2007-02-22 / About Town

Frostbiters enjoy weather

By John Horton

After three weeks of either too cold or windy weather, the frostbiters got a good sailing day - mid 30's, blue skies, and puffy northwest winds. Race Committee Dick Allphin and George Rice set up a windward/leeward course off of the Conanicut Marina fuel pier. The racing was closer than usual with most race winners a toss-up right to the finish line. Three of the races had three or four boats overlapped at the finish line with the usual "Who won?" coming from the sailors after the committee boat signaled a finish. On one race's windward turning mark the fleet created what racers call a, "pinwheel" in which four boats went around the windward mark simultaneously. One boat does a tight u-turn close to the mark with another boat outside of the inside boat - out to four boats wide going around together. It is not usually advantageous to be the outside boat on a pinwheel because of the extra distance required to get around the mark.

Joe Logan earned the 'most improved' award by winning two of the seven races. However, John Quinn ran away with the day with four firsts, two seconds and one third for 11 points. John Horton was second with 19 points, and Martin Keen was third with 20 points. Joe Logan was also third with 22 points, and Henry Siegal was fourth with 33 points.

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