With the normal Fireball scribes for the Frostbite racing in Northern Ireland for the day and in the Caribbean for at least a week, the reporting of the penultimate Sunday of the 2015/16 Frostbite Series fell on Neil Colin.
Neil reports thus;
The ladies in pink stole the show with two wins on a beautiful spring day, in gentle 5 - 8 knot breezes, racing inside the harbour.
The ladies started the first beat of race one with a hard turn to the right hand corner and took a healthy 10 boat lead at mark one, to a rousing cheer from their favourite mark layer, and even a photo opportunity, but by the time they had reached mark 4, the pack were upon them and Noel had stolen their crown. But not so fast, another hard right side put them back in the game and they led for the next 3 laps to take the gun. Meantime the rest of the fleet played snakes and ladders, with only Noel and Stephen maintaining a consistent place.
Between races the fleet encouraged the pink ladies to repeat the performance, adding the pressure…….. and they duly delivered a second race win around a smaller course, with fewer rounds in a dying breeze. Well done!
The “ladies in pink” are Louise McKenna and Hermine O’Keeffe who during the winter months, at least, can be distinguished by distinctive pink woolly hats. We have yet to establish if the ownership and wearing of a pink hat is a prerequisite for sailing in 14691, Goodness Gracious, but as Neil’s words above suggest they has a superb day on Sunday past.
There was a great symmetry about the results on this second-last Sunday of the winter season with Noel Butler & Stephen Oram (15061) scoring two seconds, Neil Colin & Margaret Casey (14775) scoring two thirds and Mary Chambers and Brenda McGuire (14865) scoring two fourths.
Seven boats contested the first race of the day and the fleet was reduced to four boats for the second.
With the final Sunday of racing being March 20th, the overall situation is as follows;
|DMYC Frostbites 2015/2016; 21 Races sailed, 5 Discards.||Total Pts||Nett Pts|
|1||Noel Butler & Stephen Oram||NYC||15061||43||19|
|2||Frank Miller & Cormac Bradley/Grattan Donnelly||DMYC||14713||119||54|
|3||Alastair Court & Gordon Syme||DMYC||14706||134||69|
|4||Louise McKenna & Hermine O’Keeffe||RStGYC||14691||136||71|
|5||Neil Colin & Margaret Casey||DMYC||14775||144||79|
|6||Conor & James Clancy||RStGYC||14807||153||88|
|7||Cariosa Power & Marie Barry||NYC||14854||159||94|
The prize-giving on Sunday will be at 17:00 if there is racing and at 15:00 if there is no racing.