Re: hello fron Maryland Racer X: That all depends on your clothing. Right now, the water around most of MD is still a bit cold, but you should be able to survive a quick dunking. For instance, the temp in the Potomac River near Wash DC is around 57 F right now: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/dv/?...46500&set_arithscale_y=on&begin_date=20091019 You should be able to find the water temp for your location without trouble. A 'shorty' (thin) wetsuit wouldn't be a bad idea for right now, but I don't know where you are planning to sail, so it's hard to give definitive advice. Here is a link to a site with more definitive 'survival' info: http://www.ussartf.org/cold_water_survival.htm If you search the Forum (upper bar), you should be able to find other threads that have addressed this topic.