Perspectives of a Lady, Gentleman & Dane

Sailing: What to Wear

Hannah Sheflyand

Yesterday was our first sailing class! It was definitely an overload on new terminology but I have no doubt that some prep work and studying will do the trick. This weekend we will get to spend time out on the water on a 24ft sailboat and then hopefully be certified to sail on our own by Sunday evening.

The first thing we learned in class is that our wardrobes need a little boost when it comes to sailing. This week Brian and I will be on the lookout for a good amount of items we need before we hit sail.

Regulars shoes or going barefoot is really not preferable. Deck shoes have razor cut soles, which are special slits that open as the foot flexes and allows the shoe to grip on a wet deck, and keeps you from busting your ass. Most shoes also have dark soles that can mark the deck which is a no-no. I thought it would be pretty easy to find but I think both Brian and I are pickier then we thought.

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Henri Lloyd shoes look great and they have sizes for both men and women. These Valencia Leather shoes are my favorite and are highly rated.

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Another great variety that steps away from the typical deck shoe look is the Octoskins. I like them because they are a little more feminine then the shoes I was considering before.

Both Brian and I wear glasses and see pretty poorly without them but on the boat there is a fear of having them fall off, so as dorky as they look, we will both be wearing glass keepers on all our future sails.

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Chums makes a very simple and cheap glasses keeper and it comes in a variety of colors which I think is a perk to such a goofy look.

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I think Brian will prefer a pair of Croakies since they look a little more macho. Which do you think will look better on us?

Most of your time on the sailboat is spent looking up at the sails which also means looking up into the sun. Hats unfortunately are not flattering on me or Brian, but it is a must when you are out on the water.

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I don’t think Brian will agree to wearing a visor, but I love the Gil Visor, especially with the little cord to hold the glasses keeper.

And last but not least are sailing gloves. The sailing classes list these as optional, but with my little frail hands I am not even considering going without them. Brian thinks the opposite of me regarding the gloves and is going to go without them for the first weekend and just see how he feels.

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There are companies that offer more feminine version with pink or purple, but every sailing blog out there has mentioned how amazing the Gil Deckhand Gloves are and I will be picking the perfect fit later today.

I feel once we have these items figured out, and I pick the outfit and the shoes (or these shoes), we will be ready to go.

We are both very excited and cant wait to share our adventures, as long as we pass :)!!!

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