Thanks to Our Partners and Suppliers for a Great 2014 Season of Mini Sailing

As we reflect on our second full season of Mini sailing aboard Abilyn, we must give thanks to our partners and suppliers, each of whom has contributed significantly to our program as well as to the sport of sailing.  If you are interested in supporting Abilyn Racing in 2015 as we push forward toward the Bermuda 1-2 Yacht Race, shoot me an e-mail at  

From training gear to base- and mid-layers to ocean racing foulies that incorporate HH's latest innovations, HH had us protected on and off the boat, and looking good of course.  We showed you How To Dress a Sailor.  Now go find your gear at, or buy my virtually unused, brand-spanking new HH Ocean Jacket.

Without the support of Landfall Navigation, we could never have gone offshore and Into the Washing Machine, or around Block Island just for kicks (and to add 90 miles to our end-of-season delivery).  Landfall set us up with emergency beacons, flares, and an unbelievably light offshore 4-man life raft--all of which we hope never to use, but are nevertheless essential to offshore sailing.  Visit Landfall Navigation at  

Our first partner on this venture, DMK hooked us up with their DMK Box, which takes all our boat data (NMEA, SeaTalk NG, GPS, and AIS) and transmits them via WiFi to our mobile devices so that we can analyze information using programs like iNavX and iRegatta Pro.  Not having to install or rely upon multiple repeater displays was a key goal, which DMK helped solve.  Visit DMK Yacht Instruments at

Abilyn came loaded with Harken winches and blocks.  We added a few T2 Soft-Attach Carbo blocks late in the season to serve as outboard leads for our genoa sheets and spin sheet tweakers.  The soft attachments not only save weight, but also let you adjust the location of the lead by lengthening or shortening the attachments.  Visit Harken at

Sailing Abilyn is an intense, heart-pumping, muscle-burning endeavor, especially in the heat of summer and when the breeze is on.  Z Blok saved us from sun burns, and also didn't sting our eyes when the sweat started flowing.  Best stuff ever.  Visit Z Blok at

PredictWind's offshore forecasts were spot on, and their data, charts, and route optimization tools helped us plan our deliveries and offshore qualifier.  Visit PredictWind and check out their new swell forecasting functionality at

If you have a GoPro or camera that you use for action sports, then you know you need mounts.  We used RAM Mounts' rail, pole, and suction mounts along with their extension pole aboard Abilyn to get some cool shots.  We also used their iPad mount to create a flexible display mount in our companionway so that the iPad could be viewed while in the cockpit or down below.  Visit RAM Mounts at

Bad Elf's GPS Pro modules worked seamlessly with iNavX.  But since we were able to wire up our onboard Garmin directly to the DMK Box, we're using the Bad Elf modules as backups (the more the merrier), and also as great tools to track our practice runs.  Visit Bad Elf at

Sometimes, you just need to climb your mast by yourself.  I had to do that a number of times over the season, and ATN's Mastclimber let me complete various punch-list tasks on my own, including repairing a broken runner, inspecting the masthead tri-color light, and installing bungees on the runners to ensure they don't get caught in front of the spreaders when you need to trim on.  Visit ATN Inc. at

ATN Inc. Teams Up With Abilyn Racing

We are excited to announce that ATN, Inc. will be teaming up with Abilyn Racing on its ocean racing campaign.  Based in Hollywood, Florida, ATN develops innovative sailing equipment to meet the demands of both the racing and cruising sailor.  Abilyn Racing will be carrying an ATN Mastclimber, which has been used by Vendee Globe racers and offers a safe and easy solution for the single-handed sailor to climb his/her mast with a bosun's chair or mast harness, and work above the mast head.    

ATN was founded in 1985 by Etienne Giroire after 15 years of extensive racing, delivering, and skippering maxi boats.  Since then, many of ATN's innovations have been used by offshore sailors all over the globe.  Etienne himself has had a distinguished career as an ocean racer, having participated in such regattas as the Transat Quebec-Saint-Malo, Whitbread Around the World Race, and Route du Rhum; and having sailed with notable figures such as Bruno Peyron and Mike Birch.  

Check out ATN’s sailing innovations at 

ATN Mastclimber in action.

Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique)  goes up with mast with the ATN Mastclimber in mid-ocean during the 2012-13 Vendee Globe.

Harken Teams Up With Abilyn Racing As Official Supplier

We are excited to announce that Harken will be teaming up with Abilyn Racing as its official supplier of boat hardware.  Harken gear has dominated such events as the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, and the Olympics; and its reputation for quality is unsurpassed.  So it was a no-brainer to select Harken products to dominate the deck of the 21-foot Abilyn.

Headquartered in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Harken’s products—including blocks, travelers, furling systems, and winches—can be found aboard everything from the smallest dinghies to the largest megayachts and cruisers.  Harken manufactures in the USA and Italy.  Its network includes offices in 48 countries, with group offices located in Australia, France, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States (Rhode Island, California, and Florida).

Visit Harken and pick up some hardware at  And make sure to stop by the Harken tent at your next boat show to enter the winch grinding competition!