|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.