Weather conditions created certain challenges for the fifth race in the Heritage Frostbite race series last Saturday.
The race courses set for this race were fairly long with the racer class following a route that took the boats south of Jethou and the cruisers (unusually) having three downwind legs. These caused certain difficulties in the strong winds and several crews who opted to raise spinnakers had some trouble controlling them.
Competition in the cruiser class is certainly hotting up. Enigma, skippered by Heritage’s Mark Huntley, has now taken the overall lead following what was described as a flawless race on Saturday beating Dave Aslett’s Carpe Diem by just a few seconds. The fight for top spot is between these two and last year’s winner Dave Herschel who had a strong start on Saturday in Bunbury, but lost valuable time with a mis-rounding of the Vivian mark.
The racer class still seems to be a ‘two horse race’ between Blackjack and Kaya who are now tied in first spot after Blackjack’s success on Saturday. They enjoy a comfortable lead over others in this class on the overall results tables. Blue J’Ade (Aden Clark) and Banjaard (John Falla) also had a good day on Saturday coming third and fourth respectively and zooming up the table.
Heritage’s Gordon Wilson – who took fourth in the cruiser class – is delighted with how the series is panning out:
‘The results of The Heritage Frostbite series to date ably demonstrate that consistency is key to winning overall. Competition amongst skippers and crew is keen. This coupled with experience and teamwork aboard the yachts will differentiate the winners. It has been a very enjoyable and successful series so far.’
The next event in the seven race series is on 22nd March and the final race on 5th April. Full results details and a selection of photographs can be found at www.frostbite.gg.