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Foul Weather Gear Review: NeilPryde Raceline Spray Top

Monday, February 17, 2014

NeilPryde Raceline Spray Top

After spending some time on the water testing out the NeilPryde Raceline Spray Top, our team is thoroughly impressed. This is the ideal piece of gear for any serious sailor when push comes to shove in foul weather. We especially love how the Raceline Spray Top meets at the crossroads of precision functionality, and unbelievable comfort. The super sleek and breathable X Shell fabric, the comfort seals on the cuffs, and the adjustable neoprene waistband round out this fantastic piece of race-wear.
Other great features include:

  • 100% waterproof.
  • Innovative neck design.
  • Fully taped seams.
  • Dartex double seal cuff system.

Check out our website for more information on this NeilPryde Raceline Spray Top and other pieces of sailing clothing.

 

New: Gill Race Waterproof Sailing Smock of the Gill Race Collection

Monday, February 10, 2014


We’re excited to announce … we’re now offering one of the newest sailing jackets in the market. The
Gill Race Waterproof Smock, part of the Gill Race Collection is now available at Sailing Pro Shop. We test drove it and you better hurry up and get yours before we keep them all for ourselves (if only this jacket was available in multiple colors).

Gill designed and rigorously tested this performance cut, nautical masterpiece for use in warmer conditions … the best conditions (in our opinion). Not only is this sailing smock lightweight and extremely breathable, but it’s water and windproof. These kinds of combinations don’t come along everyday. With its sleek graphite and silver color scheme, this piece of sailing clothing is hard to resist.



Some other notable features include:

- Watertight, zipper closing PU neck seal with unique Velcro adjustment for the inner gusset.
- Retractable cuff adjusters for PU sleeve cuffs create a waterproof seal.
- Back zip pockets to keep all your essentials safe without being cumbersome.

 

For more information on this sailing jacket or to order yours, visit its product listing page.

- More from the Gill Race Collection

Coming Soon at Sailing Pro Shop: Gill UV Race Trousers

Thursday, February 06, 2014

UV trousersWe’re excited to announce that we will soon be offering a great new product - Gill UV Race Trousers. We’ve recently had a chance to try them out and Gill has certainly raised the bar with this piece of sailing clothing! These high performance trousers are the perfect answer for any sports boat sailor in need of sailing trousers. The UV Race Trousers have been engineered for maximum movement capabilities. Other great features include:

  • Stretch knee panels for flexibility without pinching and binding.
  • Water repellent and fast drying.
  • Deep side pockets for periscopes and extra compasses.
  • 50+ UV protection for all day fun in the sun.
  • Composed of a Polyester-Elastane blend.

Gill UV Racer Trousers have everything you’re looking for in sailing pants, and their coming soon to Sailing Pro Shop! Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages to learn when we get them in.




Gill 1517 i5 Crosswind Salopettes Product Spotlight

Monday, December 23, 2013

Gill 1517 i5 Crosswind Salopettes



Foul weather gear shoppers – new this year is the must have Gill 1517 i5 Crosswind Salopettes. Is it warm? You bet. It has 100g/m2 thermal insulation and is a versatile thermal midlayer. In addition, it offers waterproof and windproof protection. Wear it as a mid layer or an outer layer in light conditions. Is it comfortable? You can bet on that also. Thank its stretch shoulder panel for that.

In addition, it has a two way front zip and seat and knee reinforcement for extra durability. One thing we especially love about this piece of sailing clothing is that it won’t hold water and even when it gets wet, it remains warm.

For more information or to order yours, please visit our
product page.












5 Great Gifts for Sailors

Friday, December 20, 2013

Finishing up your holiday shopping but are still stumped on what to get the sailor in your life? We have a few ideas. Here are some sailing products that in our experience, sailors love.

Gill Hydrophobe Tops

1. Gill Hydrophobe Tops - On chilly days, your sailor can wear a Hydrophobe Top as a thermal layer. On warmer days, the top can be worn to help reduce wind chill. It’s lightweight and ergonomically designed. Your sailor will be able to easily move around in a Hydrophobe Top!

Mens’ Top >> | Womens’ Top >>

Velocitek SpeedPuck

2. Velocitek SpeedPuck - This piece of sailing gear is a sailor’s best friend. Since sailing can be misleading, this device gives sailors the responsive boatspeed they need without any through-hull installation hassles. And hey, the boatspeed is accurate too. It’s easy to read and is waterproof. This little guy that’s 115mm / 4.5” diameter, 27 mm / 1.06” thick won a big award — the Practical Sailor 2013 Best Choice Award.

Learn more and order >>

Ronstan ClearStart Watches

3. Ronstan ClearStart Watches - They are innovative, functional, and shouldn’t cause you financial distress due to their affordable prices.

Check out the two we offer>>

Ronstan ClearStart Watches
NeilPryde Raceline Spray Top

4. NeilPryde Raceline Spray Top - This piece of sailing clothing is for the committed sportsboat and dinghy racer. It’s made from 100 percent breathable fabric, has a watertight internal pocket, and more.

View our top for men >>

NeilPryde Elite Thermalite Bottoms

5. NeilPryde Elite Thermalite Bottoms - When your sailor needs to stay keep warm and comfortable, this sailing pant delivers. It’s lightweight and can be worn in conjunction with technical under garments.

Order >>

Order online or by phone. If you have any questions or need additional gift ideas, please contact us.

It’s a Merry Musto Christmas with This Musto Dealer!

Friday, December 20, 2013
We love Musto and are one of very few dealers that offer Musto brand products. It’s no secret that during Christmas, it’s often colder than normal in many parts of the United States. It’s a Merry Musto Christmas for us because we are staying warm and cozy with some of these products, including two great foul weather jackets.


1. Musto LPX Jacket – Durability is not compromised with this sailing jacket that’s lightweight and offers maximum breathability and waterproofness.
Musto LPX Jacket
2. Musto Windstopper Race Mid Layer Jacket – This comfortable and stylish windstopper has a fleece-lined collar to boost your comfort level and warmth. It also has windstopper face fabric with a lofty microcheck backer that’s bound to keep you warm and cozy all season long.
Musto Windstopper Race Mid Layer Jacket
3. Musto Women’s ½ Zip Fleece – Another warm and cozy Musto product is this women’s fleece. It’s made with 100 percent polyester and has a knit look and slim fit.

Musto Women’s ½ Zip Fleece


For even more Musto products that will keep you warm, browse our online store


Gill 2013 Holiday Promo

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Take Advantage of These Limited Time Gill Offers

Gill 2013 Holiday Promo

Through December 26, 2013, one of our favorite sailing products manufacturers — Gill — is offering a free gift with purchase that we are extending to you – our faithful Sailing Pro Shop customers. Here’s how to take advantage of these great, limited time offers.

1. Spend $150 or more on Gill products and get the Gill Harness Rescue Tool with case (MT005), a $15.95 value, free!
2. Spend $325 or more on Gill products and get both the Gill Harness Rescue Tool with case and Gill’s 5 Liter Dry Bag (L055), free!




View complete details and mention this blog post when you call to place your order, in order to guarantee shipment.

Happy Holiday from Gill and Sailing Pro Shop!





 

Velocitek Shift Review

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Velocitek Shift

The Velocitek Shift is a state-of-the-art sailing compass that uses gyroscopes (a device consisting of a wheel) and magnetic sensors to help users track the orientation of their boat in three dimensions. As noted by Velocitek’s Chief Marketing Officer, Charles Swanson in the below video, when you use this device prior to a race, you won’t need to memorize or record reference angles. Just simply push a dedicated button to store a reference angle. 

What Users Had to Say

Here’s what two professional sailors had to say about this piece of sailing gear, as illustrated in a Velocitek video.

“It accelerates a new course change faster than our tactic compasses and it also is a much stable average.” – Bora Gulari, 2x Moth World Champion

“It was very simple for me to go upwind before the start, hit the number, and the set button. … Once the race started I immediately knew if I was lifted or headed. Just the fact that I could look and see the heather lifted number didn’t make me think too much and I was able to focus my efforts elsewhere.” – Anthony Kotoun, Moth North American Champion

Learn more and order yours.

NeilPryde Elite Buoyancy Aid Product Spotlight

Monday, December 09, 2013

NeilPryde Elite Buoyancy Aid



As noted by NeilPryde, this Buoyancy Aid was designed for the sailor who demands minimum bulk and maximum freedom to move. At a glance, our sailing vest here has soft and ergonomically cut form for comfort and performance, reflective panels and piping, an oversized zipper with a protective flap, and a large stretch mesh drainage pocket.


This vest is made 100 percent out of Nylon Outer and 100 percent NBR rubber inner foam. It’s available in XS/Small, M/Large, and XL/2X Large. It’s CE approved, but not Coast Guard approved and does not serve as a PFD. Instead, this product is meant to aid in flotation of a user.

In the America’s Cup in San Francisco just this past year, Oracle Team USA wore this product. If you visit this link, you’ll see Simeon Tienpont, a member of Oracle Team USA with it on. For more information, please visit our NeilPryde Elite Buoyancy Aid Product Page.

Ronstan Clear Start Sailing Watch 4050 Review

Friday, December 06, 2013
Ronstan 4050 Watch

Arguably, the Ronstan Clear Start Sailing Watch 4030 is the best sailing watch in the world. Well, that watch just got better with this Ronstan Clear Start Sailing Watch 4050. It has a fresh new look with large buttons, displays that are easy to read, and an advanced intuitive programming that was designed with the racing sailor in mind.

Not to mention, some of the world’s top sailors gave their input on this Clear Start™ watch. We love everything about it from its race sequence resynchronization, to its pre-programed race sequence sounds, and its bold and functional styling.

Product Feedback

We checked in with some of our customers who purchased this sailing watch to see what they thought of it. Many sang its praises and agree that it’s in a class of it’s own. One customer went as far as saying that this watch is hands down the best piece of catamaran equipment he owns.

This is a great watch, indeed. Order it and see for yourself.

Why We’re Thankful for Sailing

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

 

Why We're Thankful for Sailing

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’ve been doing some reflecting on what we’re thankful for. One thing in particular is sailing. We’ve put together some of the reasons why we’re thankful for this sport and hobby and how sailing has touched us and our friends and families throughout the years.

 

  1. Freedom. One of our employees said sailing makes them feel free. When they are out on the water and the wind is blowing in their hair, they feel free and alive.
  2. Self-confidence. One of our employees who has a younger daughter who sails said sailing has taught her self-confidence. “I’ve made my fair share of mistakes when sailing but I was taught to keep going. As I get better and better, my self-confidence goes up.”
  3. It’s a great workout. Our owner spoke with one of his friends who sails and he said he’s thankful for sailing because it helps keep him healthy. He does dinghy sailing, which is a watersport.
  4. It’s fun! All of our employees who sail agree that sailing is fun and is a great hobby.
  5. New experiences. “Sailing opens my eyes to new and exciting experiences. I get to see new places and make memories,” said one of our customers.
  6. New friends. One of our owner’s relatives is in a sailing club. Through the sailing club, he has met a ton of new people and has made a lot of new friends. “I’m thankful for sailing because it introduced me to some pretty awesome people who I can call close friends.”
  7. For many of the above reasons and so many more, our owner is thankful for sailing because it allowed him to turn one of his passions into a business. When he’s not on the water, he gets to work with sailing clothing, sailing gear, sailboats, and more. “Opening up Sailing Pro Shop has been a dream come true,” he said.
  8. New skills. Many of the people we talked to said through sailing they gained new skills and improved some of their current skills such as leadership skills and communication skills.

Why are you thankful for sailing? Head over to our Facebook page and let us know. And, on behalf of all of us at Sailing Pro Shop - Happy Thanksgiving!

Zhik Aroshell Race Review | Sailing Trousers

Monday, November 11, 2013
The Zhik Aroshell Race is a super tough 3-layer performance sailing trouser made with a combination of woven polyester, monolithic membrane, and tricot mesh that stretches with its user. It’s breathable while providing optimal weather protection. These trousers make a great addition to any sailing clothing collection and we give them 5 out of 5 stars. They really have the perfect combination of features for use by any yachter or coastal racer including: 

  • A Hi-Vis hood that provides safety from elements.
  • A high cut fleece lined collar to keep users’ necks warm and the wind out. 
  • Custom reflectors for increased visibility.
  • Internal pockets, water repellant zippers, adjustable shoulder straps, large pockets, and reinforced knee and seat panels. It is really the perfect combination for any yachter or coastal racer.



What Our Customers Had to Say About This Product

“It’s warm and, comfortable. It and allows me to move freely while I race.”
- Vincent V., Oregon

“My wife bought this for me and I can honestly say she is the greatest wife in the world for doing that! I am warm, comfortable, protected, and happy when I have these trousers on.! Every yachter or racer needs this Aroshell Race! What a thoughtful gift.”
- Paul, Washington

Order yours today!

 

Gill Deck Tech Race Trainer Review | Sailing Shoes

Friday, November 08, 2013

Gill Deck Tech Race Trainer shoe

New to the sailing shoes market is the Gill Deck Tech Race Trainer shoe. It has an exclusive fill-contact and non-slip performance outsole for exceptional grip and traction in rain or shine. They are highly durable and non-absorbent. Plus, they dry quickly. In our opinion, these shoes are more durable than a lot of other sailing shoes in the market and they even have abrasion resistant toe protection that is in fact more durable than standard leather. 

One of our employees has been using them since we got them in stock. Here’s what he had to say about them:

One of the first things I noticed when I took these shoes out of the box was design related. The reflective detailing caught my eye. When wearing them sailing, I felt sturdy in wet conditions. They have an excellent grip and they are even pretty comfortable. I would recommend these shoes for sailing.

Get more information or order yours.

5 Reasons to Use Hyde Sails

Saturday, November 02, 2013

If you’re a sailor, you know there are all kinds of sails out there. One brand of sails we are most fond of is Hyde. If you’re in the market for sails, Hyde Sails are worth checking out. For the following five reasons and more, we recommend using them.

Hyde makes high quality sails; offers a wide selection of sails including sails for Optimists and ocean racing yachts; and the company produces some of the best sails in the world. Reasons number four and five: with more than 40 years in the sailing industry, Hyde knows sailing. At Sailing Pro Shop, we give you competitive deals on the Hyde Sails we sell including: Hyde Optimist Race SailHyde Optimist Training Sail, and Hyde Laser Radial Sail.

For more information, contact us.

 

Breathable Musto Corsica Gilet Review

Thursday, October 31, 2013

As the temperatures in many parts of the United States have already started to decrease, you need sailing clothing that is going to keep you warm, and this vest does that and more. We give this sailing vest — the Breathable Musto Corsica Gilet 4½ stars out of 5. It’s modern, cozy, lightweight, and of course warm. It’s also waterproof and comfortable. It has a scooped hem with elastic drawstring for a snug fit and external zipped pockets on chest and front for storage. Store your cellphone or wallet. It’s ideal for layering.

What Our Customers Had to Say About This Product

“I like to be comfortable and warm when I’m sailing. This vest delivers.” – Jill O., California

“I don’t sail but I do ski so my aunt thought I would like this vest when she gave it to me as a gift. She was right and it was a nice gift. You don’t have to be a sailor to enjoy it. I really like that it’s breathable and waterproof.” – Maria, New York

Order yours, today.

5 Sailing Movies to Watch When You Can’t Sail

Friday, October 25, 2013

There are some days you simply can’t sail, such as on days when the weather is bad. When we can’t get out on the water for whatever reason, we love to indulge in a good movie about sailing. Here are some of our favorites to help you get your sailing fix when you can’t get it from sailing. 

Wind
Starring Matthew Modine and Jennifer Grey

Genre: Action, Drama
Year Released: 1992

Anything that involves America’s Cup gets our attention, as this movie does. In it, a sailor and a lovely woman are brought together by their quest to claim the Cup. The shots of the boats in this movie are amazing, and the storyline is amusing too.

The Perfect Storm
Starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, and Diane Lane

Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure
Year Released: 2000

This one is a classic. You may have already even seen it due to its popularity when it came out, but it’s worth another watch. If you watch this movie when the weather is bad, it’ll make you glad you’re not on the water in a storm. This movie heavily focuses on weather.  

Madison
Starring Jim Caviezel and Mary McCormack

Genre: Drama
Year Released: 2005

We love that this movie is based on a true story of a man who entered a Gold Cup Championship Race. It focuses on his personal struggle to victory. An inspirational movie for the whole family.

Morning Light
Starring Chris Branning and Kate Theisen

Year Released: 2008
Genre: Documentary

This movie follows the crew of 15 young competitors during six months of intense training. It highlights their determination and hard work training and competing in a big race. The crew is young (between ages 18 to 23). They compete against some of the world’s most experience sailors of that time.


Cast Away
Starring Tom Hanks and Helen Hunt

Year Released: 2000
Genre: Adventure, Drama

This movie focuses on one man’s quest to survive after being stranded on a deserted island due to a plane crash. It’s not sailing centric as the other movies but Tom Hanks, whose character is an award-winning sailor, makes this movie worth the watch.

Do you have a favorite sailing movie? Head over to our Facebook page and let us know what it is. 


 

Laser Performance C420 Product Spotlight

Friday, October 18, 2013

 


As a Laser Performance dealer, we offer the popular C420, also known as the Club 420. In 43 countries worldwide, it’s used as a youth development boat. In fact, it’s actually the world’s top training boat. If you’re wondering how safe it is, on a scale of one through 10, we give it a nine — it’s a very safe boat. In addition to being safe, it’s durable, light and strong. As noted in the Laser Performance brand’s tagline for this boat: “Young sailors get schooled and top sailors get challenged.” And they certainly do. Through using this sailboat, young sailors learn teamwork, trapeze, and spinnaker techniques that can’t be learned with single-handed boats.

The boat is 13.9 ft. in length with a mean of 5.5 ft. It has a draft that measures 2.95 ft., a mainsail area that measures nearly 80 ft., and a jib area that measures slightly over 30 ft. Its hull weight is 230 lbs. Its deck-mounted hardware is supported by tapped aluminum backing plates and it has toughened resin and plexus bond.

For more information on this boat, contact us.

 

Sailing Rash Vest Review: Gill UV Aero Vest

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Our Gill Sailing Rash Vest, UV Aero Vest is ideal for the trapeze sailor. This piece of sailing clothing reduces wind drag and eliminates the danger of snagging. It can be worn over a buoyancy aid, a trapeze harness, and other additional layers. It has four way stretch fabric for comfort and fit. Plus, it has 50+ UV protection.


What People Are Saying

“I like that it has opening stretches that fit around the vest’s Trapeze Harness. It’s a good, comfortable vest at an affordable price.” - Jill W, San Diego, CA

“When I’m sailing, safety is my number one priority. This vest certainly meets my standards for safely reducing wind drag and snagging.” - Gennaro S., Ft. Lauderdale, FL

“You want to know what I think about this vest? Comfortable, comfortable, comfortable! I’d recommend it.” – Alex B., Corpus Christie, TX


So there you have it folks. The UV Aero Vest is in fact a worthwhile vest to have. Do you own it? If so, we’d love to hear how you like it. Please head over to our website and leave a review or share your experience on our Facebook page.

 

Sea Thermo Pants Review

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Made from spandex and polypropylene — a perfect layering material, this piece of sailing clothing is an ideal base layer for a dry suit or being worn under Sea sailing pants. Sailors are not the only ones who find them suitable — fishermen, kayakers, hikers, bikers, and other people who enjoy the outdoors when it’s cold out, do too. They dry fast, have a water repellent fabric, are lightweight, and have 50+ UV protection.  


What People Are Saying

“One of my favorite times of the year to go sailing in my home state is in the fall, but sometimes it gets chilly out on the water especially during fall months. These pants help keep me warm.” – Lorena A., Margate, NJ.

“The Sea Thermo Pants are flexible and comfortable.” – Samuel D., Newton, MA

“They are lightweight and great for layering.” - William, Holland, MI


So, you don’t have to be sailor to wear these pants, but who wouldn’t want to be? Haha, just kidding. But really — these pants are good for just keeping you warm. Although they are snug, the black is rather flattering on most body types. Will they be on your wish list this holiday season? 


 

Spotlight On Sperry Sailing Shoes & Boots

Monday, September 30, 2013

Every sailor needs a pair or two of reliable sailing shoes and boots. In this blog post, we’re taking a close look at a pair of Sperry Sea Racer Shoes, the Sperry Top Sider Grip X3 Boot, and the Sperry Top Sider SeaHiker Waterproof Boot.

Sperry SeaRacer Shoe

As the official footwear of the U.S. Sailing Team, Zodiac Academy, the World Billfish Series, and the Shimano Fishing Tour, these shoes are reliable. One of our customers said “they help keep my legs steady. I think that’s due to the sticky outside of the shoe. I never worry about slipping on deck when I have them on.” What this customer is referring to is the shoe’s Hydro-Grip Rubber – a sticky outsole for maximum on-deck traction. These shoes also have Adaptive Wave Siping that disperses water underfoot which reduces slippage. They are complete with a full surface grab and grip for allaround performance. These shoes can also easily be wore over a dry suit because they have shoelaces that can easily be adjusted. I’ve also noticed that these shoes are pretty light. More information >>

Sperry Top Sider Grip X3

This sailing boot remains one of our best sellers, for obvious reasons. It’s comfortable, has ultimate traction, and offers overall great foot and ankle protection. The sole is flexible and sturdy. Its built-in GripX3 Technology delivers 360-degree traction for a more confident sailing experience in spring, summer, fall, and even winter. While I don’t recommend wearing this boot barefoot in the winter, you certainly could if you had to, as it’s a warm boot. More information >>

Sperry SeaHiker Boot GripX3

One of the first things I noticed about this sailing boot when I first tried it on was the zipper closure the boot has on its side. It’s an easy boot to get on and off. When you’re sailing on a dinghy or a big boat, you need maximum traction for peak performance. This boot offers that, as it includes GripX3 Technology, similar to the Sperry Top Sider above. The boot’s Hydro-Grip Rubber gives you that extra stability. The boot is also pretty flexible. More information >>

What’s your favorite sailing shoe or boot? Head over to our Facebook page to share.

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