Latest Sailing Clothing

Latest Sailing Clothing

If you like the sound of water slipping off your bow, the wind pressing your back as you cut along on a magnetic bearing and if you can recite the lyrics to Sally Brown (Roll and go) while chugging down your rum ration, then you will almost certainly need to think about some sensible sailing 'rig'.

Luckily, for you, Shirtworks knows that Great Britain happens to be a nation of Sailors, with course, salty blood running through your veins and the smell of a Napoleonic victory still in your nostrils. This means there is plenty of choice of custom sailing clothing to keep the cold and the wet from your leathery mariners' skin and improve the cut of your jib.

Practically speaking you need clothing that is lightweight, waterproof, stretchy, dries quickly, allows you to perspire, cuts the wind chill, has fleecy cuffs and closures to seal you nice and snug, rubber grips on waistbands, is UV protective and has useful pockets to stow your contraband.

You need to think 'layering' from a 'baselayer' to microfleece 'midlayer' and then 'outer'.

It is the 'outer' where the budget is spent and this is possibly the most considered purchase.

Open water/offshore sailing is a guarantee that you are going to get wet. Either from that squall that is chasing you or the spray from cutting through swell. If you are out in the open, you cannot afford compromise on your protective gear and would more than likely be considering a dry suit. These are heavy, uncomfortable on cruises or longer races, but essential should the weather change quickly or you take a plunge.

If your sailing is more coastal or inland then your budget need not take the drubbing that the open water demands for foul weather gear.

MUSTO and SLAM, in the mid/premium sailing apparel range, offer all of those carefully considered sailing features described earlier and most items are printable or embroider able with your team or club logo's

If you know sailing then you will know Musto. Guernsey sweaters and flannel trousers were the order of the day until 1964 when Keith Musto and sailing partner Tony Morgan set about the problem of making a sailors life more comfortable. What we have today are arguably some of the finest sailing clothes made for sailors by sailors. Technical fibres and a heightened appreciation for detail in the pursuit of comfort and practicality have produced products suitable for entry level through to open water arctic sailing

The Musto Blouson jacket is showerproof and breathable with a snug 240 arctic fleece lining. The grey/black and red/grey colour configurations have an access panel inside which means they can easily be embroidered with your logo. The black/black configuration does not and this would mean that any embroidery design would also be stitched through to the inner fleece. These items are not easily screen-printable but can be transfered or vinyl printed. The base price of £79.93 ex vat for this item makes it an accessible product for sailing clubs and teams.

​The Musto Essential Crew BR1 Jacket is a lightweight, ripstop outer layer designed to work hard when you are. The tailoring has created an arm profile designed to move with you when engaged in 'wide motion' activity. Easy to print of embroider, easy to stash away near your bedspace or stowed away with your kit. If you double this up with base layer or mid layer fleece, this will offer you warmth and water resistance in most coastal or inland conditions and on most fairweather open water days. The base price of £62.10 ex vat is excellent value for a product which could also double as your onshore outdoors kit.

The Musto Sardinia Gilet is for those spring sailing days where you need your torso to retain some heat but a bit of heat management from your arms, to keep you cool, is required. Mesh lined, 100% waterproof and breathable with toggle tightened waist closure and internal pockets for phone, small bottle of Captain Morgans. External pockets with big 'grabby' zip pulls make it easy to get to your harness tool or tripping spike. Can be screen printed or embroidered and works best with a base layer or microfleece. We like this product because it allows you to work hard without perspiring unnecessarily in a full jacket type configuration. You can easily throw an outer layer over the top if the weather changes quickly. The rip stop means you do not end up with a completely ruined garment if you are snagged on some rigging when dicked as the rigging monkey. £51.75 ex vat base price for something so practical that it is virtually essential for every trip is a small price.

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The Musto Evo Fleece is the mid layer choice to work with your Musto outerlayer choice. It can be embroidered with your team or club logo on the left breast or arm. It is fashionable to embroider at the back nape area of the neck also. Most of the Musto range come in male and female tailoring, this is no exception. The quarter zip allows for rapid cooling or protection from the wind with the fit reaching high up on the neck and preventing from a draft ingress. The zip comforter stops any under chin chaffing. Tight cuffs around the wrist keep the sleeves in place whether you have them up or down and this 'grip' feature is also present at the waist hem.

This Italian sportswear brand has been making technical sailing apparel since 1979. The headquarters in Genova Italy is where all the product design is carried out and this has been a high profile European brand in the sailing world sponsoring the Sardinia cup and numerous sailing athletes for Olympic events. The detailing on their products is subtly 'European' and this is partly their appeal. The fusion of practical with stylish is something that this Italian brand does very well and this means there is an 'onshore' appeal to many of the products. As with most brands there are the entry products as well as the highly technical and expensive specialist range of offshore sailing products. Shirtworks has the entry products available for screen printing or embroidery.


So……it's gone all technical but the romance of the sea, those historic tales that make your blood curdle and the lure of open water remain unchanged despite our progress with sailing apparel.

Your cut of your jib is now better than ever.

Before we go, I urge you to pull up a chair, click here, wet your whistle and join me in a connection to your past…………

Ooooh Sally Brown she's a nice young lady,

Wey Hey roll and Go,

And we roll all night and we roll all day,

Spend our money on Sally Brown,

Sally Brown, she's a bright mulatto,

Wey Hey roll and Go,

Well she drinks dark rum and she chews tobacco,

Wey Hey roll and Go,

And we roll all night and we roll all day,

Spend our money on Sally Brown,

Well her father likes a tarry sailor,

Wey Hey roll and Go,

And we roll all night and we roll all day,

Spend our money on Sally Brown,

Well, sally Brown she likes a good scrumpy,

Wey Hey roll and Go,

She likes a bit of the rumpy pumpy,

Wey Hey roll and Go,

And we roll all night and we roll all day,

Spend our money on Sally Brown,

Ooooh Sally Brown she's a nice young lady,

Wey Hey roll and Go,

Yes! Sally Brown she's a fine young lady,

Wey Hey roll and Go,

And we roll all night and we roll all day,

Spend our money on Sally Brown,

And we roll all night and we roll all day,

Spend our money on Sally Brown.

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