What should I wear?

This section mainly focuses on clothing since most of the boat equipment is provided on the boats (i.e. life vests, sails, paddles). The clothing equipment required for sailing an Yngling depends mainly on two factors, namely weather conditions and level of competitiveness. In order to provide some meaningful tips we have divided it into two weather categories.

Spring/Autumn weather:

During the start of the sailing season around March, it can be pretty cold and windy in Trondheim. Students or leasure sailors can use simple waterproof clothes (e.g. skiing clothes) instead of investing a lot on sailing specialized clothing. We suggest this while trying sailing. More competitive crews wear some wool layers and special clothes called foul-weather gear. They mainly consist of a waterproof set of trousers with shoulder straps and reinforced fabric on the backside and knees, and waterproof sailing jackets that make it easy to maneuver and have some protection for water coming through the neck and the sleeves. Cheap sailing boots can be useful, especially since there is usually water spray from waves and some amount of water inside the boat. Crewmembers who work a lot with ropes usually like to wear wear resistant gloves that keep their hands dry and relatively warm on a typical race or training that lasts for 2-4 hours.

Summer weather:

With the sun setting later and higher temperatures it is easier to get warm in the heat of a race or training. A simple t-shirt and waterproof layer should work fine in these conditions. Gloves help a bit especially for the jib trimmer since the jib rope can be quite powerful on strong winds.

Sunscreen could be a good idea, as well as polarized sunglasses that filter out some of the water reflections, helpful when trying to locate a race marker on a water surface with sun reflections and protection from salty water spray.