Fog, rain and the prospect of no wind greeted competitors in the final day of
the Royal Southern Academy Frostbite Series. Despite the conditions, the fleet
were able to locate the race course that the committee had managed to set in the
building 6 - 8 knots of breeze.
Racing for both J/70 and J/80 classes got away promptly. With the prospect of
the spring series starting the following day, the J/70 starts were keen, X-Ray
being displayed on several occasions. The J/80's pushed the starts slightly less
- perhaps they were having issues locating the line in the now dense fog!
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.