this is a neat documentary about that unique group of sailors that continue sailing all through the cold winter months, braving the wind and snow, ice-covered waters, and just insane weather conditions – to get extra sailing starts and experience out on their sailboats.
Snow, ice, wind, and freezing waters…sailing
The documentary “Frostbiters” explores the extreme sport of Frostbiting — where it is done, who does it, and why.
Exclusive interviews with some of America’s top sailors, photography and film from sources and sailing organizations all over New England, and directed and produced by Emmy award winning Thurston Smith
for additional information, you can look at the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/frostbitersmovie/
for a nice interview of the director/producer Thurston Smith, see this interview by Shoreline Sailboats: http://shorelinesailboats.com/2013/06/shoreline-interview-frostbiters-thurston-smith/
here is a pretty cool video of a Sunfish sailing regatta on New Year’s Day hosted by the Edgewood Yacht Club in Narragansett Bay, RI.
towards the very end of the video, the sailor is sailing incredibly fast on a downwind leg – the Sunfish is planing and just flying across the water.
Published December 6, 2012
Tags: Barrington, barrington yacht club, frostbiting, rhode island, sailing, sailing video, sunfish, sunfish racing, sunfish sailing, vimeo
here is another video of frostbiting at Barrington Yacht Club in Rhode Island. this one is edited down nicely and is much shorter, only about 2 minutes long, but catches a lot of the action out on the water.
Published December 6, 2012
Tags: Barrington, barrington yacht club, frostbiting, rhode island, sailing, sailing video, sunfish, sunfish racing, sunfish sailing, sunfish worlds, words of wisdom
here are (2) videos from just a few days ago of Bill Brangiforte sailing his Sunfish for the Frostbiting at Barrington Yacht Club in Rhode Island. both videos are of a full race, so they are about 15 minutes long (each!). I just recently posted Bill’s “Words of Wisdom” from his racing experience at the 2012 Sunfish Worlds.
race 2 – about 2 minutes or so into this race, as Bill is tacking his mainsheet snags on his life jacket, and he comes pretty close to tipping over!
I’m not sure if the Newport Laser Fleet 413 will agree, but the Barrington Yacht Club seems to think that real frostbiters sail Sunfish. both fleets are in Rhode Island, and maybe only a half hour drive from each other.
photo by Eric Woodman (from EastBayRI.com)
here’s the article from EastBayRI.com where the Sunfish sailors present their case. here is some information on the racing:
The Barrington Yacht Club starts its fall frostbite season on Sunday, Oct. 23, and will race through Dec. 18. Then they’ll be back at it March 4 to April 29 for the spring season. Thereafter, it’s too warm, too comfortable, for any self-respecting frostbite sailor.
and a great quote stirring the pot up with that other Laser fleet:
“If you frostbite a Laser on a windy day, you’re bound to go swimming if you’re trying hard,” Mr. Garland said. Sunfish, though, are more stable.
I’m just passing along the news… don’t shoot the messenger. I’ve never even tried frostbiting with my Sunfish… I’ve done a polar-bear swim many a time in Lake Michigan’s frigid waters, but I’ve never tried sailing in waters that cold.
man, these crazy Norwegian sailors really go all out with their frostbite racing in their Laser sailboats. I love how they launch the Laser by sledding the sailboat down the snow-covered hill!
(click on through to watch it on Youtube)