View Full Version : The Wandering Warming Hut

02-20-2015, 03:08 PM

The second weekend of February, 2015, during Winter Storm Neptune (one of the many blizzards of this historic New England winter, this one with near hurricane force winds), our storied Race Committee Hut took a 5 mile journey from Winthrop, exiting Boston Harbor and landing on Nantasket beach. It never came back... The next day, pictures of the debris from the beach and reports of The Hut's demise surfaced on our Facebook page.

The picture above was posted on Facebook as The Hut floated by US Coast Guard Cutter Marcus Hanna (which was brought into Boston Harbor to patrol the harbor and to break the ice).

The Hut had survived hurricanes, Nor-Easters, and Blizzards for 20+ years, but the iced-in harbor and the winds were too much this time, and took its toll on our float and The Hut in this unfortunate accident.

The Frostbiting community and the CPYC Youth Sailing Program at Cottage Park Yacht Club had been using this Race Committee Hut (complete with wood burning stove) as home base for years, as the end of starting and finishing lines and a temporary shelter from the winter weather, and from the sun during the Youth Sailing programs in the summer.


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But the sailing will continue as we New Englanders embrace the weather and continue the hardy traditions of our Frostbiting forefathers and foremothers!

For more of the storied history about The Hut, please read the colorful commentary below by Joe Berkeley, a former Interclub frostbiter and fleet friend.

The Hut (on-the-move) also made the rounds on Facebook on the USCoastGuardNortheast and NeEmergencyNewsWxFeed pages. The commentary is humorous, despite the unfortunate outcome!

Our early estimate is that it will take over $10,000 to replace the float & rebuild the hut, get a stove to keep the Race Committee warm, and replace our lost gear such as flags, marks and anchors - or come up with a suitable alternative solution.


If you have sailed around The Hut, or have children who have sailed around The Hut, or want to help support WFSC's Hut rebuilding efforts, please help us reach or exceed our fundraising goal so we can rebuild or replace what was lost -- to keep our volunteer Race Committee safe from the elements, and keep our racing and our community going strong!

Every little bit helps!

We thank you for your support!

-- Winthrop Frostbite Sailing Club

The Winthrop Frostbite Sailing Club is a volunteer run organization of small boat sailors who love their sport and their community so much that they sail in Boston Harbor all winter. Our members are students, teachers, professionals, all people of modest means who raced in college, and some who entered the sport later in life.

We sail Interclubs, Lasers and Rhodes 19s out of Cottage Park Yacht Club in Winthrop, Massachusetts from November through April. The fleet relocated from Marblehead in the mid 1990's. Sailors have been frostbiting Interclub dinghys in the Northeastern US since the 1940s.

For more information about WFSC, CPYC and the Interclub, please visit: http://mass-frostbite.org/, http://www.cpyc.org and http://interclub.org/about/.

Mailing address.
Winthrop Frostbite Sailing Club
Cottage Park Yacht Club
76 Orlando Avenue
Winthrop, MA 02152

Photos Credits: U.S. Coast Guard, Joe Berkeley, WFSC Digital Archives

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Carl Spackler
02-20-2015, 04:06 PM
I have a phobia about floating outhouses.

02-20-2015, 04:54 PM
Sounds like it was more sea-worthy than the flyin hawaiin.

Bitchin Bow Dude
02-21-2015, 08:40 AM
Sail area looks more efficient too

Cleveland Steamer
02-23-2015, 07:51 AM
Wonder if they had wifi?