Frostbite no 1 came in like a lion from the west north west, sometimes! It was unlike our Brian in every way being cruel, unpredictable and chilly. It also built to a F5 to 6 with wicked gusts but sudden lulls. Race Officers Tim Harridge and David Sammons set sensible courses, up and down, to suit the conditions and they were kept very busy with safety cover as boats went over like ninepins.
Out for the challenge first went the Merlins with Stuart/Nicky, Hywell/Richard Cass, Richard with a welcome return of daughter Lizzie, John/Timmy, Charles/Annie and Rob with new member Mike. Rob returned quickly, Charles submerged, John had gear problems and started late but finished. Stu stormed away, followed by Hywell, who capsized before the start. Richard dunked his daughter and lots of weedy swimming occurred.
In the Enterprises Ian took off with Brian, Jane with Sophie and me with Ra, the latter both with reduced rig. The full sails and determination of Ian and Brian paid off – after a couple of splashes they completed the course. Setting a fairly timid example the fleet captain retired before completing a lap and Jane did a couple before also following suit but both crews remained dry-ish.
Short voyage by Keith and Susan before his new boat was christened. Kevin with expert Enterprise helm Ellen, sailed to dry victory in Red Rampage in the GP fleet.
Terrific display of acrobatics by our Commodore on Fence Post; also on a Laser was Hywell (the younger), good to see you Hywell, who, I think also remained dry. Both Solo’s of David and Nigel performed well in the conditions too. Top performance of all by Ben in the Oppie as he sailed serenely round and round the course to finish.
Good work by Tim and Maddie who performed many rescues and excellent traditional fare of the Frostbite by our super caterers.
See you soon,