by Charles Mason, Posted October 22, 2009There were lots of happy faces and plenty of celebratory toasts at the Gill 25th anniversary party held during this month's Annapolis Sailboat Show. Founder Nick Gill regaled the audience with some entertaining yarns about what it was like entering the North American sailing market for the first time.And then Gill North America president, David Pritchard, followed up with some amusing
by Charles Mason, Posted January 20, 2010Here’s a new lightweight and eco-friendly carrying bag that’s made from recycled woven polypropylene. Covered with some of Sharon Green’s most spectacular sailing shots, this no-nonsense bag measures approximately 16 by 14 by 5 inches and can handle plenty of food and gear.The webbed handles are well made—unlike many bags this size—and its all-up weight is a lot less than those plodding
by Sail Staff, Posted March 10, 2010Looking for a pair of sailing pants spiffy enough to wear to the club after you step off your boat? Meet Harken’s new quick-drying Ballistic Eco pants, made from an environmentally friendly blend of bamboo, nylon and Spandex. The pants are available in four colors, and feature a reinforced seat, articulated and reinforced knees, a gusseted crotch, anti-microbial properties,
by Sail Staff, Posted May 3, 2010You may not be able to sail like Brazilian Olympic medalist Torben Grael or James Spithill, helmsman for recent Larry Ellison’s recent America’s Cup winner, but now you can look like them—at least a little. Fashion icon Prada recently unveiled a what it calls its “Intrepid” sunglasses—the same glasses BMW Oracle Racing configured with a heads-up display similar to that used aboard fighter jets,
by Sail Staff, Posted June 1, 2010The new Not for Navigation line of canvas bags makes it possible for you to have the nautical chart of your choice custom silk-screened onto one of any number of bag types. All bags are made from natural cotton canvas, and more than a dozen different styles are available, including smaller messenger bags, totes, duffels, ditty bags and wine holders. Silk-screened pillows are also
by Sail Staff, Posted December 9, 2005Looking for a stocking-filler for Dad? We’ve long been fans of the natty nautically themed ties ($65) from Vineyard Vines. They’re pure silk, and there’s a huge range of them to choose from, including the Catboat and Anchor & Wave designs pictured here. Or you could go for the full ensemble—VV makes shirts, trousers, and jackets too. Vineyard Vines, 800-892-4982,
by Sail Staff, Posted April 10, 2007It’s miserable to pull a frigid midnight watch shift during a stormy passage or an ocean race and not be prepared for the cold. To this end Patagonia recently introduced a new line of merino-wool base layers. These chlorine-free garments are soft against the skin (I hate scratchy wool), resist the growth of odor-causing bacteria, and are sold in different weights for different activities.