|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.|
The 2017/8 Frostbite Series got off to a good start with a healthy fleet of seven skippers for Round 1 of the competition. A triangular course was set from the start line between the podium and Mark 7, diagonally across the pond to Mark 3 then along the far side of the pond to Mark 5 and back to Mark 7.
Simon got off to a great start by winning the first race with Brian hot on his heels. Phil Parsons, who didnít finish the first race, then won the second and third and had a good day by finishing third overall. Brian Hartley once again took the dayís honours after winning races four and five, with Simon Booth taking the second spot.
Congratulations to new members Phil Parsons and George Younger who both had a great first round, and both of them show a lot of promise for the future.
Please accept my apologies for the delay in posting these results, but I have spent a long time trying to sort out my old Vista PC before I could start to understand how the system works.
I would like to thank John Foster for his help and great patience in assisting and educating me in order to reach this stage. Hopefully the next round will be posted far more promptly.
If we donít meet this week, I would like to take the opportunity of wishing all members a very
Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.ROUND TWO
Round 2 of this year's Frostbite Series finally got under way in good sailing conditions, albeit rather cold. Five skippers competed on a triangular course from the pontoon and buoy 7, diagonally across the pond to buoy 3, then along the far side of the pond to buoy 5 and then back to buoy 7 finishing at buoy 8 on the second lap.
Brian Hartley got off to a flying start by winning the first four races, and was narrowly prevented taking all six races by losing out in race 5 after being pipped to the line by Paul and George. The rest of the field jockeyed for positions - all with various degrees of success and failure, usually brought about by chaos around buoys 3 and 5 where the wind took control and caused mayhem, collisions and the resulting shouts of anguish from the innocent! Bad luck of the day belonged to Dave Johnston who, despite celebrating his 81st Birthday, had to retire in Race 4 with technical problems.
Jammy obviously took the honours again today with Paul in second place and Phil third.
ROUND THREE & ROUND FOUR
Rounds 3 and 4 on Tuesday provided some exciting sailing and quite a few casualties along the way due to the unpredictably squally conditions. I'm sure retirements, DNFís and DNSís affected the days scores, but skipper of the day must go to George who won the 3rd round and came 2nd in the 4th round. Phil had a good result in the 3rd round, coming 2nd in front of Reigning Champion Brian, but sadly experienced technical problems in the 4th round. Brian won the 4th round, and is still leading the table with 38points. George and Phil are in joint 2nd place with 31 points each.
As you know, the best 4 results count to the final tally and there is an outside chance the we may have a new champion in the making because if Brian finishes 3rd or lower in the final two rounds and George manages to win them both, then he will be champion. A win in either of the final rounds will cement Brian's victory. Nobody else can overhaul Jammy.
It's been a while since Mr Hartley has been defeated so come on George!
ROUND FIVE & ROUND SIX
Tuesday saw the final two rounds of the Frostbite Trophy completed in fine weather, just before the forecast rain arrived. All the wind appeared to be on the far side of the pond, so a course was set from Buoys 5 and 6 to Buoy 3, on to 8 and back to 5. These distant Buoys always cause difficulty for our aged eye-site, and a few missed buoy penalties were incurred by most of us. All was still to play for as we commenced, but Brian Hartley got off to a flying start by winning the first race, and races 3,4,and 5 of round 5, thereby scuppering any chance George had of taking the Trophy off him for another year. Dave Johnston seemed to have overcome the technical problems he has suffered for most of this series, and won races 1 and 2. Paul finished up in third place in this round with Phil fourth.
Round 6 commenced with Brian already confirmed as Champion, but the runner up places were to be hotly contested between George, Phil and Paul. Once again Dave and Brian dominated the round with Dave winning 4 of the races, and Brian the other two. Paul put up a brave fight to overhaul George and Phil and managed to end up in third place with Phil 4th and George 5th
The final placings could not have been closer with George, Phil and Paul all ending up on exactly the same points. Unfortunately George had a disappointing day and slipped to third place, despite his superb results last week. The scores had to be counted back through all the six rounds to separate the 3rd and 4th places with Phil claiming the second spot by the narrowest of margins.
Congratulations to Jammy Hartley on his victory and to both George and Phil for their efforts.
Look out Brian Ė the fleet are chasing you!
|Frostbite Trophy 2017/18|
|Rounds in Series||6|
|No. Best Scores||4|
|BEST 4 TOTAL POINTS|
|POINTS IN ROUND|