There is nothing that can sour a fun day in the sun than a nice, blistering burn. While some of us have been blessed with skin that browns beautifully without even a slight hint of pink (my captain, for instance), others of us (like myself) are blonde, pretty much as white as they come and covered in freckles. While the sun is not exactly my best friend, I don’t let it stand in the way of my dreams. As sailors and cruisers, spending significant amounts of time in the elements is part of the job description. When we are out sailing the sun’s rays get bounced off the water only amplifying their strength, and when we are out exploring it is often out discovering some beautiful outdoor wonder. Keeping ourselves properly protected is essential to the enjoyment of our journey.
Below, cruisers’ share how they keep their crews safe and burn free.
Topic Coordinator: Kelley (Sailing Chance)
Nine out of twelve women agree that most men are lousy when it comes to applying sunscreen according to Melissa of Little Cunning Plan.
After a sobering reminder that just as many people die from melanoma in New Zealand as they do on the road, Ellen of The Cynical Sailor & His Salty Sidekick put together a good reminder of how to battle the intense New Zealand sun.
Genevieve of Its a Necessity shares her thoughts on the best sunscreen that pass the “does not run into our kid’s eyes” test and other sun protection options.
Sailing Luna Sea shares how they make their own sunscreen that isn’t loaded with toxins and ingredients they cannot pronounce.
Behan of Sailing with Totem shares her seven steps of the things they do to keep her pasty crew as protected as possible.
Diane, Ceilydh Set Sail, reminds us that sun safety can be a life-or-death matter.
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