OMDA Logo Photo: A Gust Hits Terry During the Last Beat
Photographer: Stephen C. Steel

The Frostbite Regatta

This year's Frostbite Regatta was held on Saturday September 27 at Etobicoke Yacht Club. It was a busy weekend as they were also hosting the Ben Hur Performance Regatta.

The Races

It wasn't the prettiest weather and we had to put up with a short spell of rain. In spite of this there was some good wind and plenty of waves to make racing interesting. We set up a course for the Mirrors a little closer to shore so as to keep out of the way of the catamarans. We managed to complete five races, so everyone was able to pretend their worst race hadn't happened!

We had a new racer in the mix: Per Lilholt, from Oakville, joined us for the day.

Photo: After the Start of the First Race Photo: Per, Richard and Les Approach the Leeward Mark Photo: Per Rounding Ahead of Les and Richard Photo: Aleid Follows Heather and Mat Across the Start Line Photo: Richard and Terry Start Nearer the Pin Photo: Aleid Tacks onto Port to Get Clear Air Photo: Running Down to the Finish in the Rain Photo: Heather, Mat and Aleid at the Start Photo: It's Still a Close Race at the Leeward Mark Photo: Another Start Photo: The Fleet is Spread Out Across the Start Line Photo: Terry Opts for Port Tack Photo: Heather Follows Mat Across the Start Line by the Committee Boat Photo: Mat Rounds the Leeward Mark Photo: The Rest of the Fleet Looks on with Envy Photo: The Last Beat of the Day Photo: Mat is First Across the Finish Line with Spinnaker Flying in the Last Race

The Results

Photo: Stephen and Rosie Announce the Results

2008 OMDA Frostbite Regatta Results
# Crew Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Points
1 Aleid Brendeke 2 1 1 1 4 5
2 Terry Loffree 1 4 2 2 3 8
3 Mat Bienczyk 4 2 4 3 1 10
4 Heather Pugh 3 3 3 4 2 11
5 Les Bienczyk 5 5 5 7 5 20
6 Richard Kropman 6 7 6 5 7 24
7 Per Lilholt 7 6 7 6 6 25

Note: The points total was based on each crew's 4 best races.

The Etobicoke Yacht Club donated GUL lifejackets for first and second place. Aleid and Terry are displaying their winnings.

Photo: The Frostbite Participants: Stephen, Mat, Mayka, Rosie, Les, Heather, Aleid, Per, Richard and Terry

Thanks to Peter Kaiser, Stephen Steel and Rosie Buse for serving as the race committee, and of course to Etobicoke Yacht Club for hosting the event.

After the racing some of us stayed to enjoy a great dinner and evening with the band along with the sailors from the Ben Hur Regatta.

Photo Credits

Thanks to Stephen Steel and Derek Pugh for the photos.