Frostbite sailing results
On Sunday morning, Dec. 11, under blue skies and shifty west winds, eight frostbiters held five races off East Ferry town beach. Christmas carols could be heard playing from loudspeakers on shore while Race Committee Chairman John Horton set up a windward leeward course.
Then the wind shifted and the committee moved the starting line to keep it square to the new wind. As the fleet’s professional race committee was unavailable, the theme for the day became Race Committee Appreciation. Horton left his boat ashore and ran the first race. For the following races Henry Siegal, John Quinn, Martin Keen and Mike De Angeli in turn each ran a race by swapping boats with Horton. To make these between-race boat changes, the dinghies come along side the inflatable race committee boat and people hopped in and out. Nobody got wet.
At the end of the day, the score sheet was confusing, as some races were scored by boat number while others were scored by sailors’ names. After sorting it out over coffee at the East Ferry Deli, the scores were averaged to account for the different number of races sailed by each sailor. John Quinn won the day.
Results by average score: first, John Quinn, 1.4; second, Martin Keen, 2.4; third, John Horton, 2.6; fourth, Henry Siegal, 2.8; fifth, Mike DeAngeli, 3.2; sixth, Terry Jones, 4.4; seventh, Joe Logan, 5.4; and eighth, Gary Fischer, 5.6.