The Frostbite Regatta is an annual event held between RBYC and RMYS Committee Members held on small boats – in the past they have been sabots, pacers and this year for the first time, the Quest dinghies. In the past the racing was held on the Yarra, then Albert Park Lake and now held on the bay at either club. The prize is a trophy containing Yarra water from 50 years ago!
For the senior team, Mick our Club Captain and James from RBYC started the first challenge of the day by creating interesting ensembles to try and scare each other, or maybe their own team mates.
RMYS crews comprised
Monica Jones, Dougal Watts and Michael Culhane (Sail No. 1001)
Peter Davison, Alan Watkins and Jon Garber (Sail No. 995)
Marcus Coppens and Jason McCutcheon (Sail No. 1003)
Two of the RMYS boats were sailed with 3 people, whilst Jason and Marcus the Commodore sailed with two. In the first race, Jason and Marcus, without any practice, had a great race coming 1st with PJ Alan and Jon a close 2nd with Dougal, Mon and Mick not far behind in 3rd. RMYC made up 4th 5th and 6th. At that point, we thought we were in with a chance.
In the second race, Dougal’s team were OCS and had to come back and Marcus soon realised that sailing 2 up can be challenging with a spinnaker and had a few creative moments. Fortunately PJ and his crew came in with another win!
Given it was supposed to be a 2 race regatta, it was with surprise when we were told that a 3rd race was to be held. We guessed we would continue racing into the wee hours until RBYC won, but were assured it was just going to be one more race.
In the third race PJ and his crew had another flyer coming in with another win. Dougal’s team were pushed off the course but got back to a respectable 3rd whilst Jason and Marcus had no major dramas and came a close 6th.
Was it cold? - bloody freezing - but all pain disappeared in the heat of the battle!
BIG thanks to Brenda Driscoll (Mick's partner) for taking photos from the jetty - colder than on the water!
Thank you to Alex and Gus for representing the RMYS Junior Fleet. RBYC also fielded one Junior Crew who took the win on the day but thanks to Alex and Gus taking on the challenge and to help the RMYS judge angles and conditions. Thanks also go to the host club for their hospitality and the use of the Quests.
RMYS indeed regained the Frostbite Trophy! Lots of firsts in this win.
First time Frostbite in Quests. RMYS 1 - RBYC 0
First time RMYS Juniors compete in Quests. Great learning experience
First time RMYS and RBYC seniors compete in Quests
Thanks also go to Clio who taught Mick how to wear a beanie (Clio will tell you the story) but certainly had no say in his attire....
We look forward to next year when RMYS will host the annual event.
Article written by;
Monica Jones and Alan Watkins (RMYS club members)
Photos supplied by;
Clio Healy (Junior Sailing Coordinator), Michael Culhane (Club Captain), Alistair Hart (RMYS member & volunteer), Gerra Gannon (RMYS member) and Jason McCutcheon (RMYS member)