"Magnitudo Parvi--The Grandeur of the Little." (Victor Hugo.)
Cape Cod Frosty 2000 Class Championship
Hyannis Yacht Club, May 13-14, 2000: Mother's Day and the first day of racing at the 15th annual Cape Cod Frosty Class Championship dawned dark, dank, and dreary. The weather forecast was not promising with a spot of severe weather predicted to move through at about 10 am. Sure enough, the wind Southeast wind jumped to 35 knots kicking up a nasty white cap encrusted chop. The front passed though quickly, but it left the chop and a good 15-20 knot breeze in its wake. After some the discussion the fleet voted to move to Squeteague Harbor in Cataumet rather than making the crash boat pick up swimmers all day.
At approximately Noon the Frosties arrived at Squeteague. The wind was less than 5 knots from the South in this well protected Harbor, but before the first race got underway, it shifted to the Northeast and came up gradually during the afternoon to 10 to 15 knots providing a nice variety of, at times, quite tricky conditions.
Overall, it proved to be a great day of racing. There were 6 different winners in the 8 races sailed with Steve Bailey of Hampton, NH and Paul Hull of Salisbury, MD copping two each.
Day two saw the fleet back in Hyannis with a 5-10 knot breeze from the Northeast under sunny skies. Conditions remained very consistent during the four races sailed. The fleet was clearly dominated by Tim O'Keeffe of Centerville, MA with two firsts and two seconds, and John Field of New York City with two firsts a second and a third. In the final analysis, 1990 class champion Tim O'Keeffe prevailed over second place winner John Field by 13 points. Steve Bailey was third just one point out of second.
Special thanks go to Cy Kano, Nat York, Larry Chandler, and Carol Hodsdon for their work on the race committee and crash boats, and to Tim and Sue B O'Keeffe who hosted a terrific barbecue dinner for everyone on Saturday night.
The low point of the weekend was news of the death of Peter Eastman's father. We of the Frosty Association extend our sincere condolences to Peter and his family.
A special footnote has to be added here to report on John Field's escapades during the weekend. On Saturday while getting his boat ready, he dropped in on a cradle on the dock resulting in a respectable hole. He quickly duct taped the damage and started the first race late. The taping job held until the last race of the day, which he sailed with a sponge in the hole held in place by his knee. Permanent repairs were made overnight and he was back in top form on Sunday…
2000 Cape Cod Frosty North American Championship, May 13-14, Hyannis YC
Pl. Pts. Name Sail # 1. 22 Tim O'Keeffe 200 Centerville, MA 2. 35 John field 854 New York, NY 3. 36 Steve Bailey 811 Hampton, NH 4. 60 Paul Hull 651 Salisbury, MD 5. 53 Peter Eastman 17 Barnstable, MA 6. 56 Tracy Taylor 268 Barnstable, MA 7. 64 Leon MacCorkle 75 Hampton, NH 8. 74 Jen Kano 4 Cataumet, MA 9. 79 Deke Sheller 656 Salisbury, MD 10. 95 Lee Beauchanp 654 Salisbury, MD 11. 119 Lee Hodsdon 727 Durham, NH 12. 136 Ken Simpson 19 Brewster, MA (Scoring based on 1 throw-out.)
Club secretary, Jen Kano, reported that the Frosty Class Association's membership has been declining. However, the reduction in overhead costs, like the elimination of liability insurance and the temporary cancelation of the newsletter, has created a stable financial situation. After much discussion and soul searching the meeting made several crucial decisions about the future of the association. These were: 1. To rotate the location of the North American Championship. (The 2001 championship will be hosted by Fleet #14 in Salisbury, MD and the 2002 championship will be hosted by Fleet #9 in New Hampshire.) 2. To publish Frosty News on a regular basis. (Ken Simpson was given the job of creating and producing a low cost newsletter.) and 3. To reduce the circulation of Frosty News by eliminating those who have not paid annual dues from the mailing.
Once again Frosty sailors worldwide are invited to the exotic island of Nantucket for a day of racing and bonding. Racing will begin on Saturday on or about 12:00 after the 9:15 ferry from Hyannis arrives. Racing will take place at the Nantucket Yacht Club adjacent to the Steamship Authority ferry landing. For those wishing to return on Saturday racing will end in time for people to catch the 17:30 ferry for Hyannis. In the event that the conditions prevent racing on Saturday, racing will be held on Sunday morning, finishing up in time for contestants to catch the 12:00 boat back to Hyannis. In any event, everyone is encouraged to attend the traditional awards party at the Philbrick house on Saturday evening and sample the hospitality of the Island's inns and guesthouses. For further info. contact Nat Philbrick at (508) 228-5216 or email at: email@example.com.