Sponsors & Partners
Project Slow Marquesas
Technical Sailing Sponsors:
Equipping SV Pizza, 1991 Edelcat 35 Open catamaran, with top quality gear:
Karver Systems provides performance sailing hardware including lightweight and extremely durable furlers, blocks, cam cleats and jammers.
Corderie Lancelin in France provides technical sailing lines of all materials and sizes, including high tech, super low stretch Dyneema SK97 and SK99 for Pizza’s standing rigging.
Plastimo provides safety equipment and compasses, made in France to high quality standards, built to last.
Colligo Marine provides innovative products for Pizza’s rigging and deck. I love their tagline, “Rigging reduced to its elegant essentials”
Interlux provides specialized marine paint for every single surface of Pizza, inside and out! She will shine bright soon. Roller and brush-friendly (does not have to be sprayed on to be shiny!), and extreme durability makes Interlux paint the more eco-friendly option not only for Pizza, but also for IMOCA boats in the Vendee Globe and Volvo Ocean races.
Bettina, The Sailbag Lady crafted a beautiful SLOW flag, triple layered with strong fabric to withstand the intense tropical sun for years to come.
RedPort makes the Halo WiFi Extender System, a product to boost wifi signals to improve productivity and efficiency when working online. The Halo enables faster web browsing and uploads, allowing me to send you more adventure updates straight from Pizza!
After 100 years of business, Bainbridge continues to distribute top quality marine products, including Stamoid Top, a strong and lightweight fabric for Pizza’s bimini. Bainbridge is also the US distributor for Plastimo and Karver Sailing products, its a small world!
Thanks to Orolia McMurdo, Pizza is now equipped with an EPRIB and I wear an AIS MOB Device inside of my Plastimo PFD. Safety at sea is a top priority on ocean passages so I chose Orolia McMurdo products because they are the most trusted name in emergency readiness and response in the world. Don’t get lost at sea!
If Pizza were to capsize, the Yachtsman Lifecell would slide off of its deck mount into the ocean and float next to the boat with all of the emergency safety equipment ready to use, inside of its waterproof compartment. Where is your ditch bag? I stock the essentials like flares, flashlights and handheld VHF inside. The Lifecell enables me to stay as prepared and organized as and possible for emergencies.
Before my first cold ocean passage from San Francisco to Point Reyes, California in 2012, I purchased a Gill coastal sailing jacket. I still use this jacket, and travel the world with it because it is lightweight, durable, comfortable and always keeps me warm and dry. Now, as a brand ambassador for Gill I am happy to test out their solar protection clothing while sailing in the Marquesas archipelago.
Marinebeam helped Pizza get a Marinekinetix MK4+, a high quality and reliable wind generator designed for sailboats cruising off the grid. Marinebeam has many helpful gadgets and electronics geared towards for the cruising lifestyle.
Partners in French Polynesia:
Maintenance Marquises Service is the first and only dry dock shipyard in the Marquesas Archipelago of French Polynesia! Opened in early 2017, MMS offers many services for boats, with an incredible view over Atuona harbor and the dramatic verdant cliffs of Hiva Oa. The helpful and accommodating staff takes care of Pizza at dry dock until she is painted and splashed in early 2018.
Air Tahiti Nui provides flights, with the friendliest cabin crew on earth! I love it when the stewardess hands me a tiare flower to tuck behind my ear upon entering the airplane. Always a positive flying experience.
Tahiti Nui Explorers is a community of adventurous travelers and sailors in French Polynesia.
Tahiti Tourisme in Papeete helps with the logistics of traveling in French Polynesia, and sharing social media stories and news from Project Slow Marquesas
GEO magazine, French edition, will soon publish a story created during Project Slow Marquesas!
Le Monde du Multicoque, a special issue of Voile magazine in France, published a discovery article about Project Slow Marquesas’s adventures, detailing how technical sponsors helped with the refit of SV Pizza, in their April 2017 issue.
La Depeche de Tahiti, the local newspaper of French Polynesia, published a double page article, following Project Slow Marquesas for 26 Saturdays in a row from December 2016 to June 2017