Guide to Sailing Clothing, by Dan Stanciu of the Sailing Clothing Store in Cowes.

Whatever stage of your sailing adventure you find yourself at, you need the right gear to fulfil your potential.

Buying sailing clothing for the first time can be quite intimidating due to some of the technical functionality. This is why we have created a short guide to help you navigate your way around. There are four main categories of sailing gear, based on your level of sailing activity:

  1. Inshore sailing – lightweight, lower collar and the fabric is more breathable to suit wearing for day use;
  2. Coastal sailing – slightly heavier, more collar protection/hood system and the fabric is more breathable to allow longer use;
  3. Offshore sailing – highly breathable fabrics to be worn continuously, reinforced protection in the seat/knee areas and full face protection collars;
  4. Ocean sailing – Gore-tex (waterproof/breathable fabric membrane) and ultra-heavyweight fabrics.

Keep in mind, safety always comes first! Before you go sailing, you need either a lifejacket or a buoyancy. The difference between the two is that a lifejacket will support you completely by keeping your face out of the water whilst a buoyancy is only a swimming aid.

So which one do you need? If you can’t swim, the choice is quite obvious – lifejacket. However, if you’re a good swimmer, a buoyancy allows you to be more manoeuvrable on the boat.

Furthermore, it is very important to keep warm and dry which depends a lot on the weather. If it’s cold, you will need a full wetsuit for complete insulation. As an alternative, you can also wear a quick drying suit with a warm under layer. If it’s warm, you can wear a quick drying vest, shorts and a hat to protect you from the sun.

In terms of footwear, you need something that can get wet, can keep you warm and has good grip. Sailing gloves are also essential. Sailing gloves are designed in the same way as marine clothing – you need to take into consideration how active you are and what type of conditions you are sailing in, very important factors when choosing the right gloves for you.

Now that you have a basic understanding of sailing clothing, you might want to know where to find the gear that suits your sailing level.

Based in Cowes for over 10 years, in the heart of the UK sailing and yachting industry, Sailing Clothing Store has all your clothing needs. Shopping from Sailing Clothing Store could also save you money as UKSA Students can get a 10% discount. You can also arrange a discount on clothing purchased online, all you need to do is email your order number to the Sailing Clothing Store and we will deduct 10%. Please note that sale items are not eligible for discount.

We hope you found this post useful. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Sailing Clothing Store on 01983 247891 or [email protected] – we’ll be more than happy to assist you.