIES 2014 season, congratulations to them.
The crew farther - from Japan - onboard the Swan 56 CR Yasha of Ishida Yukihiro, awarded with SLAM jackets New Blowat the Swan Cup in Porto Cervo.
SLAM UK is the official distributor for SLAM. SLAM has the mission to conceive, test, and produce advanced technology sportswear in order to improve the performance of sailors and create a nautically-inspired sportswear collection for everyone with a passion for the sea. Selected by many of the worlds top sailors and competitive racing teams, SLAM sailing gear not only protects against the worst of the weather but, at the same time, allows for maximum comfort and freedom of movement
The beauty of the Rolex Swan Cup is that it remains a gentleman’s regatta - great competition on the water but with all rivalries left at the dock. In the evening it’s about having fun, sharing stories over drinks and dinner. Some owners are racing with their children, some with their parents, some with both. SLAM together!
SLAM onboard Swan Cup 2014: victory for the Swan 601 class A1 Wohpe (Roberto Lauro), Swan 42 OD Natalia and 3rd place of Leonardo Ferragamo, Cuordileone owner.
SLAM official supplier at the Abersoch Keelboat Week: the SLAM store will be open everyday at SCYC, Abersoch.
In August 2014, Chicago Yacht Club hosts the 22nd annual Verve Cup Offshore Regatta. The event features a three-day offshore regatta, as well as a one day Distance Race. As one of the largest course-racing regattas in North America, Verve Cup has developed as a world-class event, attracting national and international sailing competitors. This three-day event attracts over 175 yachts to the beautiful Chicago lakefront. Participating yachts range in size from 25 feet up to 80 feet in length, and carry crew from 4 to 20 persons. During the regatta, Chicago Yacht Club will welcome over 2,500 racers, spouses and guests at their Monroe harbor clubhouse. These participants are treated to three days of top quality racing, followed by food, entertainment and camaraderie.
Competitors participate in multiple races, and boats sail either with a rating handicap or a one design so that boats of different size and character can compete against one another in one of the 18 plus racing sections. Overall prizes are awarded to the top finishers in each section, with one offshore boat winning the perpetual Verve Cup Trophy. The Verve Cup trophy dates from 1893 and is Chicago Yacht Club’s oldest trophy. Overall prizes are awarded for each class of boat. The winners of the distance race are awarded the 8 Mile Buoy Trophy.
Merchandise, such as t-shirts, are available for sale to all competitors, spouses and guests.
CHICAGO (August 10, 2014) — Convergence, a T10 skippered by Chicago Yacht Club Member Don Wilson, won the overall Verve Cup Trophy and was also named T10 North American Champion today at the conclusion of the 22nd annual Verve Cup Offshore Regatta hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club.
This year’s Verve Cup, which features a three-day offshore course race from Friday through Sunday and a one-day distance race on Saturday, included 12 racing sections as well as the Beneteau 40.7 North American Championship and the Tartan Ten North American Championship.
In addition to the Cup and the North American Championship, Convergence also received recognition for having the most family members on a crew. Wilson sailed with his daughter who is 12, cousin who is 13, sister and brother in law. Wilson bought his first T10 in 1991, but hasn’t sailed his boat much in the last five years. The T10 North American Championship brought them out for the competition.
“The boat had been waiting in the warehouse for the next North American Championship,” Wilson said. “This weekend was awesome. If conditions were like this all year round in Chicago, there would be no room in the city.”
Sailing conditions were indeed ideal throughout the weekend. On the final day of sailing on Sunday, temperatures were in the upper 70s with winds out of the ENE at 7-11 knots. Both circles completed a total of nine races throughout the weekend, with Circle A completing three races and Circle B completing two today.
“A lot of the sailors have said that this is the best weather we’ve had for a regatta in quite a while,” said Verve Cup Chairman Martin Sandoval. “The Race Committee did a great job on the water cycling through the sequences to get racers started. They worked very efficiently on the water.”
CYC Member Sandy Curtiss, skipper of Rocking Horse, won the J105 section with his crew, which included his two sons, Alex and Will.
“Sailing in the race today with my two sons was pretty special,” Curtiss said. “I haven’t sailed with them in quite a while, so it felt good to have them with the crew in place.”
“We had fun. We did our job,” said Rocking Horse crewmember Ted Towey. “I’d emphasize how much fun we had. We all get along extremely well, so it was good humor and hard work out on the water this weekend.”
LaTempete, skippered by Tom Weber, won the Beneteau 40.7 North American Championship and commented: “It was a great weekend. The weather was fantastic. We have a very competitive fleet. It’s always good to win a regatta in our fleet because we are competing against some very good sailors.”
Congratulations to all Verve Cup racers. First-place awards to each of the 12 racing sections:
· Beneteau 36.7: Fog, skippered by Charlie Wurtzebach and Mike Bird, Chicago Yacht Club
· J105: Rocking Horse, skippered by Sandy Curtiss, Chicago Yacht Club
· J109: Northstar, skippered by David Gustman, Chicago Yacht Club
· J111: Kashmir, skippered by Karl Brummel, Chicago Yacht Club
· Beneteau 40.7: LaTempete, skippered by Tom Weber, Midwest Open Racing Fleet
· Farr 40: Inferno, skippered by Philip Dowd, Chicago Yacht Club
· ORR 1: Sin Duda!, skippered by Lindsey Duda, Chicago Yacht Club
· ORR 2: Eagle, skippered by Shawn O’Neill, Chicago Yacht Club
· ORR 3: Falcon, skippered by Edwin Bayer, Detroit Yacht Club
· ORR Distance Race 1, Jahazi, skippered by Frank Giampoli, Midwest Open Racing Fleet
· ORR Distance Race 2, Providence, skippered by CYC Vice Commodore Greg Miarecki and Jerry Miarecki, Chicago Yacht Club
Complete results for all Verve Cup sections are available here and results for the T10 NAC are posted here.
The 2014 Verve Cup is co-sponsored by Audi and SLAM, and supported by Boston Beer, Karma Yacht Sales, Mount Gay Rum and West Marine. A special thank you to Chris Bedford, chief meteorologist at Sailing Weather Service, who provided daily weather forecasts.
Mark your calendar for the 23rd annual Verve Cup Offshore on August 7-9, 2015.
Gold in 49er FX with Martine Grael e Kahena Kunze!