COLD WEATHER SAILING!!!!
I have just passed my ASA basic keel boat (sailing 101) course. I have been crewing for about 2 months now, and the skipper of the boat I crew on wants me to go out on some CCV races with him and his old crew. I am honored that he would invite me to crew with him for races, and I have learned alot from crewing. But my dilemma is this: I do not like cold weather, and these guys race all the way to Jan. I had a wonderful time in the summer months, and I really want to go out in the winter but do not have a clue how to dress warmly enough for this as, I have never sailed in the winter before. I need some assistance preparing for the cold weather assistance before it gets here. I am located in the Chesapeake Bay area, and I need to dress warm for this area during the winter months of sailing. My questions are these:
1) Do I go out and buy expensive cold weather gear for this type of sailing?
2)Do I buy a rubber suit and then wear something over it?
3) it the foul weather gear more important than, wearing something to keep the cold water off of me?
4)What do you longterm and more experience feel I should get to allow me to continue to sail even in inclimate weather?
Where do I acquire this gear from the internet or from some local sports store or from some department store?
Appreciate any information you can provide. So far I have found this site and and a few regulars that always provide me with legitamate information. I want to thank you for this info. Thanks....