Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How to Pack for a Mid Distance Race

As the sailing season gets back into full swing, many sailors will be gearing up for mid-distance races such as Annapolis to Bermuda and Newport to Bermuda—both excellent races to push personal and equipment limitations.  

I'm sailing the Annapolis to Bermuda.  For this race, I’ll be packing all (except for my foul weather gear, boots, and PFD) my gear into a 30L bag for weight and space saving purposes.

See all of the things that fit here:

What was covered:

For sun protection, I’ll be bringing : (1) Patagonia Sol Patrol Shirt, (2) APS Tech Shirt L/S, (1) APS Tech Shirt S/S, (1) OR Sun Hat, (1) Patagonia Sun Mask, (1) Costa Del MarSunglasses, (1) Gill UV Tech Polo and of course Z Block Sunscreen.

For my every day wear, I have 2 pairs of Slam Hissar Shorts paired with my Sperry TopsiderSeaRacer Shoes.

For the cooler nights, I chose the Zhik High Vis Beanie, HenriLloyd Elite baselayer (top and bottom), (1 pr) Smartwool Heavy Insulated Socks, (1) Gill Microgrid Fleece.  These baselayers and midlayer work great underneath my foul weather gear.

As far as accessories go, I have a pair of Ronstan Sticky Fingerless Gloves, LeathermanSkeletool, Tikka Plus 2 Headlamp, and Freestyle Mariner Watch.

Curious about what foul weather gear I’m taking?  Check back in with me in a few weeks.

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