Frostbiting and Frigid Digit 2017

Here’s the remaining frostbite schedule for 2016-2017:

Jan 8, 2017 Shilshole
Jan 29, 2017 Shilshole
Feb 11-12 Frigid Digit at CYC
March 5, 2017 Shilshole
March 19, 2017 Shilshole

And the Save the Date Notice from Mark Ross, who is really making this regatta happen! Tell all your friends they NEED to sail this regatta.

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The Seattle Laser Fleet Transitions

2015 and 2016 were certainly transition years. The Seattle Laser Fleet morphed into a Seattle Laser and Aero Fleet as several Laser stalwarts moved into the RS Aero. While this has meant that in many races and regattas we ended up with two smaller, rather than one bigger, fleet, it also presents the Seattle Laser Fleet with growth opportunities.

Specifically, it’s a chance for the outstanding young sailors to make their mark on the fleet and use it to sharpen their formidable skills. At Turkey Bowl/District 22 Championships we saw Abbie Carlton, Owen Timms and Talia Toland lead a fleet of 14 Radials! And Blake Bentzen controlled the second day of racing in the standard rigs and put his name in the books.

We have reached out to the young Laser sailors, and they’ve responded! The SLF has always been about getting more people sailing, and with the help of these young sailors spreading the excitement, the future is bright.

As we move into 2017, look for the SLF to have more Radials and younger sailors all around. It’ll be great.

We “mature” sailors have a lot to look forward to. First off, there’s trying to hold with the young sailors, which we can even do sometimes. They’ll tune us up for the really fun masters regattas. The Laser Masters US National Championship is on the Gorge in July!

And what of the RS Aeros? Seattle appears to be North American ground zero for the up and coming class, and is attracting its own crowd. And besides, in Thursday night racing they give us a head start and enjoy mowing us down which certainly is  great fun.

And yes, it’s still called the Seattle Laser Fleet even with all those Aeros! We’re all agreed that it’s about getting people on the water, and working together will make that happen.

Next Frostbite on Jan 10

Where: Shilshole
When: Racing at 2:00pm (time changed from 12:30pm due to Seahawks’ playoff game)
Registration: http://seattlelaserfleet.org/membership/frostbites-2015-2016/
Please pre-register online – it’s secure and easier to transact.
 
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Also, 2016 Frigid Digit registration is now open. Go to http://seattlelaserfleet.org/2016-frigid-digit/ for more information.

This Sunday 10/25

Frostbite #1

  • What: 1st Frostbite of the 2015-2016 Season!
    • The first one always gets the most participants. We had about 40 Lasers the last three years and now we’re welcoming the Aero and Optimist fleets.
  • Where: Sail Sand Point
  • When: Racing will start promptly at 12:30pm
  • Boats: If you want to inquire about chartering SSP boats, email Nino at nino@sailsandpoint.org
  • Registration: