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Sailors are a fickle group to buy gifts for, as many old salts have their kit of choice and aren’t especially interested in shaking things up. Did I mention that by nature, we’re traditionalists? While some factions among us might be content to hang onto those old, musty-smelling foulies, the good news is that there is plenty of great innovation and bright ideas coming from the industry side of
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$$$ Sail Fast, Be Free, Go Green. While this is a complex and demanding MO to follow in today’s world, Tacktick’s line of solar-powered, wireless, electronics are sure to bring a smile to the face of any boat owner on your list. Gone are the days of snaking wire runs and thirsting drains on your power supply; here instead are the much-heralded days of plug-n-play electronics that will have your special someone sailing more and fidgeting with gizmos less. Tackticks products range from wind instruments to speed/depth sounders to wireless FOB’s to various displays. And did we mention that the gear is solar powered and wireless? Prices vary. www.tacktick.com

$$$$$ Charter Fun. Looking for a gift for that special someone who doesn’t have absolutely everything—at least not a reservation for a racing masterclass in Tortola, an IC24 to race for four days at various locations around the British Virgin Islands, and a charterboat to live on while racing and to cruise on for three days when class is out? Look no further; Horizon Yacht Charters has the answer—and the perfect instructor to brush up your special someone’s racing skills and those of his/her team of four or five. Peter Holmberg, Virgin Islands resident and holder of a slew of racing honors, will offer a seminar, briefings and debriefings, and an onboard coaching session with each team. The raceboats will be identical IC24s, modified J/24s that are highly popular (and hard to get) in the islands. The package runs May 10–17, 2009.Seven-night packages for four people start at $7,995 for the week (depending on the size of the charterboat) and include the IC24. For more information, visit www.horizonyachtcharters.com.

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