2007-03-08 / News

Windy day a challenge for frostbite sailors

By John Horton

Frostbite sailing is risky business on a blustery day.

The sunny sky and 40 degrees were great. However, the swooping westerly wind gusts gave frostbiters second thoughts about racing in boats. "Shall we go directly to the coffee shop or sail?" The sailors decided to sail. Then a gust of wind overturned and swamped John Horton's boat dockside. (The boat was pulled out, overturned and emptied, and re-launched.)

The Race Committee of Dick Allphin and George Rice set a windward-leeward course close to the beach. Surviving the day was an exhilarating success in itself. It required good seamanship skills and everybody made it.

After five races with a fleet of seven boats the scores were close. Four boats tied in points requiring two tiebreakers to determine the finish order for the day. John Horton won the day with four firsts and a second for 6 points. Martin Keene was second with 10 points; Winston Knight was third with 22; Henry Siegal was fourth with 22 (tiebreaker used); Terry Jones was fifth with 24; Joe Logan was sixth with 24 (tiebreaker used); and Gary Fischer was seventh with 33.

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