Perhaps established sailors can share their setup so new members can benefit from their experience.
I have some gear I wear all the time and then layer depending on the conditions. I've gone for a wetsuit and layers to cover winter, but a lot of club sailors like dry-suits when it's colder. They're a lot more expensive, but apparently do a great job.
This is all personal preference (beyond buoyancy aid of course)...
Gloves - I like Gill Championship Long Finger Sailing Gloves
Long shorts - I wear them by themselves in the summer or over wetsuit to protect it when colder
Hard baseball cap - My dinghy has a low boom, so this is for self-preservation and not many wear them. Got mine from Amazon - "Safety Baseball Cap Bump Hard Hat" - and added an elastic chin strap.
Safety knife - I hope to never use it in anger, just for rigging - Gill Personal Rescue knife.
Spray top - Keeps the wind off and stops you getting cold if it rains or you get dunked
Rash vest - Good by self in summer or under wetsuit as it gets colder
Wetsuit - Dinghy-specific with specific sections on knees and backside. Either long or short depending on weather. I recommend trying before buying as needs to be a good close fit and sizing varies considerably.
Thermal rash vest and leggings - Under wetsuit as it gets really cold
Neoprene socks - Roster do a nice pair for the cold
Inexpensive sunglasses with a floating retainer cord - There's a lot of glare on a sunny day.
Knee pads - Specific to boats where you kneel in light conditions. I got "Rucanor Knee Pads" from Amazon on recommendation from Nick - cheaper and just as good as the sailing-specific ones.
Where I buy
I went to the "Welsh Harp Boat Centre" - welshharp.co.uk - to get kitted out initially and try things on. I've then used that, Wetsuit Outlet and Amazon for online shopping now I know sizes and what I like. I've also found Decathlon to be great value and decent quality for child wetsuits/shoes... - maybe adults too.
Last Edit: 5 months 3 weeks ago by Bill Nokes.
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