2024 Frostbite

Frostbite starts 1 January at the Newport Yacht Club. After 1/1 we will race every Sunday through April 14 excluding Easter Sunday on 31 March. We most often have 3 classes, depending on the number of competitors that show up on any given Sunday. We start setting up the boats, classes and course at 1130. Position from the previous weeks racing determines the class splits. The armchair sailors in the bar get the preferred bleacher seats.

COVID-19 and 2024 racing

Hopefully this finds you safe and healthy. If it becomes necessary, COVID requirements will be in place as directed by the officers of NYC and the state of RI. We anticipate a “normal” frostbite season and welcome sailors to use the clubhouse and Main Deck. Please, if you are not feeling well, have been experiencing any cold and flu like symptoms, please stay home. It’s only a sail boat race and not worth the risk to your fellow competitors.


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)

We are an informal, enthusiastic, sailing group and do our best to run as many races as possible with safety and sportsmanship our priority. We have a 20/20 rule that we do not sail if under 20 degrees or if it is blowing 20 and above – they are after all, only 10’ dinghies and that water is cold!

Frostbiting is Fun!
Bea Grimmitt, Chair
Mary Ann Jencks
Caryn Cummings

Online registration not used for 2024.  Download the Registration Form below, fill it out, send to Newport Yacht Club, Frostbite, 110 Long Wharf, Newport, RI 02840. NO fee will be collected until January 1. You may also scan the completed form and email it to Frostbite@newportyachtclub.org or Bea_Grimmitt@hotmail.com. Any questions may be directed to either of the above email addresses.

Registration will be capped at 42 participants for 2024. First priority will be afforded to Newport Yacht Club members. Members may register now through December 10. Non-yacht club members who are past qualifiers must register between December 11-17. New sailors wishing to frostbite may request to register from December 17-24. A resume of experience with emphasis on dinghy sailing must accompany any registration form. Candidates will be advised of acceptance based on availability and skill level.



Sailing Instructions 
Registration Form (updated 11/7)   
Waiver form required for entrants under 18.  Download, fill out and submit to Frostbite chairman. 


2024 Results

SummaryJan 1Jan 7Jan 28Feb 4Feb 11Feb 25Mar 3Mar 10Mar 24Apr 7

4/15/2024 – Racing canceled today due to excessive wind.  Final results determined from last week’s racing. The mast, booms and boats were put away.

4/7/2024 – Twenty eight people and 10 races (5 each fleet).  Sunny day, nice winds.

3/31/2024 – EASTER – no racing today.

3/24/2024 – Sunny but strong NNE wind and puffy. 10 racers so raced classes of 5. Gardner Howe volunteered to be the one to go in the water today.

3/17/2024 – Sunny but windy. CANCELED, again!

3/10/2024 – Sunny, W 15-22 very puffy.

3/3/2024 – Sunny, NW to NE to N to SW 10-12 kts with a lull during the changes.

2/25/2024 – Sunny 11-15 kts.  However Jonathan Thurston managed to go in; auto tack and kept on going. Only 6 races today.

2/18/2024 – Didn’t even show up to race.  Wind blowing out of the SW well over 20 knots with gusts into the 30s.

2/11/2024 – 9 races today.  Sort of sunny, NW 12 kts dying.

2/4/2024 – 12 races today. Sunny, nice winds.

1/28/2024 – Wet and wind building/puffy out of the NE. 3 fleets total of 9 races.

1/21/2024 – With the temps in the teens overnight and getting up to the low 20s by sailing time, the Crash boat was frozen.  So no racing!

1/14/2024 – No chance.  Blowing 20 to mid 30s and occasionally into the 40s and even 50. Maybe next week.

1/7/2024 – Only 4 races were held. Very puffy and building.  Ed Brady swamped (not TURTLED!) his boat in the first race.

1/1/2024 – Wind was a little too light for the first day of the 2024 frostbite series however two drifting races were held.  NE breeze up to about 5 knots.

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