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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake
Pffft... I've had to bundle up in August.
Governor's Cup a few years ago. It was an abnormally cool summer and the nighttime temp was 69F degrees.
Sideways driven rain and wind in the 20's all friggin' night long sent everyone into stage 1 hypothermia. We all had full foulies but not much in the way of under layers. Eventually, we all got damp and chilled under the foulies.
Even I finally succumbed not long after rounding Point Lookout and I handed the tiller over to crew. I crashed hard belowdecks for about an hour before I found some dry, spare clothing and was back on deck to finish the race.
My point: Hypothermia never sleeps, not even in the summer so keep some warmer clothing onboard than you expect you'd ever need. Those vacuum bags work great to keep them dry and compressed so they don't hog a lot of locker space.
Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168