SEATTLE FROST BITING
Great to hear that the Seattle Frost Biting is strong with RS Aeros and Lasers sharing these winter outings.
Thanks to Derek Botttles for forwarding this report by Mark Ross...
[My hotline to Seattle confirms that the equipment damage was shore related, not boat failures due to wind strength. Stuff can happen in 30mph winds, in a safe environment hopefully the fun to be had out weighs the risk of that]
While I was away sailing the RS Aero North American Midwinters in Florida the Boys and Girls back home in Seattle sailed one of our typical Frost Bites on Sunday January 29th, a short report:
We typically do not score these races as we use the time to practice and help develop the fleet by sharing tips etc.
The wind was blowing big when we left the dock Sunday, probably 20+ mph from the SSE.
There were enough boats for separate starts for the 9 Aeros (all 7 and 5 rigs) and 8 Lasers. The Lasers included 5 youth sailors in radials and 3 of the old guys.
Very shifty and blustery winds continued to build and by the end of the 3rd race all the Lasers and half the Aeros made the smart decision to bee line for the docks. The remaining Aeros opted for “one more”; all struggled and most flipped somewhere along the way as the winds likely were hitting close to 30.
Warming up in the clubhouse with Eric’s fabulous chili and refreshments, the consensus was that we should have called it quits earlier. Those not licking their wounds were thankful they didn’t end up with any. No broken bones but definitely bruises and some damaged equipment.
Nevertheless, we’re looking forward to FRIGID DIGIT
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