Frostbiting Rules To Live By

Frostbiting Rules To Live By


From Sailing Scuttlebutt 

For those that endure real winters, there are three types of sailors. One type is scanning the Scuttlebutt calendar for any excuse to catch a flight to Florida for short pant sailing. A second type is holding their travel cards and embracing their local frigid frostbite schedule. The third type is on the fence.

For those considering the local scene, or would just like to embrace it more, the SpinSheet magazine shares these tips…

Rule #1: Cotton Kills
Cotton fibers absorb water, are slow to dry, and quickly drain your body of heat when wet. Read labels and stay away from cotton blended fabrics unless they contain less than 15 percent cotton fibers.

Rule #2: Stay Dry
Staying dry means more than just “Don’t Fall In.” Remember, in some racing boats your feet, lower legs, and hands get wet quickly from water entering the cockpit. Your body also gets wet from perspiration during strenuous activity, which can be just as dangerous if you fail to follow Rule #1.

Rule 3: Fashion Does Not Equal Function
Your new jacket may be the latest in trend wear, have a designer label, show your sail number, and match your crew’s outfits, but is it made for the sport? Be careful when shopping, as many brand names carry several lines of clothing which might look similar, but cater to different sports or extremes of environments. For example, some kayaking dry tops, while similar to sailing dry tops, only stay dry when attached to a kayak spray skirt as opposed to being layered over pants. Ask your salesperson the difference between items. Remember: when you wipe out skiing, you don’t (usually) go for a swim.

Rule #4: Wear a PFD (aka Lifejacket)
If you do fall in while frostbiting, or if your boat capsizes, a lifejacket is critical to buoy you in icy, cold water. If you end up in the water and you have followed Rules #1, #2, and #3 but get knocked unconscious, you had better have followed Rule #4.

Proper frostbite attire works as a system composed of three layers… read on

JamestownDistributors carries lots of the right gear to make Frostbiting comfortable and warm and dry, regardless of the conditions.  If you are looking for GILL SAILING GEAR to make your frostbiting experience more fun and less frosty, CLICK HERE and check out our selection. We have lots in the Bristol STORE that is on sale – including drysuits. Call us (800-423-0030) for a complete selection of the DISCOUNTED Drysuits and Gill sailing apparel.

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