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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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Sailing Pro Shop Spring Sailing Gear Spotlight: Gill

Friday, April 4, 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 3, 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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