The National Sailing Academy is delighted to announce that Locman Italy have come on board as sponsor of the Fun Regatta Series being held once a month.
Sunday March 20, 2022 is the next event, and the first one at which one prize of a Locman Watch will be awarded. The regatta classes include Optimist, Laser, RS Zests, RS Fevas, Hansa, Big Boat (Rs Ventures and Visions) and Hobie 15’s.
Of the sponsorship, Race Officer and Senior Instructor Joshua Daniels says, ‘We are so excited about the new partnership with Locman. Many times brands see support of big boat regattas as more important, but for Locman to understand that this is where it all starts, and therefore the additional incentive of a prize of this type, will make the competition fiercer, but still in a fun and supportive environment.’
Locman Italy are not new to Antigua, being the headline sponsor of the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta and with a store located at the Antigua Yacht Club Marina. The watch company’s head office is on the island of Elba in Italy, and the brand support grassroots sailing programmes there too. It was therefore a natural step for founder and owner Marco Montavani to look for a similar partnership in Antigua, ‘We understand how important sailing is to an island nation and is a central focus for our brand, the sea and the environment.’ He goes on to say, ‘We see supporting the programme to inspire more children and adults of Antigua to get involved in sailing as a way of giving back to the local community and are excited to see how this develops.’The support from Locman will come in the form of a watch prize which will be awarded at every regatta. The winning class will be decided on the day and it will rotate around all of the classes, giving everyone an opportunity to win. Joshua Daniels, Race Manager says, ‘We will also opt on occasion to award the watch to someone who has shown seamanship and sportsman and woman like behavior as in the end, having the right attitude is as important to our programme as winning.’
The prize watch will be from the Mare range. Mare is the Italian word for sea and the entire collection is designed with a “marine” spirit: from the aesthetics to the materials, the functionality and the eco-friendly commitment of LOCMAN itself. The distinctive feature of the Mare collection is the image of a shark that stands out against the dial at 6 o’clock: not simply a decoration, but a genuine cultural reference to the ancient peoples of the Mediterranean, for whom the shark represented the idea of strength and freedom. A powerful symbol of protection for seafarers.
About the National Sailing Academy
The National Sailing Academy is a non-profit organization whose objective is to inspire the youths of Antigua to learn to sail and develop a passion for the sport whether recreationally or as a career.
The school provides sailing lessons free of charge to school children and differently-abled children and adults of Antigua and is a Royal Yachting Association Recognised Dinghy Training Center.
For more information visit: www.nationalsailingacademy.org
About Locman Italy
Technology, innovation, Italian design and passion are the values on which LOCMAN’s identity is based. The concept of luxury carried by the brand’s watches is not linked to an exclusive price range, but to a value of independence, freedom and uniqueness. LOCMAN watches are created on the island of Elba, just metres from the sea, from which they draw inspiration and energy. They are aimed at a demanding, attentive clientele in search of something unique and refined. Entirely convinced of the connection between refinement and Italianness, the Tuscan brand took the decision to highlight its origins, creating a 100% Italian brand that stands out in an international scene dominated by large Swiss watchmaking groups. With this in mind, certain strategic allegiances have been formed, such as the partnership with Ducati to create watch collections dedicated to fans of motorcycling and Italian design. LOCMAN works closely with the Italian Ministry of Defence and the Premiership, producing watches for the Armed Forces, Special Forces, and particularly the Italian Navy.