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Winners of SAIL's Holiday Wish List Contest

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Announcing the winners of SAIL's Holiday Wish List

The holidays have come and gone, but SAIL still has one more gift to give: our stocking full of sailing goodies. From November 1, 2009 to January 1, 2010, we accepted entries from hundreds of SAIL readers who responded to our question, "What ten items do you most wish to add to your sailboat this upcoming season?" From masts to mainsails, we heard from hundreds of hopefuls, and we randomly selected two especially creative winners to receive our belated holiday gift. You can see their entries below.

Thank you to the following sponsors: American Sailing Association, Beneteau, Blue Water Sailing School, Conch Charters, Facnor, Hake Yachts, Harken, Henri Lloyd, Horizon Yacht Charters, KVH Industries, New England Ropes, Offshore Sailing School, Pioneer Research, Raymarine, Selden, Steiner, Sunsail, TMM Yacht Charters, and The Moorings.

Holiday Wish List Winner #1

Connie from Tempe, AZ

My wish list includes:

1. Two automatic Mustang life preservers with harness

2. Work schedules that coordinate so my captain and I could go sailing more (he works most weekends and I work M-F)

3. Solar panels

4. Sun protective clothing (I'm a fair-skinned redhead!)

5. Life raft

6. Time to go sailing!

7. A dry storage rental at Lake Pleasant, Arizona

8. A new truck to tow our sailboat

9. New tires for the trailer

10. World peace and a balanced budget for the U.S. (OK - I know that's A LOT to ask but what the heck!?!?)

Holiday Wish List Winner #2

David from Walworth, NY

The 1983 Newport 27 (PMII) is aging gracefully but, here is the wish list to keep her sailing and happy for the next 20+ years;

New eyes. The old depthfinder and speedo have become very unreliable.

New mainsail. At 27 she needs to retire and be replaced.

New roller furling. The original Cruising Design furling gear has not been fixed, TIG welded or had parts replaced for many years.

New interior cushions. Early 80s plaid....

New cockpit cushions. See above......

New halyards.

New docklines w/snubbers.

Wind indicator Old one is a peg leg, only helps on one tack.

Lazy jack system

HP floor inflatible. Just because...

I could keep going but, as long as the PMII's hull, rig and diesel are in good shape, she continues to be a big part of the family. We continue to meet some of the greatest people on the water. And now that my kids have aged just as gracefully as the PMII, I'm hoping to spend a lot more time on board with my wife and all these new toys from the wishlist. Thanks for asking, "Santa."

Congratulations Connie and David from all of us at SAIL!

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