Product Review: California Cowboy

By: Members, Partners, Product Review

American Sailing has a new partner in its member benefits program and it may be one of the most useful products that casual sailors will utilize.  If you are a racer and you do not need superfluous stuff on your boat, you may think I am wrong.  If you are a racer and you love to celebrate your Wednesday night victories with Champagne, I suggest you stick around and take advantage of this new American Sailing Member Benefit. California Cowboy makes fun apparel that is ideal for the beach and for the sailor who loves to jump in the water …

Product Review: Vanguard Binoculars

By: Equipment, Partners, Product Review

A couple of friends went sailing with me recently. They flew in from Texas and had never been to the Pacific Ocean. They had never been sailing. As the story has been told countless times now, I whispered into the wind and whales appeared.  There, along the port side of my 33-foot sailboat, were a couple of Pacific Grey Whales just as curious about us as we were about them. That day, I scanned the horizon looking for some impressive sight that I could impress my guest with and a couple of whales showed up and made my job easy. …

Product Review: Gill Marine Tools

By: Equipment, Product Review

In an emergency, you need a tool that is fit for the job, easily accessible, and efficient.  The Gill Marine Tools are compact and easy to store on your PFD for quick access. Gear is not just a guy thing. We all desire tools that are well designed and built for a purpose.  Introducing the Gill Marine Tools. You can’t just buy one. You need three. They look great. They fit your hand and perform well.   Every one of these marine tools serves an important safety purpose on a boat. If you need a quick-cutting tool these small, compact and …

Product Review: The Sømand Farallon Sailing Jacket for Women

By: Equipment, Partners, Product Review, women on the water

Before I get thrown overboard for being a man doing a review of a woman’s sailing jacket it should be known that I am simply being a man who is doing what his wife is asking him to do.  The sailing jacket review is really me taking dictation from my wife who is doing the heavy lifting on this review.  My wife has been sailing for over 20 years. She can do anything I can do on a sailboat and she typically does. The only difference between her as a female and me as a male is that she sails …

Product Review: Gill Marine Footwear

By: Equipment, Partners, Product Review

I don’t look good in boots.  It’s a fact that boots on me look ridiculous and that is mainly because I sail in shorts year round.  With that said when Gill Marine sent over some of their gear for me to test out I wondered if I would be willing to alter my appearance for a product review. Of course I would, I’m a professional, so I still attempted to walk around in the boots for feel, comfort and general idea of what you could expect while wearing shorts.  You can imagine the looks I got on the docks. I …

Product Review: Gill Marine Coastal Jacket

By: Equipment, Partners, Product Review

You can guess that when I walked into an ice rink with the Gill Marine Men’s Coastal Jacket, I got a few looks from the parents along the glass. Testing out a sailing jacket means a lot of things to me, but functionality is essential. On this day, walking into an ice rink to watch a hockey practice was high on the list. On this particular day, taking a walk in a downpour was also very important. Ultimately, testing this jacket in multiple conditions is important because how often do you find yourself wearing your favorite jacket just for sailing? …