Re: Carlos' wetsuit

From: William Foote (
Date: Tue Apr 14 1998 - 14:54:16 PDT

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If you are really having trouble finding a wetsuit to fit you well, consider
going custom. I have several friends who sail the coast and they all use the
shirts and 4/3 suits.


Darin WACS wrote:

> This is my first time ever responding to a mail-list of any kind,
> infact it took an embarassingly long time to (in a manner that worked)
> get on the wind talk list.
> Now that I've got that off my chest I can go on.............
> With regard to the Carlos wetsuit post, I have to say that even in a
> no-danger situation (like Shoreline, where, on last saturday I was
> flying around at 'my idea of' warp speed) after afew hours I was
> freezing uncontrollably and miserable and unable to get warm no matter
> what. I'm thinking of getting a 4.3 wetsuit and a hood, as a
> windsurfer (female) who learned at the end of last summer I'm not too
> concerned about hypothermia because when I've gone out in the bay I'm
> hugely cautious about how far off shore I venture, but freezing uses
> (and wastes) alot of energy.
> I'm wondering if women in general get colder then men, or if its just me.
> Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions as to how to stay warmer I would
> appreciate it, and I was also curios about the shirts that go under the
> wetsuits incase I have trouble finding a heavier wetsuit that fits me.
> Thanks, Darin
> ----------
> Subject: Carlos' wetsuit
> Date: Tuesday, April 14, 1998 12:17PM
> <<File Attachment: CARLOS'W.TXT>>
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> From: Ken Poulton <>
> To: Multiple recipients of list <>
> > From: Carlos Merino
> > Subject: Re: what wetsuit?
> >
> > As you might have figured, I don't subscribe to wind_talk, so I've
> > missed all questions/comments on my story. The truth is, I'm actually
> > trying to forget about it!
> >
> > I was wearing a 5mm Pro-Motion wetsuit. It is a 3-4 year old wetsuit
> > so it has some ventilation and is a bit worn out. Some of my friends
> > kid me saying that it is time for a new one. I've sailed with it on
> > the coast during the winter months and I never felt cold, so I think
> > (I thought) it is/was still in good condition 'til that day.
> In case you missed the original post, Carlos soon became hypothermic
> when he lost his board - he probably would have died if his buddy had
> not located him again. And yet, he felt fine during normal sailing
> sessions. Dress for the water, not for the wind.
> The one thing that you can adjust in the water is your headwear. It
> helps a lot to carry a hood (not just a cap) and put it on immediately
> if you have a breakdown. After seeing another sailor who "felt fine"
> get hypothermic, I will in the future insist that anyone I'm assisting
> put on my hood.
> Dress for the water, not for the wind.
> Ken Poulton
> "I think I forgot this before." -- Steven Wright

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