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New Kaenon Polarized Sunglasses Spring Collection for 2010

March 30th, 2010

  Kaenon Polarized Sunglasses offers several new sunglasses for Spring 2010. New frame colors and lens combinations for the Arlo, Klay, Kanvas, Lewi, Beacon and the brand new Soft Kore performance sunglasses plus relaunches of several new metal frames.

 Point Loma Outfitting has begun receiving the latest Spring 2010 Collection of Kaenon Polarized Sunglasses. For Spring 2010, Kaenon is offering many new frame colors and lens combinations of their popular sunglass models as well as re-releasing several metal framed sunglasses.

Here are the following new frame and lens color combinations for current popular Kaenon Sunglasses: The Kaenon Arlo Sunglasses has two new models: Matte Black frame with Y35 lens tint and Tortoise with C28 lens tint.
The Kaenon Klay and Kanvas Sunglasses each have three new sunglass models.
The Kaenon Kanvas Sunglasses additions are:  Matte Black Frame with Y35 Lenses, Tobacco Frame with G12 lens and Tobacco Frame with C28 Lens.
The Kaenon Klay Sunglasses additions are:  http://www.pointlomaoutfitting.com/p/KA021-03-Y35.html, Tobacco Frame with G12 lens and Tobacco Frame with C28 Lens.
Other new Kaenon Polarized Sunglasses are: Kaenon Lewi with Kelp Frame and G12 Lens, Kaenon Jetty with Havana Frame and G12 Lens, Kaenon Leila with Dark ‘n Stormy Frame and G12 lens and the Kaenon Beacon with Matte Black Frame and G12 Lens.
Kaenon has created a new performance series with the new Kaenon Soft Kore Sunglasses in Metallic Black or White Pearl Frames with all of the available lens combinations. The new Kaenon Soft Kore Sunglasses will be available May 2010.
Kaenon has re-released the women’s Delite Frames in Fern with a C12 or G12 lens or ladies can choose the Delite in Black with a G12 Lens.
Other Kaenon Sunglasses making a come back are several metal framed sunglasses. These include the aviator styled Kaenon Sequence in Gold with a G12 or C12 lens. Kaenon also has released the Kaenon Basis, a sleek metal framed sunglass, in Black Chrome with G12 Lens, Antique Copper with C12 Lens, and Antique Silver with G12 Lens.

The latest collection of Kaenon Polarized Sunglasses for Spring 2010 can be found at  Point Loma Outfitting. We also has many of the new Kaenon Sunglasses in stock for immediate delivery. Spring is hear so why not indulge in the latest eye wear from Kaenon and Point Loma Outfitting.

DRYARN AND SLAM: SOLUTIONS FOR THE WORLD OF YACHTING

March 29th, 2010

Yachting is a life style and SLAM has been a leader in producing clothing specifically for this world for over 50 years now. Sea and wind can be friends and allies, but at the same time enemies, necessitating self-protection. Yachters often find themselves competing under gruelling conditions: sea, wind, water, cold… and anyone practicing this sport knows just how important it is to have the right equipment.
The modern yachting world is continually on the move in the search of increasingly light, technical and efficient but fashionable clothing. Light, transparent fabrics shaping themselves to the body and beautiful to look at. Dryarn is all this and much more. Absolute comfort, exceptional thermal insulation properties regulating the body to the same temperature and protecting it heat from heat and cold. Hygroscopic, capacity to expel dampness and perspiration, guaranteeing a high standard of wearability and skin always dry. Tear-proof and last but not least dermatologically tested.

Slam research applied to Dryarn technology has produced decidedly competitive base layer and second layer articles worn by yachtsmen, be they great champions or amateurs. Comfortable, practical, fashionable but at the same time high performing articles.
SLAM was official supplier to the “AULD MUG” holders at the last great success of the BMW ORACLE RACING Team in the 33rd America’s Cup.

Yachtsmen wearing clothes in Dryarn can achieve first rate performance, even under extreme conditions. With Dryarn’s hygroscopic characteristics water, perspiration and dampness filter through the fabric from inside to outside: not absorbing water, fibres do not even increase in weight.

Dryarn also has an exceptional isolation capacity, keeping the body temperature unchanged. It is tear-proof, anti-pilling and anti-bacterial: articles of clothing in Dryarn worn by yachtsmen are extremely high performing when under full physical exertion due to the combination of these characteristics. A perfect union between Dryarn and Slam making the dreams of the great fans of this fascinating yet sometimes extreme sport come true: sail the seas with passion knowing that they are wearing comfortable clothes that will not let them down.

The BASE LAYER is the first layer in contact with skin and the quality of the fabric used to make it is essential for the wellbeing of a yachtsman when sailing, especially under difficult conditions. Used by the Bmw Oracle Racing Team, ZIP TERIN T-shirt and HINGHI underpants are articles of underwear born for yachting but ideal for practicing any sport. Comfort and easy wear are guaranteed by the seamless technology used to make the articles. Light and fine, wear resistant in spite of frequent washing, they ensure sportsmen/women with full agility of movement, maximum practicality and continual optimal thermo-physiological efficiency.
The Kyoti T-shirt and Bike Medium underpants are also in the Base Layer, the extremely light 100% Dryarn New Seamless, guaranteeing thermal insulation, transpiration and protection from U.V. rays. Suited for the spring and summer seasons.

KIRIO BERMUDA an article entirely made of 100% Dryarn, comes from the experience gained in the America’s Cup races, available in silver and midnight blue colours. Slam introduces a new concept in sports pants with this article, guaranteeing high resistance to tear and maximum transpiration, conserving size and colour, extremely resistant to light and seawater and never changing with time. This extremely light fabric does not absorb water and dries very quickly.
 
SHORE, women’s polo shirt and SEABREEZE, men’s polo shirt in the Super Yacht line, also made of 100% Dryarn, are the great innovations in PE 2010. These articles represent the cutting edge of a fashion-related technical application. Practical and comfortable, they are a must for all travellers. Simple and rapid to wash, quickly dried, they need no ironing nor do they get creased!
A plus to be had when using Dryarn. Because of the exceptional nature of this microfibre’s structure the fabrics are in fact stain-proof. Dryarn does not change with time and garments dry rapidly without fading even if exposed directly to the sun. And a T-shirt is ready to put on again after just a few hours, without having to iron it.

U.S. ENTRY FOR VELUX 5 OCEANS RACE BEGINS REFIT IN CHARLESTON

March 24th, 2010

Round The World Champion Racer Brad Van Liew hauled out his ECO 60 racing machine this afternoon with support from an enthusiastic network of sailing and adventure racing fans

 Some say reaching the start of the VELUX 5 OCEANS race is the greatest challenge in the race, and it’s a challenge that Mt. Pleasant resident Brad Van Liew is no stranger to. Van Liew has competed in the event twice, in 1998/99 and 2002/03, with a convincing 1st place victory in Class II aboard Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America in 2003. The lifelong sailor’s spirit and determination have seen him through the grand challenges of the race on land as well as at sea. His current mission: To bring a competitive US-based campaign to the VELUX 5 OCEANS 2010-11 race, with a boat that qualifies for the innovative and environmentally conscious “ECO 60″ Class.  Van Liew acquired his favored race boat in France earlier this year, and helped bring it across the Atlantic arriving in Charleston in February.  The team aims to prepare the boat for the October 2010 start of the race, and the work began today in earnest with the boat’s hauling from the water and storage in a secure workshop in North Charleston.
 
“It is great to have a true racing machine in hand,” said Van Liew. “Now, it’s time to personalize it exactly how I need, so I can best represent the United States in the world’s original solo race around the globe.”
 
While the race is billed as a solo event, it requires much more than one individual’s drive and talent. Van Liew is supported by a small shore-based team who has extensive experience in every aspect of the intricate and extreme sport of solo ocean racing. Additionally, the greater Charleston community has stepped up to offer their support to make Van Liew’s mission a reality. Charleston Rigging, Pierside Boatworks, Seabreeze Marina, and Urban Electric have all pledged support to the project, while the sailing industry has also showed its enthusiasm for a strong American solo effort, with support from well known brands such as Harken, Spinlock and AlpineAire. Additional sponsors contributing to the refit will be announced soon and more information about supporting Brad’s campaign is available at www.oceanracing.org/support.
 
An enormous shipbuilding crane hauled Brad’s ECO 60 out of the water at Detyens Shipyard in North Charleston, where hardworking Charleston shipbuilders and technicians supervised the gentle placement of the racing yacht in a custom-built cradle nearby.  Van Liew and his shore team will conduct their comprehensive refit over the next three months in a building on the old Charleston Navy Base. One area of their work has attracted a surprising amount of interest among the public – new electrical generation systems that will allow Van Liew to race around the world without the use of fossil fuels at all.  This would be a world’s first in the modern era of racing, where optimal performance depends on sophisticated – and power-hungry – electronics for navigation, safety, communication, and lighting.   The system includes thin, flexible, high-efficiency solar panels on deck, along with prototypes of a new hydrogenerator system that produces power via small propellers that run just below the surface of the water.  Such a system has been avoided by racers for competitive reasons, but the new prototypes generate large amounts of energy with nearly no effect on the speed of the boat. 
 
“One of the things that is so special about sailing is that we get to turn the motors off, and I think it’s time that we prove that we can really do it,” said Van Liew. “With all the effort that’s going into creating renewable energy options around the world, I think that our solutions will finally show how one person can make a difference in a small way.”  Van Liew thinks the technology he will use, once proven, will likely transfer to the tens of thousands of racing and cruising boats that currently rely on diesel and gasoline engines and generators for the majority of their power.  “When you add it all up, sailors use a surprising amount of fuel, but if our power systems perform as well as they have so far, we can help to change that.” 
 
The complete refit will include extensive work disassembling the rig, rudders, keel and daggerboards, while the entire deck layout and sail handling systems will be modified to suit Van Liew’s personal sailing style and the intricacies of sailing a 60-foot boat competitively alone. The electronics package is one of the most important performance tools on a modern racing yacht, and Van Liew will replace the entire system currently aboard the boat.  His new system of radar, chart plotters, autopilots, and communications gear will be from B&G, with the latest high-performance chipsets and software.
 
The race boat sports a carbon/Nomex hull, twin daggerboards and rudders, a canting keel, more than 5,000 square feet of sail on a huge 95-foot mast, and ultra-light overall weight of just 8.5 tons.

48 days 07 hours 44 minutes 52 seconds!

March 21st, 2010

The Jules Verne Trophy now belongs to ten men who have sailed around the globe at an average of 18.76 knots along the optimum course, beating the reference time set by Orange 2 in 2005 by 2 days 08 hours 35 minutes. Franck Cammas and his men crossed the finish line off the Créac’h lighthouse at Ushant (Finistère) at 21h40’45″ UTC Saturday 20th March. They are due to make the Port du Château in Brest at around 0900 UTC tomorrow. n 48 days 07 hours 44 minutes, Groupama 3 has certainly had her highs and lows, as she hasn’t always been ahead of the reference time set by Bruno Peyron and his crew in 2005. On the contrary! The giant trimaran had a deficit of just over 500 miles in relation to Orange 2 and was only able to beat the Jules Verne Trophy record thanks to a dazzling final sprint from the equator. At that stage they had a deficit of one day and two hours, but by devouring the North Atlantic in 6 days 10 h 35′, Groupama 3 quite simply pulverised the reference time over this section of the course. The skipper Franck Cammas, navigator Stan Honey, watch leaders Fred Le Peutrec and Steve Ravussin, helmsmen/trimmers Loïc Le Mignon, Thomas Coville and Lionel Lemonchois, and the three bowmen Bruno Jeanjean, Ronan Le Goff and Jacques Caraës, supported on shore by router Sylvain Mondon, have pulled it off: they have beaten the round

New SLAM Code 1 Sailing Shoes Setting New Standards for Sailing Shoes

March 18th, 2010

 The New SLAM Code 1 and SLAM Code 3 Sailing Shoes are setting the new standard for the sailing shoe market at a very affordable price. The SLAM Code 1Sailing Shoe is only US$89.95. Point Loma Outfitting, the largest SLAM retailer in the US, is set to receive the latest sailing shoes from SLAM before the end of March

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 18, 2010 — SLAM’s Code 1 sailing shoes are the third generation of technical sailing shoes offered by SLAM Evolving from the successful Code Zero, and SLAM Mistral sailing shoes, the SLAM Code 1 sailing shoes are a high performance lightweight shoe offering more balance and greater control on pitching surfaces.
SLAM Code 1 Sailing Shoe Grey/SilverThe SLAM Code One (US$89.95) has a specially designed heel that provides the kind of grip sailors at the highest level desire—it is essentially split into four sections, each one free to move separately from the other. This contouring ability allows for one part of the heel to always lie flat on deck, meeting the angle of attack and optimizing traction.

The Balance Control feature offers supreme flexibility to the sole of the shoe as well as adaptability to any type of surface and incline even in extreme conditions. Because of this control the SLAM system reduces stress on the ankle by allowing for perfect alignment and improved posture.

Along with a specially designed heel, the SLAM Code 1 sailing shoes have a Torsion Control system with a synthetic shank from heel to ball to promote stability. This helps ensure greater balance.

The SLAM Code 1 sailing shoes are Extremely Lightweight. They are made with a synthetic upper that will not absorb water, and has a close cell water repellant insole. This helps the shoe to shed water and not become heavy maintaining the lightweight nature of the shoe when it’s wet.

The best part of the new SLAM Code 1 Sailing Shoe is the price! This shoe has a MSRP of only US$89.95! For a technical sailing shoe of this caliber that is an unheard of price.

PUMA Moth Worlds Day 7 Report – FINAL RESULTS

March 14th, 2010

March 14, 2010- Today was the final day of 2010 PUMA Moth Worlds.  The Race Committee was forced with an early onshore postponement for lack of wind.  After a morning on shore, the breeze in Dubai filled in nicely to get Race 13 off at 12:45 local with a reported wind of 11 knots.   
Simon Payne led the fleet going into the day. Being the last day of racing, with everything on the line, we saw an aggressive start from the fleet; it appeared that a slew of boats could have been over but only one recorded OCS.

Day seven showed the fleet the biggest breeze of the event. Bora Gulari (2009 World Champion, USA) won the pin at the start, showing he still has what it takes.  Gulari’s start resulted in him winning the first race of the day. Simon Payne (GBR) had a disappointing first race, opening the narrow gap for Brad Funk (USA) or Andrew McDougall (AUS) to make something happen in the final race, Race 14.  Going into race 14 with a bad race, Payne felt the pressure.  “When it dawned on me that I hadn’t actually won, I put the hammer down” said Payne

Race 14 brought a steady 10 knots of breeze. Fighting a battle for the top spot, Payne was able to stay in the top five, clinching the 2010 PUMA Moth World Championship.  Payne’s victory was more than he expected from the event; “I didn’t think I had a chance here, I just came to see my mates.”

McDougall, with his experience, knew what he needed to accomplish to bump him into the number two spot.  Winning race 14, McDougall put six boats in between himself and Brad Funk, who was second on the leader board.  “In many races I made small mistakes,” sail McDougall, “but in the last one I put it all together, I knew I had to get a first in the last race to break the tie with Brad.”  The distance was enough to create a tie at 42 points, and having won the final race McDougall won the tiebreaker with five first place finishes in the regatta.

“As a laser sailor the moth is the most exciting class to jump into,” said Funk.  “You can sail the Moth for a lifetime and never get it all perfected, there are just so many little things you can change and tweak.”   Funk, who is relatively new to the Moth class improved on his 2009 eighth place world finish.

PRO David Campbell-James has been impressed and challenged by the Moth class.  “The grand prix style racing was fantastic and exciting,” said Campbell-James.   “The difference in speed between the boats creates a challenge as how to be a good PRO and create fair racing for all.  I have been impressed with our gracious host the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club and all they have organized here for us and all the sailors, including a slew of volunteers.”

The top five finishers for 2010 PUMA Moth Worlds are:

1. Simon Payne (GBR)

2. Andrew “Amac” McDougall (AUS)

3. Brad Funk (USA)

4. Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI)

5. Dalton Bergan (USA)

Moth Worlds 2011 will be held in Belmont Bay, Australia in February 2011.

For images for editorial use please go to http://media.pumaoceanracing.com.  Daily videos are being uploaded to http://tinyurl.com/ybklc2w. Full race results are available at http://www.dosc.ae/moths-entry-list/results/puma-moth-worlds-2010.html

Day Three Report from PUMA International Moth Worlds

March 10th, 2010

 Simon Payne (GBR) edges out Brad Funk (USA) for lead after day three

March 10, 2010 (Dubai, UAE)– Andrew “Amac” McDougall’s nine point lead evaporated today in the difficult patchy Dubai breeze of the third day of the PUMA International Moth World Championship. The first race of the day, race five of the prestigious event, was a carbon copy of the final race yesterday, with US Laser sailor Brad Funk scoring a bullet.  European Moth Champ Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) scored a second on the same race, and at the end of the day Psarofaghis moved into third place.  “Today I lost a few positions I shouldn’t have, but overall I was going pretty fast in some difficult conditions,” the Swiss racer said.  Simon Payne captured third in the race.
Seattle, USA skiff sailor Dalton Bergan pulled off the move of the regatta at the exciting start of race six, when he port-tacked the entire fleet – a sailor’s dream at a World Championship.  The manuver payed off and guaranteed victory for Bergan.  Australian Scott Babbage grabbed second place, with Funk again scoring big with a third.  Payne continued his strong performance with a fourth and 2009 World Champ Bora Gulari rounded out the top five.

The last race of the day started in a lighter and dying breeze, with Psarofaghis edging out Brad Funk for the race win after Funk broke his boom vang.  Funk also lost a sail control called a camber inducer, greatly reducing the power in his rig.  The gear failure cost Brad one point, leaving his just two points from race leader Payne, whose consistency has proved his biggest advantage.  “I was good but not great today, not quite as fast as yesterday just before I broke my mast, but then the conditions weren’t quite the same so you have to take that into account,” explained Payne.

Tomorrow is a lay day for the fleet.

For images for editorial use please go to http://media.pumaoceanracing.com.  Daily videos are being uploaded to http://tinyurl.com/ybklc2w. Full race results are available at http://www.dosc.ae/moths-entry-list/results/puma-moth-worlds-2010.html

Day Two Report from PUMA International Moth Worlds

March 9th, 2010

March 9, 2010 (Dubai, UAE)– Day Two of PUMA International Moth Worlds got to a late start as a foggy haze and light winds lead to a 30 minute postponement onshore.  Today was really a pressure game- those who stayed in the pressure were able to get up on their foils and make gains.  The fleet had three races today, bringing the total for the event up to four.  Races two and three saw light winds and tough foiling conditions.  The breeze filled in a bit for race four, allowing the fleet to really get up and moving.  The leader board remains relativity unchanged, with Andrew “Amac” McDougall still in the number one spot.  After day two, the top five are:

1. Andrew McDougall (AUS)
2. Michael Lennon (GBR)
3. Brad Funk (USA)
4. Scott Babbage (AUS)
5. Chris Graham (UAE)

For images for editorial use please go to http://media.pumaoceanracing.com.  Daily videos, brought to you by PUMA and Sailing Anarchy On-The-Water Anarchy are being uploaded to http://tinyurl.com/ybklc2w.

PUMA became involved with the Moth Class during the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009, having PUMA branded Moths sailed in port during each of the eleven stopovers around the world.  During the adventure around the world, PUMA’s Moths were sailed by ISAF Rolex Sailor of the Year Anna Tunicliffe, US Laser sailor Brad Funk, former Moth World Champion Rohan Veal and Swiss Moth sailor Arnaud Psarofaghis.  Both the Moth Class and PUMA bring a new enthusiasm to sailing, attracting top sailors and non-sailing spectators.

PUMA has entered a new premium category for sailing and was the only Sportlifestyle company to participate in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009, where PUMA’s il mostro boat won an impressive 2nd place finish.  Alongside PUMA’s entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, PUMA launched a full range of marine clothing and apparel, from offshore sailing gear to onshore lifestyle fashion.  The PUMA Sailing Performance collection was developed and tested by the PUMA Ocean Racing team itself, and was worn by the team throughout the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009.  The PUMA Sailing Lifestyle collection takes inspiration from the sport.

For more information about the PUMA Moth World Championships and PUMA Sailing collections, please visit www.pumaoceanracing.com.

Here’s the question we asked ourselves: Why is women’s sailing gear designed to make women not look like women?

March 8th, 2010

And we couldn’t really give ourselves a great answer.  So we went and talked to a whole bunch of women about what they liked about their gear and what they didn’t like.  What we heard went pretty much like this:

Like: “Keeps me dry and comfortable when I’m sailing or out on the water”.

Don’t like: “Makes me look like a guy”.

So we asked ourselves why we couldn’t make sailing gear that keeps women dry and comfortable without making them look like guys, and we couldn’t come up with a real good answer to that one either.  So we went ahead and designed the new Aegis gear for women, a jacket and bib combo that delivers the performance women need along with the style they want.

Both of these pieces are based on our world-class Typhoon triple-layer laminate, and fabric that delivers industry-leading waterproof AND breathability ratings with a soft hand and a great-looking finish.

Women’s Aegis Jacket ($295)Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. Women's Aegis Jacket
This is the jacket you can wear anywhere.  It includes all of the great innovative performance-oriented features found in the original Aegis jacket like the oversized pockets, double-tab cuffs, reflective piping and watch window, but it’s shaped the way women are shaped so you won’t be embarrassed to be seen in public in your sailing jacket.  In fact, this just may become the go-to piece for everything women do outdoors!

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. Women's Aegis Hybrid BibWomen’s Aegis Hybrid Bib ($295)
Depending on who you talk to, there are varying opinions among women sailors as to whether women’s bibs need to have a drop seat.  We’ve found that most women don’t really love the concept – they’ve told us they find them leaky and not terribly flattering, and on top of that, they don’t make a visit to the head that much less of a chore – all in all, not a great tradeoff.  Besides, other brands do the drop-seat thing, and “ugly but functional” gear is not what Atlantis is all about.  With our innovative Gator-Grip adjustable shoulder straps, the women’s Aegis Hybrid Bib provides women with the great fit and the maneuverability they need while in the heat of battle on the race course while adding a healthy dose of styling that makes women look like women.

Developed by sailors for sailors, the new collection is based on Atlantis’ proprietary Typhoon fabric, a triple-layer laminate that delivers the ultimate combination of a soft hand and great-looking finish along with industry-leading waterproof and breathability ratings that deliver outstanding protection and moisture management. 

 

With a long list of innovative features, we’ve nailed the performance part of the equation, and with styling designed for women by women, we’ve created the unthinkable: sailing gear that women will love to wear both on the water and ashore.

THE FINAL MILES

March 6th, 2010

Greetings!
Five weeks ago my crew and I left La Rochelle, France with the new ECO 60 racing machine headed for Charleston. Winter not often considered the best time to make a delivery from Europe to the U.S., we knew it might be rough and we knew it might take a long time. But no one anticipated the marathon horseshoe of the Atlantic that would be required. After a brief stop in Tenerife, Spain to let me depart for sponsorship meetings and add more provisions for the extended journey, the boat is within 300 miles of its new home port.
                                                                               
                                                                                (photo by Vanessa Kauffmann)
The low pressure systems coming off of the Southeast made for some extreme sailing conditions in the last leg of this delivery, including 50-60 knots of breeze and 30+ foot seas. At one point the crew even made the painful decision to turn South away from their destination, out of concern for the boat and their safety. I wholeheartedly endorse that decision and am grateful for their care and considerable experience. Steering in 30 minute shifts on a very wet ECO 60, these three skilled and determined crew members deserve medals upon arrival, or at least a cold beer. As of today, I expected the boat will arrive in Charleston Harbor on Sunday, March 7th and dock at the Seabreeze Marina on Immigration Street.
 
Get updates as the boat makes progress toward the harbor at www.oceanracing.org under the blog section, or follow us on Twitter.

Cheers, Brad