Winter Frostbiters Sail on Frigid Bristol Harbor, RI

Race committee chief Will Pierce has been part of the Penguin frostbiting fleet for almost 30 years. Photo from EastBayRI
Race committee chief Will Pierce has been part of the Penguin frostbiting fleet for almost 30 years. Photo from EastBayRI

EastBayRI.com: For most season-respecting New Englanders, those all-weather sailors you see out on Bristol Harbor [RI] every Saturday must seem like a unique bunch. As you might expect, a lot of them are accomplished and competitive sailors in the summer season. But some “frostbiters,” as they’re called, actually prefer winter sailing.

They’re in the right place for it. From November through March, the Bristol Yacht Club hosts the Penguin fleet, among the oldest frostbiting fleets in the nation and named for the boats they traditionally sailed—Penguins—which were crafted from plywood by the S-boat aficionados that dominated the fleet in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

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