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?