How to select proper Foul Weather Gear

A racing oriented sailor needs to take advantage of all his energy with the aim of achieving only one thing: winning. Foul weather is a major distraction for sailors in their goal towards winning and their concentration. That is why choosing the right foul weather gear for your regatta is crucial.
Foul weather gear must be waterproof, breathable and comfortable to prevent water from penetrating into the clothes, but also allow the transportation of sweat and moisture through the layers while providing maximum comfort to the sailor.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT FOUL WEATHER GEAR IS CRUCIAL

How to select the correct foul weather gear for your needs. For the purpose of this article let's leave price out of the picture. We brake foul weather gear into 4 main categories:

  • Inshore / Coastal
  • Keelboat Race
  • Coastal / Offshore
  • Offshore / Ocean

Note: Once you reach open water, you will spend more time on your salopettes or Hi-bibs than wearing a jacket.



OFFSHORE

Offshore foul weather gear needs to be resistant and comfortable enough to be used for long periods of time. (several days and weeks).
Clothes must be resistant to extreme sailing conditions and ensure protection to the sailor. This is the type of gear that high competition sailors would use for trans-oceanic regattas. In this type of gear, you need to be willing to spend some extra bucks.

Base Layers: Leggings, graphite long sleeves, hydrophobics

Mid Layers: Force layers, fleeces.

Outer Layers: Full coverage hoods with fluorescent colors and reflective tapes to stay visible at night, high cut collars with adjustable Velcro, salopettes and trousers.

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DAY SAILING

For this type of foul weather gear, there is no need of trousers or salopettes. They are made for light to moderate intensity rains, spray and wind. For this type of gear, it is important to keep things light to facilitate maximum mobility. For Day Sailing Foul Weather Gear, it may be sufficient to use up to 2 layers of clothing.

Base Layers: Leggings, long sleeves, hydrophobics

Mid Layers: Highly breathable jackets and vests

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COASTAL

Coastal Foul Weather Gear is appropriate for medium and semi-long-distance regattas. This type of gear must be resistant and comfortable enough to be worn for at least a couple of consecutive days. Clothes must be bright fluorescent colors and come with reflective tapes that allow to be seen by night. For these type of sailing, it is important to have 3 layers.

Base Layers: Leggings, graphite long sleeves, hydrophobics

Mid Layers: Force layers, fleeces.

Outer Layers: Adjustable by shock cord hoods and high cut collars with adjustable Velcro.

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OCEAN

Like offshore foul weather gear, Ocean gear is intended to be used in large, extreme periods of days. This type of gear is prepared for the harshest conditions a sailor might face. If you plan on navigating around the world someday, this is the type of gear you need to acquire. Ocean foul weather gear is highly technological is extremely high resistant.

Base Layers: Leggings, graphite long sleeves, hydrophobics

Mid Layers: Force layers, fleeces.

Outer Layers: Full coverage hoods with fluorescent colors and reflective tapes to stay visible at night, high cut collars with adjustable Velcro, salopettes and trousers.

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