Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: New Orleans
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Re: Frostbiting in the NE
Years ago I did it for a few seasons in Interclubs out of the BYC, before moving south.
Things I remember are, hmmmm, rock salt in the bilge, sliding the dinghies over the snow to the hoist when dollies wouldn't roll, mainsheets getting "frozen corners" around the boom blocks on the coldest days, paying the race committee with a bottle of scotch after you bottled it and they hauled you out, 45 boats on the line, some of the best sailors around and all "even" in these low-cost dinghies. Mark Lindsay made the good rudders and centerboards, and all the sailmakers raced.
As the skipper I stayed warm since I got to move around and work the sheet and tiller, but how did my crews do it, scrunched up around the centerboard case? Thank you all, crews.
Oh Boy, was it fun. (said from a warm desk and keyboard in New Orleans)
Best wishes and good racing to you.
This was about 35 years ago.