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Laser ACC Regatta Wrapup and Harken Block Test Drive

Harken Laser Blocks Tested | Expert Advice

The Laser ACC (Atlantic Coast Championship) regatta was held this past weekend one block from our APS offices at the Severn Sailing Association here in Annapolis. It was a fairly light air event with a total of 5 races held. Even though it was light it was a great regatta and I think everyone had a good time. The Laser Radial event was won by Christopher Stocke and the Laser 4.7 winner was Mary Hall. Here in the US a Laser […]

Harken Laser Traveler and Boom Blocks | Expert Review

In last weeks blog post you had a First Look at the new Harken Laser Blocks that should be available at the end of the month. Since then we’ve had a bunch of people pre-order them already, so kudos to you early adopters! Thankfully, within the last few days I’ve managed to get my hands on a set of these babies and install them on my own Laser. I took them out for a spin during the weeknight racing we […]

Mac Design Deck Labels – Invasion of the Giant Sticker People

Mac Design Sailboat Deck Label Stickers | Expert Review

So maybe the new deck labels and polar charts from Mac Designs are not quite as exciting as the title might imply, but they”re pretty cool. Mac Designs is a graphics design company based in Newport that does all sorts of designs for some big time race programs including Numbers and Moneypenny. You”ve probably seen the Accutak deck labels that have been around for a while. Mac Designs has now come out with a few more stickers for your boat to […]

Harken Laser Traveler & Boom Blocks, a First Look

Harken Laser Traveler and Boom Blocks First Look | Expert Review

If you”re a Laser sailor you”ve probably heard rumors about Harken Laser Blocks for a while now. The class authorized new blocks manufactured by Harken a little while ago but we”re only just now getting confirmation that they”re in the manufacturing process. These new blocks will be available as a set containing the traveler blocks and both boom blocks as well as rivets to attach the boom blocks. The set will sell for $95 – or at least that”s what […]

Musto Jackets: Evolution Series Hands on Look

Musto Evolution Jacket Series | Expert Review

These products have been updated and are not longer available, but check out our other light jackets here. This year Musto Jackets have been vastly expanded with some new additions to their Evolution line of products. They’ve added to the shorts and pants offered last year to include a range of jackets as well as some lightweight technical shirts. Today we’re looking at the Evolution Lite Jacket, Evolution Softshell and Evolution Jacket (pictured left to right above). You can find […]

It’s all ball bearings these days…

Brolga Ball Bearing Turnbuckles | Expert Review

Imagine yourself tuning up pre-start going to weather in about 20 knots. You find yourself a tad slower and lower than your partner and want to make a rig adjustment. Ok, what next? Stop the boat? Go downwind? Swear because you can’t find the tools that are supposed to always be in the same port sheet bag only this time they aren’t? Finally, find the tools then bash your knuckles about while hoping you’re turning the “right” direction only to […]

Hands On: Atlantis Grand Prix Jacket & Vest

Atlantis Grand Prix Jacket & Vest | Expert Review

These products are not longer available, but check out our other light jackets here. Atlantis is new for APS this year but I imagine many of you are familiar with their gear. They’re sort of a reboot of a foulie company from a decade or so ago and they’re back with a bunch of cool gear. They’re also the official US Sailing team gear providers. Today we’re taking a look at the Atlantis Grand Prix Softshells. The Grand Prix line […]

Carbon Tiller Extension Comparison | Expert Advice

Tech Tuesday is our feature here at the Stern Scoop where we plan to highlight some of the more technical aspects of some of our products. From line specs to how to properly rebuild a winch we hope to provide some fodder for the tinkerers and engineer types out there. Today we’re starting with some detailed specs on carbon tiller extensions. We offer seven different types with rubber universals (there are some larger big boat extensions made of carbon as […]