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Luxury travel treats: sailing special

This week we’ll be driving to Brittany in France so that our boys can compete in the World Championships for the boat that they sail. It seems fitting, therefore, that this week’s round-up of luxury travel treats has a focus on sailing gear. Whether you’re into race sailing or something a little more leisurely, you’re sure to find some items here that will be perfect for your next adventure on the water. Code Zero hybrid drysuit from Gul Drysuits can be a little bit restrictive when it comes to movement but with the Code Zero 4mm hybrid neo semi-drysuit from Gul, you can enjoy all the warmth and comfort of a drysuit but with plenty of mobility. It’s the perfect performance semi-dry and features Gul’s 4-layer evo-waterproof fabric upper body, combined with an X-flex thermal super stretch neoprene lower body. It has 100% Waterproof seams, providing maximum stretch and ventilation, and has been race tested and approved. Glass Beach sunglasses from Maui Jim The Glass Beach sunglasses from Maui Jim have a lightweight frame combined with Maui Jim’s patented PolarizedPlus® lenses, resulting in a durable pair of sunglasses with excellent UV protection. The lenses can greatly enhance contrast and allow for greater depth of vision, especially in water, making them perfect for any situation where glare reduction is necessary. Billabong Junior Intruder wetsuit from Wetsuitoutlet The Intruder wetsuit from Billabong remains a best seller for kids and adults alike. It represents great value for money, packed with features and comfortable to wear. It’s a superb entry-level suit with stretchable neoprene, suitable for all kinds of watersports, including sailing. Enjoy even better value on this and other items through the ever-reliable Wetsuitoutlet. Meridien shirt from Saint James The Saint James brand was born from the needs of sailors to be safeguarded from wind and water, for which native villagers tightly-knit wool sweaters that acted as the sailors’ “second skin.” Saint James’ seaman sweater was adopted by the French Navy in 1858 for being nearly waterproof, and touted 21 stripes representative of Napoleon’s 21 naval victories over the British fleet. For sailing, specifically, the carded cotton Meridien is a classic style. Phoenix salopette from Henri Lloyd The Henri Lloyd Phoenix range has been designed with the keelboat racing sailor in mind, where performance and ease of movement through ergonomic design is paramount. The Phoenix salopette is constructed using the tough, durable and lightweight 100% windproof and waterproof TP fabric. Reinforced nylon has been incorporated onto the knees and seat for increased durability. Team the Phoenix Salopette up with either the Phoenix Jacket or the Phoenix Smock to create the perfect One Design performance outfit. X2 marine grade action cam from Intova Intova’s X2 waterproof action camera is the first in its class to offer a built-in 150 lumen light that can be used as a flash for photography or as a constant light for video. Capture high-definition 1080p video and stunning 16MP photos of any adventure including low-light, evening and night settings. The X2’s rugged housing is built with a rubber armor coating to withstand the harshest conditions both on land, up to 330 feet below water and everywhere in between. A built-in 2” TFT LCD screen allows for optimum control of capturing content as well as a no fuss, stress free menu system for customizing the camera’s settings. Easily capture any adventure, in any setting, anytime of the day. Juniper II jacket from Helly Hansen We often find ourselves standing on the shore whilst our children sail in a variety of weathers, so having a good quality jacket is a must. The Juniper II from Helly Hansen is built with a Helly Tech® Performance stretch fabric, the highly innovative H²Flow™ system turbocharging mechanical venting that keeps you dry, warm or cool depending on the conditions. W Verglas Hooded Down Insulato from Helly Hansen This hooded version of Helly Hansen’s warm, lightweight Verglas down jacket design features high quality European Goose down. Compatible with the Helly Hansen “Component Insulation System” – CIS, it can also zip in as a warm liner for any of the CIS compatible shells and 3 in 1 jackets. If you have a product you’d like to see featured in the ‘Luxury travel treats’ series on A Luxury Travel Blog, please contact us. We also post occasional gift round-ups. If you have a luxury travel product that you’d like to see featured in one of those, make sure you sign up on this mailing list in order to receive an alert when we are compiling the next one.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. As a keen amateur photographer I must say that the specs on Intova’s X2 are very impressive. Flash photography and well light video underwater is well worth paying extra for. I would love to go diving or snorkeling with this and get the opportunity to really capture good quality underwater photos to take back to my family.

  2. Oh wow, sailing World Championships is very impressive, congrats! I’ve never been sailing properly before, I think I had about 10 mins on a tiny sail boat and that was it hahaa – definitely would be interested in trying it again though. I’m loving the look of the marine cam, I would love a waterproof camera

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