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    Just the two of us... Upffront.com sponsors UKDHOS for 2022

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    UKDHOS is coming back for its second year and Upffront.com is proud to be a sponsor! The 2022 season promises to be bigger and better than 2021, and we can't wait to see these competitive boats and sailors back out on the water. Stay tuned for more updates on the series, including insights into optimum setup for double handed racing! 

     

    Guest Blog - Main Halyard Locks


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    By: Nick Black/Andy Rice

    The final in our series on lock systems for sailing yachts, Andy Rice talks to Nick Black - from Rigging Projects - about mainsail locks.

    Guest Post - Furling Halyard Locks

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    By: Nick Black / Andy Rice                                                               

    Most modern boats today have a form of top-down furling. If you don’t already use this method of sail handling, it’s worth considering a retrofit. Compared with hoisting and dropping spinnakers and gennakers in the conventional way, and all the potential for mistakes that go with that, top-down furling is a much more user-friendly and less risky way of handling big downwind sails.

    Make Waves with nke Marine Electronics


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    It’s the age of information, and global technological advancements have revolutionised our lives and industries alike. As with many others, the sailing industry has benefitted from the introduction of marine electronics that make it easier to access, record and analyse information, such as speed and wind direction.

    Guest Post- Internal Halyard locks

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    By: Nick Black / Andy Rice

    In the last blog post we talked about the pros and cons of External versus Internal lock systems. Here we’ll look more closely at the internal systems available, which tend to be aimed at the performance-oriented programs that are prepared to pay more for superior aerodynamics.

    Lengths of Sheets and Halyards

    Lengths for sheets and halyards

    We have previously discussed taking care of ropes, but, how long should these ropes even be? As previously mentioned, ropes are an essential element of your rigging system, and optimising your running rigging lengths is important.

    Guest Post- What is the perfect sail wardrobe for blue-water cruising?


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    Continuing our series of ‘Guest Posts’, this week, we asked Charles ‘Butch ‘Ulmer from UK Sailmakers NY for his thoughts on setting up the most favourable offshore cruising headsail configuration.

     

    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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