Does Your Favorite Sailor Have Everything He or She Needs To Be Ready for Summer Sailstice 2016?

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December 21, 2015 by Monica Grant

At Summer Sailstice we appreciate the support and contributions from our many sponsors and prize donors, and in a way of saying thanks, we thougth we'd give them a big Christmas plug while helping you finish your Christmas shopping!

We realize it's too late to order gifts online and expect to receive them before Christmas Day, but how about "Gift Certificates"? Gift Certificates can not only save the day, but give you a degree of flexibility for when you're not quite sure what to get. So here are some ideas from the supporters who are already onboard for Summer Sailstice 2016 - 

Magazine Subscriptions:


What sailors don't like to read about and see pictures of other people's adventures. We have a number of magazines onboard for Summer Sailstice 2016 and they each offer print and digital subscription options -

Blue Water Sailing - authoritative articles from well known experts on everything from sail related gear to the navigator’s table, to the art of cruising;  Cruising Outpost - an entertaining and informative  guide to what it is  really like once you cut your dock lines;  Good Old BoatThis do-it-yourself magazine has tons of great articles about refitting and upgrading the good old fiberglass cruising sailboats we all own and love;  Ocean Navigator - Great info and tips on the real and practical aspects of sailing such as fixing leaks, anchoring tips, resuing old sails, ocean voyaging, offshore sailing, navigation and weather;  Ontario Sailor - Covering annual topics such as boats shows, tuning, maintenance and repairs, haulouts, winterizing and repairs; Seahorse Magazine - The British magazine covering all angles of racing, from Olympic glory to the latest in design and technology in yacht design;  SpinSheet Magazine - The 'go-to' publication and website for boaters and sailors of all levels who seek more fun and sport on the Chesapeake Bay;  Yachting World - From blue water cruiser to super-yacht, this international magazine has the best in nautical writing and photography, up-to-the-minute technical reports, equipment valuation, new boat tests and informed comment. 

Maybe a Glossy Book instead? -

Sally-Christine Rodgers' book Convergence - A Voyage Through French Polynesia is an excellent gift idea. A compelling tale of Sally-Christine's adventures aboard her Wylie 65 Cat Ketch named ‘Convergence’, with her husband and three children, Sally-Christine's book is a must read not just for sailors, but for anyone with a yearning for adventure or an eye for stunning photographs. Plus this book comes with good karma points as all proceeds are donated to a range of marine conservation charities. 


Boat Equipment: Need a some new equipement top-side? Take a look at these great ideas - 


Davis Equipment - High qualtity Shockles Line Snubbers, Windex, and a full line of marine and boating tools and accessories for sailors, power boaters, fishermen, and outdoor enthusiasts of all types;  Easy Stow Fenders - Tough, infatable and easy to hang, these handy fenders can be stored in about 1/10th of their final size!  New England Ropes - Need a new Halyard, or perhaps a boat hook? Try the Hook & Moor which threads the line through for you!  Spiroll Chafe Guards - Protection for your docklines with these rugged, easy to apply guards.

Safety and other Useful Items


Switlik - Easy to store and deploy, Techfloat could be just what you need. Check out this and the other quatlity equipment from Switlik;  SailorBags - Need a new cooler or tote? SailorBags offer both in one!  Zeko Shoes - New deck shoes are always a winner, particularly Zekos;  Uk Sailmakers - Here's a great idea. Give someone a Rules Quiz Program and you might both learn something!  Quantum Sails - Maybe some new sails? If not, remember to Sign up for Summer Sailstice to be in the running for one of Quantum's handy totes.

Learn to Sail or Improve your Skills?  While you probably already know how to sail, maybe there are some new skills you'd like to learn, or maybe you'd like to help someone else become a new or better sailor - 


NauticEdCreated by a team of experienced Sailors, Instructors, Educators and Authors, these courses and certifications are available online, so you don't even need to leave the couch!

Offshore Sailing School - Another gift that will last well beyond Christmas! A Gift Certificate from Offshore Sailing School is useful for sailors at all levels. Founded by Olympian, America's Cup sailor and National Sailing Hall of Fame member, Steve Colgate, Offshore Sailing School courses feature Steve's easy to comprehend textbook and curriculum. 

But wait there's more...

If you'd like to help look after our oceans, get your family and friends signed up with Sailors for the Sea . This great organization works tirelessly to promote healthy waterways and encourage sailors and boaters to get on board and help our ocean enviromnents. Sign up for Summer Sailstice and partner with Sailors for the Sea and subscribe to their magazine Ocean Watch for the latest on news and hints on how you can help. 

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