08/10/2018

'Frostbite Race' 6th October 2018



It was certainly a chilly morning in Largs Marina for the Frostbite. All 6 entries turned out with Solus just making the line following battery issues.  





Given the conditions, Seamus as Race Officer on Emma Louise wisely opted for the simple Round Great Cumbrae course.  With no wind it was a drifting start and by 20 minutes into the race little progress had been made.   



The first leg was mainly spent catching whispers of available wind and watching some interesting tactics.   Pondskater for example was observed hiding behind Hunterston jetty, presumably executing some cunning plan - or escaping from the French Brigantine which was cruising the channel during the day looking for action.



Eventually the wind started to fill as the fleet approached Hun 9.  Aquaholic, Solus and Katya took full advantage, led the way and split the fleet in two.  With the wind rising and shifting, the fleet tacked through the Cumbraes Pass and was rewarded with a stiff reaching breeze on the west side of Cumbrae and a fast gull wing dash to the finish where care was needed to avoid mowing down the Topper dinghy racing fleet.  It was an exciting end to the race season in fine conditions - and the results on corrected time are as follows.

1 EMMA LOUISE          2 HOURS 35 MINUTES
2 AQUAHOLIC.             2 HOURS 40 MINUTES
3 SOLUS.                        2 HOURS  44 MINUTES
4 CAMUS BOSTA          2 HOURS 45 MINUTES
5 PONDSKATER            2 HOURS 46 MINUTES
6 KATYA                         2 HOURS 47 MINUTES


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