But don’t bet on it!
The Frostbite Yacht Club in Essex was scheduled to hold its first races off Essex Harbor on Sunday, March 1. But the launching basin, where club’s members put their boats in the water, was covered over with thick ice and snow.
So the Frostbite sailors postponed their first race of the season to the next Sunday, March 8. However, these races were also cancelled, because of the ice over the launching basin.
Will the ice thaw by Sunday, March 15? That’s an open question.
Also, the Committee Boat that monitors the Frostbite Yacht Club sailing races is frozen in its berth in Middle Cove in Essex, and it too was locked in ice on March 1 and 8. Can it get out by March 15?
Pettipaug Yacht Club Frozen In
Then, there are the docks that are waiting to go into the water at the Pettipaug Yacht Club. The club is located directly on the shoreline of the Connecticut River. Work parties were scheduled to put the docks in the water on Saturday, March 14.
The Director of the Pettipaug Sailing Academy, Paul Risseeuw, said, however, it is “highly unlikely,” that the work parties will work as scheduled.
Risseeuw said, “The ice on the river has to go away enough and enough snow has to melt for members to get down to the club; and the docks have to be accessible to be dragged over to the crane to put them in the water.” Risseeuw won’t even commit that the way will be clear enough for the work parties to begin on by Saturday, March 21.
As for the high school teams that are scheduled to start sailing races off the Pettipaug Yacht Club on Monday, March 16, Risseeuw feels, assuredly, that their races will have to be postponed. The teams are from the Daniel Hand High School in Madison and Xavier High School in Middletown.