Monday, August 20, 2012

How-To: Numbering a Laser Sail

Need to get numbers on your new Laser sail? No problem. We have the numbers and now you have the know how!

New Sail:

Sail Numbers:


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Friday, August 10, 2012

How To: Opti Pennant Plug Install

UPDATE: Now with HD video instructions! See below.

You have your shiny new Opti Gold anodized pennant plugs ready to go but just need a little help adding the bling to your race mast.Well of course APS is here to look over your shoulder and critique your every move... or we could just give you a few tips to get it done...

 First run the sail tie through the long open slot on the side of each pennant plug and center the line. 

Next take the plug and place it in the hole with the circular opening on the plug entering last. Allow the line to be pushed in to the mast hole with the plug. Once both plugs have been pushed in take a look down in the mast to make sure the circular openings are lined up with each other. 

Take the wind indicator and seat it in the openings in the plugs on the inside of the mast.

Run the line ends through the open grommet at the top of the Luff of the sail and lash to the mast. 

Go sailing fast.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Spinlock Hammar Deckvest 5D with Pylon

The Spinlock Hammar Deckvest 5D has a new addition of a Pylon Light. This pylon sits above the wearer's head allowing the light to be seen from a 360 degree view, as opposed to the older light configuration that was blocked at certain angles by the wearer's head.

The Pylon light can also be purchased separately here and will fit on any inflatable PFD.

Here is a Spinlock produced video showing Deckvest in use and the advantages of the Pylon light:

Friday, August 3, 2012

It's in the Bag: Middle Distance Racer

It's St. Mary's College Governor's Cup time again. Of the APS employees headed out for a night bounding down the Chesapeake, Customer Service rep. Matt was willing to open up his regatta bag to give people an idea of what he packs for a middle distance race.

For those that don't know the Governor's Cup is a  night race starting at 6pm just off Annapolis and finishing 70 miles later in the St. Mary's River culminating in a half-awake bash on the campus of St. Mary's College.

Matt, an SMCM alum and bowman, knows this race pretty well and has packing for this one down pat. If you are getting ready for your next overnight or middle distance race this bag has the perfect balance you would need:

1. Musto MPX Smock: The main reason I like the MPX smock is breathablity. Being on the foredeck or rain where waves can get to you makes having some waterproof layer needed to enjoy the ride. There isn't a huge reprieve from the heat at night during summer months so having something that allows heat and moisture to escape is perfect.

2. Patagonia R1 Pullover: Lightweight, warm, and very stretchy. Provides a great freedom of motion and just the right about of protection from the chill of night sailing. It's great for sailing because it has a snug fit so loose fabric won't get in my way during maneuvers. It's also moisture wicking.

3. Musto LPX Pants: Like the MPX Smock, breathablity is key, but with pants being as lightweight as possible is also huge. Being active on the deck builds up some body heat, the LPX does a great job of allowing the moisture and heat to transfer through the fabric. Hi-tech, Low-weight, and very chafe resistant.

4. Harken Squall Bag: First this is a very durable well constructed bag, but even more important its waterproof and compact. It's a pretty good party down at St. Mary's and walking around in soaked clothes would put a damper on on things.

5. Ronstan Sticky Race Gloves: On watch there is plenty of long stretches of trimming. These gloves are very comfortable  made with special "sticky" Amara for maximum durability, minimum stretch and extra grip. They can reduce fatigue by minimizing the physical effort required to hold line.

6. Sperry SeaRacer Shoe: Longer races may require some boots, but inshore medium distance sailing shoes are just whats needed. The Sperry SeaRacer has great tread and stick combined with a very light frame. I feel like sailing shoes allow me to be more agile and step lighter on the deck. Blog review here 

7. 3M Rigging Tape: An essential. Quick fixes and covering up sharp edges. White is KEY to not leave black goo residue all over the rig and deck.

8. Atlas Gloves: Awesome for gripping halyards and sail material. Perfect for the foredeck gripping the kite and jumping the spinnaker halyard. They are my bowman gloves for sure.

9. Quick Dry Socks: Breathable sailing shoes provide great drainage and air flow but it will get chilly during the night. Quick Drying Socks gives you a layer for warmth and still allows draining and drying you want.

10. Blue Lizard Sunblock: For a night race? Put a cover on as the sun comes up and keep yourself from burning up before you hit the dock and when you zonk out at the part.

11. Kaenon Burnet Glasses: Prescription lens too. Sunset and Sunrise are always harsh. Who doesn't go sailing without their sunglasses? Burnet's have an great look and Kaenon makes some of the best lenses on the water.

12. Spinlock Mast Pro Harness Mark II: Other climbing harnesses are very minimalist and often do not provide the comfort padding on the leg straps. The Mast Pro has a sheath for your fid as well. Longer review here.

13. Leatherman Skeletool: Ultra light at 5oz it has everything I need. If its in a pocket or sheath it does not have a weight down feeling and is easy to hold onto when having to do work that takes a little while.

Thanks Matt. Enjoy the Party!

If you have questions about what gear you might need for future regattas don't hesitate to call or email our customer service guys here. They have done it all and know exactly what you'll need.