Hello, Frostbiters, alternates, volunteers, and Courageous staff,
Only 2 more days until our first day of Frostbiting, and it's looking like it will be a good one--mostly cloudy, in the high 40's, with west winds just over 10 knots. Our maintenance staff, with help from fleet volunteers Bryan Lee and Marcelo Pereira, is hard at work putting the finishing touches on the boats, and we're excited!
There's lots of information and new developments to share, so, without further ado:
Introducing the Courageous Frostbiting management team...
We have a solid team this year, bringing together some new faces with a depth of experience. Jake Denney, a local coach for both Bentley and Tufts and a dinghy and offshore racer, is coming on board as the race committee chair. He'll be ably assisted on the water by Jesse Hamilton, a veteran member of the Frostbiting staff, and Judith Krimski, whom many of you know as a fellow racer and coach. Ben Ringrose, one of our favorite Boston Latin sailors and summer dock staff, and supervolunteers Andy Pavelko and Steve Brett (who goes by Brett) will be helping out on the committee boat and mark boats. Elizabeth Manning, who many of you have met at the Front Desk, will be our on-land coordinator. Carl Zimba is continuing in his role as our scoring guru, and will be here occasionally to make sure everything is running smoothly. Make sure to introduce yourself, and don't hesitate to ask if there's anything they can help you with.
And your Fleet Captains for the season:
The votes are tallied, and our winners are Dylan Callahan, one of last year's Paul Elvstrom sportsmanship award winners, and Bryan Lee. Bryan and Dylan are your go-to people if you have suggestions or concerns, and they'll be serving as liasons between the fleet and Courageous staff. Many thanks to all of you who indicated that you were willing to take on the role--it's an important one, and it's a good idea to pass on the responsibility from year to year.
Racing docs, how-to's, and results
If you don't have it already, make sure to save the link to the public Frostbiting folder
, in which you'll find the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions
, a list of racing dates, results, information on how to rig and put away the boats the right way, and lots more. We'll also be updating our website and posting photos on Facebook, but this should be your first stop when you're looking for info.
Based on your feedback, we're instituting Rule T1, which calls for a two turn penalty if you "may have broken a rule rule of Part 2 while in the zone around amark other than a starting mark." Outside of the zone, our usual one-turn penalty applies.
We're also changing the flag signals accompanying the starting sequence, and will update you at the skippers' meeting. For the time being, feel free to look over last year's Flag and Sound Signals
, which are accurate with the exception of the starting sequence.
Please make sure to familiarize yourself with the sailing instructions before racing!
Good news: Pier 6 (the restaurant which has taken the place of Tavern on the Water) is willing to continue to allow racers to park behind and along the side of the building...and YES, we will be hanging out there afterwards; more information below. Please park only in the marked spots, and get there early to claim a spot, as they will fill up. The Pier 6 folks are going out of their way to be welcoming, so let's make sure to keep things orderly back there, and not jam in too many cars. There are also a few parking spots on Terry Ring, and we validate parking ($12) at the Nautica parking garage (88 Constitution Road); get you ticket validated at the Front Desk when you check in in the morning.
Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork
All sailors will need to sign in at the Front desk every Saturday
before heading down to the boats. We'll be doing a random draw for boats this Saturday
; after that the rotation will be set in advance, with Boats 22, 23, and 24 interspersed throughout the rotation. Everybody needs to sign a waiver
, and all skippers need to sign a damage agreement
. Feel free to print these out and bring them with you if you'd like. If you're sending a substitute team or sailing with a crew who hasn't been here before, please remind them to sign in and take care of paperwork when they arrive.
Racers tend to show up between 10 and 11. Remember, it's your responsibility to go over your boat and let staff know by 11 if anything needs to be fixed or if you need help with anything. We'll be having a mandatory skippers' meeting at11:30 for the first 3 weeks at least, but we usually eliminate them as we settle into the season. The first start is at noon, so make sure that you have enough time to get your boat ready (we try to get the boats somewhat pumped out, but it's not a guarantee) and sail out to the line on time.
And finally (as your reward for making it through the rest of this epic email), fantastic news:
Pier 6 is our official post-racing hangout!
If you raced last year, you know that although the soup and the company were awesome, the ambiance of the boathouse left a bit to be desired. Conor, Sal, and Greg (the Pier 6 manager, owner, and chef) psyched to have us there, and are putting together Saturday specials just for us. For this week, the specials are gourmet mac n' cheese for $7 and a sharing-size order of poutine for $6...and one of their beers will be $4 for Frostbiters. It will be a different beer selection on special every week, so make sure to ask, and let them know--in case it's not obvious--that you're a Frostbiter...and thank them for welcoming us!
I'm looking forward to seeing you Saturday (or a Saturday soon), and I can't wait to get back onto the racecourse myself. We have some newcomers joining us, so let's make it a point to introduce ourselves to people we don't know and get the season off to a great start.
Sail fast, sail fair!