Posts Tagged ‘sailing’

Setting Sail for London

In a few short weeks, all eyes will be on London as athletes from across the globe gather to compete in the world’s foremost sports competition.  The Royal Spanish Sailing Federation will be among them — and along with Timberland Formentor boat shoes and gear, we’re sending them off with our very best wishes for fair winds, calm seas, and good grip.

Go get ‘em, team.

“You Need to Respect the Sea, Not Fear It”

Words of wisdom from 31-year old Ivan Pastor, a member of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation.  Timberland is proud to be the official sponsor of Ivan and his teammates, as they set their sights on summer in London.

Ivan Pastor

We recently caught up with Ivan on dry land and learned a little more about this world-champion sailor:

Started young: Ivan started sailing when he was just 8 years old.

Not superstitious: He doesn’t follow any sort of pre-competition “good luck” ritual, but he does like to take his time getting his equipment ready.

Pretty passionate about the water: If he weren’t a sailor, Ivan would be a professional surfer.

Has a favorite sailing spot: He loves the Isle of the Pines in New Caledonia  – an incredible place to sail.

Appreciates good grip: This is the most important feature in footwear for sailing, according to Ivan.  Good thing he’s wearing our Formentor boat shoes with Gripstick rubber!

Has no fear: When asked for a story about a time when he was scared at sea, Ivan says, I have some anecdotes, but none about being scared.  You need to respect the sea, not fear it.”

Respecting the sea seems to be paying off for Ivan and his Spanish Sailing Federation teammates; they’re having an incredible season, and we’re proud to be a part of it.  Stay tuned for progress updates as the team sails toward London!

If you think Ivan’s an interesting guy, you might also like to learn more about his teammates on our men’s site.  And if you appreciate good grip as much as our Spanish sailors do, check out our entire collection of Formentor boat shoes.

7 Cups of Caffeine in Every Coat

You can leave the travel mug at home if you’re wearing our Formentor Race Jacket. It’s made with S.Café yarn, which contains PET from recycled plastic bottles and – wait for it – recycled coffee grounds.

Why coffee grounds?  Turns out they’re excellent at absorbing odor, which is pretty important if you’re working up a sweat … or shipwrecked on a deserted island without a bar of soap (it could happen).

Here’s Dean, our senior director of apparel, to tell us more:

S.Cafe is just one more way we’re thinking about the planet as we design our products.  To learn more about the eco-conscious materials and technologies we use, check out the Timberland Technology Guide.  To get your own Formentor Race Jacket (or one of our other non-caffeinated styles),  shop our outerwear collection.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation

Every four years the greatest sailors in the world compete for glory – and this year, Timberland is going along for the sail as the sponsor of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation. Between races, we sat down with three members of the team so we could get to know them a little better:

Onan Barreiros

1.  The most incredible place Onan Barreiros has ever sailed is the Bahamas.
2.  If he wasn’t sailing, Onan would be playing football.
3.  His second favorite outdoor activity is road biking.

Federico Alonso

4. Federico Alonso isn’t superstitious, but he always sails the day before a championship starts.
5. If Federico had to give his boat a name, it would be Miura (that’s what he called his first wooden boat).
6. Even sailors get seasick. He’s been sick on a boat and knows it’s a pretty nasty feeling!

Aaron Sarmiento

7.  When Aaron Sarmiento isn’t on the water, he likes to bike, run and play tennis.
8.  If Aaron wasn’t a sailor, he’d like to be a professor.
9.  He started sailing when he was 11 years old!

And the #10 thing you might not know about the Spanish sailors is that they all consider good grip one of the most essential features in their footwear.  It’s a good thing they’re wearing Timberland Formentor boat shoes with Gripstick rubber to keep them on deck and on course.

The Royal Spanish Sailing Federation knows the no. 1 rule to looking good on a boat (and winning the race) is staying on the boat.  Follow in their slip-free footsteps and get your own pair of Formentors by shopping our boat shoe collection.

Meet the Press with the Spanish Olympic Sailing Team

It’s press day for the Timberland-sponsored Spanish Olympic Sailing Team! Go behind the scenes as our Timberland team talks to us about the super sailors. Turns out they’re humble, enthusiastic and dedicated in addition to being world-class sailors … which makes us feel like we’ve already “won,” in having such a stellar group as ambassadors of our brand.

(But let’s still go for a medal … okay guys?)

Behind the Scenes: Spanish Sailing Photo Shoot

Our Senior Director of Global Brand Marketing, Camelle, got a plum assignment recently: she traveled to Santander, Spain for a photo shoot of the Timberland-sponsored Spanish Olympic Sailing Team.  Spain, sailors, summer … what’s not to love?  Plenty, according to Camelle’s trip report:

 

If you really want to see the lengths we go to to test our gear and capture images of our products in action, the following video is for you.  Fair warning that you might want to pop a Dramamine before viewing.

It was a chilly 60 degrees Fahrenheit the day of the photo shoot, and we were several miles out to sea, as evidenced by the large tanker ship passing nearby.  The swells that day were huge – strong enough to turn many of the weaker stomachs onboard, and to cause the mast on the sailing team’s boat to break in the midst of our shoot.

Whoever said marketing is a glamorous job?

Through it all, the four women sailors we were photographing were calm and controlled and showed their absolute expertise on the boat and in the water.  There’s no doubt these women belong on an Olympic team.

I never thought I’d be quite so personally grateful for the Gripstick Technology in our Formentor boat shoes … or to return to dry land at the end of the day.

Check back to the blog for more behind-the-scenes stories and videos from Timberland’s photo shoot, including one-on-one interviews with members of the Spanish Olympic Sailing Team.

Spanish Sailing Team Takes Timberland to the Seas

How’s the Spanish Sailing Team holding up in their Timberland gear?  Have a look at the highlights from the ISAF Sailing World Cup, held last month in Weymouth, England:

Get the look by shopping the Formentor and other boat shoes on our website.

Spanish Sailors Go for the Gold in Timberland Formentors

Timberland introduces our newest brand ambassadors … the Spanish Olympic Sailing Team!

Timberland will accompany the national team in the run up to their participation in the London 2012 Olympics, providing Earthkeeper footwear and clothing made from recycled and recyclable materials.

The Spanish sailors test-drove their brand new equipment in Mallorca during the Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia competition in April, one of the seven competitions that make up the World Cup of sailing.

Remember, you don’t have to be a world-class sailor to wear Timberland’s Formentor boat shoes; even the most ardent land lovers can get the look by shopping our entire boat shoe collection here.