Sailing on the Chesapeake often means experiencing variable weather conditions, such as hot and humid days with chilly mornings and evenings. Be prepared! Bring weather-appropriate clothing for sailing and casual attire for trips ashore.
- Layers, such as t-shirt/shirt/sweatshirt/jacket to stay comfortable as temperatures rise and fall.
- Sleepwear as sailboats do not allow for much privacy. Light cotton shorts and tee shirts work well. For bedding, bring a pillow and a light sleeping bag, sleep sack, or sheets and a quilt.
The following is a list of what members should bring. Mandatory items are in Bold. You should bring your items in a soft sided bag (without wheels for easy storage of the bag).
- Sailing gloves
- Foul Weather Gear (jacket, bib, and boots)
- Tether and harness (required for night sails)
- Personal Floatation Device
- Boat shoes (any shoe with non-slip, non-marring soles will do)
- Hat with brim and/or sun visor, with retaining strap
- Sunglasses with cord/croakie
- Jacket or windbreaker
- Knife or multi-purpose tool
- Flashlight (Red lens required for night sails) or Headband with light (red lens required for night)
- Shirts or t-shirts
- Shorts, slacks, belts
- Swim suit
- Towel and washcloth
- Sleep wear
- Walking shoes
- Boating Safety Education Card
- Boat US Membership Card
- Handheld VHF
- Handheld GPS
- Charts, Coast Pilot, COLREGS
- First Aid Kit
- Soap, Shampoo
- Grooming items/makeup
- Medicines – Prescriptions, seasickness pills/patches, analgesics, etc.
- Bug Spray/lotion
- Water Pistols / water cannons / etc
- Burgees / personal flags
- Books / magazines
- Music - CDs
- Credit card/debit card/cash
- Health insurance card
- Food, sodas, beer, water, & ice as assigned