I'm pretty nerdy about lists. I make grocery lists, to-do lists, and packing lists for all occasions, even those as mundane as beer-can racing. When I'm headed out on the water, the first things that go on my list are, typically, spray top and trousers. In my experience, this foul-weather gear combination will cover the majority of wet situations you'll encounter racing small and big boats in moderate conditions. But what I really like about the spray-top/ trouser combo is it's ideal for the times when I don't need any foul-weather gear at all, the times when the foulies are tucked neatly away in the gear bag, where I like them best. Having compact foul-weather gear means I don't have to feel guilty about bringing it along, no matter how benign the forecast, which means I'm less likely to get caught in the rain.