What to Bring
- Sailing Gloves - Modern synthetic ropes can easily cause rope burn, so it is essential that you purchase a pair of sailing gloves. We have had a bad experience with Gill brand; Bourke, Ronstant, Musto should all be ok. You can buy these from the marina before we leave. Gloves should be a snug fit; however, you should still be able to make a fist. We don't recommend using gloves from Mountain biking, etc. Pat prefers the full three finger while Bronwyn likes half finger. More...
- Sunglasses - polarised is best to cut down on water glare. You may also want a neck strap so they don't go overboard at the most inopportune time.
- Headlamp You will need a headlamp so that your hands are free to work ropes and sails of a night. When selecting a headlamp ensure it has a red light for night vision work. More...
- Non Marking Shoes Bronwyn likes crocks, they dry quickly, don't mark the deck, don't get smelly when wet. They are also the best option for hopping on and off the tender. Pat prefers deck shoes for the boat, he has found that the crocks can roll off your feet when you are grinding really hard and putting your back and legs into it. Socks are a good idea to avoid killer foot odour. Zooplankton from seawater can make canvas and nylon running shoes particularly smelly. These types of shoes are best saved for use on dry land.
- Beanie, Scaff, Balaclava, it can get cold on watch, particularly at night so bring something to keep your head warm.
- Hat, Cap plus a restraining strap. When you look up at the wind indicator at the top of the mast there is a good chance that your hat will blow off, some sort of cord or strap is essential.
- Wet Weather Gear It is important that your clothes keep you both warm and dry. Being cold leads to fatigue which leads to sea sickness, being hot leads to sea sickness. Layering is the best method.
- Thermals - synthetics and super fabrics become smelly with prolonged use, merino is best. Aldi some times have them in the bargain bin.
- Thin jumper
- Wet Weather outer layer i.e jacket with a rain proof hood and long pants. Reasonable quality hiking gear, eg annaconda, Musto
- Water bottle
- Sleeping, While we are underway everyone shares the two aft cabins. You will need your own sleeping bag, pillow, ear plugs. It is important that you have dry clothes to sleep in.
- Bath towel, beach towel, hiking towels are a good choice, they're , light, quick drying and compact.
- Music, something to read,
- Runners or other comfortable shoes for the island.
- Bag, so it's important that it has its own heading. A soft duffel bag or dry pack without wheels is best, as a guide 120-150L. Hard suit cases don't make for good bed buddies.