Frostbite 1 & 2 Report

Those of us who set our alarms a little earlier on Saturday night to allow time to de-ice our windscreens on Sunday morning woke to be pleasantly surprised or sleepily annoyed to find it was warmer than expected by some of the forecasts. And out on the water there was (just) enough breeze to race without too much wind chill.

The RSYC's Frostbite Series is the first to start the new Solent racing season each year and provides close and competitive racing in the relative shelter of Southampton Water. The races are run on high waters on alternate Sunday's. It's a great way to shake down and warm up crews for the year ahead. For that reason entry numbers tend to grow as the Series goes on so this year's starting line up of fifteen boats bodes well for the series which ends on 10th March. 

Jenga 99 Finishes Race One.

Any breeze from west to north tends to funnel down Southampton Water and the RMT were relieved to find that a windward/leeward course on the Netley side of the main channel looked a realistic possibility when we anchored between Netley and After Barn buoys at around 0900. The 11 knot breeze then slowly eased down to the forecast 5-7 knots by 0940. Just as the ODM was about to go in the wind went left to around 280 degrees. We were confident that it would come back in due course but just to ensure it would, we dropped in a windward mark on the Fawley shore and lo and behold, more or less by the time the RIB got back to the Hound the breeze had gone right again and normal service was resumed with only a 10 minute delay.

The leading of the seven Class One boats that got out of bed got off to a very close start at 1015. Their course was a 1.1 NM beat up to a laid windward mark (9A), then back to Netley (7Q) return to 9A then a 1.5 NM downwind leg to After Barn (7W)  before finishing at the ODM.   

 
Classes two and three had a slightly more leisurely combined start at 1021. Their course was up to 9A, down to 7W and finished at the ODM. 

We were racing over the HW stand of a nearly spring tide. The upwind racing was close in the increased apparent breeze on the virtually flat water, with the advantage being gained by the boats that most successfully followed the wind shifts and any tide advantages. Downwind, it was the asymmetric boats that had the clear edge.

Class One started their second race at 1155. It was every bit as close as their first with Tigris yet again avoiding a recall by the narrowest of margins. Classes 2 and 3 got away again at 1201 with no one in the slightest danger of a recall.   

Due to a rather longer than planned first race, the second gave all classes the same course which was a shorter itinerary up to Netley (7Q), down to After Barn (7W) and finish at the ODM. We'd been nervous about making it longer although several of you have subsequently  fed back that you wouldn't have minded another longer course - be careful what you wish for as the weather gets colder ... !

The results were

Race One

Class One

Tigris
Jenga 99
Jongleur
Tilt
Malice
Azygos
J-Dream*

Class Two

Orion
Glass Onion
Jackdaw
Light

Race Two

Class One

Tigris
Jenga 99
Tilt
Jongleur
Malice
Azygos
J-Dream*

Class Two

Orion
Glass Onion
Jackdaw
Light

*J-Dream are awaiting their handicap. Their result will be adjusted once it's received.

Although they didn't make it into the results, White sails Club Class Trapper 300 "White Horse II" deserve a special mention for grit and perseverance in conditions that were never going to suit them. Sorry you didn't get a result but we promise you more wind next time!

The full results of Sunday's racing are on the results pages of this site here:
http://www.rsyc.org.uk/index.php/raceyear/results

Sunday also saw us introduce a "GroupMe" group to aid communications between the Club, the RMT and the competitors. We've previously used text messaging to send basic messages but GroupMe allows us to provide more information more easily and in this first trial we used it to send preliminary results from the Committee boat. It the experiment proves successful GroupMe will replace our SMS service with a separate group for each race series. (The GroupMe App' is availabe for IOS, Android, MACs and PCs.) 

Thank you to Sunday's Race Management Team of
Neil Cox
Mike Garvey
Nathan Hamilton
Sue Neath
Julia Smith
Bob Trimble

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