A special work party is being arranged for Saturday 2nd January with a free excursion to the Island. This is a round trip. The purpose is to clear a corner of the bushes and trees to provide an start point for racing to be used instead of Tektona when the wind is from the near end of the lake. It may also be used for pirate activity! We need to:-
1. Clear trees and bushes and move the cuttings.
2. Clear a shore area and provide suitable landing for the power boats.
3. Provide a means of securing the new flag pole.
Please bring cutting equipment if you have any and gloves.
Newton & Mike
Frostbite 6 – December 27th
It was slightly friskier than last week with a SW 14 mph wind with some stronger gusts coming through. James set a similar course to the one used last week but added an extra gybe round 6 with the same beat down to 3, back to 2 then 4, 9, 5, 8, 6, 7 and back through the start.
There were 17 starters and most of the Lasers opted for radial rigs apart from the brave trio of David C, Steve S and Alistair S. After an absence of a few weeks it was good to see a Leader out again manned by Neville & Sally.
Strong wind maestro Jon was first back through the start line just ahead of son David and Steve S with Newton & Ellen (RS200) right behind in 4th. There was a slight gap back to Ian (Supernova) and then the two Radials of Curtis and Karen came through in close company followed by Nev & Sally going well in 8th place. Hadey (4.7) came through in 9th crossing the line with Dave L (Radial) with Hugh and Mike A both in Radials not far behind them. Dean & Nick (Vago) were having a good battle with Rick (Radial) and it was another minute before Chris H (Comet) crossed the line and he was some way ahead of William (Topper) and Alistair S, who was battling on with his full rig.
Jon led at the end of the second lap and indeed maintained this lead to the finish. There was a great contest for 2nd place between Ian and David C and another for 6th place between Karen and Curtis.
Then there was another great mid-fleet battle for the next five places between Nev & Sally, Mike A, Hugh, Hadey and Dave L. At the rear of the fleet Alistair had caught William, but Rick and Chris were some way ahead of them.
On the third lap David regained 2nd place from Ian with Newton & Ellen a steady 4th and Steve S a steady 5th. Karen and Curtis were still stuck together with Karen just ahead on this lap. In the mid-fleet battle Mike A made right pigs ear of gybing round 3 letting through four boats with Dave L coming through to 8th with Hugh 9th, Hadey 10th and Nev & Sally 11th. The positions behind this group remained unchanged with Dean & Nick still battling Rick. Alistair and William received the finish gun at the end of this lap.
At the end of the fourth and last lap Jon crossed the line in 1st place some way ahead of the rest of the fleet. Ian was 2nd but Newton & Ellen just pipped David for 3rd place. The only other movers on the last lap were Curtis getting past Karen to take 6th and Mike regaining one place by passing Hadey, but she would be clearly ahead on handicap anyway.
The final positions on the water were 1st Jon; 2nd Ian; 3rd Newton & Ellen; 4th David C; 5th Steve S; 6th Curtis.
On handicap Ian will lose his 2nd place and Curtis could take it if he is sailing off the Radial handicap, if not Newton & Ellen and David C will move up places to 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Thanks to James P and the OOD team of Roland L, Dave I, Brian M, Richard M, Louise M and Gary W.
Please remember to sign the Declaration Sheet and make sure that you enter the boat that you will be using for the series and not just for the race, i.e. if you are using a smaller sail to suit the conditions do not enter that as your boat for the race unless you do want the slower handicap figure to be applied !
As flagged on the main page of the website make sure your boat is securely fastened because as Johnny Cash says “the water is ten feet high and rising”
Happy New Year to you all
Looking at the website it appears that the report from the Frostbite 4 race got lost in transmission, unfortunately without Bill Murray’s good luck ! Here it is now –
Frostbite 4 – December 13th
With very light winds about 5 mph NE but veering, Dave I used a running start down to 4, then 9, 5, 8, X and back through the start.
There 13 starters and Newton & Ellen were first back through the start line followed by Ian C, Ken, Dave L and Mark B, then there was slight gap back to James and Rod. Next Mike A and Adrian came through together with another slight gap back to Hadey and Chris H and then Mike C and William.
Mike C had opted for comfort and was out in his Wanderer acquired from Colin H.
Newton & Ellen led for the rest of the race, but Ian missed the start line finishing the second lap and had to go back which dropped him down to 7th, moving Ken up to 2nd.
After three laps Mark B had moved up to 2nd and Dave L up to 3rd. Ian had regained two places and was now 5th. James and Rod were having a good battle for 6th place as were Adrian and Mike A for 8th place just behind them. Chris H and Hadey were also in close company with Hadey just ahead at this stage. Mike C had drawn away from William but could not close on Chris ahead of him and Mike and William received the finish gun at the end of this lap.
At the end of the last lap Ian had moved up another two places to 3rd and James just got the better of Rod to take 6th. Chris H had just managed to get past Hadey
The final positions on the water were 1st Newton & Ellen (RS200); 2nd Mark B (Laser); 3rd Ian C (Supernova); 4th Dave L (Laser); 5th Ken (Laser); 6th James (Laser).
On handicap Dave L will leapfrog Ian to take 3rd.
Thanks to Dave I who stepped in at the last minute to do SOOD duty and thanks to Bill C and Rick who supported him..
It was a lovely mild morning for late December with a SW 13 mph wind, although this dropped slightly during the race. Jerry C set a long beat down to 3, back to 2 then 4, 9, 5, 8, 7 and back through the start.
There were 17 starters and Ian C (Supernova) led back through the start followed by Paul R (Aero), Jon (Laser) and Newton & Ellen (RS200). Mark B and Steve S both in Lasers came through very close together in 5th and 6th and they were being chased by James and David C also in Lasers. Then there was a slight gap to yet another pair of Lasers helmed by Mike A and Dave L. The next boat through was Curtis who had opted for a Radial rig as he had not sailed for 6 weeks and the forecast had been for much higher winds. Hadey (4.7) was next just ahead of Adrian (Vago) and Rick (Laser) who crossed the line together. After another gap Chris H (Comet) crossed the line on his own with the Toppers of William and Joe battling away at the rear.
By the end of the second lap Paul had edged in front of Ian to take the lead with Jon still 3rd. Newton & Ellen and Mark B could not be separated as they crossed the line and James P had managed to pass Steve S to move up to 6th place. Dave L moved up to 9th by overtaking Mike A and Adrian and Rick had both moved up past Hadey.
At the end of the third and last lap the leading four boats had maintained their positions but Steve S had repassed James and Mark B to move up to 5th. David C had moved up one place to 7th. Dave L, James and Mike had a close tussle for 8th place, at No 9 Mike was in the lead but James and Dave got past him rounding 5 and Dave finally pipped James on the line to take the place. Curtis crossed the line in a somewhat lonely 11th, but Rick just managed to get past Adrian to take 12th. Hadey was some way behind but she managed to stay ahead of Chris and in the battle of the Toppers, William finished ahead of Joe.
The final positions on the water were 1st Paul R; 2nd Ian C; 3rd Jon; 4th Newton & Ellen; 5th Steve S; 6th Mark B.
On Handicap Jon will probably leapfrog Ian to take 2nd.
Thanks to Jerry C and Billy C and Roland (who stepped into the breech yet again).
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.
29 November Frostbite 2
It was very windy again similar to two weeks ago and this was reflected in only five starters. The race nearly did not take place, first it was thought it might be too windy, then the OOD team could not get the rescue boats unlocked. Two were locked together with one chain and a padlock that would not unlock, meaning there was only one accessible boat. Fortunately Steve S turned up and just happened to have an angle grinder and saved the day.
There was a shortage of OODs for the conditions so Newton & Ellen decided to swap sail for power. Paul and James decided to drop down a sail size and Adrian decided to reef his Vago and once afloat thought it a good idea to furl the jib as well (an even better idea might have been to stay ashore!). David C set a fairly short course 4P, 8P, 6S, 7S, Start line, so that he could all five in view at the same time.
James (Laser) kept up well with Paul (Aero) for the first lap but then seemed to forget about going through the line on the second and then when trying to correct his error could not get the boat to go where he wanted it to and lost a couple of minutes before crossing the line.
Hadey did well, but had trouble most laps as she rounded 7. She got attracted onto the lee shore by the club house and had trouble getting off in the strong wind. Adrian capsized a few times and on the last occasion after rounding 6 ran out of sea room and drifted capsized into the trees and then retired. William capsized multiple times but bravely battled on to finish.
Well done to all of you for braving the conditions.
The final positions were 1st Paul, 2nd James, 3rd Hadey, 4th William.
Thanks to David C and the OOD Team of Jon, Newton, Ellen and Ralph.