Originally Posted by Outrageous
The lifejacket is almost a moot point in our waters because it won't stop the hypothermia. Serious racers wear suits & that matters, but the real discussion is about getting out of the water.
I've read a couple of articles lately that state "if you don't wear a PFD you really shouldn't worry about hypothermia, you will die of drowning long long before hypothermia sets in". Even in the cold PNW waters you have at least 30 to 45 minutes before hypothermia sets in. But falling in without a PFD the cold will essentially stop any effective use of arms and legs for swimming in a very short time. If you have heavy cloths on at the time, really no hope at all.
Good article here:
Drowning Doesn?t Look Like Drowning
This one goes deep on what I said above: