Keelboat Sailing and Powerboat Rides
For your first time out sailing it’s not necessary to buy any specialist sailing clothing. Dress in comfortable casual clothes and wear non-slip, non-marking, closed toe shoes (old runners are ideal). Shorts and a t-shirt are fine depending on the weather. Bring a rain jacket to protect you from the spray and wind. It can be cooler out on the water so wearing layers is recommended in cooler weather.
Long hair should be tied back and don’t wear excessive jewellery that could get tangled up whilst you are sailing. It’s important to have your hands free to get on and off the boat and to be able to sail. It’s best not to bring mobile phones or other valuables onto the boat as they may get damaged or lost.
Life jackets or personal floatation devices are provided by the Club and must be worn at all times on the water.
You may have most of the required items already at home. One item you may not have and is highly recommended is a wetsuit. There is a few different styles, but the ideal one is called a ‘spring suit’. It has short arms and short legs. These can be found at surf shops and even at Kmart. The price for these genrally range from $15 – $60.
Over the wetsuit, a long sleeved lycra top will keep the sun off. If it gets a little cooler any lightweight rain jacket will keep the wind out.
Every time you launch your boat you will be wading in the shallows. For this we insist that everyone wears firm fitting shoes. If you don’t have a pair of wetsuit booties an old pair of sneakers will do just fine.
SYC will provide a well fitted lifejacket which is worn at all times whilst on and around the water.