To safely steer the boats competing for victory in the America’s Cup, the amount of protection required needs to match the speeds reached when racing – close to 50 knots, almost 100 kilometers per hour. To achieve this, the Emirates Team New Zealand defenders turned to Dainese, just like the crew of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli did, to create a jacket developed specifically for the most extreme races in the world.
Sea-Guard is an innovative protector, designed to be worn on America’s Cup sailing yachts. It protects ribs, collarbones and back, the areas that Dainese already knows how to safeguard, owing to the experience gained with MotoGP™ professional riders. However, unlike the protectors integrated in racing suits, here the protective panels are made of soft material, a solution that offers excellent impact absorption and flexibility, leaving athletes free to move unimpeded when on board a ship. What makes Sea-Guard unique and distinguishes it from any other sports protector ever made by Dainese, is that the jacket is certified for buoyancy, as expressly required by the regatta regulations.
The version of Sea-Guard worn by Emirates Team New Zealand is made of Dainese technical fabric, which is particularly light and breathable. Elastic and resistant, it’s perfect for guaranteeing safety and giving athletes maximum freedom of movement in all situations. The model chosen by the New Zealander team has a short slit at the front: a choice that favors practicality and freedom of movement. An oxygen cylinder, an essential aid in emergency situations such as capsizing or falling overboard, is stored in a recess on the right side.