long hair on the windy sea
James, James. You want to talk long hair, you need to ask a REAL man ; > ). As Hanz und Franz would say, you don''t want to end up looking like a girlie man. So hear me now and believe me later!
I can offer personal experience, having once had hair long enough to reach - well, let''s just say it was long!
I did sailing on a Hobie 16, sometimes racing, sometimes training athletes, and long hair definitely was a problem. A braid would work for a little while, but with my thick hair, which tended to be of different lengths, sooner or later little wisps would work their way free and torment me as I was trying to look this way and that while the wind was blowing.
I finally purchased some products aimed at bikers. They go by various names, like "hair glove", and so on. They are basically leather wraps which either lace or snap together to envelope your hair. Check out this page, for example; they seem to have a variety of styles and lengths to choose from, including nonleather (neoprene) models.
Here''s another site that has a nice long (20") snap-on model.
If you''d like more suggestions about the different styles available, email me. PS your significant sailing partner will probably like the way they look. She may even want to dictate a different uniform code on board your vessel in the future!