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Fifty Years of Frostbite

From Sailing World, February 1997

Fifty years ago, a group of Northwestern University sailors decided to host a little regatta -- a sort of year-ending affair over the long Thanksgiving weekend at Chicago’s Belmont Harbor. Now, if you’ve ever been to Chicago in the winter, you know that the concept of racing sailboats there in late November is more than a little bit crazy. Nevertheless, invitations were accepted by seven other schools in the newly formed Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association (MCSA). The boats, provided by Chicago YC, were 10-foot lapstrake Dyer Dhows, which a crew of two could barely squeeze into. Each team fielded an A and B division crew in the classic collegiate dinghy racing format still in use today. Thus was born the Northwestern Invitational Regatta, which would be renamed as a memorial to the regatta’s primary instigator, Timme Angsten.    more...


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