Well as I noted yesterday it’s time for the 106th Race to Mackinac Island. The race starts tomorrow and although it’s July, it hasn’t been very warm. So What to Wear Sailing in these conditions? Here’s what these Mac racers will be wearing.
The models, Kati and Judith are wearing West Marine bibs (West Marine has newer bibs than these and the link takes you to the new bibs) over a Sperry Quarter Zip Thermal shirt. Judith, on the right, is also wearing a Gill Woman’s Knit Beanie (on sale by the way).
In addition to the West Marine bibs and Sperry Thermal top, these ladies are wearing Gill Sailing gloves. Kati on the left is wearing a pair from their Championship line, and Judith on the right is wearing a pair from their Pro line.
The final piece of their sailing outfits are their sailing shoes. Both pair are designed for use in water sports. Kati on the left is wearing Gill Mary Janes and Judith on the right is wearing Sperry SeaRacer Sneakers.
As you can see from these two ladies outfits, you can bundle up stylishly to go out for a sail. It is also important to have on the appropriate clothing to keep you safe and comfortable while out sailing on a day that may be inclement or become inclement.
Looks like overkill for July doesn’t it? Ordinarily it would be, but we’re having a colder than normal Summer up here and the temperatures at night on Mackinac Island are only supposed to be in the high 50′s and low 60′s. So on the water at night, subtract another 20 degrees and you’ll understand that these two ladies will not be over dressed.
In fact, in addition to what they are wearing in these photos, they’ll likely have on thermal underwear, another shirt, a jacket, and of course their personal flotation device (pfd) to keep warm.
The trick is to wear layers and to come prepared. For example, people do not as a rule arrive to the boat in their sailing bibs. They either have them on their boat or carry them in their boat gear bag. As crew I do the latter along with toting extra pants and shirts to change into in case the need arises.
If you are properly dressed, a wet or cold day or night sail can actually be a terrific sail. It truly makes a huge difference being properly armed with clothing (no pun intended).
Good luck to all of the Race to Mackinac Island and Hook Race Sailors! Be safe and be swift!
See you on the water,
Sail Away Girl