Recommended Boating Kit
New Zealand's weather varies a lot, and cadets must be able to adapt. Keeping warm, dry, hydrated and not sunburnt is highly important when on the water. When we go boating, cadets must always bring the correct gear, to ensure the safety on the water. It is strongly recommended that cadets never take cotton garments on the water. Not only does cotton become heavy when wet, but it also makes the wearer cold.
Cadets should arrive wearing the correct garments suitable for the weather.
If you are unsure what to wear, ask. And it is much easier and safer to bring extra clothing.
It is strongly advised that cadets always bring water, sunscreen, a wide-brim sun hat, a weather-proof jacket in addition to their boating kit.
Please take note that these items are recommended.
Starting from the innermost layer, then working outwards:
1: Base Layer and Undergarments
This layer keeps cadets warm. The layer forms the foundations of the whole clothing system, so it is imperative that it's right.
For cold / wet conditions, begin with:
Sailing thermoskin (Top / Bottom)
Wet-suit / Steamer
Normal under wear
Ice-breaker (or similar woollen garments)
If you are unsure about the weather, bring extra ice-breakers / polyprops, as these garments are easy to change into, and have a large significance.
2: Mid Layer
This is the layer that is most visible when the outer layers are not worn. It also covers some of the undergarments.
Dry-fit / Sport t-shirt
Light shorts / Togs
3: Outer Layer
These are the layers that keep cadets dry. These layers should be taken on board, in case cadets gets cold.
Weatherproof jacket (Sailing or Rain jacket)
Woollen / polyester jumper
4: Head Dress
Cadets should always have some form of head dress. It is recommended cadets wear a wide-brimmed hat.
Hat / Cap (GWD Caps are not applicable)
Woollen / Polyester Bennie
5: Foot Wear
Cadets should have closed toe shoes. NB: Cadets are likely to get their feet and footwear wet in the sea.
6: Various Other Items
These items are compulsory for every sailing event:
These items are optional, but can be very useful
Woollen / Warm Gloves
Layering guide from Gill: