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Frostbite Wrap Up: 2/3/18

With bright sunshine, 8-15 SW winds, flat water and good competition; it was a perfect day except for one thing, the temperature. Following a bitter cold Friday temps maxed out at 27 on Saturday but the wind was never quite enough to cause freezing on deck. As such spinnakers were flying for the first day this year. There was one other problem, three larges barges came through; the first nearly caused race one to start late, the second cut through the top of the windward leg in race one, and the third slowed to a crawl only to anchor right on the starting line causing a long delay. Still the target of five good races was met.

The fleet improves throughout each season and today was an example of how very few boats got in trouble at the start or first mark. There were a couple penalty turns for windward mark infractions and a couple boats were over early. Two significant OCS scores occurred in race one.

Deke, with Matt Flynn steering led all the way around in race one only to discover they were OCS. John Power, who we haven’t seen in a year, subbed in for Fred Baker and drove Rigel to the win. They had a clear start and caught the same favorable left windshifts that Deke enjoyed. It would be the first of two bullets for JP.

Giant left shifts in race one caused the RC to reset marks so the course was pretty square for race two won by Bob Perry on Santuzza.

More huge left shifts occurred early in race three. Frank McNamara had a lead but fell out of the shift just enough for Ika, with the racing class aboard to take the lead at mark one. Frank’s team passed with the spinnaker and pulled away for an easy win. Jonathan Austen missed that big shift for their worst finish, a 6th on an otherwise excellent day.

Race four was only once around due to the impeding barge. JP took that one but Perry slipped to 8th allowing McNamara to grab the daily lead with a 6th.

After a long wait for the barge to finally anchor right on the now removed start line, the final saw Dave Bryan breakthrough for the bullet and second overall on the day. McNamara’s second straight duce clinched first, Austin’s consistency was good for third while mid-fleet finishes for Perry and Power dropped them to 4th and 5th respectively.

It was great to see so much sunshine now that our daylight exceeds ten hours. Yes, the ground hog saw his shadow the day before but the Red Sox truck has left the barn for Florida and the beginning of spring training. Slightly warmer temps are expected for next Saturday as we inch closer to spring.

Top Five for Saturday, February 3, 2018

1. Frank McNamara on Wasabi 5/5/.75/2/2: 14.75 points

2. Dave Bryan on Tony 4/3/5/6/.75: 18.75 points

3. Jonathan Austin on Blue J 3/4/6/3/4: 20 points

4. Bob Perry on Santuzza 2/.75/4/8/8: 22.75 points

5. John Power on Rigel .75/6/8/.75/10: 25.5 points

Written by Ken Legler