Let’s face it: Sailing is a gear-heavy sport. What better time to check off a few items from the wish list than the holidays.
We combed our catalog and put together a list of our picks for the best gifts for sailors this holiday season. We expect you’ll find something for just about everyone on your list! (And—a few things for yourself too.)
Gill Classic Floating Polarized Sunglasses in Matte Black.
How many pairs of sunglasses have you lost during your sailing career? You may rather not count, and frankly, neither would we! That’s why we’ve got Gill’s floating sunglasses on our wish list. The sleek, Grilamid TR90 wrap-around frames come in three colors, and shatterproof, 100% glare free polarized lenses are designed specifically for wearing on the water. However if you drop them on the racecourse, we don’t guarantee your helmsman will turn the boat around. $89.95
The Optimum Time Series 14 features a rechargeable lithium ion battery for extra power and a very long life.
The perfect gift for the racing sailor: The Optimum Series 14R Sailing Watch is oversized and packed with sailing functions. It comes with a mounting bracket to attach to the boom or mast. It also has an elastic strap which will attach to the boom or mast or great for wearing over bulky clothing. The 14R has a rechargeable lithium Ion battery giving extra power and a very long life. USB cable charger included. Now $75
Carry it like a duffel or like a backpack!
Keep all your kit together in the Zhik Regatta Bag that can be carried in backpack or shoulder style. The wide zippered opening makes it easy to get to all of your gear while the included waterproof dry bag keeps the wet stuff separate. $185
The Henri Lloyd Traverse Half Zip in Carbon.
We love this mid-layer fleece on cold days! The Henri Lloyd Traverse is lightweight, breathable, and ergonomically designed for men and women with a half-zip neck. The men’s version has a zippered pocket on the left chest, while the women’s version has a zippered pocked on the left upper arm. Two colors available. Now $67.50
In Optis, El Toros, 420s, or Lasers, keep your junior warm and dry!
The new season Gill Junior Dinghy Top is packed full of carefully designed features to remain waterproof and windproof for active dinghy sailors. Using Gill's perfected two layer fabric system, the outer layer repels water whilst the inner layer allows moisture to escape away from the skin towards the surface, keeping you cool and dry. $99.95
She'll love this for morning paddles and afternoon sails.
The Gill Women's Long Sleeve Pro Rash Guard is made from soft, stretchy material and carefully designed panelling that allows for maximum freedom of movement whilst sailing. Long sleeves and a high neck offer optimum protection to the core of the body, a boating must-have. UV 50+ protection makes this top ideal for wearing all year round, alone in the summer and as a base layer for extra protection in colder months. $45.95
Our favorite ultra-lightweight inflatable life vest!
Do your family members moan every time you tell them to put on their lifevest? We’ve got the answer! The Spinlock Deckvest LITE is our favorite inflatable lifevest for inshore sailing and powerboating. Its ultra-lightweight, contoured design makes it comfortable all day long. The Deckvest LITE is Type III USCG approved, and uses a water-activated auto-inflator designed to inflate only when water flows upward through the unit. $199.00
A great boot for going across the ocean, or getting soaked on a sport boat around the buoys!
Hands down our favorite heavy weather sailing boots. The neoprene and rubber upper and waterproof gaiter with perforated neoprene gusset for drainage guarantees that your feel will be dry in even the most extreme conditions, but they’re also lightweight enough for the sloppy conditions of Melges 24 or J/70 sailing. Only available in men’s sizes, but the men’s 6 with a pair of wool socks fits a woman’s size 7 foot perfectly. $299.00
The Gill Helmsman Gloves—a must-have for any helmsman.
Gill’s insulated Helmsman Gloves are great for keeping your hands warm and dry on rainy cold days and cold nights. Soft Fibrefill insulation provides warmth while the waterproof breathable liner keeps you dry. As the name suggests, these are designed to offer good grip on the helm and while handling wet lines. (If you’re looking for a glove for your bowman, may we suggest the Henri Lloyd Cobra Grip Long Finger Glove.) Now $27.50
You're going to love the cargo pockets!
The Helly Hansen HP Quick Dry Shorts are the most popular quick-dry technical sailing shorts for men. These lightweight shorts protect against spray, wind and sun, making them perfect for all your boating activities. They feature clever cargo pockets and critical point reinforcements for improved durability. Now $60