Lightning sailors round the upwind mark. Severn Sailing Association
2014-2015 Frostbite, Series 1  

The 2014/2015 Frostbite Racing will be divided into two series, November 16, 2013 through January 11, 2014, and January 19, 2014 through March 16, 2014.

This regatta is for Series 1 only. It consists of eight (8) race days.

Competitors must use the same sail number throughout this series.

Sails without numbers are not permitted.

DATES: Series 1 will take place on the following Sundays:
Nov 16, Nov 23, Nov 30, Dec 7, Dec 14, Dec 21, Jan 4, Jan 11.

Every participant in the 2013/2014 frostbite series is responsible for serving at least 1 day on the race committee for 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. The Signal Boat 3 Slot may be reassigned to the safety boat at the discretion of the PRO, so whoever signs up for this slot should bring a dry suit and be prepared to go in the water.

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.

Day 1:November 16
Day 2:November 23
Day 3:November 30
Day 4:December 07
Day 5:December 14
Day 6:December 21
Day 7:January 04
Day 8:January 11
Registration closes on 1/10/2015.
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2014-2015 Frostbite, Series 2  

This regatta is for Series 2 only. It consists of eight (8) race days.

Competitors must use the same sail number throughout this series.

Sails without numbers are not permitted.

DATES: Series 2 will take place on the following Sundays:
Jan 18, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15.

Every participant in the 2014/2015 frostbite series is responsible for serving at least 1 day on the race committee for 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. The Signal Boat 3 Slot may be reassigned to the safety boat at the discretion of the PRO, so whoever igns up for this slot should bring a dry suit and be prepared to go in the water.

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.

Day 1:January 18
Day 2:February 01
Day 3:February 08
Day 4:February 15
Day 5:February 22
Day 6:March 01
Day 7:March 08
Day 8:March 15
Registration closes on 3/15/2015.
The regular entry fee is: $90.00
If you are a member of Severn Sailing Association, there is no entry fee.
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Winner's Recaps  
Series 2, day 8 writeup Full Rig
This Sunday was our last day of frostbiting.  The wind was howling, leading to a low turnout and few finishers.  It was fun away....  Click to read the write up from Luke.   read more...
February 8 Full rig writeup

First off, let me say a quick thank you to the Race Committee for running solid races in some tricky conditions. The wind was quite light so being conservative was key to getting consistent results.

Getting off the starting line was clutch. It didn't really matter if you started right at the favored end (which I believe was the pin for most, if not all, of the day), as long as you could get off, sailing in clean air. That's why I often found myself starting in the middle or towards the boat. I usually played the middle and always tried to stay on the lifted tack . The name of the game on the upwinds was boat speed and finding pressure. Keeping your head out of the boat is crucial and good roll tacks are necessary in that type of breeze. You can gain as many as one or two boatlengths from each tack!  

On the downwind, I once again focused on keeping my head out of the boat to find pressure. Once in the puffs, I tried to work the boat by the lee to achieve maximum speed. Like I said, I prefer to sail conservatively, so I usually found myself in the middle of the course on the downwinds.

On the last beat, if I was ahead, I simply loose-covered the boats behind me. If I was behind, I wanted to separate from the leaders, and lead them out to a side or pressure. Then, I would take this pressure back and hopefully cross them. This worked exceptionally well in the first race.

Thanks again to everyone for  

Radial writeup 2/8

How to win a day in radial by Russ

 #1) Send the young HS rock stars to the full rig fleet to beat up on Luke and Gavin.  And make the remaining HS rock star do RC.  And send another one to the J22s (who smartly stayed home).  Check!

 #2) Tell John Z its going to blizzard so he sleeps in and stays home.  Check!

 #3) Send Dorian and a bunch others to FL for a regatta.  Check!

 #4) Thank God that everyone drifts at the same speed.  Check!

 #5) From there at 203 lbs its still going to be a stretch but hey the shoulder is still hanging in without surgery so no complaints; lets go racing, err drifting, err…  OK if I am honest I only went out to make a 3rd so they would have Radial start… Dark and Stormies at Boatyard sounded better to me. But…

 #6) Try to sail smart once there…

 The boat end was usually favored or the line was square depending on phase of breeze.  But going left was a good call.  I flag was flying (for 3 boats??!!??), so was conservative.  Shifts were more rights  

Radial Winner Jan 18

This past weekend, the race we had was tough and rainy. When the wind picked up for the start, the hiking was rough, and so was the start. My plan was to be on the favored end with clear wind, although it didn’t go too well. After being lee bowed right after the start, I found a lane. Once I tacked, it was a long port tack to the 1st mark.

After I rounded the mark in 3rd, I knew having a good mark rounding was key, though despite my intentions, it wasn’t. After that, I tried to keep good speed downwind. I passed 1 boat after it capsized and I had a better rounding at the leeward mark. After the rain stopped, the wind got lighter, so I passed the last boat upwind and crossed the line in 1st. After that race, the wind died and we rocked in.

Even though the wind died, I stuck to my plan of having good, consistent starts and kept speed throughout the legs of the course. This was my first time frostbiting, and I’m looking forward to coming out more. I hope to see even more people out on the course with less rain.

Tyler Mowry

Feb 1 Full Rig writeup

Thanks to the wind gods and RC for a unexpectedly great afternoon of sailing!  4-8 knots with minor wind shifts from the Southeast.

Regards to Leo, who broke his top section in race 6.  Leo was sailing fast and reminding all us veterans that boatspeed kills!  Downhill, Leo would go lower and sail by the lee when boatspeed was lacking.  Then, a gybe to sail by the lee again to the leeward mark.  Although he sailed a longer leg, his speed helped him pass boats.  Thanks for the show Leo!

My secret to success was consistency.  I did not feel especially fast, last race in particular with lots of sloppy chop to sail through.  I started conservatively, usually at the boat, and worked the right side. 

There were some winding right shifts that favored the guys who went right early... I did not benefit from this a couple of times.  Being conservative and ducking starboard tack boats on layline lost me small amounts of distance as opposed to lee bowing and either not fetching mark or fowling competitors - both of these set you back in a tight fleet.

Downhill, I tried to keep my boat moving.  I was usually be the lee and tried to surf/catch waves to achieve short bursts of speed.  This requires concentration.  I copied Leo a couple of times and was able to learn from his early achievments.

The final beat was a balance between covering the competition and breaking away from leaders and going for leverage.  My decision would be made based on position in fleet and looking upwind.

See you on the water!

Gavin- 92

Feb 1, Radial
Hello All,  

What looked like a dismal wind forecast turned out to be a very nice day on the water!  Thank you to Captain Morgan and the RC crew for a great day of racing.

With our series one Radial champion, Leo Boucher, stepping up to sail with the big boys, our competition in the Radial fleet was drastically different!  The racing was tight all day, with 4 different Radial sailors winning races. 

All day I thought the right looked favored with more breeze and current relief, but surprisingly those who went far left also made out ok.  One time I was alone on the right side at the top of the course and caught a wind line right shift which gave me a sizable lead.  

My starts were pretty good.  I tried to set up with lots of space to bear off and get speed, crossing the line with acceleration.  I tried to stay in clear air and keep an eye on the other boats.  Often I was slightly ahead and used this advantage to force the other boats to tack away onto the unfavored tack.  I tried to keep the boat flat and as powered up a possible.  Powered up and hiking is always faster than de-powered and sitting in.

Downwind I sailed by the lee with lots of windward heel.  Boom was at 90 degrees.  I notice that many folks pull their centerboards up too far going downwind.  I have learned from various coaches that you only want to pull your board up about 12 inches.  If you look at the top sailors, you will see that that is what they do.  It keeps the boat more stable so you can induce more heel going downwind without tipping, and the foil keeps you from drifting sideways (translating more of those vectors into forward motion downwind...), and allows you to get some lift when your steer with your weight and do S curves on waves.   Not sure  that is the textbook description of why it works, but that is how I think about it.

Thanks to  
Sunday Jan 11 Full Rig
It started out a bit raw with the breeze up to 15kts, lots of chop and the temperature just above freezing. By the fourth race the breeze began to drop slowly and it began to warm up just a little. It seemed for most of the races there was really only one way to go; to the left corner. I think it has to do with a strong ebb current and bit more breeze away from Horn Point. It didn't always look good, but half way up the leg there was usually a line of breeze and that seems to make up for boats with a better angle coming out of the right.  Not always though. I got decent starts in the middle of the line, because it was short, and then went left. I was carrying some Christmas pudding upwind, so I had good speed and got to the top mark in decent shape.

Downwind with good pressure and some waves, I was not as slow as normal. I played the Horn Point side downwind to stay out of the current and was able to catch some pressure bending around the point and actually pass boats. I don't have much to add here, because I surely need to work on my down speed. The final beat did not have as much current effect. I stayed to the right mostly for the right shift off of Maryand Capital YC. That seemed to work most of the time, but less so, if the pressure was down as you got to that corner.

Thanks to the RC and congratulations to Luke for winning the first half.


Susan Taylor -- Laser Full Rig Dec 21
Surprise!  Probably my one and only hurrah for the season, but glad I could pull it off at least once.  Let's face it, my weight was an advantage today in the light 5 kt breeze, and it also helped that the " 2 kts to calm" weather forecast kept some of the hot shot competitors away.  The smaller fleet meant less chaos and more chance to get away for some clear air.  I was actually very distracted for all my starts today b/c my son at home was having problems (he's OK now), and I was playing phone/message tag with my husband between every race.  The RC was so on the ball that we had probably less than a minute between finish and the next sequence.

Radial Winner December 14

Laser radial

Sailing last weekend was tricky. The wind started the day out light then they picked up to hiking conditions by the end of the day.  There were a lot of variables rounding the top mark.  I’m not sure why.  It may be that since it was not that cold Sunday that as the land started to warm up there was a little warm air off land mixing with the colder air over the water. 

 That’s where the winds got very shifty.  I would tried to be the first person to hit each puff at the top mark.  This is where I found the greatest variation in the wind as either a lift or header.

Starts were also very important Sunday because the line was so big you didn’t want to just start by yourself at an end of the line. You needed to satay next to your competitor due  to the limited number of sailor who came out.   I find that when the fleet is small staying close is a safe bet just in case they all decided to tack out you can be leading them to the next puff or shift.

Some great sailing. Hope to see you al next time

Leo Boucher

December Full Rig Report

Race conditions were generally light. Overall, my strategy was very simple. Get off the starting line with a clear lane and no fouls. In a few of the races (toward the end of the day) I did not think it was even necessary to start at the favored end as long as you had a good lane and the ability to tack onto port off the line. Also, the boat needed to be at full speed by the time the gun went off. I started all over the line, but tended to stick near the boat end most of the day.
Upwind I played the shifts and puffs in the middle and chose a ‘favored’ side ¾ of the way upwind. I chose the favored side by looking to both sides to see who looked furthest upwind. In terms of speed, my vang was probably in my hand 1/3 of the time. What I mean by this is I was constantly adjusting my vang. I cranked on the vang in the puffs so that I could point and keep the boat flat as the puff hit me and then kept the vang in my hand as I sensed the puff dying out, at which point I would immediately release the vang completely, then maybe give it a little tug so that it just a little more than snug. As for the cunningham, I adjusted it merely to keep the wrinkles from forming all the way across the sail. Some wrinkles are fast. No wrinkles are slow. A giant wrinkle from the end of the boom to the mast is also slow. In lifts it was very important to keep the bow down and go across/extend forward on everyone to leeward if you were competing for 1st , assuming there is no more than 1 boat to windward of you that looks like they’re dangerous. This helped me move into a better covering position on the fleet.
Downwind, I eased the the vang completely and tugged on it when I started to deathroll. I kept my outhaul fully powered up all day and (obviously) made sure the cunningham was completely off. The primary concern downwind was to make sure that you were in better pressure than everyone around and then to make sure that you had a clear lane behind you. I c  
December 7th Standard Rig
Sorry for the late Recap!
  December 7 was a very shifty day with highly visible puffs on flat water.  You could lose a considerable number of boats by sailing off the course to a corner, or by simply not sailing towards pressure.  I probably should have been changing gears upwind more frequently, but being lazy and out of shape, I kept most controls pretty tight.  Downwind was a struggle, and I was often torn about chasing puffs as opposed to sailing a more direct course to the leeward mark.  I also thought that there were times that the boat wanted to plane, and I just couldn't get it up and going.  This usually results in the boat feeling really unstable, and wanting to wipe out.  I'm looking forward to sailing again in conditions like that to see what can be done to get the boat planning earlier in that wind range. 

December 7 Laser Radial

Leo Boucher

Last Sundays was great.  We had great conditions and amazing wind.  However, I do have to say that the temperature sure was cold.  Despite the near freezing temperatures the radial still pulled of 7 great races.  I felt bad for my friend whose top sections broke after the first race.  This happened to me last year at Virginia Sates.  A broken mast can really ruin your day.  

The winds were 10 to 15 knots which meant you were hiking no matter how big you were.  Starts were important.  I was really focused on keeping an eye out behind me on the down winds.  I notice a number of sailors flip and death role because they got surprised with a super big puff and couldn’t adjust fast enough.  Even if you are in the lead you need to remember to keep an eye on the entire race course.  

This summer during the SSA summer program I learned to keep an eye on the shifts.  This weekend I noticed that the wind shifts were pretty spaced out.  I tried to take advantage of all of them.  The shifts in big wind are just as important as the shifts in light wind.  If you miss a shift in big wind you might not be able to catch up. 

Leo Boucher

Hi all,


It was great to be out on the water in some warmer weather.  I really wanted to keep my dry suit in my gig bag. 

Well… this weekend was a little different from last weekend.  We had wind.  Yea.  Before each race I try to think about what aspect of sailing I’m going to work on.  My coach always tells me to focus on one thing at a time.  This week, because the wind was up a little, I decided to think about how I was trimming and setting my sail.  Spending a lot of time adjusting the vang means that I’m not balanced in the boat.  If you are spending time sliding back and forth and reaching for the mast you are always shifting the balance of the boat.  

Not only is this wasted physical energy it can push the air out of the sail.  I don’t mean you should not adjust to changing   read more...

11-30-14 Laser Full Rig
   This sunday's weather was perfect for laser sailing. 48 degrees, 8-12 knots, and some slight chop. I  thought that it was a relatively simple day tactics-wise. The wind direction was south-southeast, there was little current, and there weren't any huge shifts throughout the day. There were small velocity changes every once in a while, but the breeze stayed consistent most of the time, allowing for some races where boat speed was key. The pin was slightly favored the entire day, however the pin half of the line was very crowded. The puffs and shifts tended to come from the right side of the course all day, and as you were going upwind you had to stay in check with these puffs. I think I tacked twice a beat for almost every race, because there were little to no shifts. Starting at the boat and having options with the crowded line definitely paid, even when the pin was slightly favored. Even though I had some rough starts with the traffic, I stuck to a simple gameplan of starting from the boat to the middle of the line, and really being aggressive through the chop upwind. The windward mark tended to be really crowded since the breeze was so consistent, so having a good rounding and getting clear air as soon as possible was important. The races tended to be very packed together, so throughout the downwind wherever you could find clear air was a good place to be. Even though I didn't start too well every race, the key was definitely consistency in starts and the results would show. 
        Jake Vickers
Leo Boucher

Fellow Competitors

Last Sunday was great fun.  I had a great time being back in the boat.   Dad has made me focus on school these last few weeks.  I just started High School this year and I have had a lot of new things to get used to.  

Last week the winds were low topping out at maybe 5  knots out of the south it seemed to me.  I went to a number of workshops this summer where I faced the same conditions.  At one workshop, help by Clay Johnson, we worked on keeping the boat balanced to maintain maximum forward speed.  In light wind sitting too far in the back of the boat is very slow.  We also worked on keeping a steady angle of heal.  I think this experience helps me sail well in light air.

The races were loads of fun with a good number of competitor's out on the water.  I hope to see you all there next Sunday.  I hope its windy.

23 Nov 2014

After a little absence (as in a couple of years) it was fun to get back on the frostbite circuit. My check of the NOAA Animated Wind Forecast on Sunday morning showed the breeze at 5-10Kts slowly veering from the south to a southeast direction. Except for maybe a brief moment the wind never seemed to get above 7 or 8 knots but it did shift to the left as the afternoon progressed.  The RC did a good job of responding to the shift by adjusting the marks and the starting line.

Likely due to the persistent shift, the left side of the first beat seemed to have a little better angle and maybe more pressure. The current was slightly flooding so it was a tradeoff of being in more pressure on the left but in a little greater current (deeper water in the channel). In all but one of the 5 races the winner came from the left. That said, I played the right side in 4 of the races and was able to consistently get to the weather mark the top 5 or 6 in each. I didn’t always have a great start but being at the boat end for the 4 races I went right, I was able to tack away and get a lane. So, I guess the takeaway is that on a short course either side can work.

Downwind was a struggle in the light air but luckily we had a little current push. My biggest gains of the day were on this leg which I believe I can attribute due to sail trim. I often see competitors with their booms well past 90 degrees. My belief is that the boom should be at 75-80 degrees because this helps to create flow from the leach to the luff. Secondly, given that we ease our vangs all the way off in these conditio   read more...

16 November 2014 Radial Winner
Hi I'm Caroline Bayless 13 years old, I attend Severn School. This is my first year in lasers, and first frost-biting event it was so much fun. Sunday was about 47 degrees, cloudy, and light. The wind was oscillating, and puffier closer to the windward mark. The first race I got 4th, being late to the start I focused on boat-speed. I played the left side of the course, passing one boat on the upwind. On the downwind I went to left trying to avoid the larger boats from stealing my air, and I was close to the rest of the fleet by the end of the second leg. On the last beat was when the wind died and I passed one more boat. On the next two races I made sure to get a good start by the boat. I stayed on top of my competitors until they tacked, and I tacked on top them all the way to the windward mark. On the down wind again I played the left, but one of my fellow competitors played the middle and that worked out too. On the down wind I put my body weight to the leeward side of the boat, to go faster. On the final upwind for the last two races I went for speed, and not separating from the fleet. I won the last two races, and was happy to learn my brother won the laser full rig fleet.  
16 November 2014 Laser Winner
Hello, my name is Connor Bayless and I am 15 years old.  I would first like to thank the race committee for hosting a great day of sailing on Sunday. I had a lot of fun and enjoyed the friendly fair racing. I would also like to thank my competitors for a great experience.
Not many people know me very well so let me take some time to tell you who I am. I began sailing lasers two summers ago and last fall/winter I began frostbiting. I learned a lot of things that winter. I learned how to improve my boat handling, boat speed, and tactics.  I sail for my high school team in the fall and spring. I love the sport of sailing and I enjoy sharing my time on the water with all of you.


Breaking News  
Series 2 Final Results Posted
The series 2 final results are posted, after accounting for Race committee days served, and excluding competitors who didn't qualify (either by sailing too few days, or by not signing up for race committee).  See everyone in a few weeks!  
Series Two Registration

Don't forget to register for the second series.  You don't get scored if you don't register.  There were a bunch of sailors on the course Sunday that were not registered and consequently did not get scored.  Sign up and sail!  It was a weird first day to say the least.  Rain, fog, light breeze, honking breeze, 180 degrees shift and beautiful clouds.  Our winners were Chris Brady in the full rigs and Tyler Mowry in the radial rigs.  Don't forget to enter your write ups for the day here on the Frostbite page.  We are not sailing this coming weekend because we have the Frostbite Challenge on Saturday and Sunday.  Two great days of sailing and a party Saturday night.  A great way to beat the winter blahs.  So, get registered and don't miss a week of sailing.  Winter sailing is the best here in the Chesapeake.

Race Committee
Just a quick note to those sailors that missed out on the joys of serving on Race Committee during the first series.  Besides the obvious warm feeling you will get once you have made your contribution to the Fleet by sacrificing a great day of sailing and running some great racing, you may learn something about tactics on the course.  The course looks a lot different when you set it up and you watch what happens from your stable spot on the Signal Boat or your advantageous spot on the Crash Boat.  You will see the shifts, the puffs, the sailors that manage to get to the right side and pass a few boats.  this may help you the next week.  Read Chris Brady's post from 7 December.  So, you may have missed out on RC during the first series but you still have time to sign up for the second series.

RC 4 January 2015
We still need one more person on RC for the 4th of January 2015.  Remember, we are all required to serve one day of RC for each series.  This is important because it's the way we sustain the Frostbite Series.  So, if you haven't signed up for your day then log in and sign up.  If you need help, give me a call and I'll be glad to tell you how to sign up.  Cofer-  
RC November 30
We still need a person to serve on the RC crew for November 30.  Take a look at your schedules and make sure you have signed up for one day of RC for each series.  Gobble, gobble, gobble.  
Winner's Recaps
Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the recaps of the daily winners.  
Laser Frostbite Open For Registration
The Laser and Laser Radial Frostbite regattas are open for registration. This year we have divided the two series into 2 separate regattas. You can register for one or both regattas.  

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