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How to Choose the Best Sunscreen for Sailing

Sailing and an active water lifestyle expose skin to more direct and indirect (reflected light from the water, boat decks, and other surfaces) than just about any other outdoor activity.  All of this sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) radiation; the source of sunburn, premature skin aging, and skin cancer, which is the most prevalent type of cancer.  When considering a good sunblock, the first goal is to protect your skin from UV and its damaging rays. Secondly, you want to use […]

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What to Pack for a Bareboat Sailing Charter

What to Pack for a Bareboat Sailing Charter – The Complete Guide Bareboat chartering allows you to choose from destinations around the globe, and the ability to freely explore with few of the trappings and stresses of daily life back home.  Destinations vary from places like the BVI in the Caribbean, Greece in the Mediterranean, Tonga in the South Pacific, the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean, Belize in Central America and more.  The better […]

Personal Packing List for Offshore Sailboat Racing

Customer Service team member, Andrew, tells us what’s in his gear bag for a distance ocean race. Offshore racing is one of my favorite ways to compete in this great sport, and it’s even better when you end up somewhere tropical. We field dozens of calls and questions for ordering offshore gear here at APS, especially during the warmer months. As someone who’s had the pleasure of sailing Annapolis to Newport, Annapolis to Bermuda and Newport to Bermuda, I thought I would […]

How to use a Rescue Knife when Sailing

Having a safety rescue knife as part of your sailing gear is a small investment that offers a lot of peace of mind. Today we are taking a look at both the Spinlock “S” Cutter Safety Knife and the Gill Harness Rescue Tool. The Spinlock “S” Cutter Safety Rescue Knife offers an instinctual design when grabbing it to use. For quick access in an emergency, the S-Cutter can be Velcro attached (in its own Pouch) to any life jacket or harness belt. It has a lanyard that attaches to the pouch […]

Packing Your Gear Bag for a Weight Conscious Sailboat

Choosing what to bring in your gear bag when sailing isn’t really a case of right or wrong, but being aware of what you choose to bring can make a difference on a sensitive boat, especially with a large crew.  Being the one who continually brings too much gear in a bag you could fit in, we’re here to help keep your weight conscious boat and crew happy. Tip #1: The smaller the bag (even if it’s packed full) the better it looks as you […]

Packing List for a Mid Distance Sailboat Race

Take a look at what made the cut for the Mid Distance Sailing Packing List As the sailing season gets back into full swing, many sailors will be gearing up for mid-distance races such as Annapolis to Bermuda and Newport to Bermuda — both excellent races to push personal and equipment limitations. I’m sailing the Annapolis to Bermuda.  For this race, I’ll be packing all (except for my foul weather gear, boots, and PFD) my gear into a 30 Liter gear bag for weight […]