Offshore sailing is a great sport, but if you are new to it there’s a bewildering choice of gear and gadgets to choose from. Knowing what to invest in or bring with you is tricky but here are some tips from seasoned offshore JOG sailors.
Keeping warm and dry is essential offshore – it sounds obvious, but it’s surprising how many people who head offshore for the first time don’t heed the warnings and pack appropriately. Getting cold can often contribute to or cause seasickness, and that’s no fun at all. If you are prone to motion sickness, it might be worth investing in some pills to take before you set off, although some people swear by wristbands.
No-one is suggesting you need to go out and spend a small fortune on new gear before you’ve decided if you like offshore sailing, but it’s worth thinking about this kit list to see what you can pull together from things you already have. If you’ve found a boat already, great, if not check out ways of finding one via our Crew Locker. If you are coming to crew for the first time and are unsure if you have the right kit, it’s always worth asking if anyone on the boat you are joining has any spare/old equipment you can borrow. Most of us have spare oilskins or boots in the garage or the sail locker.
Predictably the weather can make a massive difference to what you need. Layers are the way forward. Keep an eye on the forecast before you leave, but we’d recommend that you assume that worst case it will be cold and wet at some point. Anything extra than that is a bonus!
JOGgers are a friendly bunch and more than willing to share their experiences of boat fixes, what works, what doesn’t, good alternative solutions to xyz problem or trim techniques and tips. If you are a new boat owner or new to racing offshore and are looking for help and direction ask someone after a race or join our Facebook page and post a question there.