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    Looking for the perfect gift for a sailor? Upffront has you covered!

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    Are you looking for a Christmas gift for a keen yachtsman? Or are you writing a Christmas list of your own? We have plenty of Christmas gift ideas to please every sailor.


    Picking a unique, well-chosen present that will really make an impact under the Christmas tree is always difficult, but it can be even more so for yachtsmen. So, we put our heads together and created a list of 8 perfect Christmas gift ideas for sailors.

    Top 5 Tips To Get Your Boat Winter Ready



    As its that time of the year again when most of us have to pack up our sails and move the boat into storage – if you haven’t done so already. Winterizing your boat is a thorough process that can lead to serious damages when not done correctly. From taking out the mast, to making sure your sails, engine and batteries all survive the winter storage there are quite a few things to be considered. We’ve put together some handy information for you, to make sure it all goes smoothly.

    The Best Sailing Technology from the METS DAME Awards 2022

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    Next week the Upffront team will be heading to Amsterdam for the biggest and most prestigious marine trade show in the world, METS. We are planning to share with you some of the latest innovations in marine technology at the show next week, but for now, here are a few of the DAME nominated products that caught our eye!

    Evolution of the IRC code zero - A conversation with North Sails

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    In our previous blog we spoke with Ronan Grealish from North Sails on the topic of reaching sail configurations for doublehanded racing. In this blog we continue the conversation to take a closer look at the design philosophy and evolution of the code zero. Modern top-down furling code zeros such as those from North have come a long way since the traditional flappy leech sails of late.


    Achieving a Stable Reaching Setup - An Interview With North Sails

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    Image credit: Ronan Grealish


    Reaching legs are an inevitable feature of coastal racing, and a good setup can produce some of the fastest and most stable sailing. We are talking about that range of off-wind angles, where an eased jib is no longer effective, but the TWA is still too tight for a spinnaker. This is where speciality reaching sails are needed. Exactly what these angles are depends on the boat and the wind strength, but for context lets assume a range of 060-120 TWA. 

    Martin Breaker - The Ejector Seat of Spinnaker Drops



    What is a Martin Breaker?

    The term Martin Breaker refers to a shackle tripping device to allow for remote release of a tack line under load during a spinnaker drop. There are a multitude of possible configurations and, like many things in sailing, the optimal setup will depend on the boat, the crew and a good bit of trial and error. In this blog we aim to give a general overview of some of the things to look out for.

    We are constantly reporting on the latest innovations in the marine industry which offer weight savings whilst, at the same time, increasing safety factors. The result: lighter, faster, safer and more exciting sailing.

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