Record number of sailors participate in frostbiting
On Sunday morning, a record number of nine Shellback dinghy frostbiters raced in the 40-degree weather under cloudy skies in front of Shoreby Hill.
Race Committee Dick Hutchinson and Eric Lexow moved their committee boat several times in order to keep the starting line square to the light shifting northerlies. The racing was close, with four different sailors taking first places in the six races held. The winning strategy was not to tack too often in the light breezes.
At the end of the day, a visiting sailor and the new fleet member came out on top with the best scores. Visiting Thomas Annicq, from Belgium, sailed alternate races on Jack Hubbard’s boat and won the day. Second place went to Martin Keene, racing for the first time in this fleet.
Results and points for the day are: first, Jack Hubbard/Thomas Annicq, 16 points; second‚ Martin Keen, 19 points; third‚ John Horton, 20 points; fourth, John Quinn, 23 points; fifth, Henry Siegal, 26 points; sixth, Joe Logan, 37 points; seventh, Terry Jones, 39 points; eighth, Gary Fischer, 43 points; and ninth, Doc Clarke, 47 points.