Frostbite

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Barge- Move forcefully or roughly. Push, Shove, Force. "We can't just barge into a private garden party." or "Barging in at the start line causes havoc and makes Courageous staff anxious and competitors angry."

Yes, this week's recap is about starts, and in particular, barging. Which there was a lot of this past Saturday. Now, I readily admit that there were starts where the wind clocked well right and the boat was very favored. However, I will tell you what I tell the college sailors I coach: "If it's not gonna work, bail early." That way, you have time to find another starting spot and don't end up doing penalty turns after the signal.

This topic has been covered at length by much better writers and more knowledgeable sailors than myself. I urge everyone to read this excellent article by Dick Rose in the January 2012 issue of Sailing World. I would like to emphasize one thing: there is no rule saying you are entitled to not cross the starting line early. Unless there is an obstruction, such as an RC boat, immediately to windward of you, if a leeward boat heads you up, you have to keep clear, even if that means it will ruin your start and you will be early. The only rule there is windward-leeward. Failure to do this causes accidents, and is the root of the problem that is barging. This is why starting is hard and good starts require practice and planning.

So, please read the article. It is better with a rule book in hand to look at the definitions and rules being cited.

In other news, we have fleet captains! Congratulations to Mark, Pat, and Cole, who were unanimously elected during last week's skippers meeting. Everyone make sure to buy these guys a beer next time at Pier 6. The fleet captain system keeps things running smoothly and has been a great aid to this fleet, but it requires some time of its volunteers, so be sure to say thank you next time you have their ear at the bar, explaining how you were completely screwed at that start.

Updated results are attached here. I made an error when entering the results into the scoring program, giving two boats OCS scores in the first race, when they should have received them in race two. This has been brought to my atention and corrected. My apologies for the mistake. 

We will be giving ourselves a chance to digest the turkey and stuffing this Saturday, but will be returning for week three on December 6. I look forward to seeing everyone then, and wish you all a happy holiday.

 

 

 On November 15 we officially kicked off the 2014-2015 Frostbiting Season with 23 of our 25 boats on the line. Following a skippers meeting at 11:30, the first gun was at 12:20, and the course, which had been set before the skippers meeting, required remarkably little fiddling. Shifts were large but the median direction of NNW held true throughout racing. The forecast was for 8-12, with gusts to 15, but what we actually saw was more variable; winds were 5-15, with gusts to 18. Temps in the mid 30s held true, but the sunshine kept things pleasant enough. 

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Hello Frostbiters! I hope you are staying warm in this early freeze!
 
First off, thanks to everyone for their prompt responses and registrations. For those few stragglers, who I know are coming but haven't finished their registration form or submitted payment, shake a leg! The registration form is here. (We have one spot left, so invite your friends to sign up!)
 
This year's NOR and SIs are attached in the Frostbiting Public Folder, which is an excellent source of must-know information, and is also where results get published. There are no major changes to the SIs, although some wording has been added and section 17 streamlined. A few items were added prior to the winter series last year, so please take a look. Racing will be the same time and place as always. 
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Hello Frostbiters,

With just two weeks left in the season, Courageous is looking to continue our string of great race days with 5+ races per day. The weather is looking gorgeous! Temps will be in the mid 40s, sunny, with a steady breeze around 10 knots from the NW. I look forward to seeing you all out there on the nicest day we will have this week!

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Hello Frostbiters!

My weekend forecast email will be coming out on Friday, this is just a friendly recap of our Valentine's Regatta (it was last week, I know, we are a little ahead of ourselves) and some important notes as we continue to smooth out bumps moving towards the end of the Frostbiting season.

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