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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 find a great gift for any sailor.

Optimum OS series 14R Vibrating Alarm

IVibrating alarm watches for better sailing.

Easy to use and fits with every sailor’s essential sailing gear. The watch has both a vibrate and beep feature and connects via USB for easy charging.

Dexshell Coolvent Lite Waterproof Socks

Waterproof socks for summer and winter sailing. 

Everyone can always use a new pair of socks. The Dexshell Coolvent Lite Waterproof socks are not only for the sailors in our lives but they are great for bicycling and running. They are 100% waterproof and perfect for all seasons.

Gill Personal Rescue Knife

This Rescue knife clips to your personal flotation device. 

With a liner lock that will prevent any accidental closures, the steel knife is made with a titanium coating that has tough corrosion resistance. Don’t forget about the handle that can open with one hand for tough situations.

Maui Jim Canoes

Maui Jim Canoes protect sailors from suns rays.

These sunglasses from Maui Jim are fashionable for use on and off the water. They have a wider than usual wrap feature for maximum comfort that protects any sailor from wind and sun.

Trapeze Man Tee-Shirt

Show your love of trapezing with this fun t-shirt. 

Safety is a sailors number one priority while sailing so show just how serious to take it with this trapezing t-shirt. It’s comfortable, navy blue and unisex.

Gill Harness Rescue Tool

A great tool that can help in emergencies.

One can never know what to expect while sailing – make the sailor in your life ready for emergencies with the Gill Harness Rescue Tool. The tool has a variety of uses including screwdriver, shackle key, cord cutter, and more.

Nautical Trivia Game

Set sail with this nautical trivia game.

Here ye! Here ye! This is the prefect gift for the sailor who already has everything. This game is so authentic with nautical trivia, racing strategy, and more.

  • Magic Marine Thermo Layer Pants

    Thermo pants to keep you warm in choppy waters.

    Unisex for our male and female sailors out there, Magic Marine has made comfortable thermo pants to keep us warm. They have a great stretch fit and provide optimal warmth.

    HH Duffel Bag

    Transport your sailing gear in style. 

    After you buy your sailor(s) some great gifts, you don’t want them to get ruined. This duffel bag from Helly Hansen is waterproof and can be used by the shoulder strap or can be converted into a backpack.



    Don’t forget to shop top sailing gear as well as great stocking stuffers to finish off your holiday shopping list today. Can’t decide which gift to get for your sailor – remember that Sailing Pro Shops sells gift certificates!



  • Infographic: How to Tie Three Essential Sailing Knots

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014
    By Art Vasenius

     

    How to Tie 3 Essential Sailing Knots
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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 safe sail.

    1. Harness
    2. Harness


      A great harness is essential to staying safe while on the water. It can literally save your life. A lot of sailors say that a harness can encumber your sail and be uncomfortable. The Neil Pryde Elite Harness has been said to be the most comfortable seat harness out there. Most say they don’t even realize they are wearing one at all.
    3. Wet Weather Clothes

      Wet Weather Clothes


    4. Being soaking wet during a good sail can ruin a great experience. These Gill Race Waterproof Trousers are designed not only to keep water out but to a functional pair of pants. They have a cargo pocket so you can have all your essentials in arms reach, taped seams for a great seal and it is made of a lightweight fabric so you can stay light on your feet.
    5. A Compass
    6. Compass

      When out at sea, having the right compass to know where you and your boat is at all times is a must. The Velocitek Shift has everything you could need in a compass including a 9-axis sensor that gives you the most accurate reading of your boat, a timer for racing, and it’s waterproof.

    7. A Watch
    8. A watch

      Having a watch is something that you don’t think about when packing up for a sailing trip or race. A water resistant watch like the Optimum OS series 14R Vibrating Alarm will keep you on time and ahead of the competition. The vibrating feature is such a plus because sometimes it can be too loud to hear the beeps so you won’t miss out.

    9. Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
    10. Personal Floating Device

      A PFD is essential to survival in bad weather while sailing. The Spinlock Deckvest is lightweight and won’t give any unsightly tan lines. It also includes a water activated LED light. Fitting your PFD can be tough, check out how to size your personal flotation device.

    11. A Knife
    12. A Knife

      You need a knife that can cut through a least half an inch of synthetic line. With the additions of pressure from wind, a sailing line can get very tight. If your line gets tangled, things can quickly get out of hand and you need to be able to cut through immediately.

    Check out all of our new sailing gear that you and your crew on the way to a safe voyage.

    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 Beach, California and ran from September 3 through 7. The event was also a qualifier regatta for the EFG Viper Pan-American Championship. Over thirty sailboats with teams from seven US states, four teams from Canada, and two from Australia were featured.

    Spotlight On: Viper 640 North American Championship Spotlight On: Viper 640 North American Championship
    Spotlight On: Viper 640 North American Championship

    Photo credit: Peter Howson Yachting Photography

    While I did not sail my best, I was very impressed by and supportive of those sailing around me. Jeff Grange, Chris Parker, and Tedd White from Viper 149 Venom were the leaders three of the four days. The crew went from buying a boat in April to being on the podium in early September. Upon completion of day one, Grange held an eight-point lead over three-time North American champion Brad Boston of Sarnia Yacht Club in Ontario, Canada. Grange continued to hold on to the lead with 10 points after seven races, despite adding a six, five, and one to his four-bullet first day. Coming in behind Grange was Alamitos Bay’s Kevin Taugher who finished second with a total of 16 points.

    This was a great event and is just the start of the ongoing support we plan to provide this class and boat.

    Photo credit: Peter Howson Yachting Photography

    -  Art Vasenius, Sailing Pro Shop Owner

    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 sailor. This sailing boot also offers full mobility and comfort while increasing hiking performance.

    Zhik Barefoot Boot 60

    Additional features that have been carried over from the 55 include:

    • Open heel and open split toe for maximizing sensitivity.
    • An underfoot ZhikGrip that is convenient incase you need to kick the boat.
    • Ability to lock in at any angle or position for extreme grip.

    At Sailing Pro Shop, we’re a go to dealer for a wide variety of Zhik products. To learn more about this boot and other Zhik products, browse our inventory.

    15 More Sailing Terms You Need to Know

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    15 More Sailing Terms You Need to Know



    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 with sailing terms.

    Continuing with our list from our blog post on sailing terms from last September, here are 15 more sailing terms you need to know in order to be a successful sailor.

    1. Port: This term is used to say, “left” when you’re facing the bow onboard. (For those of you that may not remember from our previous blog post, bow means the front of the boat).

    2. Starboard: This term is used to say, “right” when you’re facing the bow onboard.

    3. Windward: This is an important term to know since sailboats move with the wind. Windward is the direction in which the wind is currently blowing.

    4. Leeward: The direction opposite to the way the wind is currently blowing. 

    5. Boom: This is the horizontal pole that is adjusted towards the direction of the wind in order to move forwards or backwards.

    6. Aft: Also known as the stern, this term refers to the back of the sailboat.

    7. Ease: To let out the sails.

    8. Trim: To pull the sails in.

    9. Starboard Tack: Starboard means right, so starboard tack describes wind coming from the right side of the boat.

    10. Port Tack: Wind is coming from the left (port) side of the boat.

    11. Head Up: To maneuver the boat's course toward the wind.

    12. Head Down: To maneuver the boat's course away from the wind.

    13. Bear Away / Fall Off: To head in the opposite direction from the wind.

    14. Cleat: A metal or plastic device used to secure a line.

    15. Deck: The top of the boat.

    Did we miss any important sailing terms? Head over to our Facebook page and let us know!

    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 is one of our top choices in sailboats for kids. O'Pen Bic

    1. Your children don’t have to sail alone. The boats by One Design can easily fit two children as long as they do not exceed the weight limit.

    2. This sailboat is extremely safe. The O’pen Bic is built to withstand shocks and abrasion.

    3. If the boat capsizes, it is super easy to right that boat. It is 100% self-draining so there is no water in the boat while sailing or if the boat capsizes. If a sailor falls off it is simple to get back into the stern of the boat because it is completely open.

    4. You can get your boat onto the water in less than two minutes. The simple rigging allows the user to easily set sail.

    5. Ready to get your child sailing? Check out our

    Ready to get your child sailing? Check out our O‘pen Bic boats sailboats for kids and anchors away!

    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 for countless years and if you follow Sailing Pro on Facebook, you may recall that I coach, too. Take it from me, before stepping foot into a sailboat, you need to keep the following in mind.

    1. Become well versed in sailing safety. Always have a personal floatation device (PFD) — also known as a life jacket — on board and better yet, wear it, for starters.

    2. Know before you go. Trust me, at any level, the last thing you want to do is be on the water in a storm. Avoid problems by researching weather before you head out.

    3. Dress accordingly. Consider comfort and make sure you have the right sailing footwear, be it a sailing boot or shoe.

    4. Take a few lessons with a trained professional. Few people learn how to sail from a book. While a lot can be learned from sailing books and the Internet, there’s nothing like getting that in person training.

    5. The less crowded and the calmer the water is while you’re still learning, the better. And, avoid sailing on windy days.

    6. Become familiar with sailing terms. What’s a buoy, jibe, or stern? They are just three sailing terms you’ll want to know.

    7. Get educated on the sailing laws in the areas you wish to sail. The United States Coast Guard offers a reference guide. California for example requires mandatory boating safety education for some segment of the population and just reading sailing books does not cut it.

    Gill Front Zip Buoyancy Aid

    Gill Front Zip Buoyancy Aid

    Magic Marine Tool Bag

    Magic Marine Tool Bag

    1. Know what to bring. Each personal on board will need a PFD. Having a toolkit with spare parts is a plus. Pack an anchor, a boat hook, and a compass. Some sailors choose to pack water, snacks, sunscreen, personal medicines, and gloves.

    2. Don’t sail alone. When you’re first starting out, never sail alone. Ideally, go with a skilled sailor who can advise you.

    3. Boat type matters. A lot of new sailors tend to find that smaller boats are easier to work with. They’re typically more responsive than larger boats and make understanding the basics of sailing much easier. I see a lot of sailing schools teaching beginners on classic 23’ sloop boats.

    4. Watch out for the boom. Rutgers University keeps the definition of a boom short and simple: it’s a spar that takes the foot of a sail. It’s pretty common for sailors to get injured from the boom when they are not mindful of it. When it swings, it can knock you in the head or even overboard … not fun.

    5. Practice and enjoy the sailing life!  

     

    -  Art Vasenius, Sailing Pro Shop Owner

     

    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 sellers.

    My Top Picks: Orspan Line

    Product Stand Out Features

    Orspan Pants 600

    • Water repellent and waterproof outer
    • Plush inner fleece
    • Breathable 

    Orspan Mens Top 600

    • 4-way stretch
    • Waterproof
    • Windproof

    Orspan Vest 600

    Same as Top 600:

    • 4-way stretch
    • Waterproof
    • Windproof

    My Top Picks: Zskin Line

    Product Stand Out Features
    Zskin Mens Top 700
    • Lightweight and flexible
    • Temperature regulating
    • Stretchy

    Zskin Mens Top 760

    • Super stretch Jersey lining
    • Extremely thin
    • Comfortable

     To shop my favorites, just click on the product names above or browse our website. As a big fan of this brand, I’m proud that Sailing Pro Shop is a Zhik dealer that can continuously offer a wide selection of Zhik products.

    -  Art Vasenius, Sailing Pro Shop Owner

    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 “pride” to bring to you the Neil Pryde sailing collection and we cannot wait to add more Neil Pryde products to our shelves in the coming months.

    There are several features, across the Neil Pryde line of sailing gear, that set it apart from other lines. These include:

    • Unique Matrix Core which is a 3D matrix of honeycomb air chambers providing more warmth and flexibility while reducing weight.
    • Glued and blind stitched seems which help prevent water penetration.
    • Hotcell, which is insulation that is lightweight and fast drying. Furthermore, this effectively traps a thin layer of water next to the skin which helps keep core temperatures up.
    • Apex ultra-stretch is a very high performance neoprene.
    • X3 Shell, a rip stop an extremely breathable fabric that is ideal for dinghy and sports boat racing since it delivers performance with minimal weight and bulk.

    One of the Neil Pryde products available through Sailing Pro Shop today is the Neil Pryde Elite Buoyancy Aid. Check out this video about the product:

    If you have any questions about the Neil Pryde sailing collection, please contact us at 800-354-7245.
                                                                                                                                                       

    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, ideal for any outdoor sport in a wet environment.
    • The DexShell Coolvent Lite sock, we really liked as it was lighter even more breathable and does truly eliminate “stinky feet” (it has an anti0bacterial feature that reduces bad odor).
    • Drip-dries fast.
    • No blistering after several long days on the water. Although we have read elsewhere that the hard seem across the toe was uncomfortable for a couple people. That is going to depend on the shoe and your foot. For us, it was fine.
    • Buy a size bigger if you are in between sizes. Here is a size chart:

    Size Chart

    These are definitely going to be a hit with our customers. Grab a pair now!



    Dexshell Coolvent Lite 
    Waterproof Socks 


     Dexshell Coolvent  
    Waterproof Socks 

     

    Product Review: Optimum Time Watch Series 11

    Monday, July 7, 2014

    For our next product review, we are going to spotlight the Optimum Time Watch Series 11. This is a great watch at a great price. Here is what we discovered after test-driving the product:

    • Big numbers so you can read them even when sailing in not the best weather conditions.
    • Very easy to operate so our young sailors can have a reliable watch for racing.
    • We love that it comes in different colors so it can be worn on land and sea without clashing with your outfit.
    • The sync button works great if you miss the horn.
    • The fit was perfect for me with the adjustable strap.

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    -- Art Vasenius, Sailing Pro Shop Owner

    Set Sail with Kaenon Sunglasses

    Thursday, June 26, 2014
    By Art Vasenius 

    Summer is here and the sun is shining! Now is the perfect time to get some great Kaenon sunglasses to protect your eyes and still look fashionable on the high seas.

    Kaenon Jetty Black

                      With Kaenon Jetty sunglasses, you will have the authentic look of Kaenon sunglasses with the rectangular shape and smooth lines along with the great quality Kaenon is known for. This frame is made for extreme sporting use but looks great for everyday use. Furthermore, these sunglasses are for both men and women with nose pads that will fit most wearers comfortably and securely. The Kaenon Jetty sunglasses are available for prescription and polarized lenses and come with a hard case and cleaning bag.



    Kaenon Kanvas

                      Kaenon Kanvas sunglasses offers the classic Kaenon sunglass feel with the superior technology of today. When you wear the Kaenon Kanvas sunglasses, you will never lose sight of the picturesque sunrise that you are sailing towards because of the no-glare vision that they offer. These sunglasses have a secure fit to your temples so when you hoist anchor and set sail in even not the best sailing conditions, your sunglasses won’t fall off.



    Kaenon Klay

                      Get ready to have a voyage and never miss a thing with the Kaenon Klay sunglasses. They are designed to keep all the elements out of your eyes in the most extreme weather while still being comfortable to wear on all your adventures. The Klay sunglasses are offered in four different colors with polarized and non-polarized lenses. With these sunglasses, nothing will pass you by!



    Check out all our Kaenon sunglasses that we have to offer and remember that adventure your is out there!


    Five Learn to Sail Programs for Kids

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    Teaching a child to sail will not only get them active this summer, but can teach them things that they will carry with them through life. In addition, sailing teaches self-confidence, gives them a sense of direction and offers them a sense of spatial awareness. The following five programs across the U.S. were designed with children in mind.

    Clearwater Community Sailing CenterClearwater, FL- Clearwater Community Sailing Center (CCSC)              
    The CCSC offers tons of different sailing programs for kids. One that we would recommend would be the O’pen Bic Team. ThiThe CCSCs program is wonderful because it allows kids from ages 8 to 14 to really delve into the world of racing. The O’pen Bic boats are designed for easier handling for kids so they can really get out on the open water and let loose.

    Boston, MA-
    Community Boating Inc. (CBI)
    Community Boating Inc. is the oldest, continually running sailing school in the nationsince 1946. Their owners believe their success drives from their needs to help their community. Sailing can be costlyand CBI helps to reduce the economic strain by offering sailing programs at very reasonable rates. Their Junior Sailing Program is run on a sliding scale and students can even apply for scholarships with CBI. One of the most amazing things that they offer is that all kids who take part in the program is that when they are not in a class, they can go and join in on open sailing free of charge.

    Charleston, SC-
    Charleston Community Sailing (CCS)

    Charleston Community Sailing offers programs for children starting at the age of five. The Guppy Program was specially designed to teach younger kids how to feel comfortable on boats and around large amounts of water. The children participate in activities that include arts and crafts and games that teach safety and confidence through sailing. Beginner Sailing is a wonderful program for students who are ready to get out on the Water. CSS uses new Open BIC boats that gives sailors of all ages new freedoms on the water. 

    Long Beach, CA-
    United States Sailing Center (USSC)

    For one week your child can be immersed in the Kids Sailing Camps in Long Beach. USSC has proven to teach children the fundamentals of sailing. In groups, with their instructor of course, they’ll sail Alamitos Bay. After the week, the kids graduate from their programs among their new friends and family members.

    Newport Beach, CA-
    The School of Sailing and Seamanship

    Newport Beach, CA- The School of Sailing and SeamanshipThe Junior Summer Program offers skills and sailing tips that kids will carry with them for a lifetime. A key feature that The School of Sailing and Seamanship offers is that the staff that teaches and guides the children are all US Sailing certified instructors who make learning fun on and off the water.




    All of these programs offer so much for young sailors this summer so hoist your anchors and dive right into sailing. Make sure to browse our selection of One Design boats that are great for sailing for those of all ages.  

     

    New Products Available: Magic Marine Clothing & Gear

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    As a Magic Marine Dealer, we get to offer the Magic Marine sailing clothing and gear you desire. I’m excited to announce that a few new products recently came in, just in time for summer. We now offer the PU hooded sweatshirt, ultimate boot, tool bag, and protector pants.

    PU Hooded Sweatshirt

    This sweatshirt comes in handy on chilly, windy, and even rainy days. It has a windproof insulation layer with fleece lining to keep users’ extra warm.

     

    Ultimate Boot

    We believe they are called the ‘Ultimate Boot’ because they give users ultimate support – 5mm. In addition, this sailing boot’s reinforced instep provides users with superior ankle strength.

    Tool Bag

    Every sailboat needs this tool bag. It carefully holds all tools for sailing boats along with other must have tools for sailing.

    Protector Pants

    These pants are built to increase comfort from hard surfaces and edges when racing. They have an m-flex 30 percent stretch and lightweight neoprene. Their durable powertex prevent wear and tear on sailing boots.

     

    Shop Magic Marine, at Sailing Pro Shop.

     

    -- Art Vasenius, Sailing Pro Shop Owner

     

    Tips for a Good Fit: Coast Guard Approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)

    Monday, June 9, 2014
    By Art Vasenius 
    Your boat is calling your name to set sail and enjoy this amazing summer. But before you hoist anchors, make sure you get all your safety equipment and sailing gear in order.

    Spinlock Personal Flotation Device (PFD)No one wants unsightly tan lines and with the Spinlock Deckvest, you won’t have to worry about a thing. Spinlock’s personal flotation devices (PFDs) are light and airy. Cumbersome life jackets are a thing of the past because these PFDs are compact and are shaped to fit the user’s body in a simple yet stylish shape. You will still be able to enjoy all your water activities and feel safe with these PFDs because not only do they have a pleasant fit and are compressed in size, but they are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

    I personally use my Spinlock gear often. I have peace of mind knowing my PFD will be there for me.

    But how do you know which personal flotation device is right for you? Here are a few tips to help make sure you purchase the right PFD for your body:

    1. You will be sized by your chest and not your weight. Your PFD should fit snugly but give you enough breathing room so you can still move.  

    2. Make sure you have the correct buoyancy for your body. You can test the buoyancy while wearing your personal flotation device while in water and tilting your head back. Breath nice and easy and your chin should still be above the water. Basic rule of thumb is that if your mouth is not above the water, you need more buoyancy but remember it will be very different in different kinds of water.  The fact is the more in shape and physically fit your body is, you will require more buoyancy.  

    3. Don’t forget those extra necessities you may need at a moment’s notice such as a knife or whistle so you may want to choose a PFD with tabs or pockets.

     
    Spinlock Deckware products are always available at Sailing Pro Shop!

    Inaugural Heroes Regatta Honored Service Members

    Thursday, May 22, 2014
    By Art Vasenius

    Heroes Regatta

    On Saturday May 10, 2014, as a volunteer coach I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Heroes Regatta in Long Beach, California. What an event! Area firefighters, lifeguards, and police officers sailed on eight of the Long Beach Yacht Club’s Catalina 37 Racing Sailboats next to myself and the other coaches. The event was held to honor our service members.

    It was a beautiful day for sailing, with the sun being just breath taking and the breeze being nearly perfect. The event consisted of six races. At the end, two teams tied for first place — the LB Lifeguard Team and the LBPD Detective Team, with the Lifeguards (my team) ultimately winning.

    Winners Trophy

    The trophy that was awarded to the winning team, pictured, was made from twisted metal from the World Trade Center. As noted by Sail-World.com, the trophy was a reminder of our fallen heroes.

    Sky to Sea Images took these stunning images, all of which can be found via their website.

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    Sky to SeaSky to Sea

    Sailing Pro Shop: Personal Sailing Safety

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014
    By Art Vasenius

    Personal Sailing Safety
    As the weather is getting nicer, more and more people will be heading out on the water to enjoy the nice weather. While sailing is a fantastic way to enjoy the nice spring days, it’s important to be prepared for anything that happens when on the water. Here are some tips and helpful hints to be safe and have a good time while out sailing:

    Sailing’s More Fun With Friends

    It’s perfectly fine to go out and sail on your own but having people with you out on the water not only gives you more people to share the experience with but also some help to make it more enjoyable for you.

    Stay In The Know About The Weather

    Always listen to a marine weather forecast before you leave the dock so you can bring along the right provisions, clothing and any other gear that you may need. Be sure to pay attention to you instruments on board while you’re out on the water so that you can adjust to sudden changes in wind and temperature, amongst other things.

    Be Comfortable In The Water

    Sailboats can tip over sometimes, depending of the size of the boat, so it’s important to be comfortable in the water.

    Don’t Forget Your PFD

    The Coast Guard says that for every person that is on a boat there should be a personal floatation device (PFD) for each person and they should be easily to get to in case they are needed. If you are sailing in bad weather or by yourself, you should always wear your personal floatation device.

    Watch Out For The Boom

    One of the most common sailing injuries happens when a sailor’s not being aware of where the boom is and ends up taking a blow to the head, or even worse, being knocked overboard. Being aware of where the boom is and where it’s going is integral to know when you are out on the water.

    Know Your Signals In Times Of Distress

    Distress signals should only be used when necessary. There are several visual distress signals that are recognized internationally. These are helpful if you lose radio contact, or if you are on a smaller boat. These signals nclude raising the national flag of your boat upside-down, either at full or half mast, raising a square flag with a ball or anything resembling a ball above or below it. You can also try to flag down a passing-by boat by slowly waiving your arms or placing an article of clothing on an oar to make a more visible flag. 

    Extreme Sailing Series 2014: Highlights

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

    Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series 2014 recently concluded in China. This global tour that kicked off in late February in Singapore has seen its ups and downs. Like many sailors who have been unable to attend any acts, I’ve been following the series profusely. 

    In Act 1, Team Aberdeen Singapore just may have experienced one of the most dramatic moments in the eight years the series has been being held. With winds varying from five to 23 knots across the racecourse, the team fought to get to the finish line.

     

    In Act 2 over in Muscat, 11 top teams battled it out. Racing conditions were rough and temperatures were hot. Team The Wave took 1st place.

     

    More recently in Act 3, Team Alinghi won, despite having one of the biggest crashes in the series’ history. The winds were rough. At the end of day three, only 13 points separated the top four teams.

     

    Act 4 will kick off on June 26 in Russia – what are your predictions? Head over to our Twitter page and send us a Tweet with your predictions.  

    Until next time,
    Art


    Our Top 5 Extreme Sailing Video Picks

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    One of the many reasons sailing can sometimes be described as extreme is because it’s done in hazardous conditions such as in hurricane weather. We’ve searched the web for eye-catching extreme sailing videos. Of the hundreds of videos we found, the following stood out the most to us.

    1. Eye of the Storm – Hurricane Ivan

    A group of sailors hit the water in 2004 in the wake of Hurricane Ivan. This video highlights their journey. A terrifying ride, their sailboat crashed.



    2. Extreme Catamaran Sailing

    This video captures an F18 catamaran boat sailing Archipelago Raid, an extreme race of 100,000 islands. The helmsman and crew sailed in the Baltic Sea.



    3. Extreme Sailing Competition in Muscat

    Highlights from the Extreme Sailing Competition in Muscat just last month. It was a close race! The winds were smooth and the seas were perfect.



    4. Climbing the Mast

    In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Tom Way climbed the mast and out on the spinnaker pole. This video features footage from his venture.



    5. Sailing the BT Challenge

    If you love sailing as much as we do, this video will surely get your heat pumping. While the clarity of the video could be better, this video offers some stunning footage from the BT Challenge 2000/01.

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