Sailing News & Views

Free Bottom Paint is Just a Click Away

There are usually two candidates for the most disliked jobs in boating - pumping out the head and painting the bottom. New Nautical Coatings, maker of SeaHawk antifouling paints, can at least help with one of these - enough free paint for a professionally applied paint job by a qualified applicator. The promotion is available directly on the company’s website,

In addition to providing a free supply of SeaHawk antifouling paint, the company will also feature photos of the winners and their boats in the website’s “Winner’s Circle” section. The contest is limited to boats 100’ and under, and will run for 1 year. The winners’ names will be selected monthly at random by computer from the information provided by the applicants online.

SeaHawk paints are used exclusively as the factory bottom coating on Viking, Carver and Christensen yachts. They are the only products that carry a 1-year written guarantee against barnacle growth.

Contact New Nautical Coatings, 800-528-0997 or

Shell Lake Sailing Club “Sailor of the Year”

The Oscars, Grammys, or Emmys have got nothing on us. We’ve got the SLSC “Sailor of the Year” Awards 
The award for Women’s “Sailor of the Year” goes to, Karen Flolid. She really works hard out there sailing and I would like to see more women get out there and give her some competition. We have a rule that you can’t win these awards two years in a row. 
The award for Men’s “Sailor of the Year” goes to Mike Jorgensen who had four second-place finishes. There were five skippers that were in the running for this award and that is just great. 

Creative Young Sailors Can Win Big Prizes with Sunsail

Sunsail Sailing Vacation, the largest sailboat charter company in the world, is hosting its third annual contest for kids! This contest invites kids ages eight to 18 to express their own artistic vision of “The Art of Sailing.” Winners of the art contest will receive fantastic prizes - including a chance at a Performance Sailcraft Byte or Optimist sailboat or a trip for four to Sunsail’s Club Colonna on Antigua - and the opportunity to see their work displayed at boat shows, in sailing magazines, and on the Sunsail website.

In a continuing effort to promote a love of sailing in future generations, Sunsail has sponsored two junior sailor contests in the past. The first two contests, “Why I Love Sailing” and “Why I Will Always Sail,” were essay contests and received over 1,000 entries from Junior sailors in 47 states and provinces. “We were absolutely blown away by all the imaginative and creative entries we received in previous kid’s contests,” says Peter Cook, General Manager of Sunsail USA, “so we can’t wait to see what kids will come up with this year to express ‘The Art of Sailing’.” Sunsail will be mailing out 13,500 promotional contest posters to junior sailors all over North America and expects the number of contest entries this year to double.

Kids aged eight to 18 are welcome to submit one 11x17 two-dimensional piece of artwork depicting their expression of “The Art of Sailing.” The medium can be pencil, pen, marker, crayon, paint, collage, photography or a combination of them all, however computer-generated artwork will not be accepted. What should kids express in their artwork? Whatever it is about sailing that inspires them and makes them love the sport - in other words, the sky is the limit! The deadline for the contest is August 31, 2002.

Entries will be grouped into three age categories (8-11, 12-15, 16-18) with one grand prize overall and first, second, third, honorable mention and originality prizes awarded to each age group. In October, all the finalists’ artwork will be displayed at the Annapolis Boat Show, one of the most well-attended boat shows in North America. In the fall, representatives from marine publications will judge the entries and an award ceremonty to honor the winners will be held in February 2003 at the Strictly Sail Chicago Boat Show.

The following prizes will be awarded to winners of “The Art of Sailing” contest:

• Grand Prize: One performance Sailcraft Byte or Optimist sailboat for the best overall entry, approximate value up to $4,000.

• First Prize (One in each age group awarded): One Week Vacation for Four at Sunsail’s Club Colona on Antigua, excluding flights, approximate value $3,500.

• Second Prize (Three for each age group awarded): an Extra Sport Life Jacket from West Marine, value $100.

• Third Prize (10 in each age group awarded): A Douglas Gill Gift Certificate, value $70.

• Honorable Mention (Five in each age group awarded): Weems & Plath Gift Package, approximate value $50.

• Originality Prize (One in each age group awarded): A Harken Sport Bag, value $58.

How to Enter

Junior sailors who are interested in entering “The Art of Sailing” art contest should visit before August 31, 2002.