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Donating Old Sails to Haitian Fishermen | APS Advisor

  How would your sailing experience differ if you had to utilize cotton or plastic sheets as your sails? What seems like a strange concept to us is the norm for Haitian fisherman who have had to innovate with the limited sailing resources they have available. Without access to the Dacron sails we know and trust, they resort to hand making sails from plastic or cotton sheets- which often only last weeks before they need to be replaced. As the […]

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Learning the Science of Sailing

  Many of us in the sailing community were lucky enough to foster a love of the water and boating from a young age, while plenty of others have picked up the sport in adulthood. No matter the age of the sailor, there is a wealth of knowledge that comes from learning how to sail. US Sailing has found a way to not only grow the sport and make sailing more accessible, but to help teach core subjects using sailing […]

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The America’s Cup & Sailing Accessibility

Photo: Megan McNeilly  A lot can change in a hundred years. The America’s Cup returned to the waters off the island of Manhattan after a 96 year hiatus this past weekend. Much has changed in the sailing world since that last race. New boat designs, construction materials, and sails have evolved from monohulls made from wood with canvas sails to full carbon fiber, foiling catamarans with winged sails that can propel these boats upwards of 50 miles per hour. These […]

Sea Bin

Seabin: Always-On Ocean Cleaning

  If you’ve ever watched a skimmer on the pool and witnessed the current created by water’s surface tension flowing over a lip close to the surface then this innovation by The Seabin Project might have you saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The Seabin is the brainchild of Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton and aims to tackle marine pollution starting on the very docks that you launch your boat from.  Every sailor has looked down as they are […]

Mirobeads

Facewash to Table – Microbeads

On December 28th 2015 President Obama signed, into law, H.R.1321 – Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015. This act was in response to over a decade of products containing plastic microbeads and the acknowledgement that the majority of these 10mm plastic particles were bypassing water treatment facilities and ending up directly into our nations waterways. While these plastics are filtered during the process to purify tap water before it reaches homes they are increasingly being identified in seafood being caught commercially. […]

Sky Sails

Full Sail Ahead – A New Take on Offshore Wind Power

  If you’re glad you kept your collection of 1980’s ski suits only to find that neon is the new black then you’ll be blown away by SkySails, a German based company producing wind powered propulsion for boats over 100 feet in length.  Operating on principals similar to kite boarding, this system utilizes a high altitude “tow kite” to generate power for the vessel. Boasting up to a 35% reduction in fuel consumption in ideal conditions, these power generation systems […]

Clean Regattas – Sailing Green

  Sailors have long considered themselves shepherds of sustainability in an increasingly digital and performance-based world.  When wind power came to the forefront of technology the sailing community took heart that they were, in fact, moving their vessels from port to port utilizing tides, currents, and most importantly wind to reduce their carbon footprint in the tradition of ancient mariners since the beginning of written history. Increasingly, however, with the visibility of the world’s oceans and ecosystems being under constant […]

What Does the Super Bowl Have to Do with Sailing?

Last night millions of people across the U.S. sat down to watch the Super Bowl, and while most viewers had their mind on the game, there was a dark side to the festivities, which they did not consider. The Super Bowl has a huge environmental impact, which can be attributed to two groups: the millions watching the game at home (think higher-than-normal food waste and electrical output) and those attending the game (think the gas and jet fuel used to get […]