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Sailing Strategy - Wind and current by Ian Proctor
 Sailing Strategy - Wind and current by Ian Proctor

12 Days of Christmas Yacht Owners Gadget Guide: Day 12

by Francesca Breeze 13 Dec 2011 10:36 GMT 12 December 2011

If you're stuck for present ideas for the person who has everything than look no further than Towergate Insurance's 12 days of Christmas Gadget Guide. In order to put together a Guide with truly invaluable gadgets, with differing price ranges, the boat insurance provider enlisted the help of and asked its forum members for their recommendations.

The top 12 gadgets will be listed everyday from 1-12 December, with the most popular gizmo taking centre stage on the last day. This gives you time to source the items or drop hints to relatives and friends.

Day 12 - GoPro HD Hero camera

The most popular gadget amongst sailing enthusiasts is the tiny, highly advanced GoPro camera. Described as the world’s most versatile and one of the smallest action camera systems, this lightweight and yet powerful piece of wireless equipment allows you to easily capture and share videos whilst on the move. A number of models are available, dependent on use. These include helmet cameras and systems that can be clamped onto surfboards, masts or around your wrist or chest.

The latest release is the HDHero2 model which allows you to capture 10, 11 megapixel photos in one second and 0.5 second time lapse photos. More importantly, it’s waterproof to 60 metres. All cameras have a 170 degree field of vision and there are a number of suppliers in the UK. Prices are from £250 onwards.

Yachtsandyachting forum members use GoPros to post their videos and numerous others can be viewed on YouTube.

Example of GoPro HD Hero video (from the forum)

Towergate Insurance and hope you find this Guide useful - many thanks to all those who posted up their recommendations.

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