Despite the dropping temperatures and extremes of wind (from dead calm to boat-busting) 2017 Frostbite series has been a successful season. There are 44 names on the results sheet, albeit one or two are on for multiple boat classes sailed. Turnout on Sundays has regularly seen over 20 boats and all this at a time when sensible people are wrapping up and staying indoors. It seems that no end of cold-numbed fingers and toes, watering eyes and wind-chilled ears can offset the fun of a Sunday at the helm of a cherished boat.
Sailors moan when they land ashore, walking uncomfortably in a cold-stiffened stoop but they still come back for more. After all this, it’s handicap so most have no hope of winning!
After the 17th December Frostbite session it’s the Winter races that follow. Only for the real die-hards the next series begins on 7th January 2018. If any of the following words apply to you then maybe you’ll be up for it; gritty, gutsy, foolhardy, reckless, plucky, intrepid, stalwart, defiant or resolute.
See here for details.