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Gear list:

What to bring for a sailing or windsurfing lesson/course will depend a little on whether you’re doing a taster session or a full week, and also on the weather. Below is our general advice. Feel free to give us a shout with any queries.

  • Sun block
  • Sun hat
  • Wetsuit. Full-length wetsuits are essential for spring courses, and highly recommended at any time of year.  If you don’t have one there are a range available to borrow here as well as buoyancy vests. We have a small stock of GUL Response suits, or can order in from if you would like to purchase your own.
  • Waterproof / windproof jacket. This keeps the wind chill off, and is extremely important for watersports. We also have a small range to borrow if needed.
  • Footwear for wearing in the water – wetsuit booties are ideal, old trainers/sandals would be fine. Those $10 warehouse slippers tend to fall off!
  • Clothing that dries quickly and provides sun protection. Cotton T-shirts or shorts are not recommended
  • Towel
  • Thermals – lots of layers of poly-pro or merino
  • Pen
  • Logbook if you have one! (Lost ones can be replaced for $20)
  • Lunch (if appropriate) and snacks
  • Drink bottle

NYC Shop

Nelson Yacht Club stocks a selection of sailing gear such as wetsuits, booties, spray-tops, gloves, buoyancy vests etc… from GUL, Rooster and Zhik through a relationship with NZ Sailing Ltd. If you find something on the NZ Sailing website, but we don’t have it in stock, let us know and we can get it in for you.

NYC Members get a 5% discount, save on the shipping costs, and can try things on. The club gets a margin that contributes to the running of the programmes. Win, win.

Drop us an email or give us a call 🙂