Frostbiters return to the water
on Sunday morning and were greeted with blustery northwest winds. Strong winds have made it tough for sailing this winter.
The last time the dinghies had been raced was Jan. 29 - the football Patriots had just lost to Denver and the Steelers had yet to win the Superbowl. In prior years snow was shoveled and ice was chipped out of the race committee boat, but the racing continued because the wind cooperated.
The Race Committee, Dick Allphin and George Rice, set up the course in front of town beach in front of Shoreby Hill, which provided some shelter from the gusty west winds blowing over the island. In the first race, the fleet positions and the lead changed often as one boat and then another caught a stronger burst of wind. The winning tactic was to sail away from the land after the start and pick up a wind shift, then tack and sail on an advantageous angle to the windward mark. At the windward mark, the winning tactic was to jibe around it. However, with these high winds jibing was a risky move. Martin Keen executed it perfectly and won the race.
In the second race, the last shall be first. Henry Siegal finished last in the first race but learned well. The winning tactics were the same, and he executed best and won the race.
Race results for the day: Martin Keen won with 4 points; second, John Quinn, 6 points; third, Henry Siegal 7 points; fourth, Jack Hubbard, 7 points; fifth, Mike deAngeli, 9 points; and sixth, Gary Fischer, 9 points.
- John Horton