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Product Spotlight: Gill Sailing Jackets

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Stemming from a passionate sailor frustrated by the lack of specialist clothing, Gill North American is known for providing the best in technical and waterproof jackets for all levels of coastal and inshore sailing. Gill offers a variety of jackets for all aspects of their consumer market.  ...
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Apps Every Sailor Needs to Download

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
I don’t know about you but I never go anywhere without my smartphone. Trips to the grocery store, over to a friend’s home, and of course when I’m sailing in California. This probably goes for almost all of you readers out there. Grab your smartphone and check out these awesome apps for every...
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Product Spotlight: Musto MPX Offshore Jacket

Monday, July 27, 2015
The MPX Offshore Jacket from Musto was designed for the offshore sailor who spends more than average time out on the open waters. During the Volvo Ocean Race, the inventors of this high endurance jacket developed the Photoluminescent Technology to make boat safety the number on priority for those...
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Treat Your Feet: Sailing Shoes

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
We all have our favorite hat and that old t-shirt that we can’t help not putting on when we go sailing in Southern California. Do you have a favorite pair of sailing shoes that are part of your beloved sailing outfit? For me, it’s an old pair that I have worn on countless sails. However because...
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Best Sailing Spots in California

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
From the vineyards to Disneyland to the San Diego Zoo, California boasts a beautifully diverse coastline with some of the best sailing spots available. The consistent, ideal temperatures allows us to sail at any time of the year, yet also attracts many vacationers from colder climates. Setting sail...
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Boat Safety Checklist

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Pre-Sail Check the weather report and local wind and wave conditions. Create and file a float plan with a family member or friend, which includes where you are headed and when you intend to return. If you will be sailing in cold weather or cold water, dress warmly in layers. ...
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[Quiz] Which Crew Member Are You?

Monday, May 4, 2015
What Crew Member Are You? by ProProfs
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You Know You’re a Sailor When…

Monday, April 27, 2015
By Art Vasenius  There’s salt water in your veins. Your mantra is sail fast, live slow. You’re a sailor, and here’s how you know… 1. You’ve spent countless hours practicing knots. Source: itstactical.com 2. You can never seem to get an even tan no matter how hard you...
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Volvo Ocean Race: A World Race Update

Monday, February 16, 2015
Since 1972, the Volvo Ocean Race has seen over 200 yachts race against each other every four years. Originally called the Whitbread Round the World Race, the development of the race began with two men, Colonel Bill Whitbread and Admiral Otto Steiner. With 19 entries, the first race had such a great...
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All a Sailor Wants for the Holidays…

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Finding the right gifts for the sailor in your life can be a tough job since sailing is such a specialized sport. There is no need to panic this holiday season because Sailing Pro Shop is here to help. We have brought together some of our best gift ideas for every price range, so drop anchor and...
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Infographic: How to Tie Three Essential Sailing Knots

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
By Art Vasenius     
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6 Pieces of Essential Sailing Gear

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
When preparing to set sail, it can be tough to figure out what is necessary to bring on your boat with you. You don’t want to forget anything but you do not want to over pack. Check out our list of 6 essential pieces of sailing gear that will get you hoisting anchors and on your way to a fun and...
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Spotlight On: Viper 640 North American Championship

Monday, September 15, 2014
By Art Vasenius  Last week I got to be part of sailing history, as I had the pleasure of participating in the Viper 640 North American Championship. This sailing event was brought to the west coast for the first time in Viper 640 Class history. It was hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long...
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Product Review: Zhik Barefoot Boot 60

Monday, September 15, 2014
By Art Vasenius  The Zhik Barefoot Boot 60 — the replacement upgrade for the Zhik Boot 55 — allows sailors freedom from a boot while still providing foot protection and grip. The 60 has been upgraded from the 55 to include a proprietary pattern of studs that interlock to connect boat and...
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15 More Sailing Terms You Need to Know

Monday, September 15, 2014
The key to successful sailing is not only knowing the proper maneuvers and your way around a boat, but also being up to date on sailing terminology. A sailor is able to safely and confidently guide a crew during a voyage or even in the event of an emergency. This comes when they are comfortable...
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Sailboats for Kids: O’pen Bic

Monday, August 11, 2014
Instead of a traditional activity for children such as karate or dance, sailing is a great alternative. It builds self-confidence, self-reliance and allows your children to get in a great physical activity. There are eve boats designed specifically for children. Here are the reasons the O’pen Bic...
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So You Want to Learn How to Sail? 12 Tips for Beginners

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Welcome to the world of sailing! I applaud you for wanting to learn how to sail. This water sport is one of the most accessible sports in the United States. Sailing can be quite exciting but also scary if you’re not well prepared and are out on the water when bad weather strikes. I’ve been sailing...
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Now In: New Zhik Sailing Clothing, Orspan & Zskin Lines

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
I’m excited to announce that we’ve expanded our Zhik product line. We’re now offering sailing clothing from the Orspan and Zskin lines. Since being founded in 2003, Zhik has become a choice brand for some of the world’s top sailors and here at Sailing Pro Shop it’s one of our most popular...
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Sailing Pro Shop Adds Neil Pryde Sailing Collection

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Neil Pryde Sailing Collection Available at Sailing Pro Shop Neil Pryde has extremely high standards for its sailing gear. From performance enhancements to superior materials and special characteristics only available in Neil Pryde gear, their products are designed to win. It brings us great...
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Review: The DexShell Coolvent Waterproof Sock

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Do you know what’s worse than wet, cold feet? Nothing. That’s where the DexShell Coolvent Waterproof Sock comes in. This is a new product that recently hit our shelves, and with all new products, we like to take them for “test drives”. Here is our review: Moisture absorption is very high,...
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