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2012-2013 Laser/V15 Frostbite Series 1-2



The 2012/2013 Frostbite Racing will be divided into two series, November 18, 2012 through January 20, 2013, and January 27, 2013 through March 17, 2013. Series 1 consists of eight (8) race days. Series 2 also consists of eight (8) race days beginning on January 27.

It is strongly encouraged that competitors use the same sail number throughout both the series.

Competitors shall not register with more than two different sail numbers. Sails without numbers are not permitted.

DATES: The series will take place on the following Sundays:

Series 1 - Nov 18, Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 16, Dec 23, Jan 6, Jan 13, Jan 20.
Series 2 - Jan 27,  Feb 3, Feb 10, Feb 17, Feb 24, March 3, March 10, and March 17.

Every participant in the 2012/2013 frostbite series is responsible for serving at least 2 days on the race committee (one during each series).

There are 5 slots available for each day, Signal Boat 1, Signal Boat 2, Signal Boat 3, Safety Boat 1, and Safety Boat 2. Only SSA members are eligible to sign up for Signal Boat 1 and Safety Boat 1 slots. Any registered user can sign up for the other three slots.

To sign up for a particular day, Log in to this site, then click on the "Frostbite RC" tab. Click on the "Sign Up" link next to the day on which you want to sign up. Then click "Sign Up" next to the slot for which you want to sign up.
 

If you are a member of SSA and are having trouble signing up for one of the members-only slots, send an e-mail to the SSA office and we will make sure the system recognizes you as a member.

The regular entry fee is: $160.00
If you are a member of Severn Sailing Association, there is no entry fee.
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Winners' Comments  
3/17 Radial Report - John Z
What a great Frostbite season, thanks to everyone for showing up regularly, serving on RC, and generally making Sundays in winter fun.  Chris Brady already posted some great notes on the day, I'll add my two cents in the "read more" section.   read more...
3/17 Report
That was a busy final day of frostbiting!  Much colder than many of us expected and I was under dressed. Our RC had to carve out some territory for a course outside of AYC frostbiting, a four-division college regatta (the Trux), and an Opti practice.  Luke, Dan, JR, and Sandy did a great job setting courses and keeping us sailing quality races.
 
I saw 7-10 knots with puffs to 12.  I welcome Luke, who is posting this for me, to add what the numbers actually were:
 
Here is what I think the day taught me:
 
1.Large visible puffs meant that you could see where you needed to position your boat, and sailing towards those large chunks of dark water was great, UNLESS you were sailing off the course.  
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John Z, March 10 Radial Winner
A beautiful day with lots of different fleets on the water.  The light air earlier in the day was tough to sail in.  I tried playing with the vang upwind using other boats as a gauge on boatspeed and it seemed that a very tight vang improved speed.  Goodison's RYA Laser Handbook says to use vang tension equivalent to having the mainsheet "block to block"  in light air to remove the bubble of sail near the luff at the expense of a way-too-tight leech.  This is so counter-intuitive but seems to work.  The trick is that the mainsheet then must be eased around 14-18" between blocks, even more in really light spots.  If you're anywhere near two-blocked you're going to go slow.  The rudder feels totally different this way and I couldn't sail by feel so had to pay attention to the wind indicator and telltales more than usual.

Thanks to the RC for a festive day on the water.  It was a memorable afternoon with jazz music and J-105's drifting through our fleet, sunshine and warm breeze.  I'll bet it was a lot nicer here than in Newport!
 
Gavin O'Hare, March 10 Full rig winner

Sunny and warm - I got a little sunburn on my face!

Winds were light at about 4-7 knots out of the southeast with lots of traffic from the AYC keelboat frostbiters. Staying clear of the AYC fleet as well as strategically using them as blockers certainly helped with results. Perhaps this may have been one of the strategies that paid yesterday - looking upwind for puffs and anticipating potential problems with AYC fleet.

When there was more wind and a shorter first beat, I tried to start near the boat so as to not be pinned and have options to tack when I wanted to. As the water was fairly flat, I maintained fairly tight outhaul.  This was the case downwind as well and it did not seem to hurt my speed. Generally, I tried to sail conservative and 'cross when you can' and 'lead em back'.

The overall day was very competitive and perhaps my consistency was my greatest asset.

Thanks for the great day of racing.

 

 
March 3 full rig writeup


We have been extremely lucky to get consecutive weeks of great wind and awesome frostbiting conditions.  Temperatures were back down in the 30’s, with steady wind around 15 and gusts up to 20 and maybe a bit more. I’m really going to miss this wind after frostbiting season is over! Wind direction was NW, and we were setup mostly below the Naval Academy, though the leeward mark was well into the river.  There was plenty of ebb current.

Turnout was a little light this week with just 10 full rigs and 3 radials.  Perhaps everyone is still tired from last week?  Just remember that we only have two more weeks of winter sailing left!


It was really shifty on Sunday, so the racing was really up and down.   I thought it was necessary to sail in the breeze you had and to keep looking up the course, not side to side because the wind could be very different just 10 boatlengths away, and it wasn’t usually possible to sail to that wind before things changed again.  Sometimes, boats could be lifted on opposite tacks, even though they weren’t far apart.  Downwind, the gusts seemed to move down the course slowly.  I was conditioned from the last few weeks to sail safe downwind in the bigger breeze, but the visible wind behind us on the runs took a long time to catch up.  As a result, I felt it was important to keep trying to sail fast and not too conservative.  After the first few races (when I didn’t sail well downwind), I started noticing exactly where the wind was on the course and sailing to it.  In general, the breeze would reach the middle of the course and then spread to both sides.  I was able to improve in the later races by constantly looking backwards (upwind) to get into the gust, and then to keep watching because it was easy to sail out of it (by sailing laterally across the course).


Upwind, I felt I was sailing the boat better than some others wit   read more...

Luke Shingledecker, full rig Feb 24 writeup

Sunday was another banner day for frostbiting, especially for those who like to sail in plenty of wind.  It may be hard to believe, but after last week, this week’s sailing seemed light and warm.  Temps were around 50 (around 30 last week) and breeze was 15-16 steady, with the biggest puffs in the low 20’s.  Last week the steady wind was around 20, and the puffs were … terrifying.  So I understand how those of you who don’t frostbite would think this is all totally crazy, but today was a really fun and exciting day of sailing.  The races were very short, under 9 minutes, and the breaks in between were not long. 

For me, the edge was taken off the week before and I sailed much more aggressively when I could.  Last week I didn't leave survival mode very often, this week, I felt that I had to push in the light spots and then hang on for the gusts.  At times, the big breeze stayed away for a while (especially downwind), so it wasn't quick to stay conservative, but it was really easy to get in trouble when the breeze did come up.  There were a few times when the breeze really smacked us hard when we were headed downwind.  For sure, the biggest key for me was not flipping at all.  I did come close twice, with two big near-death rolls that I saved.  In one case, I managed to get the boat flattened out and turned downwind without gybing.  In the last race I did it again and couldn’t avoid an accidental gybe that cost me a few places, but I kept the mast pointing up.

Two things I will mention are my downwind strategy for staying upright and upwind vang trim.  I’m sure everyone was out of control downwind at some points.  It is almost always safer to sail by the lee, with moderate amounts of vang, and the boom less than 90 degrees from centerline.  The big key is “saving” yourself when the boat gets hit by a gust or the wind shifts, causing a near deathrol   read more...

Steve Cofer, 24 FEB 2013 Radial
Well, it was another windy day but without the low temperatures that cause ice build-up on your lines, gear, blocks and sail.  I don’t think it was blowing as hard as the previous week, but it was blowing hard enough to make me glad I switched to my radial for the second half of the Frostbite series.  The main reason I’m writing this today is persistence (I won the war of attrition) and the fact that I am heavy enough to hold the boat down in heavy air.  I broke my Cunningham in the fourth race and considered calling it a day, but after I managed to tie it off before being blown downwind too far I decided to stick around.  The shifts seemed fairly consistent and most races I only made a couple of tacks on the upwind legs.  I spent most of the first upwind leg on the left side of the course waiting for the shift that put me just below the port layline.  Downwind, I just tried to keep the boat upright by sailing by the lee, letting the vang and Cunningham off enough to keep the sail powered.  Sailing by the lee and not letting the boom out too far, about 80-85 degrees, seemed to help with stability and I didn’t sacrifice speed too much.  Without many boats on the course I could pretty much sail directly to the leeward mark and then pray that the boom missed me on the gybe.  But, again I was in survival mode for much of the day and only won the day because I stayed out there and kept hiking.  It was definitely fun and the weather was great, no ice.  
Jack Field, Full Rig Winner, 2/17
Well that was a hell of a day. Temps in the low 30s + breeze in the low-mid 20s = a perfect day for frostbiting? Now that I've just about thawed out and healed hopefully I haven't forgotten what happened.
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Russ Wesdyk, Feb 17 Radial Winner
"Eat Drink and be Merry"
First off, here is yet another reason not to sail on a day like yesterday... you may end up having to write a winners report when all you want to do get a massage and drink heavily to make the pain stop!

OK, so it blew a steady 20-25 w gusts from 25-30 plus. Breeze was out of the WNW. The temps were in the low 30s. So why sail?

For me it's simple... I have a lot to learn and I can't learn it from the dock.
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John Z, Radial Winner, 1/29

Although the forecasts predicted a drifter, last Sunday turned out to be a nice five+ knot sailing day.  Dorian and John G were missing from our fleet but we had some new blood with Russ Wesdyk joining us and are hoping for more.

The strong current heading into the Severn combined with light air made it important to be on the starting line early or be left behind.  The wind direction varied over the day so it was good to check the line regularly, even into the starting sequence.  In the first race the line was very long so you could be left well behind if you started at the non-favored end.  In our smaller Radial fleet there is a long starting line for the number of boats so there should always be a place somewhere near the favored end with room to build speed.

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James Jacob, Full Rig Winner, 1/20
Sunday was the type of day that makes frostbiting worth the drive from Alexandria. We started with 54 degrees, 9-11knots from the Southwest and finished with a few spicy 20+ gusts from the West. Dave, Michael, Ainsley, Jonathan, and Ramsey did an excellent job setting a square course (although the finish line was sacrificed for a few races during mark boat safety duties). Most notable was that Jonathan is back at SSA and promises to give our current leaders a run for their money. Welcome back Jonathan!   read more...
John Gebhardt, Radial Winner, 1/20
Until we quite literally got blown off the race course with 30 knot gusts, we had a wonderful day on the water. Temps were in the 50s so my hands didn't get cold until the last capsize a few hundred yard of the finish in the last race.

Before I talk about the sailing, I want to thank the RC -- David Petty and Ramsey Key and their crews for a wonderful job keeping track of everybody and keeping us all safe. It got pretty wild during the last race when the wind went right and built to the high 20s with gusts over 30.
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John Z's Comments on January 13th racing
Sailing in the fog was definitely not the carbon copy Laser Frostbite racecourse that we usually sail.  It was spooky coming off the starting line when you couldn't see land or the windward mark.  Add the incoming tide to this and it was plain disorienting.  I enjoyed the change. 

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Luke's comments on January 13th racing
This Sunday was definitely the strangest day of frostbiting that I can remember.  We had light south wind, major fog, and plenty of current.  Visibility was generally not enough to see the weather mark from the starting line, despite a race course that was not particularly long.

First, I want to call out all those who have “won the day” this year, but have not done a “winner’s report”.  This is a long tradition that predates my time frostbiting in this fleet (13 years).  The report gives everyone else a chance to find out what the guy in front was thinking, but it also helps spread around some knowledge.  If nothing else, it tells everyone who wasn’t out there that we did actually sail, and yes, it usually is awesome, because its frostbiting in Lasers.  So, please take the time to put together a brief writeup by Tuesday evening if you have the privilege of topping the leaderboard on Sunday.  And if you didn’t top the leaderboard, harass the person who did until they write something.
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Luke Shingledecker, Full Rig, 12/2
We had a nice day for Laser frostbiting on December 2.  The temperature was in the 50’s and the wind was generally in the 8-11 range from approximately 180 degrees, though it got lighter than that for the last few races.  The current was flooding (coming into the river), and it seemed to get stronger as the day went on.  The chop was significant, rolling in from the river and also from the “heavy” Sunday traffic from all sorts of boats out, plus the AYC frostbiting fleet.  The RC set a course that worked well all day and we had 7 races (The Radials did 6).   read more...

Laser/V15 Frostbite Race Committee  
Every participant in the 2012/2013 frostbite series is responsible for serving at least 2 days on the race committee (one during each series).

There are 5 slots available for each day, Signal Boat 1, Signal Boat 2, Signal Boat 3, Safety Boat 1, and Safety Boat 2. Only SSA members are eligible to sign up for Signal Boat 1 and Safety Boat 1 slots. Any registered user can sign up for the other three slots.

To sign up for a particular day, log in first, then click on the "Sign Up" link next to the day on which you want to sign up. Then click "Sign Up" next to the slot for which you want to sign up. If you are not logged in you will be "Ineligible" to sign up for any slots.

If you are a member of SSA and are having trouble signing up for one of the members-only slots, send an e-mail to the SSA office and we will make sure the system recognizes you as a member.

 Name Date(s) Volunteer
Laser/V15 Frostbite, Day 1, Series 1 November 18 Too late to sign up. Click here to see who signed up
Laser/V15 Frostbite, Day 2, Series 1 December 02 Too late to sign up. Click here to see who signed up
Laser/V15 Frostbite, Day 3, Series 1 December 09 Too late to sign up. Click here to see who signed up
Laser/V15 Frostbite, Day 4, Series 1 December 16 Too late to sign up. Click here to see who signed up
Laser/V15 Frostbite, Day 5, Series 1 December 23 Too late to sign up. Click here to see who signed up
Laser/V15 Frostbite, Day 6, Series 1 January 06 Too late to sign up. Click here to see who signed up
Laser/V15 Frostbite, Day 7, Series 1 January 13 Too late to sign up. Click here to see who signed up
Laser/V15 Frostbite, Day 8, Series 1 January 20 Too late to sign up. Click here to see who signed up
Laser/V15 Frostbite, Day 1, Series 2 January 27 Too late to sign up. Click here to see who signed up
Laser/V15 Frostbite, Day 2, Series 2 February 03 Too late to sign up. Click here to see who signed up
Laser/V15 Frostbite, Day 3, Series 2 February 10 Too late to sign up. Click here to see who signed up
Laser/V15 Frostbite, Day 4, Series 2 February 17 Too late to sign up. Click here to see who signed up
Laser/V15 Frostbite, Day 5, Series 2 February 24 Too late to sign up. Click here to see who signed up
Laser/V15 Frostbite, Day 6, Series 2 March 03 Too late to sign up. Click here to see who signed up
Laser/V15 Frostbite, Day 7, Series 2 March 10 Too late to sign up. Click here to see who signed up
Laser/V15 Frostbite, Day 8, Series 2 March 17 Too late to sign up. Click here to see who signed up

News  
Day 8 Results are posted

Luke and his team tied the record of 8 races per day and were able to score the races on the water, despite battery problems with the Olly and the committee boats and a lack of an internet connection. As a result of Kuke's work on the water, scores could be posted as soon as he reached shore. This concludes a very successful frostbite season. The final final  results will be posted soon after participation and RC duty requirements are accounted for. Congrats to John Z and Luke for winning Series 2 and to Chris Brady and John Z for winning the Day today. We are all waiting anxiously to hear how they managed the crazy noreaster.

 
Day 7 Results Posted
Russ, our PRO tried to break the number of races/day record but the wind didn't fill in until the end, so the early races took too long but he got 8 in to tie the record and Gavin and John Z. won the day!  
Day 6 Results Posted
Luke and Russ win again!  
Just opened March 17th RC Signup

It was pointed out that there was no signup for March 17 opened. It is now open for sign-up. Sorry for the oversight

 
Day 5 Results are posted
Steve Cofer and Luke Shingledecker were the day's winners. Well done! Great writeups! Lots of good info on sailing in a breeze. After the season is over we'll collect all the comments into a nice document for wider distribution.  
Day 4 Results were posted from the water!
The 8 brave souls that ventured out on a very cold and windy day got whittled down to 6 who started at least one race, and 4 really crazy guys that finished all 6 races. The last race finished in the snow. For the first time, results were posted to the Web after each race. (See the Recent Results tab, above)
 
Day 3 Results Revised
Due to confusion between sail number 092 and 92, Gavin was scored incorrectly. He actually won the day, so he needs to provide a winner's report. 092 did not register so was not scored. The corrected results are posted.  
Day 3, Series 2 Results Posted
Results for Sunday, February 10 are posted. J.R Maxwell won the Full Rigs, Christian Filter won the Radials. The RC, led by Scott Williamson, got in 8 races for each fleet, with challenging shifts early in the day. Well done! We are still having registration issues! There were 2 boats with sail No. 92 on the course. We scored 092 as Gavin. 92 was not scored. 8574 has not yet registered. Finally, Jake Vickers (2004, really 200404) is registered in the Radial class, so all his finishes were scored OCS.
 
Day 2, Series 2 Cancelled
As soon as the RC abandoned racing for the day at about 1:30 pm due to lack of wind, the fitful easterly that blew only in the SSA parking lot filled in a little and turned to the south. A few diehards went sailing in the 30 degree weather. Everyone else went home and prepared for the Super Bowl.  
Day 1, Series 2 Results posted
Results for the first day of Series 2 are posted. Jake Vickers (2004) sailed again with the full rigs and so was scored OCS. If you want to change classes, you have to let John Gebhardt know.
We sailed in 5 building to 9 knots out of the SSE with a huge flood tide in the first few races. We had 7 full and 6 radial races. The wind had very slow oscillations but the right paid in the first few given we just upwind from the Navy practice lax field, leaving the left exposed to the Severn channel.

 
Tom Osborn's Comments on Sunday's racing
I watched Sunday’s (1/20) Frostbite from the dock at EYC just upwind of the weather mark, and it was world-class exciting.  In addition to having a terrific view as the leaders surfed around the mark three-boats-abeam, I also cringed a couple times as a single puff put 4 or 5 sailors in the water.  My daughter Becca was way outside her comfort zone, but did manage to finish the first race before getting repeatedly dunked and calling it a day.

The specific reason for this note is to call out a particular unidentified Laser sailor who went way beyond the normal call of duty to assist Becca.  I was too far away to see, but she described afterward that she was just along for the ride as the boat rocked, rolled and surfed the downwind leg of the first Radial race.  Seeing that she was barely in control, a Laser sailor on his way upwind abandoned his race, pulled up next to Becca, and offered much-needed vang and trim advice.  This unselfish act made a huge impression on her, and the story was the first thing out of her mouth when she got back to the dock.  Becca doesn’t know the sailor and didn’t get a sail number, but she and I would greatly appreciate if you could pass along our thanks and admiration to the entire Laser fleet.  And if we can figure out who this was, the beer’s on me.

Frostbite continues to be a terrific experience for Bec, and a vicarious thrill for her less-talented Dad.  Thanks to SSA for running a terrific program.
Day 8 and Final Series 1 Results Posted
The final results for Series 1 are posted. Congratulations to Gavin OHare in Full Rigs and John Z in Radials. 20 out of 37 full rigs and 9 out of 14 radials qualified to be scored for Series 1. To qualify, you had to sail at least 4 days and do race committee at least once. A day of race committee counted as a day of sailing but the vast majority of those qualifying didn't need to count their RC day as they were almost always sailing.

We were able to sail on all eight scheduled days. All in all, a very successful Series.

If you are planning to switch fleets for the second series, you have to send an email to 
John Gebhardt requesting the change. If you plan to sail in the second series and have not yet registered, please do so on-line at ssa.sailregattas.com ASAP.  
Day 7 Results Posted

Through the fog, the PRO team of Sandy Westphal and Jerry Smith and their able RC team managed to get 3 races in without losing anybody. Luke won the Standard Rigs and John Z won the radials again. The deal is that the winners each week are supposed to do a write-up of how they managed to come out on top. So far this year, we have only heard from Luke. All you daily winners, and I am sure you know who you are, get your write-ups in to John Gebhardt so I can post them. We still have several boats racing who have not registered. if you don't register, you are not supposed to race, and you will not be scored. Last Sunday, 187874, 196140, 160195, 183842, and 177647 sailed but haven't registered. It is simple to do. Just click on "Enter the regatta" on the left side of this page.

 
Day 6 Scores Posted
Day 6 scores are posted. On a beautiful January day for sailing, Gavin won the Full Rigs and John Z won the Radials with 7 bullets. Bright sun and a 8-10 breeze from the southeast gave everyone a great day on the water. Nos. 160195 and 187874 in full rigs and 185447 in radials were not scored because they have not registered.
 
Day 5 Scores posted
The revised results for Day 5 are posted. The cumulative results were in error and have been corrected.
 
Day 4 Scores are posted
Day 4 scores are posted. Bob Tan won the full rigs, Read Beigel won the radials. If you haven't yet signed up for RC, please do so.  
December 22 date is incorrect
The correct date for next week's racing is as noted in the NOR, December 23. The date in the regatta description on the left has been corrected. We still need one RC member.  
Cumulative Results Revised
The cumulative results through Day 3 of Series 1 were revised as of today, 12-12. Those not yet signed up to served on race committee for Series 1 have had their scores changed to DNC for Days 1-3. Those affected will start receiving scores once they have signed up to serve.  
Day 3 Results Posted
Gavin OHare won the day in Full Rigs, Rebecca Osborne won the Radials. One full rig boat raced without registering. No. ...3969. You must register to race and get scored. On-line is the best way to register, by far.  
Day 2 Results Revised
Jason Goscha asked for redress since he raced the first race but the RC did not record his finish. His actual finish could not be determined by witnesses, so the RC awarded him his average score for the day's other 6 races. This decision moved him from 12th to 11th for Day 2.  
Day 2 results posted
The results for December 2 are posted. The cumulative scores through 12/2 are also posted. Again, 2 boats (sail numbers 182814 and 201214) raced on 12/2 who have not registered. You need to register if you want to race. On-line is much easier on the scorers. We can't score you or be responsible for you on the race course if you don't register.  
Day 1 Results Posted
Results are posted for Series 1, Day 1. two boat were not scored as they did not register. Nos. 94512 (full rig) and 199055 (radial) need to register.  


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