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1. SLAM : New "Coldy" Skiff Line for Cold Water Conditions
2. Gear up for Summer Sailing Camp
3. Our customers: Sail Around - The Adventures of Lindisfarne
4. UPF and SPF Article - Protect Yourself against UV Rays
5. Winch Maintenance

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SLAM NEW COLDY SKIFF LINE (for Cold Water Conditions)

The SLAM Skiff collection has been designed by skiff sailors for use by skiff sailors. What sets this collection apart from others is that this line offers sailors the ability to layer their gear to best match specific sailing conditions.

SLAM came out with the Coldy Skiff Line to be used in cold water conditions. The regular Skiff Line is intended to be used in warm water conditions. Both lines range from Short-Sleeve Rash Guards to Long-Sleeve Thermalite Tops and Skiff Shorts to Long Johns.

Several densities of fabric were used to create these lines, putting emphasis on the placement and intended use of each particular item. Light fabric was used in areas where more flexibility was required while thicker fabric was used for areas where warmth was needed.

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SLAM is a proud sponsor of the Australian Sailing Team, Yachting Australia, and Yachting New Zealand. These groups will be attending the 2012 London Games. We wish them well and look forward to watching all teams perform this summer in London.

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Gill Dinghy College Sailing


With June comes activities for kids to take part in on the water. New sessions of sailing school will be starting up soon. Be sure to outfit your kids with the proper sailing gear so they can stay on the water and protected from the elements all day long. We have everything you'll need from footwear and eyewear to smocks and rash guards. Be sure to look for the pieces that are made from UV protected fabric.

Gill Dinghy and Junior Sailing Gear


Annika Koch and Björn Christensson began their journey sailing many years ago. They both started sailing dinghies and since then have been exploring the world with their evolving love of sailing. Their journey with "Lindisfarne" began in 1998 and has gotten them through until recently.

Follow them through their many explorations from one continent to the next.

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While the standardized SPF measurements have been around for years a relatively new system, the UPF system, has been created specifically for sun protective fabrics. In past times, American sun protective fabric was rated based on the SPF standard system. With the UPF standard being recently finalized by the FTC it is now being used today. Using the UPF system is voluntary so there are still sun protective fabrics that are rated based on the SPF system.

SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is used to gauge how much time a person can be exposed to the sun before getting burned. If you burn in 10 minutes without sunscreen and you apply a liberal dose of sunscreen with an SPF number of 30, you should be protected from a sunburn for 300 minutes. A way to determine your protection rate is by taking the SPF number and multiplying it by 10. In this case 10 x 30 = 300 minutes. This is a generalization and varies based on the complexion of each individual's skin type.

Note that SPF sunscreen with identical numbers gives equivalent protection for UVB rays but it does not block out all UVA rays. Although UVA protection may be advertised, the current SPF standard doesn't measure accurate amounts of UVA protection.

UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor)
indicates how much of the sun's UV radiation is absorbed by the fabric. The higher the UPF number, the greater amount of UV protection the garment offers. A fabric with a UPF rating of 50 only allows 1/50th of the sun's UV radiation to pass through to the skin. This means that UV radiation exposure to the skin will be reduced by 50 times, 98% UV block, in areas covered by the fabric. UPF measures the effectiveness of the fabric against both UVA and UVB rays.

SPF measurements are performed on human subjects while UPF measurements are tested with a spectrophotometer equipment.

Protection Category
UPF Range
UPF Value
(On Labels)
Aprox. %
UV Blocked
Good UV Protection
15 - 24
15 and 20
93.3 - 95.8%
Very Good UV Protection
25 - 39
25, 30 and 35
96.0 - 97.4%
Excellent UV Protection
40 - 50+
40, 45 and 50+
97.5 - 98.0%


UVA - Causes premature skin aging, wrinkling and potentially skin cancer. Has the ability to penetrate the skin during all hours of daylight as well as penetrate through clouds and untreated glass. Penetrates the skin deeper than UVB rays.

UVB - Causes sunburn as well as contributes to premature skin aging and has the potential to cause skin cancer. Between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm is when these rays cause the most impact. Ability to penetrate clouds but not glass.

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Broken pawls are bad news. This, along with other problems, can happen if you don't regularly maintain your winches. Different manufacturers have different service recommendations, but no one suggests a service interval longer than two years.

If you are a bluewater cruiser or club racer, the time between service should be much shorter. We recommend keeping the correct parts and lubricants for your winches on hand at all times. That way you're ready to service your winch when the time comes or when a problem arises.

Check below for winch service manuals, parts and lubricants for your Harken, Lewmar or Andersen winches.

Service Manuals:

Harken Winches - Quick Service
Lewmar Winch Service Manual


Spare Parts, Kits and Lubricants:

Andersen Winch Spare Parts
Harken Service Kits
Lewmar Winch Spare Parts

If you need any assistance selecting the appropriate sailing gear, please give us a call 1-888-756-8883. Our crew is ready to help you.


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