Our Favourite Winter Dinghy Sailing Gear

July 07, 2021

Our Favourite Winter Dinghy Sailing Gear

Once the sailing bug has bitten you, it’s hard to think about anything other than the glamour of your next downwind thrill. Then as winter rears its head, sailing withdrawal kicks in. The empty playground of our favourite waterways beckons as we work out how to get back out there for a cheeky ‘send’. But don’t panic; we’ve got the right winter dinghy sailing gear that will keep you warm through winter, so you don’t have to wait months for your next sailing session.

 Base Layers for Winter Dinghy Sailing

After chatting to Australian 18ft Skiff Sailor Jim Colley, it was clear that the biggest priority for winter dinghy sailing and skiff sailing alike is to keep “as warm as possible without compromising mobility.” This is precisely the balance offered by Vaikobi’s unisex FlexForce wetsuit collection

“I wore the FlexForce 1.5mm Long John throughout the entire 18 sailing season. I loved it, especially because I generally tend to rug up more than the average sailor! FlexForce neoprene has the best range of movement and warmth,” Colley said.

Depending on your layering preferences, our FlexForce range includes several styles and thicknesses, from the 3.0mm long john to individual neoprene tops and pants. These products perform exceptionally over a broad temperature range, making them a worthwhile choice for all-weather dinghy sailors. If you want to check what gear performs in a particular temperature range, check out our handy guide on what to wear sailing.

Sailing Jackets for Winter Dinghy Sailing

When you are hurtling downwind at turbo speed, seaspray is the biggest culprit of freezing, water-induced misery. A good-quality dinghy sailing spray top should also be at the top of your winter kit list.

“I’m a big fan of the sailing spray jacket. A good fit will keep the inside warm and the water out,” Colley said. 

The VDRY Lightweight Jacket comes in several colours, with a 100% Polyester water-resistant shell and mesh air vents to regulate thermal control while training. The full-length zip allows for versatility and will keep you fashionable both on and off the water. And because it’s available in bright cyan, grey and orange, this sailing jacket makes great teamwear.

Dinghy Sailing Smock for cold weather

In even colder weather, a dinghy smock is a must-have. With neck and cuff closures, you won’t get pesky leaks down your elbows after a full-body drenching - ideal for high performance dinghy sailing classes such as foiling boats, skiffs and sportsboats. The smock design also prevents icy water from flushing up your back with an adjustable neoprene waist. 

PFDs and Lifejackets for Dinghy sailing

Finally, our best-selling VX Race PFD Life Jacket is specially designed for dinghy sailors with a low scoop neck that won’t ride up or restrict movement, even when you have winter layers underneath. With adjustable straps for a firm fit and soft form-adhering panels, this is by far the most comfortable option for dinghy racing, one design sailing and foiling. 

Best of all, it has a protective zip-up pocket (aka protein bar holder) for those precious mid-regatta snacks! “By all standards, it’s a winner.” Pro Skiff Sailor Jim Colley adds.

Happy winter dinghy sailing from all of us at Vaikobi!





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UNISEX / MENS - METRIC SIZES

Size HEIGHT (CM) WEIGHT (KG) CHEST (CM) WAIST (CM) HIPS (CM)
XXS   161 167  54 58 76 81 62 66 78 82
XS   165 172  56 63 82 87 66 70 82 89
S   169  176  61 68 88 96 71 76 90 96
M   174 181  66 73 97 104 77 85 97 102
L   178  185  76 85 106 114 86 95 103 108
XL   183  190  86 95 116 122 96 105 109 115
XXL   187  194  96 105 124 132 106 114 116 122

UNISEX / MENS - IMPERIAL SIZES

Size HEIGHT (Feet + Inches) WEIGHT (Pounds) CHEST (Inches) WAIST (Inches) HIPS (Inches)
XXS   5'3"  5'6"  119 128 30 32 24.5 26 30.5 32.5
XS   5'5"  5'8"  123 139 32 34.5 26 27.5 32.5 35
S   5'7"  5'9"  135 150 34.5 38 28 30 35.5 38
M   5'9"  5'11"  146 161 38 41 30 33.5 38 40
L 5'10"  6'8"  168 187 41.5 45 34 37.5 40.5 42.5
XL 6'  6'3"  190 209 45.5 48 38 41.5 43 45.5
XXL 6'2"  6'4"  121 232 49 52 41.5 55 45.5 48

YOUTH - METRIC SIZES

Size

HEIGHT (CM)

WEIGHT (KG) CHEST (CM) WAIST (CM)     HIPS     (CM)
Y-S 132 139 30 34 60 65 56 61 68 72
Y-M 140 148  33 39 65 71 61 68 72 78
Y-L 147 155  40 47 70 76 67 73 77 84
Y-XL 152 162 47 54 75 82 72 79 83 89

 

YOUTH - IMPERIAL SIZES

Size

HEIGHT (IN)

WEIGHT (LB) CHEST (IN)

WAIST (IN)

    HIPS     (IN)
Y-S 4'3" 4'8" 66 75 24 26 24 26 27 28
Y-M

4'5"

4'8"  73 86 26 28 26 28 28 31
Y-L

4'8"

5'  88 104 28 30 28 30 30 33
Y-XL 5' 5'4" 104 119 30 32 30 32 33 35

Fit Tips

If one of your body measurements is in between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit. If your body measurements for hips and waist correspond to two different suggested sizes, order the one indicated by your hip measurement.

How To Measure

WAIST: Measure around the narrowest part (typically where your body bends side to side), keeping the tape horizontal.
HIPS: Measure around the widest part of your hips, keeping the tape horizontal.
CHEST: Measure the fullest area of your chest. Stand up straight and breath normally.

 

 

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