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SmarterSail’s Chief Instructor Awarded Outstanding Instructor for 2014

Gary Wall has been recognized as one of ASA's Outstanding Instructors for 2014. This award goes to the top ten highest average ratings by their students in each of three groups based on teaching activity. Considering that there are over two thousand active ASA instructors, this places Outstanding Instructors in the top 1 ½ % of their peers for…
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Why the BVI?

Good question… Here are my Top 10 reasons: 1. Always warm - Even too warm in the summer if you don’t have A/C which most sailboats don’t. It’s not the daytime temps but it just doesn’t cool down at night. 2. 5nm-9nm between most islands – So you sail everywhere even if it takes you twice as…
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The safety equipment you can’t afford not to carry.

Nobody wants to think about the dark side of sailing... When things go wrong...  Of course we have a sound boat, good weather forecast, great crew and a fun itinerary. Let's cover the basic equipment that will minimize your chance of being "lost at sea". Float plan - leave an appropriate float plan with a…
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Flying together with your inflatable PDF

OK...  You're planning your sailing adventure but feel naked without your trusty PFD. I do. My Type V PFD is comfortable, auto inflating, strobed, has a built-in harness with a McMurdo FastFind PLB tethered in the pocket.  Why leave it at home? Well, it contains a CO2 cartridge that the DOT and FAA considers a hazardous…
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