Chandlery December 2011 Issue

Last-minute Gift Ideas

Practical Art

Sailing Calendars

Long-time subscribers may have noticed that calendars are a perennial favorite among our gift-giving suggestions. One reason is that they are great to have on hand for those last-minute gift-giving needs that pop up. The main reason, though, is that they are always chock full of amazing photographs that bring alive the passion of sailboat racing, the sting of salt spray, the warmth of Caribbean sunshine, the grace of classic boats, and the beauty of sailing. Two of the most enduring sailing calendars are those produced by acclaimed marine photographers Onne van der Wal and Sharon Green.

A former professional sailor, van der Wal combines his artist’s eye with his love of sailing and the ocean to capture crisp, colorful, and evocative photos. His 2012 wall calendar ($25) is perhaps better classified as nautical art rather than a practical record of days, but we like to consider it functional art. You can view it on his website, where he also sells other products featuring his photography, including note cards ($16)—another great stocking stuffer.

Green’s wall calendar, “The Ultimate Sailing Calendar,” spotlights sailboat racing, and her photographs capture the raw energy that permeates race courses and race crews. “The Ultimate Sailing Calendar” retails for $22; you can view the year of photos on Green’s website.

Her thrilling photos also are featured on recycled, reusable market bags. The “Making a Splash Not Trash” bags, which are printed with a collage of Green’s race photos, are not only handy for toting groceries down the dock, but they’d also make great reusable holiday gift bags. A portion of the sales of the $13 bags benefits the Sailors for the Sea ocean-conservation foundation (

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