Newport Regatta


Warm sunny weather and weekend long sea breezes made for ideal racing conditions at this weekend’s Newport Regatta sail boat races. Newport, Rhode Island is a classic New England town. Rich with early 20th century mansions and a strong sailing history, it’s no surprise that this event, now in its 26th year, is the largest and longest running yachting event on the east cost.

Oakley was on hand along with Men’s Journal magazine, and local Oakley retailer Newport Sunglass Shop, to help showcase Oakley’s latest polarized eyewear inventions. Over 1500 sailors and media invites experienced the benefits of Oakley’s HDO technology, polarized lens options and the new hydrophobic/oleophobic lens treatments.

The Oakley sponsored crew for this weekend’s Regatta has a winning history using Oakley eyewear. “Sight is everything," says Mike Ingham, captain of the boat “Braincramp”. "Oakley’s HDO optics give us a unique advantage in racing with the best optical clarity.”

Ingham and his team have been together for 13 years on their J24 class boat. This year, they took home second in the World Championships, earning them the title of the top team in the J24 class in all of North America.

"In races, we’re always looking for our next puff of wind to come along and help us connect the dots," said Ingham. "Oakley’s polarized lenses literally help us to see the wind better. By reducing glare that comes off the water, we can see even the smallest shift of wind by the way it’s rippling off the water’s surface. A sailor’s biggest advantage is in their ability to find more wind, and Oakley polarized glasses have proven to be the best at helping us gain that advantage.”

Using Oakley’s benchmark sport specific style Half Jacket, and the latest sport product Flak Jacket, Mike’s crew is sure to see continued success in their racing career.


Brian Kelley


July 18, 2007