Back in the Frostbite Business

Ted Corning Wins Mason’s Island Yacht Club Frostbite Regatta

Mason’s Island, Mystic, Conn., December 5, 2015 – The first
Mason’s Island Yacht Club Frostbite Regatta dates to May 6, 1934, yes that’s
right nineteen thirty-four! The fleet of B Dinghies that day featured some of
the big guns of the era; Corny Shields, Sidney Herreshoff, George Ratsey, and John
Alden, with the regatta winner being Frank Campbell of Larchmont Yacht
Club. Fast-forward to 2015 and the revival of Mason’s Island Yacht Club
Frostbite Regatta.; The regatta, which has not been held in the last three
years, was sailed in Dyer Dhows at the Mystic Seaport Sail Training Facility.
Twenty enthusiastic sailors from MIYC and visitors from Fishers Island, Rhode
Island and New Hampshire made up the fleet.


The Fleet jammed at leeward mark in front of iconic
whaler, Charles W. Morgan.
Photo credit: Chris Wick

The conditions were very challenging, in a gentle sort of
way. In the first two races the wind velocity never broke the 10-knot
barrier. The light air combined with the strong flood tide made calling
lay lines very tricky and for some just making it around the course was a
victory. The third race was stopped and restarted when the wind dropped
to flat calm and then came in on with a 180º shift from north to south.

Ted Corning, representing The Corinthians, won the regatta with
a 2-1-3-1 record for a total low point score of 7 points. Ted is no
stranger to the Dyer Dhows at the Seaport, having won the Corinthians Spring
Frostbite regatta last March. Following Ted was Edgar Smith of Branford Yacht
Club and Adam Gibbs of Mason’s Island Yacht Club. Adam also won the Low
Point Junior trophy as well as the Gibb family bragging rights by beating his
dad, Jim, on a tiebreaker.

After all the boats and equipment were stored, Regatta Chair
Melinda Carlisle and Mystic Sail Training Director Hallie Payne declared the
party started and all of the competitors repaired to the sail training
clubhouse for post racing camaraderie and a bowl of Dennis O’Brien’s famous
Mason’s Island chili.

The Corinthians, represented by Ted Corning, won the Mason’s
Island Yacht Club Challenge Award. Kevin Miller, event PRO, presented Hallie
Payne with the Crash Boat Award for her behind-the-scenes regatta
organization. Lee Reichart, Regatta Co-Chair, presented Loring Catlin
with the Bill Dodge Spirit Award for bringing the Dublin School Sailing Team to
the regatta as well as doing very well racing.


Ted Corning receiving trophy from Kevin Miller
Photo credit: Chris Wick


Edgar Smith, Branford Yacht Club, receiving his second
place award.
Photo credit: Chris Wick


Adam Gibbs, winner of Best Junior and 3rd
Place overall.
Photo credit: Chris Wick


Dublin School Sailing Team:
Maggie (12th grade), Robbie (11th grade), Taya (10th grade), Theresa (9th grade), Faith (10th grade). 2nd row: Silas (10th grade), Loring Catlin, coach.
Photo credit: Chris Wick


Hallie Payne, Sail Training Director, Mystic Seaport,
receiving Crash Boat Award.
Photo credit: Chris Wick