The Frostbite Series is now under way at Hollowell Sailing Club.
The 19-race series runs until December 15 and always produces some of the most testing sailing conditions of the year.
Around 20 boats took part in the three races last Sunday. Wind conditions were fairly lively, gusting up to 40 knots at times and interspersed with the odd shower. Despite this, most competitors completed the day.
Race one was won by Rob Dunkley in his Blaze, just ahead of Ian Clark and Simon Deeks. Dunkley also won the second race, beating off strong competition from Clark and Keith Lancaster.
However, by the final race of the day there was a change of fortune. Clark, in his Laser, followed by Lancaster in his Solo both got ahead of Dunkley to deny him of a hat-trick.
Dunkley currently leads the series by one point, ahead of Clark on 6.0 and Lancaster on 9.0 (Reverse scoring applying in this handicap series).
The Frostbite Series continues this weekend and there is also a special event planned to mark Remembrance Sunday.