what to wear for offshore sailing
The unpredictable and often volatile conditions of offshore sailing present a multitude of challenges for sailors. While you can’t control the elements, you can master them with the right kit.
Musto’s pioneering 3-Layer System has greatly enhanced the performance of inshore sailing athletes. Breathability, warmth and weatherproofing are the ultimate combination for optimal comfort. Whether they’re taking part in the America’s Cup or Cowes Round the Island Race, tests have shown that when sailors are protected, they’re focused.
The MUSTO 3-layer system is put through its paces in some of the most testing conditions on the planet. Ocean Race sailors wear MUSTO apparel to stay dry, comfortable and mobile in the brutal conditions of the open ocean. In race conditions, MUSTO sailors wear base layers for comfort against the skin, with sweat wicking properties of merino wool and other technical fabrics helping to keep competitors performing at their peak. Next is the added warmth and weather protection of the mid layer, where technologies such as durable water repellent (DWR) coated fleece and PrimaLoft® Insulation deliver breathable, warm protection. Finally, our HPX GORE-TEX® shell layers provide an all but impregnable barrier against the fury of the open ocean.
The robust durability of our ocean sailing kit was put to an extreme test in 2014, when Team Vestas Wind suffered a terrifying shipwreck in the Indian Ocean at night. The Vestas Wind crew were forced to spend a night on their stricken vessel, braving wind and rain before finally being rescued by the coastguard the following morning. Team Vestas Wind endured a sailor’s worst nightmare, in part thanks to the MUSTO 3-layer system that kept them protected from the elements.