HOW TO KEEP WARM WHILE YACHT SAILING?

Winter is here…

And so is the wind and the cold! And yet lots of people are still getting out on their yachts in winter. How do they keep the cold away? What secrets do those who stay on deck in every season know?

Discover our advice and tips for never being cold on board again!

NAVIGATE IN WINTER BY ADOPTING THE “3-LAYER SYSTEM”

When yachting, it's important to protect yourself in bad weather, without giving up good freedom of movement and a certain level of comfort. This means your choice in clothing is crucial!

What’s your winter outfit's job? Keep out the cold, the wind and the wet.

Your ally? The 3-Layer System! It allows you to evacuate perspiration, conserve heat, and protect yourself from humidity. Example:

          – Layer 1: light undergarments, such as thermal underwear, which conserve body heat while providing breathability and freedom of movement;

          – Layer  2: a fleece boosts your thermal insulation and makes getting rid of perspiration easier;

          – Layer  3: a jacket and a salopette, waterproof and breathable, will protect you from the elements (rain, humidity, wind, etc.).

You should avoid wearing cotton when sailing in winter, as it absorbs perspiration and becomes damp, making you feel colder

Another thing to remember on deck in winter: perceived temperature!

The concept points to the temperature your body feels outdoors when not protected from the wind. In real terms, the perceived temperature is often lower by several degrees than that given by weather services. A few degrees can make a huge difference when you're at sea!

YACHT SAILING IN WINTER: FOCUS ON PROTECTION FROM THE ELEMENTS!

We don’t always think about it, but extreme elements can make you lose precious body heat. So it's vital to protect as much as possible your sensitive trio: “head, hands, feet”.

How? Complete your 3-layer system with accessories made for these body parts. In your sailing bag, remember to include:

          – a thick hat: your head can lose up to 50% of the heat your body produces! Protect it with a thick hat over which you can fit the waterproof hood of your sailing jacket;

          – sailing gloves: for yacht sailing, opt for neoprene gloves over traditional mittens or two-finger gloves. Neoprene gloves will protect your fingers from the cold, but they’ll also mitigate friction from ropes, which is never pleasant in the cold...

          – sailing boots: Waterproof and breathable, they also provide comfort and grip. You can move around the deck safely and with dry feet

MORE TIPS FOR KEEPING THE COLD AT BAY WHEN ON BOARD!

Now you're ready to take on the elements and take to the sea this winter.

Once on board, don’t let your guard down - adopt good habits to keep the cold at bay:

–       Keep well-hydrated;

–      Eat healthy, warm foods;

–       Get enough sleep, as fatigue can make you feel colder: those famous chills when your body slows down…

Why use hand warmers? These small objects slip into your gloves, boots, or sailing jacket or fleece pockets. The provide gentle warmth for several hours, depending on the model.

Good sailing gear, a few tips, and now you’re ready to dedicate yourself to your favourite activity, even in winter. Happy sailing!

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