Friday, November 8, 2019

J/80 Frostbite Cup Series Preview

J/80s sailing Frostbite Cup
(Gooimeer, The Netherlands)- Started in the fall of 2015, the Frostbite Cup was the creation of a few J/80 sailors from R&ZV Naarden to start a winter series competition. It soon turned out there was a lot of enthusiasm for the idea and fifteen J/80s participated in that first year. As the popularity soared over the years, it was clear that racing on perfectly flat water on the Gooimeer Lake was a “cool” idea.  For the 2019/ 2020 Frostbite Cup, a record 27 boats from four nations across Europe (The Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, and Belgium).

Sailing takes place on Sundays only and up to three races can be sailed in a short-course format of 30 to 45 minutes each. The first start is at 1100 hours.  At the end of the day are daily prize-givings and an open bar! Hot rum toddy’s are quite popular!
J/80s sailing Frostbite Cup in Netherlands
This year, the first Act started on October 5th, the second was November 3rd and the rest are distributed over December, January, February, and March (for the overall prize-giving on Sunday the 15th).

Currently leading the series are all Dutch teams. Leading is Jilko & Sybren’s OANT ST JEN with a 5-2-8-2-1-2 scorecard for 20 pts. Second is Nick Elsink’s J’ZUSTER with a 2-1-5-1-11-7 tally for 27 pts. And, sitting third is Bob Jansens’s FUN-J with a 4-3-2-10-5-11 roller-coaster ride for 35 pts.  Sailing photo credits- Twirre Bogaard   For more J/80 Frostbite Cup sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.