How to Dress a Sailor

As some of you know, Sam and I are brand ambassadors for Helly Hansen, who has also partnered with Abilyn Racing.  Sam and I thought it'd be cool to give you a sense of what we wear when we leave the dock--all the way from base layers to outerwear.  Check out the video below, set to the song I am the Best by 2NE1, Japan's premier all-girl pop quartet.  I listen to this track when I'm sailing under spinnaker between the hours of 2-3 AM (local), but only during a waning gibbous moon.  We shot this video one windless morning in Sam's backyard in Brooklyn before my kids woke up and demanded chocolate chip strawberry sunshine turkey bacon face pancakes and Doc McStuffins. Time for your check-up! Time for your check-up!  The full list of gear is provided underneath with links to product pages.

See you out on the water.

A sneak peek into the sailing gear that Sam and I take with us out on the water.

Helly Hansen Partners With Abilyn Racing

We are excited to announce that Helly Hansen will be partnering with Abilyn Racing as its official gear supplier.  Born by the sea in 1877, Helly Hansen has a strong heritage of outfitting sailors of all kind, and has been the choice of VOR and Whitbread Around the World racers whose needs include battling Nature’s harshest elements.  HH gear helped Team Ericsson, skippered by Torben Grael, win the 2007-08 VOR.  HH gear helped protect Mike “Moose” Sanderson and Team Sanya in the 2011-12 VOR. And, the women of Team SCA will race around the world in HH clothing and footwear as part of the 2014-15 VOR.  

From skipper, Josh Reisberg:  “For any active sports—both on and off the water—I have used and relied on HH gear to keep me protected and moving forward.  I regularly use HH gear when I’m distance or buoy racing, and when I’m training on land—trail running and biking through NYC traffic are some of my favorite ways to keep in shape.  With HH gear protecting us, we’ll be able to focus on what matters most—sailing fast and staying safe."



Founded in Moss, Norway, in 1877, Helly Hansen continues to protect and enable professionals making their living on oceans and mountains around the world.  Their apparel, developed through a blend of Scandinavian design and insights drawn from living in some of the harshest environments on earth, helps provide the confidence professionals need to step out into the elements and complete their jobs.  The company invented the first supple, waterproof fabrics more than 130 years ago, created the first fleece fabrics in the 1960s and introduced the first technical base layers with LIFA® Stay Dry Technology in the 1970s.  Today, Helly Hansen is the official uniform partner for more than 60 ski resorts and mountain guiding operations and has outfitted more than 33,000 mountain professionals. The brand’s outerwear, base layers, sportswear and footwear for winter, outdoor and water sports are sold in more than 40 countries.  To learn more about Helly Hansen’s latest collections, visit