As an Official Partner of the 35th America’s Cup, our Product Team has been working with athletes from ORACLE TEAM USA and SoftBank Team Japan to design the next generation of boat shoes, the SPERRY 7 SEAS (you can learn more about that HERE.)
To learn about what it takes to be an America’s Cup athlete, we went down to Bermuda to learn about their training and exercise regimen and we were amazed by the level of intensity that the sport of sailing has reached.
This is not your typical team huddle for a sailing team. Here, athletes from ORACLE TEAM USA prep for a quick cliff run followed by a deep dive and swim along the shores of Bermuda.
In any given week of practice, America’s Cup athletes can engage in any number of different activities, ranging from traditional on-water sailing, to film sessions, to boxing workouts, to weight training, to running, to cliff jumping, to Moth sailing, to stand-up-paddling, and beyond.
Working in partnership with athletes from ORACLE TEAM USA and SoftBank Team Japan we designed the SPERRY 7 SEAS collection to meet the needs of athletes as they sail onboard the fastest sailboats to compete for a chance to win the oldest trophy in international sport.
To keep in top shape, athletes from ORACLE TEAM USA regularly run on the beach and climb on the edges of the rocky shoreline surrounding Bermuda’s pink sand beaches. By introducing diverse activities into their training schedule, athletes are able to prepare themselves by activating different muscle groups.
When training in the gym or cross-training on the beach by running or swimming, America’s Cup athletes lace up in the SPERRY 7 SEAS to keep their feet dry and comfortable as they go from land to sea.
The SPERRY 7 SEAS was designed with an athletic silhouette, breathable mesh, traction to provide grip, and features water-friendly drainage ports to allow water to flow into the show and disburse out with ease. The qualities of the next generation of boat shoes allow athletes to wear the shoe for a variety of different training activities – on the boat, in the gym, in the water, on the beach, in the boxing ring, or even out on a paddleboard.
The edges of Bermuda are surrounded in some areas by rocky click faces. Here, athletes from SoftBank Team Japan wear the SPERRY 7 SEAS as they swim out to the cliffs and boulder on rocks along the edges of the cliff face.
Yugo Yashida of SoftBank Team Japan takes the plunge as he jumps from a cliff into the ocean during a cross-training practice in preparation for the 35th America’s Cup.
To experience the SPERRY 7 SEAS collection in action at their fullest potential, clear your calendars for May and June as the America’s Cup kicks off in Bermuda. Six teams will compete for a spot on the podium, but only one can win.
For a limited time, we’re inviting fans to sign up for a chance to win a trip to Bermuda to witness the action firsthand. Shop exclusive America’s Cup apparel and footwear, or enter to win the Race To Bermuda sweepstakes now over at sperry.com/americascup