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Re: A simple gear question for a new sailor

In my experience, when the temps are low (and I have a low tolerance for cold), when the waves are high (and I have a hard grip on the wheel), when I'm handling lines, gloves are indispensable. They really cut my fatigue level as well as keep my hands warm and enable me to have a better grip on the lines. I use 3/4 fingerless gloves that I already had for kayaking. John bought some for himself at the boat show and wears them a lot.

For foul weather gear, layering is a good idea. I don't go all out on the expensive name-brand sailing clothes, just layer and use a windbreaker/LL Bean-type rain coat on top.

I'm sure the instructor won't mind answering any questions that you have about what to bring. Shoot him an email.

Donna


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