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Sailing Gear Holiday Gift Buying Guide

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Don’t get lost in the “sea of holiday gift shopping” this year: Sailing Pro Shop is here to help! With innovative products in every price range, you will not have to worry about finding the perfect gift for your sailing friend or family member. We have profiled some of the best and newest...
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Product Spotlight: Gill 904 Competition Boot

Friday, November 20, 2015
Gill North America has been a long standing name in the sailing world. Gill has you covered from the top of your head with balaclavas all the way down to your toes with sailing boots to keep your feet on deck. Having the right competition boot is essential to having a successful race or sail. Gill...
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Product Spotlight: Laser Mark II Sail

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The highly anticipated Mark II (MK II) sail released earlier this year by Laser Performance has taken the sailing world by storm. With the bi-radial construction, the MK II is designed to last through the elements. The upper spars have a new luff tube design with optimized sail patches for a...
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Two Safety Must Haves for Every Boat

Friday, November 13, 2015
Having a boat safety checklist is essential for any seasoned sailor. Ensure you have the following safety gear before you set sail so you can enjoy your race to the fullest. Sirius SOS Distress Light Item #: SRS99810 The SOS Distress Light, manufactured by the leading Sirius Signal...
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Manufacturer Spotlight: LaserPerformance

Friday, October 2, 2015
Offering a range of products from boats, sails, seitech dollies, and foils, LaserPerformance is known as one of the world’s largest producer of smaller sailboats. Also known for the Sunfish, a single-handed sailing dinghy brand that has participated in the Summer Olympics, LaserPerformance has...
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Wet and Dry Suits for Sailors

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Summer is behind us and the seasons will be changing before our eyes. You want to make sure you’re informed and prepared for all the elements you might face. Wetsuits are worn in warmer weather temperatures. These suits are generally made of a material called Neoprene, which offers the user a...
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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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America's Cup World Series 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
From the Beginning … Starting before the first modern Olympic Games which started in 1856, the America’s Cup was a series of boat races involving wing-sail catamarans. Founded in 2011, leading up to the 2013 America’s Cup, the America’s Cup World Series is a sequence of races in order to decide...
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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: 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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