With a little preparation October is great month for sailing. Both the air and the water are starting to cool down, and that’s what makes the preparation necessary. The good news is that the preparation isn’t all that difficult because neither the water nor the air is dangerously cold yet, assuming you can get out of the water and dry off somewhat quickly. So far this month (October) both the water and air temperature have been in the low 60 degree range. That means when you get out into the wind it can be a little bit cold, especially if you aren’t in direct sunlight. And in regards to the water, I won’t go any further than knee deep without a wet suit this time of year. But, I may just be a wimp who doesn’t particularly like being cold.
Ok, so the water and air temps are starting to cool off, but what should you do if you want to keep sailing? Well here is what I do, I start in a wetsuit and add a windbreaker or water proof jacket if I need a little more warmth. My logic for the wetsuit is that the potential exists for me to end up in the water, all be it involuntarily. And, if that happens a sweatshirt is going to do more harm then good. I could just be paranoid but I would much rather be prepared than end up in a dangerous situation. Some of you are probably pointing out that a wetsuit isn’t a great insulation layer when it isn’t in the water and you’re right. However, it is much better than nothing, and the windbreaker stops the wind which is where a lot of heat is lost. I also bring along neoprene booties and neoprene sailing gloves because if the spray starts to pick up your hands will get wet and cold and that isn’t fun at all. A bit of common sense is also needed, this isn’t the time of year to be pushing your sailing boundaries.
Alright, so now we’re prepared … let’s go sailing!
With winds out of the north and delightfully calm water Asya and I geared up and launched Spy Hop with no particular destination in mind. We ended up sailing back and forth across Centerville Harbor. I’ll explain more about where we were sailing later, the take away is that it was fantastic even though it is early October!
And with a day this nice no destination was needed.
It is possible that this was the last sail of the year, but I sure it hope it wasn’t. There is still plenty of fall left to enjoy before it would be unwise to be on the water.