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Top Sailing Products of 2016

2015 has been an amazing year with numerous, innovative sailing products released, but we believe 2016 will be even better! Sailing enthusiasts should be aware of the latest sailing gear trends of the next year. We profile 10 of the best sailing products of 2016.Zhik Kiama JacketThe Zhik Kiama...
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Sailing Gear Holiday Gift Buying Guide

Don’t get lost in the “sea of holiday gift shopping” this year:  Sailing Pro Shopis 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

Gill North America has been a long standing name in the sailing world. Gill has you covered from the top of your head withbalaclavasall 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

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 longer...
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Two Safety Must Haves for Every Boat

Having aboat safety checklistis 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 LightItem #: SRS99810The SOS Distress Light, manufactured by the leading Sirius Signal company, is the first...
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Manufacturer Spotlight: LaserPerformance

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

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.Wetsuitsare worn in warmer weather temperatures. These suits are generally made of a material called Neoprene, which offers the user a level...
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Product Spotlight: Gill Sailing Jackets

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...
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Apps Every Sailor Needs to Download

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’msailing 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

TheMPX Offshore Jacketfrom Musto was designed for the offshore sailor who spends more than average time out on the open waters. During theVolvo Ocean Race , the inventors of this high endurance jacket developed the Photoluminescent Technology to makeboat safetythe number on priority for those who...
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America's Cup World Series 2015

From the Beginning …Starting before the first modern Olympic Games which started in 1856, the America’s Cup was a series ofboatraces involving wing-sail catamarans. Founded in 2011, leading up to the 2013 America’s Cup, theAmerica’s Cup World Seriesis a sequence of races in order to decide the...
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Treat Your Feet: Sailing Shoes

We all have our favorite hat and that old t-shirt that we can’t help not putting on when we go sailing inSouthern California . Do you have a favorite pair ofsailing shoesthat 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

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

Pre-SailCheck 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 warmlyin layers.Pre-DepartureCheck fuel and...
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[Quiz] Which Crew Member Are You?

What Crew Member Are You? by ProProfs
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You Know You’re a Sailor When…

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 hourspracticing knots .Source:itstactical.com2.You can never seem to get an even tan no matter how hard you try.Source:tinypic.com3.You care...
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Volvo Ocean Race: A World Race Update

Since 1972, theVolvo Ocean Racehas 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…

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 becauseSailing Pro Shopis here to help. We have brought together some of our best gift ideas for every price range, so drop anchor and find...
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Infographic: How to Tie Three Essential Sailing Knots

By Art Vasenius   
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6 Pieces of Essential Sailing Gear

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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