Sailing isn’t just a summer activity. Cruising along in bright winter sunlight is a much more challenging alternative to your usual summer sailing holiday. Make sure you’ve got everything prepared for your wintry water trip with our checklist, prepared by experts.
Plan It Well
The hours during which you can make use of daylight are unfortunately a lot scarcer in winter, and so you’ll need to plan your trips accordingly to avoid getting stuck in the dark. Short zips to your frequently visited favourites will be fine, but if you’re looking for a longer trip, make sure you set off before sunrise and get back home before the sun goes down in order to make the most of your day.
You might think that a few thick jumpers will be the best weapon against an icy snap, but a lot of thinner layers are actually a lot more effective. Ensure you and your crew are all wrapped up in thermals and extra layers underneath your waterproofs and you’ll be having too much fun to even feel the cold!
Get your Gloves On
Although waterproof thermal gloves are the obvious choice to keep your hands warm whilst sailing, some people find they make tying knots and handling the lines difficult due to their bulk. An alternative solution is to purchase several pairs of fleece gloves which you can swap when they get too wet.
Top Up the Tank
If your tank is full, it’ll reduce the chance of condensation forming due to the smaller surface area available. This in turn will make it less likely for that pesky diesel bug to flourish and contaminate your tank.
Don’t Forget the Extras
Boats left in salt water very rarely get frozen water in their engines, but it’s better not to take the risk when you’re planning a trip. Take some antifreeze out with you and you’ll be able to start your adventure straight away without worrying about your engine.
Fill Your Belly
Keep off the winter chill by always having a flask close by, but try to avoid excess caffeine as frequent toilet trips and lots of layers do not make for a relaxed boat trip. Making sure you’ve got some tasty hot meals lined up throughout the day is also great for boosting morale and energy. A hearty soup or a pasty straight from the oven will do the job just fine!
Sailing travel insurance is essential to bring some peace of mind to your winter trips. Let’s Go Insure offer a fantastic sailing travel insurance policy that will cover you in the event of anything going wrong. Our comprehensive insurance packages will allow you to go wherever your sense of adventure takes you!
Ethan Bailey is an experienced adventure traveller and insurance expert with the team at Let's Go Insure. Ethan’s passion is to inspire his clients to go just that little bit further, deeper and higher on their travels and his expertise in providing the ideal insurance cover allows them to do just that. If you're looking for the best sailing travel insurance Let's Go works with the most experienced underwriters, intermediaries and insurers to offer a range of competitive insurance without compromising on cover.