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03-27-2012 12:42 AM
Re: What to take to sailing school?

If you forget the sunscreen, a good quality aloe vera gel can help heal your skin.
03-26-2012 11:29 AM
Re: What to take to sailing school?

The terms are like any vocabulary - context related. My style of learning is such that I need to focus heavily on the task I am doing. If I have a lot of the background learning done I can focus much more clearly the the task of sailing. That is just me though. We all learn in different ways and speeds. I added two items to my take list this weekend, a floating strap for my sun glasses because I would be that guy that drops his prescription sun glasses into the water and a long sleeve underArmour shirt for warmth and wicking. On sale at our local sporting goods store. Gloves I may already have. I have a pair of fingerless bike gloves that may work and I will be looking out for something to go over them for warmth when needed.
03-26-2012 09:37 AM
Re: What to take to sailing school?

Originally Posted by rickvw View Post
I am currently doing as much book work as I can. The school from northern Michigan has sent my study guides and textbooks so it is my hope that I will have as much of the terminology down before I leave in June.
Having just taken 101, this would be my first recommendation. The terminology is like a foreign language. Once you learn and use it, its second nature but when you're first exposed to it, as in my case, the terms are all new and none of it makes much sense. The school I attended believes that advance study is not required but I think getting familiar with the terms in advance will help you a lot.

Second recommendation is gloves.
03-23-2012 09:47 AM
Re: What to take to sailing school?

Check with Bay Breeze as to what they provide in the way of PFD's. 10 years ago we did not use them. It seems to me that I see their classes going out wearing them now. Best to ask or you will be paying WM prices in TC.
03-23-2012 09:14 AM
Re: What to take to sailing school?

Originally Posted by rickvw View Post
Some beer and wine drinking will be done as well as a proper prep for what is to come.
Beer and wine drinking IS proper prep.
Especially if it is good beer and cheap wine. preferably out of a box.
03-23-2012 08:40 AM
Re: What to take to sailing school?

Good advice, I will put search for a PFD on hold. I am meeting up with my classmates tonight and we will be discussing our adventure and prep. Some beer and wine drinking will be done as well as a proper prep for what is to come.
03-22-2012 10:46 PM
Re: What to take to sailing school?

Rick, you might want to holdoff on buying a PFD. See what they have and how it actually fits and feels. automatic inflateable with harness and crotch strap (which is essential) but there are some differences in which ones are most comfortable versus which ones work best. You can find the old PS reviews and in-water comparisons online if you hunt around a little, they're still pretty current.

But nothing beats trying them on, to see what chafes your neck or fits your chest or doesn't have anyplace to stick a signal mirror, etc. in the pocket. What pocket?

Remember, before you even get on the boat, ask everyone "Can I borrow ten bucks from you?" That way they've all got a vested interest in getting you back on board if you go over. (VBG)
03-22-2012 10:09 PM
Re: What to take to sailing school?

I have been reading, and studying. I am pretty green so I will need to be well prepared. I am wondering about flotation devices. Whether I should just use what ever they have or if I should bring one of my own and what would be my best choice?
03-22-2012 04:45 PM
Re: What to take to sailing school?

I agree that clothing has been well covered. Being from Minn. you are familiar with our seasons in the North. They change every 5 minutes.
Assuming that you are taking the courses from BBYC. A good group of instructors and usually classmates. I have taken those classes from them in June and there were days when we got sunburned all day and then it went to high 30's at night and the burn made it extra cold. Bring SUNSCREEN!

After a night at Beaver Is. in the 30's I found the bath house was a wonderful, warm place. If I would have known it was that warm in the middle of the night I think I would have slept there!

Layers, and at least one of them water proof, and you will be fine. Have a great time and do read the material ahead of time. The guy in the class that does not read ahead, and there will be one, will slow the rest up a little.
03-18-2012 04:08 PM
Re: What to take to sailing school?

My favorite piece of clothing for cold weather sailing was a long-sleeved, snug, thin fleece "undershirt." Never took it off for days on end. And I will echo the call for extra socks. Wool or fleece. But you are from Minnesota and you know this.
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