CAPE COD FROSTY
Many old salts hold to the adage that the wise sailor only goes sailing in a boat that's at least as long as the sailor is old. The Cape Cod Frosty Class, a one-design class used for frostbiting in New England and Canada, defies this wisdom. The boats measure a scant 6ft 4in and weigh roughly 35 lbs, so pouring a full-sized adult into a Frosty can be an amusing sight. In fact, the class bills itself as the world's smallest racing dinghy. Tom Leach designed the boat in 1984, and today there are more than 1,000 Frosties afloat, many of them home-built affairs (plans can be purchased via the class website) that make an Opti look spacious. But if you can't to give up racing for the winter and you don't want to battle to keep a Laser flat, consider a Frosty. After all, frostbiting is just around the corner. www.capecodfrosty.org. - DS
KITES FOR CUBA?
In May next year the Sarasota Yacht Club, in partnership with the Sarasota Yacht Club Charitable Foundation, will stage a 250-mile race from Sarasota YC to Cuba's Marina Hemingway. Once there, sailors will host sailing clinics for adults and juniors on donated boats and then race from Marina Hemingway to Castillo del Morro. The race is open to boats over 28 feet, but the entry list is capped at only 150 boats, so apply early at www.sarasotayachtclub.org/Sarasota-Havana-Regatta-1650.html. - DS