|A total of SIX rounds will be sailed, with SIX races being sailed EACH week, best FOUR rounds to count. The same yacht must be sailed in each round, unless mechanical problems cannot be repaired at the lakeside.|
It has been a long time since ten One Metre yachts competed on the Bridlington lake but today saw the start of the new Frostbite Series with a healthy fleet competing in blustery winds which appeared to be swirling from all directions.
A triangular course was set from the start at the podium and Buoy 7, diagonally across the lake to Buoy 3 then along the far side to Buoy 5 and back down to Buoy 7. After two laps the finish was from Buoy 7 to the usual line at Buoy 8.
Neil Thornton got off to a flying start by winning the first race after a close battle with Brian Hartley and Paul Beardshaw. After that close encounter, he won the remaining races comfortably achieving a clean sweep and maximum points for the day. Paul took the overall second place with Brian third.
There were several collisions, breakages and groundings around the troublesome Buoys 3 and 5 where the wind gusted unpredictably and caused some unfortunate skippers to lose control (and tempers!) but it was an enjoyable day’s sailing on the whole, with only minor repairs required by some before Round 2 next week.