What to wear

We look at winter suits and talk to experts about their choices
During the long cold winter months the demands of the gear we wear on the water increases from merely keeping us dry to also keeping us warm in the extreme cold. In the competitive world, this can ultimately mean the difference between winning a race and not finishing at all. The popularity of high performance dinghies in recent years has led to two major considerations when choosing what to wear on the racecourse. Firstly with the additional athleticism required to sail these boats, crews have been drifting towards tighter fitting clothes, such as steamers and thick winter wetsuits. However, these boats are faster, therefore increasing the wind chill factor and given many modern boats are less stable than their predecessors more time is likely to be spent in the water, for which a dry suit would be better suited for purpose. Whether you are a wetsuit or drysuit person is most likely as much down to personal preference than anything else, but other factors such as typical water temperature at your home sailing club should be taken into consideration. Gul Response Steamer Wetsuit: Perhaps one of the best known brands, certainly in the dinghy world, Gul have been making performance wetsuits for years. Many dinghy sailors have, at one time or another, owned a Gul wetsuit and it is this familiarity as well as colossal experience in the market that puts them at the top of the list in terms of what to buy. Gul have had the added benefit of being a sponsor of Skandia Team GBR and this has allowed the company to work alongside the best Olympic sailing team in the world to develop their products. The Gul Response Steamer is made out of 3, 4 or 5mm fabric and has glued and blind stitched seams to keep