AYC's Frostbite Series 1st half ends in time for a holiday break

SAILING

December 27, 1992|By NANCY NOYES

The Annapolis Yacht Club's annual Frostbite Series came to a temporary stop during the holidays when the eight-week first half ended a week ago.

The Sunday afternoon series, which began this year on Nov. 1, is a popular tradition that goes back more than 30 years at AYC. This year's turnout is about 90 registered entrants in three Performance Handicap Racing Fleet classes and three one-design classes, including J/22s, J/24s and Pearson 30s.

"The sailors like this series because it seems to give them what they want," said Dan Spadone, AYC's Special Events Race Committee Chairman and organizer of the series. "They get all the maneuvers they would get on a big course, but [each race is completed] in about an hour instead of five or six."

Through the first half the sailors have completed two races on each of the afternoons of competition, bringing this series to a full complement of 16 races.

"It's been absolutely marvelous," Spadone said. "We were amazed we could get all 16 races in. We had the full gamut of conditions, too, from days when we had to set short courses in light air, to days when it was blowing so hard we thought seriously about canceling."

Each sailor's first-half series score was adjusted to delete the two worst races. There was only one shift in relative standings because of throw-outs when the second- and third-placers in Pearson 30s switched positions, putting Ed Paglee and his crew on Andiamo ahead of Phil Tierney and team on English Muffin. In this class, the Kral/Geruschat team on Kinvarra is in first place.

J/24 class newcomer Sandy Snead and his crew on Dusty Work racked up low-point score with bullets in 11 of their 14 races. Snead bought the boat after the J/24 World Championship, which ended days before the second week of the Frostbite Series, and immediately won his first day's races in an auspicious start in J/24 competition.

After the independent AYC Hangover Bowl race on New Year's VTC Day, the separately scored second half of the Frostbite Series will begin and will run into late February or early March, depending on weather conditions.

The series offers a good opportunity for shore-bound spectators to get a taste of sail-racing action, because the short courses start off the Naval Academy sea wall and are set close in on the Severn River before a final turn up Spa Creek to a finish line in front of the Eastport Bridge at the yacht club. The first race each Sunday begins at 1 p.m. After a short break at the club, the day's second race usually begins about 3 p.m.

AYC Frostbite Series, 1st half

Provisional Series results

PHRF 1 (19 entries): 1. Decoy, Elliott Oldak, Annapolis, 31.5 (3-1-1-1-3-2-1-1-2-3-5-1-6-[DSQ]-3-[RET]); 2. Jezebel, Heinz Scheidemandel, Falls Church, Va., 39.75 (2-5-[12]-9- [DSQ]-1-2-2-1- 1-4-4-1-3-5-1); 3. Fair American, Schedel/Wissel, USNA, 67.5 (1-2-3-5-[DSQ]-7-7-9-10-[12]-3-3-7-1-2-8 ).

PHRF 2 (16 entries, protest pending): 1. Blue Moon, James Ellis, Arnold, 35.75 (2-2-1-[8]-1-3-2-6-6-[7]-1-4-1-2-5-1); 2. BeBop, Bill Rutsch, Chevy Chase, 46.5 (4-4-4-1-[6-7]-4-1-2-2-3-6-5-4-4-3); 3. Caper, Bob Muller, Annapolis, 51.5 ([9]-5-6-4- [DNC]-5-1-8-1-4-4-2-3-5-2-2).

PHRF 3 (23 entries): 1. Huron, Karl Von Schwarz, Annapolis, 30.75 (3-1-1-1-3-2-4-3-1-3-3-1-3-[10-5]-3); 2. Finnegan's Wake, John O'Brien, Pasadena, 34.25 (2-2-2-2-5-3-2-1-2-[9]-2-6-1- [9]-4-1); 3. Nevrenuf, Peter & Kathy Geis, Severna Park, 39.25 ([DNC-DNC]-3-3-1-1-1-2-6-4-7-3-2-2-3-2).

J/24 (7 entries): 1. Dusty Work, William Snead, Fairfax, Va., 14.25 ([DNC-DNC]-1-1-1-1-2-2-1-1-1-2-1-1-1-1); 2. Main Squeeze, Tom Thawley, Annapolis, 31.25 (1-1-[4]-3-2-3-1-3-2-2-4-3-3-[DSQ]-2-2); 3. Tomahawk, USNA, 49.5 ([DNC-DNC]-3-4-5-4-3-1-DNC-DNC-3-1-6-5-DNC-DNC).

J/22 (17 entries): 1. Double Nickel, Sherwood/Dent, Annapolis, 32 (2-1-3-[6]-1-2-5-[6]-1-2-3-2-1-3-5-2); 2. No Problem, Art Libby, Annapolis, 37.75 (1-3-1-[9]-5-6-1-4-4-4-[7]-1-2-2-1-4); 3. Caper, Steve Hiltabidle, Annapolis, 70.5 (5-2-6-7-8-1-3-1-6-6-9-6-6-5- [DNC-DNC]).

Pearson 30 (8 entries): 1. Kinvarra, Kral/Geruschat, Severna Park, 25.25 (3-3-1-1-1-2-[5]-2-4-4-2-1-1-[DSQ]-1-1); 2. Andiamo, Ed Paglee, Annapolis, 38.25 (1-1-3-3-[DNC-DNC]-2-1-5-3-4-2-5-5-2- 2); 3. English Muffin, Philip Tierney, McLean, Va., 42.75 (2-2-2-2-2-1-[6]-4-2-5-[6]-5-4-4-4-4).

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