Cruising sailors need wet weather protection just as much as adventurers crossing the Atlantic or Great Southern Ocean, so why should you settle for less than the best when it comes to ‘oilies’?

Whether you’re hundreds of nautical miles from the nearest landfall or within sight of it, you’ll still be relying on your sailing kit to keep you warm and dry. When your clothing can mean the difference between enjoyment and discomfort, or in the worst case scenario between life and death, you’ll need to trust in what you’re wearing. Ocean sailors have proved that multi-layering is the way to go for all-round comfort and protection, and the same philosophy applies to cruising sailors too – water is always wet, whether you’re pootling about within sight of a familiar coastline or charging across a mighty ocean.

 

Touching base

 

High-wicking and fast-drying ability are essential on base layer garments if they’re to keep you free of perspiration and condensation. Henri Lloyd’s H-Therm LS Crew top includes silver-ion antimicrobial technology to ensure the wearer always stays dry and comfortable. Flatlock seams maintain a smooth profile against the skin and, even worn on its own, the LS Crew also offers a UV protection factor of 50.

 

Middle ground

 

The beauty of a multi-layer system is that you don’t have to wear it all at once. Henri Lloyd’s Elite Therm Mid Layer Jacket, for instance, is fully waterproof and windproof in its own right in light spray conditions, and offers extreme breathability to keep you dry from the inside out. With a fleece-lined collar, close-fastening cuffs and an ergonomic fit it offers maximum freedom of movement.

 

 

Batten down the hatches

 

When the going is really extreme, it makes sense to be wearing outer layer gear that keeps you warm and dry without restricting movement or weighing you down with heavy, rain- or spray-soaked cloth.

 

Winner of the Yachts & Yachting Kit Innovation of the Year Award, Henri Lloyd’s Offshore Elite Jacket is nearly a third lighter and 20% more breathable than comparable oilies without losing out in the performance stakes. GORE-TEX Pro Shell fabric has a water-repelling finish on the outside and Slide Glide technology on the inside making it easier to pull on over other clothing. It’s Henri Lloyd’s ultimate wet weather jacket.

 

Serious protection

 

Henri Lloyd’s Freedom Jacket offers serious protection without being too extreme. Highly breathable, the jackets are 100% waterproof and windproof and articulated for comfort and ease of movement. The Freedom Jacket has photo-luminescent reflectors: they absorb real or artificial light then release the energy to glow in the dark – a great safety benefit. Freedom Jackets also feature Henri Lloyd’s Optivision hood for improved peripheral vision. Match the jacket with Henri Lloyd’s Freedom Hi Fit salopettes.

 

Style without compromise

 

On shore or off, Henri Lloyd’s Sail Jacket is stylish enough to look great at the quayside pub without compromising on wet weather performance at sea. Still 100% waterproof, windproof and highly breathable, the Sail Jacket features a foldaway hood, reflective trim, hook and loop wrist adjusters, water resistant zipped pockets (including one on the left sleeve), and printed logos on the right sleeve and back collar.

 

High-spec alternative

 

Rooster Sailing’s Pro Coastal Jacket is manufactured from a breathable tri-laminate fabric, and features sealed zips and a storm flap to the front, a fluorescent roll-away peaked hood, waterproof chest pockets and two fleece-lined hand warmer pockets with drainage holes. A Cordura-reinforced seat panel resists wear when you’re sitting in the cockpit. Team the jacket with Rooster’s Pro Hi-Fit Trousers.