4) Getting geared up – there is nothing different about the type of equipment you should use in winter.
Boards and rigs are built to sail in all conditions so, just as you would in the summer, check all your equipment is suitable for the conditions and is in good working order.
Bear in mind that thicker boots can affect getting in and out of the footstraps, so adjust those appropriately prior to heading out on the water.
Looking after your kit post-sail is the same as any sail session, there is no specific advice or things to look out for related to the cold weather.
Just check over the equipment to make sure nothing has been damaged or is looking worn, and make sure you roll up the sails properly no matter how cold it is! Also always rinse off your kit if you are sailing on the coast or salt water.