February 12th, 2008
Team Point Loma Outfitting won the Etchell’s Florida State Championships this past weekend. The team, Bill Hardesty, Steve Hunt, Mary Ann Ward and Erik Shampain, has now won two of the first three events in the 2008 Jaguar Series! Saturday’s racing was in light and shifty conditions but they prevailed with a third and a first to lead the rregatta at the halfway point. Sunday was quite a bit windier, so they pulled out their SLAM RC gear to stay warm and dry. I would like to think it was the gear, but this talented team took a fourth and a fifth to close the regatta with thirteen points. The second place boat was a distant nineteen points back!
Bill commented that he did not think gear as light as the RC Spray Top and Long Johns would be as capable as it was in keeping everybody dry, and warm.
With just one event left in the series Team Point Loma Outfitting holds a narrow lead. The final event is the Jaguar Mid-Winters February 29 throough March 2. We are proud to support these guys and wish them the best for the rest of their campaign!
February 10th, 2008
Sorry to take so long to post this; when I got back from snowy Chicago the whole family was sick, and it was only a matter of days before I joined them.
Anyway, I went to Strictly Sail Chicago to be part of Ronstan US’s announcement that they were going to be the exclusive US importer of the Puma gear. In attendence were the usual suspects from Ronstan, as well a representatives from Puma US, the Puma sailing gear design team and the Volvo 70 Puma Racing team.
They showed off their lateset foul weather gear for the Volvo team, and said that this would be available late Spring for US distribution. The gear looks well thought out, and has gone through three testing stages with the crew. This gear should compete well with the Musto MPX stuff as it is also three layer Goretex. I am not sure at this point how well received it will be out here in SoCal due to our rather tranquile weather.
The shoes on the other hand were quite interesting. Their technical sailing shoe should be competitive, especially at the just under $100 price point. They are also introducing a more sedate version, as well as various “lifestyle” versions. Puma knows shoes so I would expect then to be successful here. Besides offering the “lifestyle” versions to their “technical” retailers, you will also be able to find them in the larger department stores (not that you shop there).
Besides the technical sailing clothing, Puma is also bringing out a separate Volvo Ocean Race line of clothing to enhance their involvement in that race. This sportwear has some technical features and appeared to be quite comfortable. I could not tell you because they only had Mediums available in the samples. One thing is for sure, if you lie red, you will like the Puma gear!
I will be meeting with the boys from Ronstan shortly and see if we can work together in bring this gear to California. As images become available I will try to post them first thing.