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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 07, 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

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 09, 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, 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.

Sky to Sea Sky to Sea
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,

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.

Doing some extreme sailing yourself? Browse our online store for sailing clothing.

Sailing Pro Shop Spring Sailing Gear Spotlight: Gill

Friday, April 04, 2014

As we go from winter to spring, it’s time to get some new gear for the warmer weather and Gill definitely has what you need for all of your springtime sailing needs.

1) Gill Pro Top

 Gill Pro Top

The Gill Pro Top is the perfect dinghy smock for the active sailor whose is trying to ward off the elements. The features of the Gill Pro Top, which is made of a fully seam-sealed, two-layer 2 Dot™ laminated fabric with a durable water repellent finish. The highly breathable dinghy smock include a close fitting PU neck seal with zip closure and unique Velcro adjustment, inner gusset, an adjustable neoprene waistband, a self-draining easy access waist pocket and adjustable PU cuffs.


2) Gill Inshore Lite Trousers
Gill Inshore Lite Trousers

Gill’s Inshore Lite Trousers are a great lightweight pair of trousers that go well with both the Inshore Lite and Warm jackets. The Inshore Lite Trousers are made of a 2 Dot™ fully taped and laminated fabric which provides excellent breathability and durability along with durable, waterproof and breathable laminated fabric, fully taped seams, self-draining side pockets, adjustable ankle closures and an elasticized waistband with drawcord adjustment.


3) Gill Race Softshell Jacket
Gill Race Softshell Jacket
The Gill Race Softshell Jacket has been designed, tested and race proven for use in warmer conditions where weight, performance and protection can be the key to success. Made using a super-soft waterproof softshell fabric with a thermal fleece lining and water repellent finish. Inner cuffs, drawcord hem and a zipper storm guard provide protection from wind and water. Features of the Gill Race Softshell Jacket include a cooped collar for a close but unrestricted fit, thermal micro-fleece lining, zipped pockets and an adjustable shock cord hem.


4) Gill Speedskin Top
Gill Speedskin Top
The Gill Speedskin Top is the lightweight solution designed for both warm weather sailing conditions as well as high-performance racing 

This high-performance neoprene top is designed to maintain the body at optimum temperature during a race. The Gill Speedskin Top’s is ergonomically cut for a superior fit and reduced drag. The Speedskin Top both aids and enhances your competitive edge. The top can be worn with the Speedskin suit in cooler sailing conditions.



2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca Preview

Thursday, April 03, 2014
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup

From March 31 to April 5, 160 Lasers will be competing off the coast of Mallorca, Spain in the fourth of five regattas in the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup season. 55 different countries will be represented by 882 sailors in 11 different events, including one Paralympic race, in this year’s regatta.

In last year’s regatta, Australian racer Tom Burton was leading going into the final race, but was unable to hold off the storming Andy Maloney of New Zealand, who snatched the win away from Burton. Maloney has taken time off since the 2013 Laser World Championships in Oman and Burton, the number-two ranked racer in the word and Croatia’s Tonci Stipanovic, the number one in the world, have taken advantage of this by racking up wins at other ISAF Sailing World Cup events held in Qingdao, China, Melbourne and Miami.

Even after taking time off, Maloney sees himself as still one of the top racers in the ISAF Sailing World Cup.

“I am always confident that I can win any event going into it. I feel very prepared after three months training in New Zealand focusing on key areas to improve and am excited to line up against the other top guys again,” Maloney said in an interview with, adding, 'There are definitely a few sailors who were very consistent last year and set the bar towards the end of the season. It was an interesting year for myself with a lot of different events going on, making it really busy and long. I'm feeling totally refreshed after the summer in New Zealand and feel I can start off 2014 as I did last year.”

Other top racers that will be competing at Mallorca include Women’s Laser Radial racers ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao winner Dongshuang Zhang of China, Melbourne champion Tatiana Drozdovskaya of Belarus and American Paige Railey, who won the World Cup race in Miami will be joined by 2013’s Laser Radial World Champion Tina Mihelic of Croatia as well as Great Britain’s Alison Young, who returns to defend her title at Mallorca.

The Men’s 470 race will see the continuation of the battle in Miami between the Australian duo of Mat Belcher and Will Ryan and France’s Sofian Bouvet and Jeremie Mion, currently ranked number three in the world. There will be 80 boats competing in the race and Mion is ready for the wide-open battle.

“There are a lot of boats who can be really good there and we know that everybody will be very close. It's going to be a good fight,” Mion said to  

In the Women’s 470, 49 boats will be competing in Mallorca, including world number one Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre of Great Britain, New Zealand’s Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, last year’s ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year and the number three pair in the world, Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha of the U.S.

The 99-boat Finn race will be headlined by the battle brewing between Aussie racer Oliver Tweddell and Miami winner Giles Scott of Great Britain, who trailed Tweddell going into the last race of the event but pulled off the multi-boat length win off in the end. Also participating in the Finn event is 2013 World Champion Jorge Zarif of Brazil and French racer Jonathan Lobert, who was a bronze medalist at London 2012.

The first day of the regatta is on Monday the 31st and for more info, check out the both the Event website as well as SWC website.

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