Frostbite sailors return to the water
A record 10 sailors turned out for Sunday morning’s Conanicut Shellback Dinghy frostbiting series. After two weeks of cancelled racing due to bad weather, the sailors welcomed the sunny 40 degrees and light northerly winds.
Race Committee Dick Allphin and George Rice set up the start/finish line just east of Conanicut Marine’s breakwater float. The windward mark to the north of the gas dock had to be re-set just before the start of the first race race due to a westerly wind shift.
The usually crowded starting line was empty at the start whistle for the first race because the strong tide pushed the fleet away from the line. The windward leg strategy was to correctly predict where the next puff or advantageous angle of wind would come from. Bursts of private little wind puffs would help a skipper go right by the boat next to them. And moments later, the situation was often reversed with the other boat getting the lead.
In the five races held, three different skippers took first places. Mike de Angeli got his first win of the season. Rob Salk took a first and also executed a perfect port-tack start, not an easy thing to do. The big winner of the day was John Quinn, with three firsts. Quinn also managed a second-place finish despite giving the fleet a head start. He was over early at the start and had to double back and re-start.
The day’s results were: first, John Quinn, 8 points; second, John Horton, 17 points; third, Rob Salk,18 points; fourth, Joe Logan, 26 points; fifth, Mike de Angeli 30 points; sixth, Henry Siegal, 30 points; seventh, Jack Hubbard, 35 points; eighth, Gary Fischer, 36 points; ninth, Terry Jones, 37 points; 10th, Winston Knight, 38 points.