News Home Video Gallery Newsletters Cruising Int Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Heading for the Southern Ocean? Solo? Take a TPS
Heading for the Southern Ocean? Solo? Take a TPS


'Thermal Protective Survival suit'    .

So you want to go sailing alone? Solo? Even worse for your family, you want to sail in the Southern Ocean? Tell them you'll invest in a Guy Cotten Thermal Protective Survival (TPS) suit and this might be of some comfort to them.

They'll feel even more comfortable when you remind them that Tony Bullimore famously survived about five days in a TPS suit in the Southern Ocean before the Australian Navy arrived to collect him, and that Raphael Dinelli would never have survived without one while he waited for fellow racing competitor Pete Goss to heroically sail to his rescue in the Southern Ocean several years ago.

They are quite amazing suits. In the early nineties it took Guy Cotten, famed protective suit manufacturer, to design and create the TPS, which is soft, light and insulating in the most frigid weather. While Guy Cotten was born in 1936 and dominated the market for many years, his daughter, Nadine Bertholom, now runs the company. Since its first inception the technology has improved and improved.

Thermal protective survival suit in water -  .. .  

Today the suit can certainly change life on board. It is extremely light and comfortable as a dry suit, with a good level of buoyancy and thermal insulation. Even better, because it is very manoeuvrable, it can be worn as soon as the weather changes.

This amazing result is partly because of the material used, 3mm titanium neoprene with nylon both sides. The whole thing only weighs 3.6kg. There are neoprene mittens that go with the suit, and the non-slip booties can be worn over any other footwear.

You may never want to go solo sailing, especially not in the Southern Ocean, but one can't help marveling at the technology which will keep one alive in freezing water almost indefinitely.

Here's a Youtube video of the testing of the suit by Toby Hodges of fellow magazine Yachting World.


by Nancy Knudsen

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=107515

1:06 AM Fri 15 Mar 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Safety and the cruising sailor

Related News Stories:

04 Feb 2013  Sailing in the sun - good fun but deadly
29 Jan 2013  Safety and your medical kit - what should you take?
27 Jan 2013  Capsized red hull easier to find - then why not? Here's why not
23 Jan 2013  Britain's rescue volunteers: 8000 rescued, half from leisure craft
15 Jan 2013  The right life jacket with ALL the systems, but good only if worn
14 Jan 2013  Woman dies fending off boat from bridge piling
10 Dec 2012  UK Coastguard Agency asks the question: 'Why regulate?'
09 Dec 2012  Is your hull painted red? Report after yacht capsize
03 Dec 2012  UK's RNLI saves 140,000 lives
26 Nov 2012  Vandals strike Marine Rescue vessel at start of peak sailing season
MORE STORIES ...






Cruising USA



Springtime Greening: Boaters Tips for Earth Day by BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World Cruising,










How sailors really do have a voice in the future of our oceans by Sandra Whitehouse, Sailors for the Sea,


Message-in-a-bottle record - 102 years by AFP/Sail-World Cruising,








Canadian solo sailor rescued north of Auckland by Sail-World Cruising round-up,




















Free online fuel spill course - how much do you know? by BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World Cruising,












Life-shattering event sends 'rookie' couple sailing the world by Asia News Network/Sail-World Cruising,








3,200-year-old boat found in Croatian waters by Haemus/Sail-World Cruising,




Mediterranean Mooring - How to moor stern-to to a dock or quay
Canadian storm bomb threat - sailors advised: get off the water!
Sailing family condemmed for taking 3-year-old on circumnavigation
New contract-free plan for satellite communicator on your smart phone
Yacht of the Week: The Dashew creation: no sails, but eco-friendly
No laughing! Sailing mistakes I don't want to make
Destination: From Moscow Sea to the White Sea
Land sailors of India on adventure across the Rann
A Paint App to (almost) replace your marine store assistant
Volunteer Canadian rescue team homeless - any offers?
Hilary Lister and Nashwa Al Kindi set a new trans-ocean record
How to anchor and 'never utter a word'
Non-pyrotechnic flares for my boat - Can I or can't I?
Health benefits of sailing
Cruising in the Maldives - some nuts and bolts
ISAF Guide to Offshore Personal Safety for Racing and Cruising
Halyard Tension - a video
Winchrite - for lazy days or extra muscle-power
Researcher examines 'current leaks' that may change the way you sail
Paris off to attempt to circumnavigate the world again
Need a tow from that helicopter? - watch the video and don't laugh   
Certain oil spill products shown to be ineffective and toxic + Video   
The Constrictor: a powerful 'Queen' of sailing knots!   
Boat painting - simple but best tips   
'It's never just one thing' - Swedish sailors rescued   
Cruising Club of America celebrates outstanding sailors of 2013   
Book of the Week: From the Galley of...   
Two brave women to sail India to Oman across Arabian Sea   
Rhode Island's Classic Yacht Symposium - Registration opens   
Bad Karma as roving American cruising sailor fined in New Zealand   
Another rescue for second-time unlucky solo sailor   
New York to San Fran record attempt - Maserati reaches the Horn   
Finally the book:HMS Bounty, Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy   
Yachts impounded in Mexico - the agony goes on...   
Students achieve robot boat Atlantic Crossing - but not as planned   
Endurance Award for cruising sailors, new worldwide award for 2014   
It's coming. Dodgers/biminis to be solar power producers   
New Maldives rule - yachts can stay six months   
Unmanned tsunami boat takes three years to reach Taiwan   
Swedish boat builder and Jeanne Socrates a winning team   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XL NEW Cru USA