thanks guys...what about warmer climates?
Depends on how warm we are talking about. Our weather around here varies from minimum in the dead of winter of 10c and gets up to 40c height of summer. Not tropical all year round and most certainly not as chilly as PNW.
We recently did a 24hour race where it was coldish (I guess minimum at night was down below 15c) plus rain and hail. Miserable conditions but I stress not freezing cold. Certainly the worst conditions I have ever been in over that length of time.
My gear is Gill Offshore jacket , Burke Southerly Offshore Bib pants, Burke Southerly SeaBoots. I wear a sleeveless vest under that but beyond that nothing special clothing wise other than I avoid blue jeans and cotton socks. I am happy wearing cotton underwear, cotton pants, cotton shirts.
But but but .... this has to be taken in the context of our climate. Were I to rug up like Jack I'd die from overheating. Were I to be sailing in colder climes I'd be moving away from the cotton but for me it works because I like the feel of cotton and don't particularly like synthetics. Silk would be nice but I'll be keeping synthetic longjohns on board for when we head further south.
I love the jacket and the pants. They are comfortable, dry and importantly they keep out the wind chill. My previous pants (I think they were Ronstan) kept me perfectly dry but did nothing to keep out the wind. First big lesson I learnt from doing coldish offshore coastal stuff. Its the wind wot gets to ya. Chills you to the bone and seemingly legs suffer the most.
The boots are for the plank. Bought them to replace standard rubber boots but they are not good enough for warmth. Jack mentioned Sperry Fathom on the seaboot thread a week or so back. I'm thinking to go that way.
For mine gloves are still the weak link.