The Rockport Company has become the official footwear supplier for Spain’s Telefónica Sailing Team until December 2010, and it gave the 22 sailors special-edition boat shoes for their departure in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 15 for the final stretch of the Volvo Ocean Race. Telefónica has entered two boats named Blue and Black in the race. Rockport’s shoe is a redesign of its HydroPlex boat shoe, which incorporates Hydromotion technology to facilitate water drainage, and features the teams’ colors along with the Telefónica logo. The Telefónica Blue boat, which is ranked second in overall standings, said that the rubber outsole of Rockport’s boat shoe offered great traction even on slippery boat surfaces.