Originally Posted by paulk
Tom is right. November can be REALLY COLD. The Gulf Stream can also get really nasty. In one Bermuda Race we beat for a more than a day into an 8' chop caused by an eddy going against the wind. Every third or fourth wave we simply sailed off the top of it, and the boat fell 8' into the trough. Down below, crew off watch in their bunks were getting thrown up against the underside of the deck. Wearing foulies below gave another layer of padding. Another item you might want to consider bringing would be clear goggles - either the ski or worktool safety type. In a 40-knot rainsquall that lasts a half hour, it can at times be helpful to be able to see.
I was going to bring googles anyway, because I wear contact lenses, and workshop googles are something I use on Lake Ontario...well, this time of year, anyway.