Thames Frostbite Race, 2014


The Frostbite race, was held one month later than originally planned, over the weekend 15th/16th March. Strong winds and barrier closures were responsible for the original postponement.

Saturday and Sunday gave us sailing conditions of fair weather with winds from the W-NW, 12-15knots, fantastic! As the crew on Surfeit noted – more like defrost than frostbite.

Saturday’s leg – GYC to EYC started with a short beat to a windward mark, laid just under the impressive cable car crossing the Thames from the Dome to Excel. Malcolm’s Cassie, a Feeling 346, was quickest on the beat and first around the mark, closely followed by Mike’s Hunter 707 and the two GYC Medinas, Cirrus and Kingfisher. The twelve boats then raced downwind through the barrier and on to EYC, where a triangle course was laid with the finish over the club line. With warm sunshine and a perfect breeze this was almost champagne sailing! Only six yachts finished due to the strength of the ebb.

The format for the Frostbite is the yacht with the best corrected time over the two legs takes the cup. So with only a little over one minute between first and second place on the EYC leg, Sundays race was going to be hotly contested.

EYC volunteers hosted a dinner for the hungry racers. It was certainly a large hearty meal with lots of lasagne. The trifle for desert was very good – especially if you managed to get the one with alcohol in it. Thanks must go to those who prepared and cooked the meal, ran the bar, and looked after the guest racers.

The weather on Sunday: Wind NW, 12 knots, cold but bright. With the tide flooding hard, twelve yachts started on the EYC line to finish just before the barrier. Tim’s Cirrus – a hunter medina from GYC - pushed the line hard at the start, and being OCS (on course side), he was obliged to duck the line before sailing a blinder of a race to recover and win by three seconds on handicap. All boats finished in sight of each other, with tacking duels taking place right up to the finish. Surfeit took line honours.

EYC put up three yachts: Surfeit, Cassie and Marlin. The nifty hunter 707 – Surfeit – sailed by Mike/Duncan and crew, won the 2014 frostbite by just over a minute on corrected time. Prize giving was at GYC 25th March.

Supported Sailing - Sunday 30 March

There is an opportunity for some supported sailing (safety cover provided) for those who want to go sailing on Sunday.  Remember the clocks go forward.

Time: 10/1030 [HW 1410]

Boat hire: £5 per person

Just keep an eye on the weather for the weekend.

If any cruiser sailors want to join in and take some crew then make yourselves known on the day.

Volunteers’ Day, 23 March 2014.

The aim of the day:

  • To brush up on instructing and dinghy/powerboat handling skills
  • To introduce new members to some of the activities in the Club requiring support.

Who is it for?

    • This is for all members who want to help out.
    • The water-based activities are aimed for those with relevant qualifications and skills to support sailing and training activities.
  • The land-based for those interested in helping out in those areas.

Programme for the day





Welcome and aims of the day


LW 1130

Race Officer duties

Bar (Mary)

PB launch & recovery SOP & tick sheet

(Alan Thomas)

The Method

(Ed Sumner/ Jonathan S)

Land Drills

(Jerry Michell /Paul R)



Bar Open for members

PB handling (Alan Thomas)

Land Drills

(Jerry Michell /Paul R)

The Method

(Ed Sumner/ Jonathan S)


LUNCH – bring your own


Rigging the boats


PB handling (Paul R/Alan T)


PB handling


All SIs who can help out will take part


Seamanship: MOB/anchor &c



Improving techniques



Pack up and sign up to support the sailing and training courses as instructors, powerboat skippers/crew.

HW 1730


Facilitated sailing – 2.30pm

For those not doing the sessions they can go sailing from 1430. If anyone wants to get involved as ‘guinea pigs’ for the instructors then come along to help out.

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Sunday Sailing for 16 March

The success of last Sunday has generated interest in more this coming Sunday.  Details are:

TIME: From 10.30 (HW is 1.30pm)

BOAT HIRE: £5 per person (for members)

This is a great opportunity for people to get some supported sailing. Also, those who have done powerboat courses can have a chance to get practice on the water acting as safety crew/skipper.

This is also day 2 of the cruiser Frostbite Race from EYC to Greenwich YC.

Thames Valley Instructor Training day - 22 March 2014

To be held at Paper Court, near Ripley in Surrey. A great way of getting up-to-date with RYA information and includes practical sessions. I hope some of you can make it. It is worth while and will link nicely to our Training Day on 23 March.

Link to book (look for Thames Valley):



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