Originally Posted by skowens
I'm brand new to sailing and will be taking lessons on Lake Erie and practicing around Cincinnati, OH this year. I know I need foul weather gear
, but the full coat & overalls suits seems like overkill at this point in my education and plans. Can I get away with a regular Gore-Tex hooded rain jacket and perhaps quick drying pants for the time being? Or something similar? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Yes. I wore what was essentially a two-piece bicycle rain suit for the first six years here on Lake Ontario
. I still wear a Banff "spring ski jacket" much of the time, only breaking out the Musto bibs and a truly rain-proof jacket when I know I will be standing literally all day in the rain.
I also use Mountain Co-op bike gloves instead of "sailing gloves". Some guys just cut down gardening gloves. You need gloves for line handling...you do not need $60 "sailing" gloves.
You will find most useful some bike gear
one size up. Here's the logic: Core
body temperature is important to keep high. Once the truly cool May has passed, a typical rainy or windy day will be Teva or Topsider sandals, a T-Shirt, maybe a light jersey and a long-style jacket coat with a removable liner suitable for winter cycling. The longer-cut arms allow you to work the tiller and lines at full extension without getting your wrists wet. Funnily enough, cold, wet wrists can ache and can make your hands stiff. You can wear any type of shorts. The long coat will allow you to sit on the cockpit
benches without getting your rear wet. A hat will keep head
heat in. This is good to the 10C-14C range for me...my legs radiate excess heat and do not get cold, but my head
, torso and arms are warm.
As it gets sunnier, remove the coat. You'll find you may still need the jersey, even in a warm day on shore.