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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 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.

Optimum Seriess


-- Art Vasenius, Sailing Pro Shop Owner

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