2023 Frostbite

Frostbite starts 1 January at the Newport Yacht Club.  After this we race every Sunday, except Easter Sunday, until the middle of April (16th).  We start setting up the boats at 1130.  We typically have two classes, A and B.  Position from previous weeks racing determines what class one is put in.  There actually is a C Class however they never leave the bar!  We typically rotate the classes; Class A races with Class B running the race, then Class B races with Class A running the race, etc.

COVID-19 and 2023 racing

Hopefully this finds you safe and healthy during this long year.  The NYC Frostbite Committee is working hard to pull together a plan so we can sail this January given the restrictions that are in place for COVID.  For that to happen, the following changes will be in place for the season:
1. COVID – Masks are required for the un-vaccinated. Proof of vaccination is not required but requested.
COVID requirements will be in place as directed by the officers of NYC and the state of RI.  ​We anticipate a return to “normal” Frostbite sailors will be able to use the Main Deck as in the past. ​We will be responsible for the main deck and galley cleanliness. ​As in past years we will offer sailor supplied pot luck by designated sign up sheet.


NYC Member: $150.00
NYC Junior Member: $75
Non-Member Newport Resident: $200
Non-Member/Non-Resident: $225
Non-Member Junior (14-17):  $75  (must be 14 as of January 1 or with Frostbite Committee approval)

As we are generally an informal group, we may have to tighten things a bit as the Frostbite Committee will do everything possible to get the season started safely on 1January.  Participants should anticipate many audibles in order to keep sailing.  

Hope to see you out there,
Frostbite Committee
Bea Grimmitt, Chair
Mary Ann Jencks
Caryn Cummings

Online registration not used for 2023, download the Registration Form below, fill it out, send to the Newport Yacht Club, Frostbite, 110 Long Wharf, Newport, RI 02840 with no fee or drop it off at NYC and put in the Frostbite Mailbox with no fee.  You may also scan in the completed form and email to Bea at Frostbite@newportyachtclub.org.  Questions may be directed to Bea and Frostbite@newportyachtclub.org.  Fee will be collected on 1 January.

Registration will be capped at 40 participants for the 2023 season. First priority will be afforded to Newport Yacht Club members; registration for members begins Dec 1 – 11. Registration will open to non-yacht club members, past qualifiers, between Dec 12 and Dec 18. Registration will open to non-yacht club members, that have not frostbite before at NYC between Dec 19 and Dec 23. Registration will close Dec 24 or when 40 qualified registrants have been received.


Sailing Instructions (updated 12/1)
Registration Form (updated 12/1)   Registration closed. Wait list only now. 12/21
Waiver form required for entrants under 18.  Download, fill out and submit to Frostbite chairman. 


2023 Results

Jan 1Jan 8Jan 22Feb 12Feb 19Mar 5Mar 12Mar 26Apr 2Apr 16

16 April: Final day of 2023 Frostbite.  27 people partcipated in mild light wind conditions.  Able to get 6 races in; 2 in each class.  FJ Ritt is the winner this year.

2 April: A little puffy out of the NW about 3 to 15 kts.  Caryn Cummings got a little wet up to her knees.  C fleet caught up sailing 4 races and A and B sailing 3 races each.  Nice sunny day in the 40s.  Spring may actually be coming

26 March: Nice winds initially however it built up into the 20s so only the first two classes (A and B) were able to race.  Canceled when the wind shifted to the SouthWest and increased.

12 March: Winds very shifty again but first Northerly with a little west in it then Northeasterly 8-15 knots. Mild.  Very nice day. 30 Participants.  Ran 3 classes each with 4 races for a total of 12 races. Long afternoon.

5 March: Winds 12-20 out of the NW thus gusty.  Two people went swimming: Sean Kelley and Paul Del Nero.  Gave up after the 2nd turtle.

26 February: Cancelled due to high winds.

19 February: Fairly nice day.  S 7-20 kts, temp in the 40s, mostly cloudy.  2 fleets.  Fred Roy and Chris Tate got tangled resulting in a broken mast on Fred Roy’s boat.

12 February: Nice weather, nice wind.  SW 8-12 kts, temp in the 40s but little sun.  3 fleets.  People in the bar were D fleet.

29 January: Racing canceled due to excessive wind.

22 January: 35 people participated in nice wind SE 11-17 kts.  Three classes were used.

15 January: Canceled due to lots of wind!

8 January: Wicked light wind day out of the North, temp in the mid 30s.  Delayed start due to lack of wind.  Was able to get 3 races in when the wind shut down again. Three classes were used but all got one race in.

1 January: What a day to start Frostbiting.  Lower 50s and wind out of the WNW between 12 and 18 knots and sunny!  30 people participated so 3Xs had to be used in each race.  4 races were held in each class (A and B).  C class was plentiful however they were watching the Patriots actually win.

Past Results 
Pre 2019 Frostbite Results

Turnabout Ad from the 1950s! Courtesy of Joe Slawinski.

Rules of Sailing Articles

There are a bunch of good articles about the Racing Rules Of Sailing on the Sailing World Magazine website.

How to roll up the new Turnabout (N-10) sails!



2021 Frostbite Skippers + 1
2021 Frostbite Skippers
2020 Frostbite Skippers
Dr. Charlie Shoemaker
(FOUNDED 1953)
2021 FJ Ritt Bea Grimmitt
2020 Rick Nebiolo Susan Besse
2019 FJ Ritt Bea Grimmitt
2018 FJ Ritt Bea Grimmitt
2017 Rick Nebiolo Missy Hudspeth
2016 Rick Nebiolo Bea Grimmitt
2015 Adam Cove Brenda Mitchell
2014 Rick Nebiolo Kate Wilson 
2013 FJ Ritt Suzy Harrington
2012 FJ Ritt Kate Wilson 
2011 FJ Ritt Bea Grimmitt
2010 FJ Ritt Bea Grimmitt
2009 FJ Ritt Winkle Kelley
2008 FJ Ritt Bea Grimmitt
2007 FJ Ritt Bea Grimmitt
2006 Roy Guay Bea Grimmitt
2005 Chris Brady Bea Grimmitt
2004 Roy Guay Bea Grimmitt
2003 Charles Shoemaker Bea Grimmitt
2002 Roy Guay Bea Grimmitt
2001 Roy Guay Bea Grimmitt
2000 Roy Guay Winkle Kelley
1999 Charles Shoemaker Rebekah Eddy
1998 Roy Guay Laura Slye
1997 Charles Shoemaker Winkle Kelley
1996 Charles Shoemaker Rachel Sanders
1995 Charles Shoemaker Rachel Sanders
1994 Charles Shoemaker Mona L’Heureux
1993 Charles Shoemaker Pam Kirk
1992 George Kirk Sarah Horowitz
1991 George Kirk Pam Kirk
1990 Matthew Corbishley Pam Kirk
1989 Geoffrey Ewenson Ellen McMahon
1988 Charles Shoemaker Betsy McClintock
1987 Charles Shoemaker  
1970 Robert Morton   
1969 Michael Medeiros   
1968 Michael Medeiros   
1967 Michael Medeiros   
1966 Michael Medeiros   
1965 David Del Nero   
1964 Henry L. Spingler  
1963 Peter Herman  
1962 Charles Laroue   
1961 Charles Laroue   
1960 Charles Laroue   
1959 Thomas Dawson