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Banks Sails Island Sailing Field Trip

Sail Loft Field Trip

Dale Waagmeester of Banks Sails in Portland hosted 25 Island Sailing members and students to demonstrate how sails are designed, where they are cut and sewn (and why) and what the final product looks like.  We saw a robotic arm slice through canvas, fiddled with industrial sized sewing machines built into the floor, and members […]

Safety tether use on sailboats

Is it safe to use a tether?

A great article on Tether use (spoiler – use a short one) The man overboard drill that crews generally practise, and which mirrors the RYA syllabus, deals almost exclusively with recovering an untethered casualty from the water – mostly involving a fender floating free, retrieved with a stab from a boathook. The ability to return […]

Learn to Sail Holiday Special, The Gift of Sailing

Learn to Sail in Portland with Island Sailing’s basic sailing program and holiday prices starting at $300. Our Holiday Special prices and Gift Certificates make a great gift for anyone who wants to learn how to sail!  Each certificate can be redeemed for a course, and upon scheduling the recipient can begin immediately with online […]