Nicola Groves Talks To Us About Her Experience With SHOWA 330 Gloves
Nicola Groves, a British Sailing Team member training for the 2016 Rio Olympics, takes time out of her intensive training schedule to talk to us about her experience with SHOWA 330 gloves.
“I am part of the British Sailing Team and along with my sailing partner, Ben Saxton, we are training for the Rio 2016 Olympics in the NACRA 17 class. In 2012, the multihull NACRA 17 class for mixed sailing teams was chosen for the 2016 Olympics. It is, hands down, the most exciting, fast-paced and full-on racing I have ever experienced. However, it is also the most I have ever been put out of my comfort zone in a boat!
Following my success in the FX sailing class, where I, along with my previous partner, were ranked 3rd in the world in 2014, I am now spending every day training towards the ultimate goal of being the best in the world in the NACRA 17 class and bringing home an Olympic medal. Grip, both in terms of hands and feet, is vital in sailing. Our 5.25 m boat has numerous ropes; however, I mainly use the main sheet which controls the largest sail. There is a lot of load going through it and grip is important, otherwise my hands would easily slip. The gennaker halyard is used to pull the sail up at the front of the boat and it is controlled by gennaker sheets, due to the speeds we are travelling at. As you can imagine, they have a lot of load going through them in strong winds, making grip absolutely essential.
Without proper hand protection the skin on our hands could be easily ripped to shreds. Sailing at this level really isn’t for the faint-hearted, it can be dangerous, and some sailors who are at the top of their game in this sport manage to lose fingers in the process.
Having tried a number of brands I have found the SHOWA 330 glove really suits me. It might sound simple but one thing that I really appreciate is that they come in different sizes and therefore I can get a pair that fit my hands perfectly. Importantly as well, the palm is reinforced in the area that bears the most stress when handling the ropes which leads to amazing grip, durability and longevity in every pair. It does mean that whatever sailing throws at us, my hands are comfortable, protected and able to do the job.
To be honest the SHOWA 330 gloves are one of my most useful bits of attire as they offer performance as well as protection. If you don’t have adequate protection at this level you are going to be hindered. And if you don’t have full control of the ropes, not only is the skin on my hands going to suffer but power will be lost too. This can make all the difference between winning and losing. And when you have your eye on a medal in Rio that is vital!”
Globus wish Nicola the very best of luck in her training over the next year in the run up to the Rio 2016 Olympics and hopefully the SHOWA 330 gloves will allow her to perform at her peak and ultimately succeed. Good Luck Nicola!
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