Slam teams up with The Austrian Ocean Racing - Team Genova VO65

Slam teams up with The Austrian Ocean Racing - Team Genova VO65

Slam teams up with The Austrian Ocean Racing - Team Genova VO65


By Slam
07/06/2023 - 20:41

The Austrian Ocean Racing - Team Genova VO65 crew will be setting sail once again from Aarhus, Denmark, as The Ocean Race Sprint challenge resumes on 8th June, after achieving the exceptional result of third place in the first leg from Alicante, Spain, to Cape Verde on the Atlantic Ocean. On board the VO65, together with the Dutch skipper Gerwin Jansen and his international crew, the city of Genoa and SLAM are flying the Italian flag as Made in Italy ambassadors to the global event alongside sailors Cecilia Zorzi, Claudia Rossi, and Andrea Pendibene. The 11 crews taking part in The Ocean Race will be racing starting the 8th of June for the leg from Aarhus, Denmark, to The Hague, the Netherlands. From here, on 15th June, the final leg (2,200 miles) will see the fleet sailing to Genoa, where preparations are well underway for a full week brimming with events organised throughout the Ocean Live Park from 24th June to 2nd July.

"Sharing in the excitement of this world-class sporting challenge with Genoa - stated SLAM CEO Enrico Chieffi – is an exceptional opportunity to combine international visibility and synergy with the city and the territory as a whole. Genoa’s own history and that of SLAM are deeply connected. Genoa's cultural heritage, its identity, and its millenary traditions as a maritime city acted as the catalysts for the birth and development of SLAM, which was founded in Genoa in 1979, where we have maintained our historical headquarters ever since. This is why I had no doubt whatsoever, even as early as our first meeting with Genoa’s Mayor Marco Bucci several months ago, when it came to confirming our commitment to being involved in this challenge, a challenge which sees us standing side by side with the relative institutions and the Genoa The Grand Finale 2022-23 project, and making a decisive contribution to the success of The Ocean Race, scheduled to reach its climactic conclusion on the Mediterranean, in an Italian city for the first time in its history. A unique opportunity to share the values of this challenge with the city and its people."

Genoa Mayor Marco Bucci commented: "SLAM is a historic brand that not only began in Genoa but since 1979 has also been actively exporting the unbreakable bond that ties our city to sailing and the sea to the four corners of the world.  A company so deeply rooted in its territory and that to this day has demonstrated its keen determination to honour its roots by racing leg after leg alongside Team Genova. SLAM's support of the role our city is playing in an event as global as The Ocean Race represents a commitment of tremendous value as well as a further demonstration of the exceptional results that can be achieved when public administration, private individuals, sponsors and local companies come together. We greatly look forward to seeing you in Genoa. Fair winds!"

The Ocean Race is a regatta that relentlessly pushes the limits of technology and innovation. SLAM has accepted the challenge of ensuring the athletes taking part in the race are able to rely on safety, quality and comfort, responding to their needs as they put themselves to the test once again, while also sharing the commitment of Genoa and The Ocean Race in terms of respecting and protecting the sea. SLAM invests in and develops innovative technical sportswear that respects the environment, making use of sustainable materials and adopting responsible production practices in line with the ESG criteria that guide company management. A commitment that has become a reality working alongside the Olympic team of the Italian Sailing Federation, athletes such as Tokyo 2020 Nacra 17 Gold medallists Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti and crews such as Emirates Team New Zealand, Defender of the 37th America's Cup.

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