In the early 90’s, there was an active Laser frostbite fleet in Havre de Grace, led by Max Skelley with lots of friends. Racing was out of Arvid’s Havre de Grace Marina, then Tydings Park and eventually Tidewater Marina. “We are hoping to revive this”, says Tony Iacono, leader of the 2014 HdG Laser Fleet. Our group has multiple short course races on Saturday afternoons all winter and spring, barring ice on the river. Racers get excellent starting and mark rounding practice in addition to some brisk but great sailing. The fleet is also fortunate to have the highly skilled Jim Albert as a volunteer designated PRO to set courses and keep us moving quickly. “
Iacono says Havre de Grace is a wonderful place to frostbite. “The bay is quiet and serene this time of year. Plus Jeff Andrews and his team at Tidewater Marina are very helpful and supportive of our efforts”. The store has key items racers may need, and if they don’t they are happy to order them. The launching is easy and the sailing area is immediately off the dock. While on the water the views of nature and wild life are plentiful, and there are many options for entertainment in town. Tony even commented that, “I also like the fact, that should it be needed, there is plenty of highly qualified first-responder help and a hospital just steps from the dock.
“Frostbiting is a special aspect of sailing, my favorite. While the weather is cold the camaraderie is warm. There is nothing quite like steering down a wave in a nice Southerly breeze in the winter”.
Interested in giving it a try? Contact Tony Iacono or Jim Albert.