7 Important Tips to follow while Sailing in the Winters

Sailing employs the wind—acting on sails, wingsails or kites—to propel a craft on the surface of the water (sailing ship, sailboat, windsurfer, or kitesurfer), on ice (iceboat) or on land (land yacht) over a chosen course, which is often part of a larger plan of navigation. Sailing is for summers. Get that straight. Sadly, we can’t go sailing at the moment. The world is facing a virus outbreak & this has deserted the previously overpopulated seas. It is better to stay indoors and follow the lockdown protocol. This article is for future reference if you wish to sail in the ocean, or your favorite nearby like in the cold.

The Tips:

  1. First thing First: Never under-estimate the cold – it’s far easier to strip a layer off if too hot than heat yourself up if you get chilled.
  2. Dress Warm: If boat is parked ashore rather than on a mooring, dress warmly in civvies whilst you rig up, including extra layers, hat, gloves, etc. No harm in sneaking thermals under the jeans or putting a (dry) sailing waterproof on together with your coat. But if it is also chucking it down with rain, get the sailing gear on first.
  3. Eat well before Hitting the Water: This is not a time for low blood-sugar levels. Use the toilets too. Stripping-off to answer nature’s call whilst out in the action is not going to help keep you warm.
  4. Don’t over-heat: Don’t over-heat in the changing room, get sweaty then immediate freeze as you walk outdoors. Save putting on the last couple of layers until you have left the changing room, perhaps even until you go outside.
  5. Exercise: Relax your muscles. They need to be perfectly in sync with the action before you step into the seas. Simple exercises can you your muscles keep itself warm. Do some gentle exercise to get the blood flowing even while you are on the boat.
  6. Suck it: If you fingers get cold, suck them – you will be amazed. Fingers are fragile. Fingers are important. Without your hands, you might not make it to the other side. Keep them moving. Suck them if they get cold. Your body temperature can do the rest.
  7. Get Busy: Keep yourself as busy as possible. Keep moving, paddle the boat, keep talking. Just keep yourself away from staying still. The cold hurts like a bitch you are not moving. Body needs to burn your fat even in that little space inside the boat. This is only possible if you keep yourself busy inside with work. Don’t leave everything on the crew.

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