I love my Sailing Helmet

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I went on the Clipper Round the World Race promising my son I would be clipped on and wear my helmet. I had spent hours researching which helmet to take and chose the Gath Eva.

I was the blue power ranger.

To be honest, I felt like a bit of a knob. That was until we were in a storm with winds of over 100 knots. I felt safer, warmer and drier than the rest of the crew.

I had only considered the protection aspect of the helmet. There had been a death on an earlier leg when a crew member was hit by the mainsheet.

I rapidly discovered my helmet was warm and didn’t get wet. Nothing soaked up water so when I started my next watch, my helmet was dry. Unlike the others ringing out their hats in the sink.

I think the others thought I was a little crazy to bring a helmet but by the end of the race, this was one of my favourite pieces of kit.

And I looked like a power ranger in photos and what could be cooler than that!

Would you wear a helmet?

Is it safer?

Do you wear one for skiing? So why not sailing?

2 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. What you have related supports what my research has turned up. Also, your choice of helmet is the same as I have come up with after looking at what was available.

    Given that we are practicing sailing at the extreme end of the spectrum that is off shore racing, 24/7 and at times in some of the worse weather imaginable, I do believe that we should be equipped accordingly, so yes for helmets.

    Do you wear it all the time or only when the ocean and weather are getting or at their worse?

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    1. I found I wore the helmet much more than I expected to. Mainly because it was warm and dry. I have also found this with my ski helmet which is very similar.
      I haven’t worn it for coastal sailing but would do if the conditions were difficult and I was racing.
      At the end of the day, a piece of equipment under load could let go at any time and hit you on the head. I only have one head so I like to look after it.
      I really pleased to hear your research led you to the same conclusions.

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