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Kit Guide

Does your season end.....and what to do with your old Rooster Gear

By Sargent 30th September 2020
This time of year I am often asked by my non-sailing friends....and by some of the sailors (generally those who have not yet experienced Rooster kit yet) whether our season has now ended. Until recently the answer was that Clare and mine hadn't but the kids had. For me it's a swap from Rash Vest to Poly Pro, depending on the conditions either on its own under the Semi-dry, with a Hot Top, or when snow is falling (and there's no breeze) a Hot Top and Aquafleece. That might be because I spent 4 years sailing at Aberdeen while at University and seem to have had my thermostat permanently adjusted (quite the opposite of Page Railey in the post below about Rooster Super Therm Longjohns). I tend to still wear a cap but take an Aquafleece beanie, or an Aquafleece Neck Gaiter in the pocket of my semi-dry. More often than not I go bear legged beneath the hikers in the 300. In the 2000 I slap on my old race skin (still going strong!), and if it's really cold Poly Pro leggings underneath. Clare goes for much more kit from the word go. She enjoys a snug warm Aquafleece beanie, layers up with a full set of Poly Pro, Hot Top and Hot Legs and Aquafleece, and sometimes wears the Neck Gaiter in combination. We are both agreed that Rooster have cracked footwear systems and we love our Poly Pro and Hot socks with either Pro Laced boots or Hike boots. When we last blogged we had just received our latest order and were looking forward to trying out the gear at the 2000 Nationals. Clare absolutely loved the Thermaflex Longjohns which replaced the Raceskin in her wardrobe. She enjoyed the close-fit and warmth, flexibility and lack of bulk. We had some very mixed conditions at Exe, and she was neither too hot nor too cold. On a couple of days the waves were in - Clare commented that the lovely snug feel of the Thermflex was helping keep sea sickness at bay. I was trying out the new Tacktile Gloves. Because I play the spinnaker sheet unless it's a tight reach or breezy, I have very full hands downwind, so I really enjoyed the extra feel and flexibility with these gloves. Sheet drops were non-existent, which is a first! We're also beginning to think that the season need not end for Gwen and Johnny. Of course they generate more heat being another year older, at 9 and 7 years old. But the big difference is using their Rooster Polypro and Aquafleece tops in combination with a standard child's wet suit. When we unzip them at the end of a Thorney on the Water session (which usually ends with in the water! - how many kids can we get on a Pico, that sort of thing) they are normally the warmest kids in the changing room, with steam escaping from their kit. Yesterday I bimbled on the Teras in the morning and then we used the last of the daylight for a very light air sail. Johnny had to climb in up to his waist after running aground, and was still toasty. So we'll see how we go with single-handed sailing, and they'll certainly do some 2000 crewing in various club's races. One of the things I love about boat bimbling is being able to recycle. My old 300 continuous kicker became the kids' Teras' mainsheet bridles and righting lines. 2000 spinnaker halyard blocks will serve as the Tera mainsheet bridle block, with 300 boom mainsheet blocks attached. Of course we also recycle (handdown) kit between the kids too. We haven't done much recycling with my kit until now.....but when you need a pair of lederhosen for an Oktoberfest which falls on Halloween what could be better than my last pair of Rooster Pro Hikers? 008 (2) Matt Sargent (Zoomy)

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