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Offshore Racing Kit?
I recently had an invitation to crew in the Farallons Race with one of my neighbors who owns a 44' racing boat. The Farallons race starts in SF Bay and sails around the Farallon Islands about 30 miles from the gate and then back again. I asked his skipper about clothing and safety gear, and her responses left me feeling like I will need to spend more money to outfit myself for this race than it is really worth to me. If I follow her advice, I will need to get a new PFD, Harness, Tether, Foulies and Shoes. I usually wear basic West Marine Foulies, Gill Wellington Style Sailing Boots and a Mustang Self inflating PFD. Sounds like my Foulies are too bulky, my boots are likely to fill with water and my PFD has inadequate buoyancy. For those with offshore racing experience, what would you consider to be the basic requirements for clothing and safety gear for a race like this?