Spinlock ALTO Belt Pack: The Best (And Most Unannoying) PFD
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by Tara Cooney
1w ago
Saltwater Journal is reader supported. When you buy through our links we may earn an affiliate commission (at no extra cost to you) I have officially lost my excuses for paddleboarding without a PFD. I mean I’m actually very safety conscious (here on Saltwater Journal we’re a huge advocate water safety) — but at times I’m guilty of thinking “It’s bulky and too annoying when I paddle — look it’s beautiful and calm out there, I’m not far from shore…and I’m a good swimmer anyway…”.  Sound familiar? Have you been paddling without one? **slowly raises hand**. Wait, are we about to get arreste ..read more
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Get Ready for Season 5! SailGP reveals the 2024/2025 Season Calendar
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by Tara Cooney
2w ago
Photo © Bob Martin SailGP Fans all over the world get ready — SailGP is back for Season 5 revealing its 2024/2025 Season calendar today. SailGP is setting up for an epic season around the globe — with 14 events spanning five continents. Notably, it’s featuring new events in Brazil, Germany, Switzerland and Tāmaki Makarau, Auckland — to the delight of us Kiwis, who’ll get a chance to cheer on our favourite team in the City of Sails. Auckland will be fired up in January 2025 to play host and turn on the weather. “Eleven F50s lighting up Auckland harbour will be an awesome sight and with a grand ..read more
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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best PFD and Lifejacket
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by Tara Cooney
2w ago
Wearing a lifejacket or personal flotation device (PFD) may just save your life. If you’re out on the water, there’s always a chance something could happen. Globally, drowning is one of the top causes of accidental death. In Aotearoa, New Zealand, two-thirds of those who die in recreational boating accidents each year could have been saved if they wore a life jacket. It’s the first piece of survival safety kit you should buy and wear — whether that’s for yourself or family. Since you’re here, I’m betting you’re keen to keep survival odds in your favour. Start shopping at any marine or watersp ..read more
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Tiwal: The Inflatable Sailboat Packed With a Whole Lotta Fun
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by Tara Cooney
1M ago
Saltwater Journal is reader supported. When you buy through our links we may earn an affiliate commission (at no extra cost to you) The inflatable sailboat Tiwal has made a huge splash in the sailing scene — with its portability, performance and pure fun on the water creating thousands of fans all around the world. I’ve even spotted a Tiwal fleet in recent episodes of Below Deck Sailing (they sure impressed Captain Glenn), and Bear Grylls given them two big thumbs up. In short, the Tiwal is an inflatable sailing dinghy that fits in two bags, and assembles in 20mins or less, without tools (jus ..read more
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Ice Maiden: Behind the Scenes With Lisa Blair
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by Tara Cooney
3M ago
Lisa Blair' in her feature film Ice Maiden Ice Maiden premiers at the Doc Edge Film Festival in Otāutahi, Christchurch on 19th June 2024. Stay up to date with streaming dreaming details at Ice Maiden. When Australian solo sailor Lisa Blair says “The sailing’s the fun bit” — it soon becomes pretty clear that fun sailing in the southern ocean is subjective. And the deeper I dig into her experience, the more obvious it is that Lisa is not just a sailor; she's a testament to resilience, determination, and the unyielding human spirit. And not in a doe eyed Disney way — I’m talking gritty superhuma ..read more
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20 Must-Know Tips for Your First Boat Show
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by Tara Cooney
4M ago
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 380 at the 2024 Auckland Boat Show Saltwater Journal is reader supported. When you buy through our links we may earn an affiliate commission (at no extra cost to you) From Auckland to Annapolis, boat shows are a highlight of the calendar year for the marine industry and the thousands of boaties that attend. Nowhere else will you find the latest model sailboats and sailing gear all at one venue along with expert advice. Thinking about heading along this year? It's an awesome way to check out the latest trends, get inspired, and find a good deal on marine equipment. Plus, y ..read more
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The Best Mineral Sunscreen for New Zealand
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by Tara Cooney
4M ago
Saltwater Journal is reader supported. When you buy through our links we may earn an affiliate commission (at no extra cost to you) Trying to choose a sunscreen when there are hundreds to choose from can be overwhelming. We all want to buy a sunscreen we can trust is actually going to work and keep our skin from getting burnt, but we also want to choose wisely and minimise our impact on the ocean too, right? The great news is I’ve found the perfect choice for environmentally conscious sailors like us who want a high-performance sunscreen. I’ve been testing it out and are confident you’ll love ..read more
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Extreme Small Boat Sailing Adventures: Could You Do This?
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by Tara Cooney
4M ago
"Is it cool or crazy?" Photo © Stropnik Saltwater Journal is reader supported. When you buy through our links we may earn an affiliate commission (at no extra cost to you) I knew small boats were fun — but I didn’t realise they could be THIS fun!  YouTube thrives on suggestions of what you might like to check out next (which in my case is always sailing related or anything featuring Chris Hemsworth) — well this week, a short adventure film featuring a small boat popped up — and well, who am I to refuse? Naturally, I hit play. And now I’m in trouble. Because this little film has gotten un ..read more
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Did You Just Break It?! The Best First Aid For A Stubbed Toe Onboard
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by Tara Cooney
6M ago
Saltwater Journal is reader supported. When you buy through our links we may earn an affiliate commission (at no extra cost to you) Kickery verb,singluar kik-ker-ee To strike a toe against an inanimate object creating a sudden intense pain and feelings of disbelief, anger and regret To accidentally drive, force, make by or as if by kick accompanied by a selection of expletives involuntarily emitted by the kicker Ok, yes I made the word up but I’m using it… If you’ve just kicked your toe, I’m feeling for you. REALLY. Kicking your toe is a special kind of pain, right up there with standin ..read more
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The Wizard of Zenda: A Sailing Legend's Documentary Review
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by Tara Cooney
8M ago
Melges: The Wizard of Zenda. Photo © 1992 Uhl Studios Hawaii – Uhlstudioshawaii.com Saltwater Journal is reader supported. When you buy through our links we may earn an affiliate commission (at no extra cost to you) In the spirit of honesty, I admit to not being familiar with the beloved American sailing champion Buddy Melges before watching this documentary but in my experience, that has added to the impact of this film. Mark Homer has crafted a remarkable journey through the life and career of an extraordinary sailing icon. Simply, Melges was a man so in love with sailing, speed and competi ..read more
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