OMDA Logo Photo: Don Tacks for Clear Air After the First Start

Frostbite 2009

The Frostbite was held on Saturday September 26 at the Etobicoke Yacht Club. EYC was also hosting the F-18 Nationals and the Ben-Hur High Performance Regatta that weekend.

We had an early start Saturday morning in the dinghy sailing area of EYC, getting ready, but we let the catamarans get out of our way first. The wind was from the south-east, so there were some nice big waves!

Photo: Getting Ready on Shore

Race Photos

Race 1

While the Mirrors made their way from EYC, Steve and Derek set up a course in Humber Bay, just to the east of the channel to EYC. We didn't go to far out from shore in order to keep out of the way of the course being shared by the catamarans sailing in the F-18 Nationals and the Ben-Hur Performance Regatta, which were also being run that day.

Photo: Just after the Start of the First Race (Mat is Behind Don) Photo: Don Tacks for Clear Air

Mat takes the initial lead at the first windward mark rounding, followed by Don, Terry and Heather and Les. It's still close when they get to the Leeward mark, and the order hasn't changed.

Photo: At the Windward Mark, Mat Rounds Ahead of Don, Terry and Heather Photo: It's Still Close at the Leeward Mark

Heading upwind, Don, Heather and Les choose to head to the right, while Mat stays near the middle of the course, and Terry and Liz opt for the left side.

Photo: Terry and Liz Take the Left Side Photo: Don Heads Downwind

We had a good view of the F-18 races from Charger.

Photo: One of the F-18 Races as Seen from Charger

Race 2

It was a good start for most of the competitors. Sadly, we only have pictures from the start and finish of the second race, as Charger had to leave to take Derek ashore.

Photo: The Start (Terry is Hidden Between Don and Mat) Photo: Les Didn't get such a Good Start

Don held his lead, but Mat squeezed in ahead of Terry, who was followed by Heather and Les.

Photo: Don and Terry Approaching the Finish Line

Race 3

Photo: Description Photo: Mat, Terry and Les Stay on Starboard Tack

Don and Mat were first to finish. Heather and Terry had a very close race, and Heather managed to cross the finish line ahead of Terry.

Photo: Heather and Terry are very Close on the Downwind Leg

Race 4

Photo: Mat, Terry (Behind Heather), and Heather Photo: Heather, Don and Les Take Port Tack Photo: Mat and Terry Stay on Starboard Tack Photo: Heather and Don Beating Upwind

Mat was first to reach the windward mark for the second time, followed by Don, Heather, Terry and Les.

Photo: Mat and Don Pass Charger with Spinnakers Flying on the Downwind Leg Photo: Mat Drops his Spinnaker as he Approaches the Leeward Mark

Mat held on to his lead and took a first place finish. Well done!

Race 5

Photo: The Start of the Last Race, Don and Les on Port Photo: Mat and Heather on Starboard Photo: Don Reaches for the Gybe Mark, as Heather Heads to the Windward Mark Photo: Les and Heather Reach for the Gybe Mark with a Keelboat Race in the Background Photo: Don on the Downwind Leg Photo: Heather Crosses the Finish Line (Mat Behind Here has Already Finished)

The weather was deteriorating, so we decided to call it a day, and head for shore.

Race Results

Steve announced the race results out of the rain in the comfortable EYC clubhouse.

2009 OMDA Frostbite Results
Place Sail No. Crew Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Points
1 70098 Don Alp 1 1 1 2 1 8
2 29647 Mat Bienczyk 2 2 2 1 2 11
3 69927 Terry Loffree
Liz Clubine
4 3 4 3 DNS 14
4 16562 Heather Pugh 3 4 3 4 3 17
5 14351 Les Bienczyk 5 5 5 5 4 23

Note: Those sailing single-handed were assessed a penalty of 1 point per race, and each crew's worst result was thrown-out.

Photo Credits

Thanks to Stephen Steel for taking photos from the committee boat and for Derek's help setting the course.

We'd like to thank Etobicoke Yacht Club for hosting us, it was a great event.