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Frostbite series continues in freezing conditions at Welland Yacht Club



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A trio of hardy sailors braved the freezing conditions to take to the water at Welland Yacht Club on Sunday.

Due to the low temperatures, the first task was to break the ice off the boat covers to get rigged.

With a favourable course set for three laps (only three tacks required to complete a lap), Mark Scourfield (Solo), Richard Holland (Laser Radial) and Eric Murray (Mirror) set off for the start of the third race in the aptly-named Frostbite series.

Winner of the third race in the Frostbite series was Mark Scourfield. (53411028)
Winner of the third race in the Frostbite series was Mark Scourfield. (53411028)

With the reach part of the course favouring the Solo in the main, the gusts allowed both the Solo and Radial to maintain planning.

By the time the second lap had started the boats were fairly spaced out with Scourfield in front ahead of Holland and Murray at the back of the fleet.

The order remained throughout and despite some strong gusts all three completed the course without incident or the need for the safety boat.

Scourfield maintained the win after the handicaps were applied from Richard Holland second and Eric Murray third.

All three deserved the precious low points for each place which bolstered their positions within the overall results table.

Welland Yacht have donated the proceeds from a charity race night to the RNLI and the Coastguard Association. Representatives from both charities attend last week's club presentation night to each receive the £250 proceeds. Club commodore Tom Bell (centre) is pictured with Terry Carter (left) from the RNLI and coastguard Matt Breathwick.
Welland Yacht have donated the proceeds from a charity race night to the RNLI and the Coastguard Association. Representatives from both charities attend last week's club presentation night to each receive the £250 proceeds. Club commodore Tom Bell (centre) is pictured with Terry Carter (left) from the RNLI and coastguard Matt Breathwick.


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