For sailors’ Christmas, the B-Shirt is the right gift


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We start with two observations: the first is that Christmas is approaching. The second is that “B-Shirts,” T-shirts with drawings by the famous cartoonist/velo artist Davide Besana (which you can find exclusively on Nauticplace) are the fashion of the moment. So, what better gift to get your sailing friends under the tree, spending only 29 euro? Let’s take a look at some of the B-Shirt models in which Besana’s irony (by the way: don’t know him? Read about it at the bottom of the article!) becomes “ready-to-wear.”

Summed up in this B-Shirt is the “saga of the poor bowman, never considered when there is merit to be given but harassed to an unbelievable degree especially at carrying gaits, with helmsmen and tacticians always intimating them to cazzare, lascare, alzare, quadrare, strallare, and you name it. Indeed, being a bowman requires great zen skills; it is almost a vocation. A coxswain, placed at the bow, would last no more than 5 minutes before committing suicide or a massacre on board. You can find it HERE.

Davide Besana is also a great prankster, and puns are among his favorite amusements. In this B-Shirt he plays with the double meaning of the word “match” in English: both “challenge, duel” and “match.” And so the match-race turns into a tussle between two matches. Definitely more “one-design” than the last monstrosities we saw in the America’s Cup! You can find it HERE.

TI AMO2-500x500“I LOVE YOU”
In this B-Shirt there is no irony, no puns. With a simple “I love you,” Besana communicates the passion every owner has for his or her boat. A passion that leads him to make untold sacrifices and labors, often pissing off his partner (or, more rarely, his mate) who feels neglected. You can find it HERE.

But these, we repeat, are just a few models. On this page you will find the full range!

Milanese, 49. Davide Besana has an official job, creative director of his agency Besanopoli, but he is best known to sailors for his comic strips, which have been chronicling his and famous sailors’ adventures for 30 years, poking fun at those who take themselves too seriously. In the summer, he sails on his beloved Midva (10 feet 62 in wood from 1982) and now on “Namib” (a 1967 Sangermani by Pietro Bianchi together with which he won this year’s Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge) or on friends’ boats with his patient wife who now has thousands of miles behind her, and two children excited about long crossings under the stars. With a good deal of luck he has won Giraglia, Millevele, Barcolana, Rome for All, Regate Pirelli, Zegna Trophy and many other regattas, either as helmsman or by folding sails.



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