|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.
Round 2 of the 2018 Frostbite Series was held with nine skippers braving the cold on a dry day, but with a swirling wind that couldn’t make its mind where and when to blow. There was a warm welcome to guest Scarborough skipper Peter Walkinshaw who was suffering withdrawal symptoms due to the dreaded Wykeham weed problem.
An unusual course was set around all the buoys starting from between Buoys 6 and 7 to Buoy 1, up to Buoy 3, across to Buoy 5 and back to 7. After two painful laps the finish was from Buoy 7 to the usual finishing line at Buoy 8.
Race 1 saw Paul Beardshaw get off to a flying start but was caught and passed by Neil Thornton on the far side of the lake. Roger Monks came in third with Brian Hartley fourth. It was good to see ever improving Stuart Axon taking fifth place in the first two races.
Brian Hartley won Race 2 pushing Neil into second after a very close finish and with Roger again in third place. Paul did the same in Race 3 by just keeping ahead of Neil on the finish line. Race 4 was won by Phil Parsons who had a mixed day which was confirmed by him coming ninth in the following race.
After winning the final two races, Neil comfortably took the honours for the day, and claimed the maximum points. Paul grabbed second place closely followed by Brian in third and Roger fourth.