Tamesis Club

Training from Home 29

Hi all hope you are well
Last week I mentioned that sailing in bad weather can still be fun if you have the right clothing .
Here is some stuff from an earlier version when I though Covid would have been sorted by now
This week we’ll look at what to wear .
Obviously a club T shirt is essential but in general I don’t advise people to spend too much in the early days . Chandlers will presumably be shut and now isn’t the time to be going on line .
At first you can get by with a lightweight anorak & over-trousers  from a cycling or outdoor shop .
The above show a dinghy suit which I use most then a wet suit useful if you expect to capsize get back in the boat then sail on in reasonable weather .
Lastly a dry suit so you can sail on thru the worst of weather . Great but pricey !
That’s my very old buoyancy aid , I also wear a sailing knife with a marlin spike and shackle “spanner” I also have various “leathermen “ the best being the Wave .
Next wet suit boots which really are worth getting as cold feet really spoil things .
Lightweight wellies ok unless you are launching from a beach .
Any old pair of trainers or plimsolls are ok but never sandals or bare feet .
Sailing glove of man made fabric not leather again a worthwhile first buy .
Different versions of full or part fingers are available .
Woolly hats good but no bobbles and a balaclava is great because it doesn’t fall off and you can just use it as a scarf when things hot up .

However even with the best of gear the cold can be a real risk

Subject: How to survive cold water shock

Take a look at this video on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/0gd6QC2Emrc

Sailing can be fun
We’ve seen John and Paul sailing so I looked up the Stones
Best I can find is Keith and Ronnie on a super yacht
Sailors sayings
Sailors meals were served on square plates hence the saying square meal .
Also the tables had raised edges called fiddles to stop the plates sliding off .
If the portion was so large it overlapped the plate cheating was suspected , you were on the fiddle .
Incompetent Crew
Although it’s only about 7 miles up the Humber from Spurn point with the wind dead astern against tide and current it’s not a lot of fun and you are really glad to see the Grimsby tower but depending on the star of the tide you might need to wind your way round the channel
Stay safe
Eric