Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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If you're coming up from South Florida, you will not believe how cold you will be, sailing in November. You will want ALL the ski clothes you have from your trip to Aspen last February, and you will be shocked to find out that they are NOT ENOUGH. In the damp at water level, cold permeates everything and everybody much more than at high, dry altitudes. Even though you are heading South, you can sometimes get snow or freezing rain on deck before Thanksgiving. Mittens that fit over fleece gloves might be a good idea. Boots that can fit over several pairs of socks. Long undies, pants, and ski pants. T-shirt, shirt, two sweaters, and a parka. Then you'll want foul weather gear on top to keep out the wet, and several watch caps, so that one's always dry. Snorkeling goggles may enable you to see in driving rain if you miscall a front, or catch a squall. Even motoring downwind can be cold, and there's no trailside restaurant to warm you up in the middle of a four hour watch. If you pick the right routes and weather windows, you may not need all the gear, but staying warm will make good weather even nicer.