Sunday, March 8, 2015

Racing Today is for the Birds

A couple of birds enjoying a sushi lunch by the ice flows in Barrington

"THE FLEET HAS SPOKEN" was the first line in the email from Leo Berendes last night announcing that racing has been cancelled for the second week in a row at Barrington.  With any luck, the week of 40 degree temps will make things toasty enough for racing next week.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Say it Ain't Snow!

These guys were supposed to be racing this week.
Today was supposed to be the first day of the spring Frostbite season at Barrington.  The racing was cancelled because the river is still clogged with ice, the dock replacement project is running late due to the weather, meaning that the support boats had nowhere to dock, and a lot of Sunfish were still snowed in. Not to mention that the wind speed (5 mph) exceeded the temperature (1 degree F).

Thanks to everyone who showed up to shovel out boats and move them to the North parking lot.  The boats are all huddled together like penguins for warmth.  

Keeping warm
Racing next week is questionable, for both logistical and safety reasons, not to mention that it is still just too damned cold for a lot of people to race.  We will post an update here as soon as we  have word about racing.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Frostbiters, Start your Sails


Barrington is getting ready for the start of frostbiting next week in two weeks.  They have asked that all Sunfish owners come dig out their boats and move them to the new designated storage area on site.

We have received the following notification from the Yacht Club regarding any boats that are stored on site:

Frostbiting Sailors, BYC will have management staff onsite this coming Saturday from 10am-1pm and Sunday between 11am-1pm.  We have set aside those times this weekend to allow participants to come down and dig out there sunfish.  Please bring your own shovels.  Storage will now be located in the sand lot which is located north of the main parking lot. Scott Nichols, General ManagerBarrington Yacht Club 

The club has been good to us over these many years, so if you have a Sunfish at Barrington, please come down this weekend to move your boat. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

It Appears that Mother Nature is Out of the Loop

Can Someone please tell Mother Nature that we want to start racing.

This coming Sunday is supposed to be the start of the 2015 Barrington Spring Frostbite Season.  Nobody told the weather.  The temperatures around Barrington have hovered in the teens or below for almost a month, and Mother Nature has seen fit to try to move all of the snow and cold weather from Alaska to new quarters in New England. Right now there are large ice flows in the river all the way down to the race course, the launching area is covered in two feet of snow, and any boats stored over the winter are just lumps in the snow pack. 

To complicate matters further, the club has attempted to install new docks over the winter.  That project has been stalled by the weather, and as a result, the boat storage area is completely unreachable, blocked not only by snow, but by the construction activities.

We received an email from the club advising that the spring frostbiting season may have to be postponed until they can figure out a safe way for the fleet to get in and out of the water.  Right now, the March 1'st racing is in jeopardy. There is no word on March 8th.

Here is the letter from the club:

Due to SNOW, Ice and construction the area where the boats were stored last fall is closed to all.  DO NOT come down to the club and go into the construction area.  The project team is working on a plan to resolve this ASAP and will be meeting this week.  In addition, there is another delivery of docks and pilings scheduled early this week.
The current status is a combination of the weather and the construction project being ahead of schedule and then running into a full stop on site due to conditions.
Please take this as advanced notice that the March 1 Frostbiting may be cancelled.
I will keep you all informed as to status and plans as things occur or change.  
Any questions email or call me.
Leo Berendes

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wind Chill and Solid Water

Wind chill and solid water have no chance against the hardy souls at Massapoag. A few days ago, not content with the two month break in the frostbiting season, John Houstle took his iceboat out onto the lake.  He hadn't taken it out in a number of years, and reported that it needs some tweaks to get going really fast, but from the looks of things, he got it going pretty well.

Now back to your regularly scheduled snowstorm.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bribery Fails!

PRO Frank Hearn signals the 30 mark before today's first race
(Photo by Bill Brangiforte)

Lucky 13 on the 14th.  Thirteen boats showed up in the increasingly chilly air for the second to last week of Barrington Frostbiting.  The venue was much more pleasant than the carnage that was racing last week, and Ken Charles took advantage, taking first place honors for the day.

Frank Hearn and his race committee got of the full slate of six races this week in gently 8-10 mph northeast winds, punctuated by a outgoing current that got stronger as the tide ebbed.  Bill Brangiforte showed up today with an injured wrist, so he served on the Race Committee and also wielded a camera to capture video of each start.  Apparently the curse of the camera continued, as several skippers were worried about how bad their starts looked, and enquired what it would take to ensure that they did not end up on YouTube.

Luckily, their entreaties fell on deaf ears.  The video of the world's most embarrassing starts is proudly presented below:

Don't forget, next week is the last week of Barrington Frostbiting before the long cold winter sets in and racing stops until March 1, when we take to the water for the spring Barrington frostbiting season.

For those of you Extremely hardy and hardcore racers, the Edgewood Sailing School across the Bay in Cranston, Rhode Island, runs their "Frozen Few" frostbiting series all winter long.  In fact, they are hosting their 5th annual "Up from the Ashes" regatta on January 18, so if you need  respite from Old Man Winter, pay them a visit.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Windy Wet, Wild and COLD!

Artist's rendering of the racing yesterday

Twelve brave souls ventured out onto the frosty Barrington River for 4 frostbite races yesterday, where the wind speed very nearly exceeded the temperature.  Temperatures were in the low 30's at race time, and the wind varied between 15 and 25 mph.

Today's report is made vicariously by gleaning tidbits from race results and various emails, as your intrepid reporter was too much of a weenie to actually show up at the race course, so there may be some errors.  Carnage appeared to be the order of the day, as several racers did not complete one or more races during the course of the afternoon.  Capsizes were more frequent than usual, and the race committee was reported to have performed yeoman service helping out several of the less experienced skippers.  Even Ken Charles ran into trouble in the last race.

Scott Greenbaum took 3 firsts and a third to win the day. Bill Brangiforte came in 2nd and Bill Shaw placed 3rd.

Racing continues next week. Early forecasts show that conditions should be warmer and less windy than this week.  Who knows, maybe your intrepid reporter may actually race too.