Frostbite 12 – 24th February 2019

This was actually the eleventh race in the Frostbite Series but scheduled as Race 12 on the calendar as Race 9 did not take place, because the lake was frozen.

Now that is cleared up, this was the last race in the Frostbite Series and going into this race Newton was one point clear ahead of Mike Trussler for the series win. In fact, Mike won the race on the water, which was all he could do, but neither Mike nor Newton won the race on corrected time. However, congratulations to Newton as he did win the overall series.

James was SOOD today and he had to cope with a very light wind of only 2-3 mph, but it did increase slightly towards the end of the race. He used a Tektona start and the first mark was X (near the buoy line roughly halfway between 4 and 5), then 4, 2, and back though the start. A prudent short course in case the wind disappeared completely!   

There were 16 starters and Mike T (Laser) and Nev & Mike (Leader) were over eager and across the line at the gun. Mike because he was chasing the series win and Nev & Mike because they were locked in battle with Sally & Mike C for the series Leader honours.  

At the end of the lap Richard S (Laser) was first back through the line closely followed by Steve S (Solo) with a slight gap back to Bill (K1) and a recovering Mike T (Laser) in 4th place. Newton (Solo) was not far behind them in 5th place with Adrian (Laser) in 6th and Chris H (Comet) 7th. Despite the dodgy start Nev & Mike were through next, just ahead of Sally & Mike C in the second Leader, which set up a good race long battle. Ellen (Laser), not enjoying the light wind, was next through in 10th place. Then there was a delay of two minutes before Jeremy (Laser) crossed in 11th place and he was well ahead of Ron (Mirror), who in turn was well ahead of Emily (Topper). Chasing her was Rick (Laser) and Will (Radial) followed by Sam (Laser).

By the end of the second lap Mike T had come to the fore setting Newton the challenge of trying to stay within handicap time of him. Steve was still 2nd with Richard and Bill slipping back to 3rd and 4th places. Nev & Mike had passed Chris to move up to 7th place. The 9th to 12th places remained unchanged, but Will and Emily both gained a place.

On the third lap with the light wind and a bunched fleet there was quite a lot of movement ! Adrian gained three places to move up to 3rd, Chris gained four places to move up to 4th place, Nev & Mike gained two places to 5th and Sally & Mike C moved up one place to 8th. Ellen decided that she had had enough and retired.

At the end of the fourth lap there was no change in the order of the first five boats, but Richard repassed Newton to move up to 6th spot. Bill regained two places to move to 8th and everyone else maintained station or lost places. Sam received the finish gun at the end of the lap.

The fifth lap saw the first three unchanged with Newton moving up to 4th place and Richard repassing Nev & Mike to move to 5th. Sally & Mike C regained a place to move right behind Nev & Mike in the battle of the Leaders. There were no other changes in position and Will, Rick and Emily received the finish gun at the end of the lap.

Mike crossed the line in 1st place at the end of the last lap with Steve keeping the 2nd place he had held right from the first lap. Ominously for Mike, Newton had gained another place to finish 3rd and Chris and Nev & Mike gained two places to finish in 4th and 5th places at the expense of Adrian and Richard.

The final positions on the water were –

1st Mike T; 2nd Steve S; 3rd Newton; 4th Chris H; 5th Nev & Mike; 6th Adrian

The final positions on corrected time were always going to be a problem for the leaders on the water and were – 1st Ron; 2nd Chris; 3rd Steve; 4th Mike T; 5th Newton; 6th Nev & Mike

Thanks to James and the OOD Team of Angela M, Bea P, Jeremy T, Mark D, Mike T, Nick J and Rhys P.

Frostbite 10 – 17th February 2019

With a wind from the South about 10- 13 mph, Dave P set the first mark as 1, then 2, 4, 9, 6, 7 and back through the start.

16 starters this morning and Simon (Blaze) was off to his usual fast first lap crossing the line already one minute ahead of Mark B, who was being chased by the Lasers of Ellen, Alistair S, Jon and Richard S. Bill (K1) and Newton (Solo) were next through in 7th and 8th places followed by James in another Laser.  About a minute later Dave & Ann (Leader) came along ahead of Adrian (Laser) and Chris H (Comet) and Sally & Mike C, the latter two boats crossing the line together. Dean & Nick (Vago) were chasing them and bringing up the rear was Rick (Laser) and Ron (Mirror).     

By the end of the second lap Simon had doubled his lead and Ellen had passed Mark to move up to 2nd place and Jon had passed Alistair to move up to 4th place. James and Adrian had both moved up one by passing Newton and Dave & Ann respectively. Further back Dean & Nick had gained two places and Rick one.

On the third lap the first four retained their positions, but James moved up three places to 5th and Adrian moved up one place to 9th. Sally & Mike C and Rick also gained a place.

The fourth lap saw Jon passing Mark to move up to 3rd behind Simon and Ellen. Bill gained three places to move to 5th and Richard regained 6th place by getting past Alistair. Newton repassed Adrian to move back to 9th place, but there were no other movers in the right direction!

Dave & Ann holding 11th place, Sally & Mike C, Rick, Dean & Nick, Chris and Ron were all finished atr the end of the lap.

At the end of the last lap Simon finished in 1st place well ahead of Ellen in 2nd place. Jon would have been 3rd but he missed out No 6, the penultimate mark, and handed 3rd place to Mark. Bill just got his bow in front of Richard S to take 4th place from him. The only other change in position was Newton passing James to take 7th place.

Final positions on the water were –

1st Simon; 2nd Ellen; 3rd Mark; 4th Bill; 5th Richard S; 6th Alistair S

On corrected time Simon and Ellen keep their 1st and 2nd places, but Newton moves up to 3rd pushing Mark down to 4th place. Richard S keeps his 5th spot with guess who popping up to 6th place? It’s that man in the Mirror again, Ron the one!

Thanks to Dave P and the OOD Team of Dave I, Mark, Nick T and JC (sorry JC could not read your name on the race sheet, but thanks for turning out)

Frostbite 9 – 10th February 2019

Last Sunday should have been Frostbite 9 race, but the lake was frozen (for the first time this Winter and hopefully the last!). Not that it was a great deal warmer this morning with a cold strong WNW wind about 12 – 14 mph. Ellen set X as the first mark (North of 5 on the buoy line) then 5, 1, 4, 3, 8 and back through the start.

There were 13 starters and first back through the line was Mike T (Laser) followed by the Lasers of Jon, James, Ralph and Adrian all fairly close together. Next through the line were Sally & Mike C in the first of the three Leaders out today, just ahead of Newton (Solo) in 7th place. Then came the second of the Leaders manned by the jolly bandsmen Nev & Mike N, only just ahead of Mark D (Laser) and the Jones boys in the Vago, who were being chased by Dave & Ann in the third Leader.

Bringing up the rear were the spanners in the works, Chris H (Comet) and Ron (Mirror), just when you think you are far enough ahead – you find out that you were not far enough ahead!

At the end of the second lap there was no change in order for the Laser lads at the front, although they were having a good scrap. Newton had gained a place by passing Sally & Mike C and Mark D had got past Nev & Mike N. If the boys at the front were having fun, so were the three Leaders and the Vago in the double-hander battle.

On the third lap there was still no change at the front with Mike T still leading (but not by much) from Jon with James in 3rd place. Further back Nev & Mike N had repassed Mark D and were closing on Sally & Mike C, but there were no other changes in position.

Chris and Ron who had been ploughing a lone furrow at the back of the fleet or perhaps making a solitary wake, received the finish gun at the end of this lap.

At the finish Mike T crossed the line about 20 seconds ahead of Jon with James in 3rd place about two minutes further back. Adrian and Ralph had a close tussle all though the race and Adrian just pipped him across the line for 4th place. Newton who had a bit of a lonely race, with the Lasers away in front and Mark D and the Double Handers behind (did they make the charts in the 70s?), finished 6th.

Nev & Mike N could not quite catch Sally & Mike who took the Leader honours. Behind them Dean & Nick had managed to ease away from Dave & Ann, who may have had a moment as their last lap was their slowest of the race.

The order on the water was – 1st Mike T; 2nd Jon; 3rd James; 4th Adrian; 5th Ralph; 6th Newton

On corrected time the first two keep their places, but Ron moves up to 3rd (told you!). Newton moves up to 4th with James 5th and Adrian 6th.

Thanks to Ellen and the OOD Team of Alistair S, Bob W, Chris M, Gary W,  Jeremy and Rick.