Legendary Azzurra:

Azzurra is the sporting pride of Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. The yachting team made the club’s burgee famous in the international regatta world an introduced the Italian public to sailing with a heroic victory in the 1983 America’s Cup in Newport. The passion ignited between Italians and Azzurra with that impressive result was renewed four years later when the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda presented its second challenge for the America’s Cup. This time Azzurra acted as Challenger of Record representing the competing teams. After a few quiet years the Azzurra made a successful comeback in the 2009 / 2010 Louis Vuitton Trophy.

Officially named ‘Audi Azzurra Sailing Team’, the legendary team when entered the Audi MedCup, the leading professional circuit for inshore fleet racing and one of the most enthralling competitions on the World sailing scene. Azzurra competes in the Transpac 52 class. Following a resounding victory in tests on the PalmaVela regatta course at the beginning of the season, Azzurra went on the achieve several excellent results last year, 2012 promises to be even better. With a brand new state-of-the-art TP52 Class yacht, made by the renowned King Marine shipyard in Valencia, Azzurra will be one of the teams to beat next season.

Jethou: Beauty built for speed: 

 The Jethou is a state-of-the-art IRC racing yacht built by Green Marine in Lymington. It is named after one of the smaller Channel Islands, situated just off the east coast of Guernsey.

This Judel Vrolijk designed 62-feet yacht features a fully optimized race rigging package and an ultra light carbon fiber hull. It is purely built for speed. The Jethou, owned and driven by Sir Peter Ogden, has already delivered many impressive results in the Mediterranean inshore circuit.

 The experienced crew, including Brad Butterworth, Stuart Branson and Ian Budgen, managed to rack up a string of excellent finishes in famous regattas such as the Palma Vela, Copa de Rey, Les Voiles the St. Tropez, the Maxi Rolex World Championship and the Giraglia Rolex cup. Ironically, the most impressive prize it has won so far, has got nothing to do with speed. The Jethou was pronounced ‘best looking IRC boat of the year!’ by Seahorse magazine. Looking at this elegant black beauty with its high- tech looks, it is easy to imagine why. 

Foundation Live Your Dream:

The Live Your Dream Foundation offers young people handicapped by a heart or circulatory ailment the opportunity to take part as crew in yacht races or endurance events (over several days). Live your dream is aimed at young people, aged 18 to 30, from the Netherlands and abroad and aims to motivate this particular group to find its limits and to go beyond them. By giving them self-confidence and belief in their own abilities, we teach these young people to see their capabilities, rather than their disabilities.

The 2010 programme contained shorter yacht races like the Round around North Holland in June and the 24-hour contest in August. They also sailed the Colin Archer Memorial Race in July. This is a long sea yacht race from the Dutch Lauwersoog to Larvik in Norway. In addition, they took part in SAIL Amsterdam 2010 and the HISWA On Water boat show. Skipper Olaf Oosterman and his crew are dressed by Gaastra Sportswear to make a visible statement of the unity of the entire team, when they are ashore too.


Sneker Pan - SKS Skûtsje:

Sneker Pan is a Skûtsje (traditional sailing barge) from the Dutch town of Sneek that competes every year under skipper Douwe Visser with 13 other Skûtsjes for the SKS (Sintrale Kommisje Skûtsjesilen) race. Skûtsje sailing is synonymous with racing old cargo barges, flat-bottomed boats that were built around the turn of the 20th century to carry peat, manure and other loads to the farmsteads. For more than 10 years, the Sneker Pan has finished in the top three.

After a difficult start last year, they nevertheless managed to take third place once more in the end.

The crew, the race committee and Sneker Pan's management are all clothed from head to toe in Gaastra Pro and Gaastra Sportswear. For the sailors, a special overall has been developed with IBQ at the spots that wear fastest, alongside the GX-03 sailing suit, because sailing a Skûtsje places different demands on clothing than sailing boats in one of the other classes. Apart from this, the entire Sneker Pan team has been given an outfit for all the official events, such as palavers (discussions), award ceremonies, etc. The unity of the entire team has now been given visual expression both on the water and on the quayside.

Paralympics Sonar-team:

Marcel van de Veen, Udo Hessels and Mischa Rossen make up the Dutch Sonar team. They have been sailing together since 2002 and have been able to secure a number of victories in that time. In 2003, they won several races in England and America, after which they came first in the World Championship in Athens. They had many victories in 2004, finishing off with Silver in the Athens Paralympics. These outstanding achievements were the culmination, as for a time they stopped racing Sonars.

At the end of 2009, they began to get restless, and when they heard that there would again be an IFDS (International Federation for Disabled Sailing) World Championship in the Paralympics Sonar class in Medemblik in 2010, they decided to participate. Following a brief search for the “old” boat they were present – through the Water Sports Association (Watersportverbond) – at the HISWA boat show at the beginning of March, with the message: “A Sonar for London”, with the aim of bringing the boat up to racing standard again. It was a great success, and they soon had everything they needed. Gaastra Pro, as clothing sponsor, has made contact with a wonderful team here. A Talent team coach has been provided by the Watersportverbond: Klaartje Zuiderbaan. They sailed their first race at the end of April, taking the Silver medal home from the SOF (Semaine Olympique Française) World Cup in Hyeres. The intensive training that followed was rewarded with a first place at the IFDS World Championship in Medemblik. The last race of the year was the Sail for Gold Regatta World Cup in Weymouth England. These are the waters where the 2012 Olympics will be held, and they won the Gold medal here. The first competition of the next season is in Miami at the end of January 2011.

Pieter-Jan Postma - Finn:

Pieter-Jan (PJ as he is also known) is a 28-year-old talent. By the age of 12 he was sailing an Optimist in the European Championships, and at 15 he took part in the World Championships in Dublin. PJ then began sailing the Laser Radial, making the transition to the Laser at the age of 17. In 2000, he sailed in the Sydney World Youth Championships and participated in a string of international races. After an interval of 5 years, PJ decided to sail in the Finn class. He went into intensive training again, and in 2006 he sailed in the World Championships, going on to sail many national and international races, finishing regularly in the top 10. Last year he took Gold in the Dutch Open Championships in Medemblik, and he came first in Loosdrecht during the Boerenkool Cup (every year this is one of the most strongly attended and most difficult Finn races in the Netherlands). PJ's aim for the year ahead is to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

On the water he wears the Gaastra Pro collection, and ashore he is dressed by Gaastra Sportswear.


Quantum Racing Team:

The on-board crew includes a dozen top-level, professional sailors selected for their sailing expertise, competitiveness and desire to support the goals and objectives of the Quantum Racing program. Team members are focused on winning races as well as product development, accessibility to fellow sailors and fans, and building relationships with strategic partners.
Working behind the scenes are additional crew members who support the team with expertise in boat building and preventive maintenance, a critical aspect for consistent success, as well as logistics, management, media relations, communications and other operational aspects of the campaign.
Quantum Racing retains helmsman Ed Baird and welcomes six new crew members this season. In addition to Andy Horton as Tactician, we also welcome Juan Vila as Navigator, Warwick Fleury as Main Trimmer, Lorenzo Mazza as Upwind Trimmer, and Chris Welch at the Mast. The shore team also added one new member, Andrew Turton. Brett Jones continues as team Sail Designer and shifts to Upwind Trimmer. Andrew Scott, team veteran and VP of Operations & Quality Control for Quantum Sails, takes over on Runner.


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