After that, the rest is easy. Over a swimsuit I pull on a rubber wetsuit, short legs and sleeves for warmer locations, then a pelvic harness to attach me to the wishbone boom of the sail, then the buoyancy aid. No boots unless it is very, very cold - you get a better feel through your bare feet - and tons of the highest factor sun block plus sunnies to protect my contact lenses from too much salt spray.
And if I have any room to spare? About five kilos of books. Waiting around for the right racing conditions can be a tedious process.
Christine Spreiter, who competes full-time on the professional boardsailing circuit, is currently in Brighton for a World Cup event.
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