2022 Frostbite

Frostbite starts 1 January at the Newport Yacht Club.  After this we race every Sunday, except Easter Sunday, until the middle of April (10th).  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 2022 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 2022 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: $100.00
NYC Junior Member: $50
Non-Member Newport Resident: $175
Non-Member/Non-Resident: $200
Non-Member Junior (14-17):  $50  (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 2022, download the Registration Form below, fill it out, send to the Newport Yacht Club, Frostbite, 110 Long Wharf, Newport, RI 02840 or drop it off at NYC and put in the Frostbite Mailbox.  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. 


Sailing Instructions (updated 12/2)
Registration Form (updated 12/2) – Registration closed 12/13
Waiver form required for entrants under 18.  Download, fill out and submit to Frostbite chairman. 


2022 Results

SummaryJan 1Jan 2Jan 16Jan 23Feb 6Feb 13Feb 20Mar 20Mar 27Apr 3Apr 10

4/10 – 23 people raced on this last day of Frostbite 2022.  Nice day, around 50 degrees, partially sunshine and wind out of the NW at 15 kts. Everyone took the masts down after racing.

4/3 – 25 people participated in very nice conditions.  SE at 10 Knots shifting to the south. Finished just before the rain started.

3/27 – 19 people with winds out of about the West 12-20 knots with very shifty conditions. 9 races were held.  Paul Fleming did the turtle thing.

3/20 – The wind started out real light out of the SW but kept building to the point that they held off a bit.  Then after they started up again the wind kept getting lighter and eventually switched to the North and died.  Quit before B fleet could get their race in.

3/6 – Racing canceled today due to fog and high wind gusts.

2/20 – Today the wind went from 0 to 26 out of the southwest when Rob Schult tipped the Turnabout over thus canceling the race.  Rob kept the boat from turtling by getting on the centerboard and righted it for the crash boat.  However they did get 3 races in.  Also, David Wilson was notified during racing that he is a new granddad! Daughter, Kate, gave birth to a boy over 8 lbs today. Congrats to both.

2/13 – Super Bowl Day!  Snowed all day but they got 7 races in with 23 people at times. Wind started out of the North light and went right to NE still light.  B fleet sailed one less than the A fleet.

2/6 – The boats needed to be cleaned out first of snow and ice from last weekend’s major storm.  Then the winds were frigid and fluky light so they only got 5 races in. Dave Wilson great pirouette with nice recovery. Wind out of the South about 5-10 but very shifty.

1/23 – Most of the day was fine with a Westerly breeze about 10 knots but then the South West came in!  3 classes but only the A fleet got in 3 races.

1/16 – Didn’t look good initially, 5 degrees and no wind. But the temp warmed up to mid 20s and the wind out of the East at 7-9 knots, 6 races were able to be held.

1/9 – Racing canceled due to rather strong winds.  Hitting 30 knots.

1/2 – Racing was delayed due to NO WIND.  However wind came in from the SW fairly light.  Were able to get 6 races in though.

1/1 (Saturday) – 25 people raced in spring conditions; 50 degrees wind out of the south at about 12 knots.  The fog came in giving a good excuse to quit maybe a little bit early but got 6 races  in.

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!

Frostbite fleet 7 March 2021 thanks to Randy Shore
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   

Registration is over!