Since 1961, the ultimate in competitive small-boat racing.
No. 0 Brett Nazareth was No. 1 as usual at the Wickford Worlds held on their home turf. Shifty winds and a fierce ebb tide made getting around the upwind mark a challenge for non-locals. Congrats to Cutter, Whitney and Harcourt for cracking the Top Ten and newcomer Lexi for her top-of-fleet finishes in two of the races. Next year in Sachems, different story!
More photos from the Worlds in Photo Gallery above.
Nov. 25, 2018: Brisk northwest breeze gave way to fluky, on-off breeze that put a premium on tactical skills and more than a little luck. At least Diane's view from the RC boat was pretty! Results above.
Crash test dummies
Sunday, Oct. 28: The wind started out brisk and ended up something -- more. Most skippers kept it together until the final race, when a couple of epic gusts ran the table on the downwind fleet. RC Bobbie counted eight boats over total, maybe four or five at once. The good news: The new hulls are self-rescue capable, as several sailors proved this day. After two races we called it quits. Photos mostly courtesy Andrew Betts. Some, including the decisive moment above, from the RC.
Below, a crowded rounding at the top in high winds and those famous Sachem's Head Harbor rollers.
Oct. 14: Whitney shows the boys how it's done. Note how she protects her air and how many boatlengths she gets through the well-executed rounding.
A little messier upwind rounding here. Drone footage courtesy Harcourt.
Oct. 14: Big fleet, big waves, big velocity shifts.
Sunday was a great day on the water with 21 boats out (see results above) and a challenging mix of conditions. RC Dickinson got the first race off precisely at 1 pm -- to the detriment of your King, who was delayed helping one of his subjects fit a mast ashore -- and ran seven races total in gradually increasing winds from the west/SW. By the seventh race the waves were mounting and owners of the new, light, stiff and fast boats from RI got a chance to test their surfing skills. Result: Slightly faster, but Frank showed that an old hull sailed well is still competitive. At the party (thanks Cutter and Stacey!) members were alerted to the ever-present obligation to pay dues to Chancellor of the Exchequer Ron. The Worlds have been set for Dec. 8 in Wickford, meanwhile, and a good Sachem's turnout is desired. Finally, we decided to cut dues in half for sailors under 18 to encourage youth participation. It will be considered poor form for those youths to beat their elders on the race course, however. Photo credit: Bear.
Oct. 7, 2018
The official start of Frostbiting season was Sunday and we had a great turnout. 18 boats on the line in a stiff southerly that faded over the course of the day. RC Bear got in six races, including a rarely used downwind start that led to a huge pileup at the leeward mark, a reminder of why we don't do that very often. The new hulls are fantastic and the new faces even more exciting. Results above, and check out the Classifieds for used hulls. Below, the hilarity that ensued after RC Bear decided it would be fun to try a downwind start.
Bring out those old dogs!
We've added a classified section above under "other." Use the contact form above to send us info about your used Seadog and we'll post it. Plenty of interest in Frostbiting this year and we know a lot of you will have an extra boat now that you've seen the pictures below and ordered your own Jibe Tech screamer.
Cutter shows how it's done in 20 knots on Nov. 15, as a few intrepid 'doggers conducted a high wind test in rolling seas. Verdict: We can probably handle more wind, but 3-foot breaking rollers are a real problem.
It's the closest thing to a keelboat you'll experience in a 9-foot dinghy.