Staying Sharp in the Heat

Published on August 28th, 2018

by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
The 1989 US Snipe National Championship was in Miami, and the June schedule gave us daily thunderstorms and plenty of heat. It had been a hectic week of triage as we broke a rudder and bent a mast, but we were in the lead on the final day, and now were dealing with a lengthy postponement as the wind struggled to build.

Recognizing the drain of the sun, we strategically rafted up with a friend for idle conversation … in the shade of their mainsail. When the race committee was able to roll into the start sequence, we were still fresh while others had baked.

We closed out the regatta for the win, and I was reminded of this when Kris Werner explained how his winning team at the 2018 J/88 North Americans sought similar relief.

“With the ultra-hot weather we had in Chicago, staying hydrating and out of the sun as much as possible were key. On Saturday, we drifted around for quite a while in postponement in the blazing heat and sun.

“We had a nice lightweight sunshade on our boat to cover the cockpit and companionway. It’s made of spinnaker cloth, weighs almost nothing, and protects not only the crew from the sun but also the mainsail.

“Having the sunshade allowed us to motor around slowly to create some breeze, a much better option than being in a steaming hot cabin with no ventilation. Many other teams sat out in the sun and baked, and I truly believe the sunshade made a difference in the only race of the day.

“We stayed nice and cool and out of the sun, and when it finally came time to race midafternoon, we were sharp and ready to go, not sunbaked. We won the race. Contact your local loft today to get one of these secret weapons!”

comment banner

Tags: , , , ,

Back to Top ↑

Get Your Sailing News Fix!

Your download by email.

  • Hidden
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

We’ll keep your information safe.