Another scary forecast put off a few of the earlier competitors in races seven and eight of Chichester Yacht Club’s Frozen Toe races - but others were spurred on by the promise of mince pies and mulled wine before prizegiving.
The breeze was 20-25 knots by race time, and with gusts of nearly 30 knots there were a few capsizes among the six starters in the fast fleet.
Only five finished, Olivia Winther and Hatty Culver opting for the shore after sinking their RS200.
First by a safe margin was the Fireball of CYC members Andy Palmer-Felgate and Rich Anderson. Visitors from Felpham in the Laser Vago XD, Richard Bentley and Ian Anderson, were second on the water but fourth on handicap, leaving third to CYC sailors Nick and Roger Elliman (RS400).
With the biggest entry of 16, the medium fleet was dominated by CYC member Ian Barnett in his Solo, followed by Guy Mayger of Felpham in his. Richard Bailey (Emsworth) came third in his Laser, despite being first over the line. In the battle of the CYC 2000s, Michael and Paula Olliff beat Helen and Mark Green, some way ahead of Chris Hodge and Richard Smyth.
With 13 starters, the slow fleet were led by the Emsworth RS Feva, crewed by Halliday with a different helm in Grace Summers. The RS Tera of Alex Butler from HISC was first on handicap, and Henry Chandler (Emsworth) took second in his Optimist, relegating the Feva to third.
In the final race of the series, the Fireball flew round again to bag the trophy. Second again went to the Hendersons, but with only three races they did not qualify for the chocolates.
The Vago hung in for third, giving them a well-deserved second overall. The Ellimans gained third in the series. The girls in the 200 managed fourth, even though they finished only one race in the series. They found a beehive in the bow when they bailed it out after sinking again.
The medium fleet were again led by Barnett, with Bailey second and Mayger third. The 2000 helm Hodge stayed upright to beat the Olliffs.
Overall, Mayger had a well-deserved first place through consistent performances, while Mark Harper (CYC) took second place overall. Lucy Boreham, in her Europe, was a creditable third.
In the slow fleet, places one and two were repeated, third Celia Hansell (Itchenor) in a Topper.
In the overall results, Howard Lane from Lancing (Topper) gained first place through consistently-good performance. Second and third went to CYC siblings Blythe and Raulf Berry in their Optimists.
The medium fleet won all the cookies: Guy Mayger got the trophy, Mark Harper was second, Lucy Boreham third.
The CYC open Snowflake series starts today (Sunday 5) - details at www.cyc-dinghies.co.uk - and for full results see www.cyc.co.uk.