Severn Sailing Association Annapolis, MD USA
12 boats, 7 races, 1 discard
12 boats turned out for two fun days of racing on the Chesapeake Bay, two weeks later than the usual Frigid Digit dates (and neatly overlapped with the Lightning Frigid Digit). Weather was hardly “frigid” with summer-like temps both days (and summer-like light winds on Saturday). Three races were fit in on Saturday under gray skies in a 2-7 knot northerly breeze that kept the powerboat traffic down.
Carol Cronin/Kim Couranz posted a 1,2,3 and were happy to finish the day before the breeze died completely (and their results continued that downward trend). Teams in 2nd-4th were only 2 points apart, and the entire fleet enjoyed a pasta dinner along with the 12 boat Lightning fleet Saturday evening.
Sunday’s forecast was for a happy 10-15 knots of southerly, but despite teaser puffs the breeze never filled above 10 knots. Cronin/Couranz had speed to burn, but the battle for second came down to the last seconds of the last race. After a multi-boat protest was finally resolved, Andrew Pimental/Sandra Tangolino finished one point ahead of Zach Kelchner/Bryan Stout.
The highlight of the awards was the long-lost Frigid Digit perpetual trophy, unearthed (in Eric Reinke’s basement) by Alex Pline, who also polished it up. Everyone enjoyed reminiscing about the previous winners (the regatta dates back to th3 1950s) and includes a wide range of fleet legends. If any Snipe veterans know the history of this trophy, please send a summary to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Carol Cronin/Kim Couranz 8
2. Andrew Pimental/Sandra Tangolino 17
3. Zachery Kelchner/Bryan Stout 18