Freeze Your Butt Off Regatta XI

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Freeze Your Butt Off Regatta XI

Postby Dave_Branning » Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:09 am


Yes, the 2021 version of the Freeze Your Butt Off Regatta is fast approaching on Sunday December 5, 2021.
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The brainchild of our famed leader, David Brawner (in cahoots with Nick Mortgu), is carried on with the same low key EC12 fun regatta at Laurel Acres Park. In the past ten years, Mother Nature won twice as ice and really foul weather kept us in the pavilion for Chili and laughs while we watched Domenick Bonanno and Jim Flach chop at the ice so we could race. Mother Nature's extended forecast says we will be racing with temps in the 50's in two short weeks. Chris Bock, now in Durham, is chafing at the bit to see a registration link and here it is Chris:

The 2021 edition has added crab soup to the chili and I'm sure there will be other additions to the menu.
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So here's all you need to know....a mini NOR:

• Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
• Location: Laurel Acres Park, 1045 S. Church St., Mt Laurel, NJ
• Skippers Meeting: 9:30AM
• Countdown Timer Start: 10:00AM
• We'll break for a great warming lunch and go at it again on the pond in the early afternoon
• No race will start after 3:30PM
• Awards will follow after results are tabulated
• Registration Link, again:

• If you do not want to do ON LINE registration with PayPal, just email me ( with your sail # and phone number...and bring a $20 bill to the regatta.

Enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families and we'll see you on December 5th
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Re: Freeze Your Butt Off Regatta XI

Postby Dave_Branning » Tue Nov 23, 2021 1:54 pm


Cape May Ray Szulczewski
Danny Thomas
Bill Sysyn
Gidge Glenn
Jerry Franko
Chris Bock
Fred DeSantis
Tyler Raven
Domenick Bonanno
Jamey Betz
Scott Todd
Mark Reinhart
Martin Besant
Scott Graf
David Ramos
Stanton Smith
Drew Beach
Rick Boulay
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Re: Freeze Your Butt Off Regatta XI

Postby Dave_Branning » Mon Dec 06, 2021 4:53 pm

Submitted by Dave Branning

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For December 5th we couldn’t ask for better conditions at Laurel Acres Park in Mt Laurel, New Jersey. It was such a nice day that the spectator fleet outnumbered the racing fleet. Host club, Mid-Atlantic Model YC, concluded the 2021 racing season with an 18-boat fleet enjoying sunshine, the usual light air, and a great lunch feast of crab soup & chili. Perfect! This is one of our fondest events because it always reminds us of David Brawner, who kept this event casual enough to remind us about men racing toy boats. The winner gets an aluminum garage-sale ice bucket with a sharpie pen inside to “engrave” your name and the year. Everyone else gets the same runner up award and this year it was an etched old-fashioned cocktail glass.
The regatta started late due to no wind but, when mother nature showed up, we sailed the balance of the morning using the CESS-POOL method of rotating six skippers out for one race of a three-race set. This keeps the starting line to a manageable size. At the break we all had sailed four of six races held. Danny Thomas was sailing his first FYBOR regatta and led by three points over Dave Ramos & Mark Reinhart who were tied for second. Scott Graf was a point behind in fourth and Domenick Bonanno, in his new CPM boat, rounded out the top five after two firsts to start the day.
For lunch, Chesapeake Bay Waterman, Scott Todd, heated up his signature crab soup and Judy Bonanno had two chili crock pots, powered by a generator, to add to the festivities. Add Michelle Sysyn’s corn bread and Cookies by Elaine and you have a wonderful cool weather feast. The 3-6 knot winds showed up again and it was back to racing.
The fleet had dwindled to fifteen so we went to one-fleet and all skippers were on their best behavior given a generous starting line and tight mark rounding’s. At the top, Thomas, Ramos and Reinhart kept up the tight duel and that’s the order at the end of the day. We were glad that Tyler Raven, Drew Beach were able to join us and it’s always great to have alumni, Chris Bock, join us from Durham, NC with his shark boat.
A big thanks to Skip Hall who ran the starting line and race course as PRO and to Judy Bonanno & Roni Brandt-Simkins who kept Dave Branning focused on calling the finish line.
Judy, who does it all, managed to wander about taking a ton of pictures and here is her link:

Date: December 5, 2021
Location: Laurel Acres Park, Mt. Laurel, NJ
Host Club: Mid-Atlantic MYC
Entries: 18
Winds: Variable; 3-6 mph
Races Completed: 12
Scoring: Low Point, one throw-out
Committee: PRO, Skip Hall; RC: Roni-Brandt-Simpkins, Judy Bonanno, Dave Branning; Mark Boat: Scott Graf and Danny Thomas

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Freeze Your Butt Off Regatta XI Results (12 Races, One Throw-out)
Place Sail Skipper Points
1 405 Danny Thomas 14
2 05 David Ramos 18
3 60 Mark Reinhart 30
4 74 Scott Graf 37
5 27 Tyler Raven 43
6 88 Domenick Bonanno 48
7 35 Drew Beach 55
8 49 Chris Bock 64
9 84 Stan Smith 74
10 16 Ray Szulczewski 76
11 70 Martin Besant 82
12 19 Bill Sysyn 85
13 78 Scott Todd 86
14 2076 Jerry Franko 92 sailed 5 races
15 50 Fred DeSantis 108 sailed 4 races
16 40 Conrad Richter 108
17 94 Rick Boulay 116 sailed 4 races
18 193 Gidge Glenn 119 sailed 4 races
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Re: Freeze Your Butt Off Regatta XI

Postby Jon Luscomb » Wed Dec 08, 2021 3:45 pm

Nice turn out!

Way to go Dan.
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