“ Starting more or less as a joke in the "bath-tub gin" era of the thirties, winter dinghy racing quickly become nicknamed "Frostbiting," and the name has stuck and become synonymous with the sport ” 

As explained by former member Arthur Knapp, Jr. in his book, Race Your Right Boat.




Dear Frostbiters-

 Welcome to the 2016-2017 season. The boats will be rigged and ready to go for our first day of racing Nov.1st. Div 1(Newer Racers) will begin at 11:30 sharp and Div 2 (More Experienced Racers) will start at 1:30. Please feel free to email or call me with any questions. My contact information is listed below. Please make sure to email your three race committee dates me as well.  Thank you for your participation.


Mark Carlson
Frostbite Chair

a little background

Frostbiting, or winter dinghy racing, started at Pequot in 1932 but was discontinued with the advent of World War II.  It formally began again in 1966 when a group of members decided to reinvent the program.  Interestingly, its success prompted the Board of Governors to open the clubhouse on weekends.  "The turnout on the weekends of both sailing competitors and members and their friends to watch this winter madness led to the opening of the galley for meals at noon hour as well."  In 1966, recognizing the limitations of the harbor, the small 9-foot Dyer Dhow became the dinghy of choice.

Frostbite Overview:

We sail in Southport Harbor every Sunday, beginning in November through March in 9’ Dyers. There are two divisions – beginners, who sail from 11:30am to 1pm and experienced racers from 1:30 to 3:30pm. No boat, no problem! The Club offers the option of chartering a club owned boat for the season.    There are a variety of events organized by the Frostbite Committee each year: rules clinics, socializing after racing, a party to watch the Super Bowl and chances for inter-club regattas.  Sailors can register for the full season, or choose only the “Fall” or “Spring” to fit your schedule.

2016-2017 Frostbiting NOR
2016-2017 Results

Results 2015-2016

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calendar preview

Wednesday, May 24
I-18 May Series
June Wednesday Race #3
 Wednesday Night Supper
Thursday, May 25
Fairfield Prep Sailing Banquet
Friday, May 26
US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Course
Block Island Race-Start
Saturday, May 27
US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Course
I-18 Holiday Series B Division
Memorial Day Series