Seattle Frostbiting #4 - Shilshole Bay Marina, Seattle, WA, USA, January 3, 2021
Thanks to SLF for their report;
Our appreciation to volunteer race committee Giancarlo Nucci and Andrew Loe for running Frostbite #4 races on Sunday, January 3, 2021. They did a superb job of clicking off the races in difficult mark-setting conditions. Approximately 15 RS Aeros, 8 Lasers a handful of Optis participated. What a great way to start off the new year!
Fantastic winter sailing conditions with warm temperature (upper 40’sF), wind shifty (predominantly from the S and SSE), and wind strength hovering in the mid to upper teens and puffing into the mid 20’kns. There were some good waves for planing downwind and also a lot of chop. It looked to me like quite a few boats went upside down at one time or another. When sailing by the lee downwind the waves were rolling into the leeward side. My death roll was a result of getting hit simultaneously by a hard gust and a nice rolling wave. Looking at the pictures provided by Giancarlo Nucci and John Beaver you’ll see some awesome dark threatening clouds and others with blue sky - I don’t remember seeing any blue sky but the pictures don’t lie! And no rain.
The next SLF Frostbite series race is Sunday afternoon February 7, after the annual FRIGID DIGIT REGATTA on January 23/24. Sign-up through cycseattle.org
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