We had an interesting series this year. While the fleet size was down a bit, we had really good racing, and personally, I think I learned more this year than ever before. I like to take things I read about or know that I need work on, and put them into play while frostbiting. Here are a few things I picked up this season and am looking forward to trying out this summer.
Jeffrey Olsen from Sarasota, Florida entered the final day of the regatta with a small lead. When competitors arrived at the sailing center on the final day, they faced a strong breeze. These are conditions where Olsen thrives. He went out and dominated the final day with consecutive race victories to secure the championship.
Bill Brangiforte and Eric Woodman, both of Massachusetts and the Barrington Frostbite Fleet, took home the top two spots at the 2012 Sunfish International Masters championship held in Sanford Florida on March 16-18. Besting a 57-boat fleet, Brangiforte added the International Masters to his recent wins at the 2010 North Americans, the US Masters and multiple New England Regionals.
It appears that all those Sunday afternoons, freezing our butts off, on the Warren River, is really paying off. Eric Woodman and I just returned from the Sunfish International Masters in Florida, where we finished first and second.
The New England Sunfish Championship is back in 2012!. The championship is essentially treating many of the various Sunfish racing events around New England as one series. This year we have 9 events â fewer than in the past with the goal of getting a higher participation at fewer events!
With Andy, Scott and I virtually tied going into the last race (Back to the Dock), and ice forming on our decks, it was a fitting end to the Fall series. The ice cold Northerly we were racing in did two things: It froze our fingers (somebody has to make some gloves that actually keep your hands warm without being too bulky) and caused an extremely shifty breeze. I would like to discuss this breeze and mention a few other thoughts.