A Clothing Guide for Winter Sailing

A Clothing Guide for Winter Sailing

21st Aug 2019

We are in the midst of winter in Australia which means it’s time to bring out the beanies, steamers and woollen socks. With the cold weather in mind, it could be time to update your sailing wardrobe to prepare for the cold southerly gales.

We have provided you with a list of our favourite winter clothing items to get you through the colder months. We believe layering is key and have divided our essentials into base layers, mid layers, waterproofs and accessories.

All these items can be found at www.boatingcentral.com.au

Base Layers

The base layer is the foundation of the three-part layering system and is important for temperature regulation and moisture management. A good base layer creates a microclimate next to the skin, trapping warmth and keeping a consistent temperature. The wicking abilities of base layers moves moisture away from the skin to reduce heat loss. Base layers need to hug the skin but also need to be comfortable and non-constrictive. 

Gill Hyrdrophobe Top $85.00$69.50

Wicking polypropylene fabric that is non-absorbent and actively repels water

Soft, stretch fit for freedom of movement

Flatlocked construction to help prevent chafing

Available in Men’s, Women’s and Junior sizing 

Musto Active base layer $125.95$112.95

Seamless construction using polyester/propylene mix fibres with elastane for close fit comfort

Nilit® Bodyfresh silver ion technology provides anti-microbial reduction to prevent odour producing bacteria

Honeycomb thermal knit used on kidneys and lower back for added warmth

Mid layers

The middle layer’s role is to insulate and trap body heat whilst allowing moisture to move to the outer layers. A good mid layer is made of materials such as microfleece, merino wool, synthetic insulation or natural down.

Gill Crosswind Salopettes $300.00$265.00

Fully taped laminated fabric

Highly breathable

Ultra-compact thermal lining for warmth without bulk


A good trouser or jacket needs to be fully waterproof without compromising breathability. Different manufacturers use a variety of membranes for their jackers to keep the wind and water out and allow sweat generated by the body to escape whilst your sailing. It is also important to look at the waterproof’s construction, particularly for features such as waterproof external zippers, good sealing around the cuffs, a hood that can be drawn tight over the head and reinforcement in high-abrasion areas such as elbows, shoulders and knees. 

Gill OS2 Offshore Men’s Jacket $550.00$470.00

2-layer laminated fabric, creating an incredibly waterproof, windproof and breathable protective shell

Fully taped seams for a waterproof seal

Anti- corrosion zippers

Fully lined hi-vis hood with a 3-way adjustment system and internal fleece lined cord channel for secure, comfortable fit

Fleece lined hand warmer pockets

Burke Southerly Offshore Trousers $420.00$304.00

Three-layer construction without lining for minimum wicking and enhanced breathability

100% waterproof and windproof

High-cut bib and brace design

Fleece lined hand warmer pockets

Abrasion resistance, nylon seat and knee reinforcement


Gill Three Season Gloves $69.00$59.95

1.5mm neoprene keeps you warm even when wet

Dura-Grip™ fabric on palm and fingers providing incredible levels of grip without any compromise in flexibility and durability

Pre-shaped construction fits your natural hand shape

SealSkinz Mid Weight Length Socks $69.95$59.95

Totally waterproof, breathable and windproof

Merino wool lining for moisture control & comfort

Elasticated ankle & insteps offer support and a comfortable fit

Musto Thermal hat $44.95$37.95

Made of an acrylic/wool blend to offer high levels of warmth and comfort

Moisture wicking properties to keep you dry and comfortable