The Clipper Race is one of the most intense sailing challenges in the world – a 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on 70-foot sailing yacht. The craziest part of all though, is that no previous sailing experience is necessary to compete.
Yep, you read that correctly, anyone can sign up to take part in this monumental race. Each of the eleven boats which compete will have a fully qualified skipper and first mate, but the rest of the crew may have never stepped on a boat before they began the intense training course to prepare them for the race.
This means the kit they’re wearing needs to be exceptional.
As the creators of some of the best, technical sailing kit available, Musto are the official partner to the Clipper Race. We’ve picked out some of our favourite products that will be essential for anyone taking on the Clipper Race or a similar ocean adventure.
Ocean sailors need total waterproof protection for taking on the very worst ocean storms and swells. The HPX Pro Smock is the toughest dry smock available and will be a game changer for ocean sailing.
These boots really don’t miss a trick. With exceptional grip, the toughest GORE-TEX® footwear membrane available and a built-in gaiter, they are are a must-have for ocean sailing.
When you’re sailing round the world, you can expect the weather to be pretty changeable. For the warmer days when you won’t want to be wearing boots, the Dynamic Pro II shoes will be your go-to. They’re lightweight, fast-drying and extremely grippy, and offer lots of support for your feet to ensure you can stay on your feet for as long as you need to.
From hoisting sails, turning winches and long days at the helm, your hands are going to take a battering. During the colder weather, the Performance Winter gloves offer a high level of grip ad dexterity as well as a layer of neoprene for insulation.
For the brighter days, this pair of short-finger gloves offers 4-way stretch for optimum manoeuvrability whilst still protecting the hand from rope burns.
It’s easy to think that in extreme weather, all that’s important is what’s on the outside, but layering up correctly underneath your waterproofs is essential to ensure you stay comfortable and warm for long periods of time. This super-light thermal base layer is ideal for wicking away moisture from your skin and locking in the heat when you need it.
Written by Eliza Tilbury
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