The Royal Southern Academy's 2017 programme got off to a flying start on
Saturday 28th January.
With a steady breeze of 8 - 12 knots and glorious
sunshine belying the winter weather of the previous week; day 1 of the frostbite
series represented some top-quality winter sportsboat racing.
The race committee made best use of the fantastic early season conditions,
squeezing in 5 good races in the usual short course windward - leeward format of
Academy racing. Competition was close, with starts well contested and the X-Ray
flag making several appearances for over-zealous starters!
As always, this
format of short course racing proved ideal for early season racing, keeping
crews active and engaged - as well as providing lots of opportunities to perfect
manoeuvres before the summer's big regattas.
With our Academy J/80's out racing crewed by a combination of Academy and Club
members, friendly competition ensued, whilst several privately-owned boats added
an extra challenge to the mix; which was well received, especially as these are
crews that many will be up against at the J/80 Worlds this summer.
Two more weekends of racing make up the remainder of this series and, with
entries rolling in for these, the Royal Southern and the Academy are again
proving themselves a hotbed of competitive sportsboat racing; with the
facilities and race management to match. Excellent news considering the large
sportsboat events we will be hosting this season!
Chairman, Royal Southern Yacht Club Academy
Online Entry - Frostbite Series