The Gear Scholastic Sailors Need

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What to Wear Guide

Are you new to Scholastic Sailing? Wondering what kind of gear you (or your favorite sailor) will need for the upcoming season? APS has developed a list of essentials pieces to get you started. With that said, we highly recommend speaking with your coach to see what other items you might need. Need a PDF to print out? Click here.

 

Warm Weather

 

Cool Weather

Cold Weather

Spray Top:

A good spray top will be the workhorse a scholastic sailor's gear. It blocks wind and water; and it does a great job filling the gap between a short sleeve shirt and a drysuit or wetsuit.

Paired with trousers or salopettes, you will have a lightweight yet waterproof/windproof barrier that will keep you comfortable across a wide range of conditions without restricting your movement in any way.

Wetsuit:

Positive: Expense; Negative: May be too warm or cold as you are unable to layer effectively.

Remember, a wetsuit's warmth is determined by the thickness of the neoprene material the suit is made of. Because you can not change this, the temperature comfort range can be rather narrow. 

Drysuit:

Positive: High comfort and maneuverability; Negative: Expense and moderate difficulty when changing base and middle layers beneath as needed.

Drysuits are much more comfortable in that you can change your wicking under layers (DO NOT WEAR COTTON) according to the outside temperature giving you a wide comfort range. Additionally, because most drysuits are breathable, perspiration is allowed to escape leaving you dry and comfortable.

Gloves

A pair of lightweight gloves are a key piece of gear to avoid nasty rope burns while racing.

Neoprene Gloves

A pair of heavier neoprene gloves or waterproof gloves is a necessity when sailing in cold weather. Your hands are the first thing to get cold, and it is 100% critical that you keep them warm and functioning to sail effectively.

Neoprene Gloves

A pair of heavier neoprene gloves or waterproof gloves is a necessity when sailing in cold weather. Your hands are the first thing to get cold, and it is 100% critical that you keep them warm and functioning to sail effectively.

 Life Jacket

100% required for all scholastic sailing. Be sure that you select a US Coast Guard approved PFD as buoyancy aids are not legal.
 Life Jacket

100% required for all scholastic sailing. Be sure that you select a US Coast Guard approved PFD as buoyancy aids are not legal.
 Life Jacket

100% required for all scholastic sailing. Be sure that you select a US Coast Guard approved PFD as buoyancy aids are not legal
 Hiking Boots

A pair of rubber or neoprene boots not only help to take the sting out of hiking for long periods of time, but they do a tremendous job of keeping your feet warm on cold days as well. Try and stay away from rubber (non-neoprene) boots in really cold weather, as they don't help keep your feet warm.
 Hiking Boots

A pair of neoprene boots not only help to take the sting out of hiking for long periods of time, but they do a tremendous job of keeping your feet warm on cold days as well. Try and stay away from rubber (non-neoprene) boots in really cold weather, as they don't help to keep your feet warm. Consider using a pair of neoprene socks to help keep your feet warm. 
 Hiking Boots

A pair of neoprene boots not only help to take the sting out of hiking for long periods of time, but they do a tremendous job of keeping your feet warm on cold days as well. Try and stay away from rubber (non-neoprene) boots in really cold weather, as they don't help keep your feet warm. Wear wool socks (non-itching Merino wool - Smartwool brand) to keep your feet warm and dry inside the waterproof drysuit socks and a pair of Lycra socks outside of the suit to protect the drysuit

Other Items to Consider
Sailing Bag - one with a dry and wet compartment
Sunblock - waterproof with a high SPF rating
Sunglasses - good polarized lenses are a must
Watch - one with pre programmed sailing start sequences
Whistle - attached to your PFD for safety. In some cases, you may be required to wear one

Still have Questions about what you should get? Call our Customer Service Crew (9:00am - 5:00pm Eastern Time) at 800-729-9767.

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