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Frostbite sailing on the Chesapeake Bay: Where even the ice isn't a breaker

Frostbite sailing on the Chesapeake Bay: Where even the ice isn't a breaker

On any given winter weekend, visitors who peer across the frozen harbors of the Chesapeake Bay might think they are seeing a mirage. Beyond the snowflakes and ice around the water’s edge is a spectacle: people dressed for snow skiing, out on sailboats, whipping through steel-colored waves and around buoys.

They’re sailors racing in the Frostbite series, a niche sport that draws those who love sailing, even when conditions are frigid.

With temperatures hovering in the 30s, frostbiters say, winter is the ideal time to get out on the water.

“Nobody’s out there, and the water’s clean. It’s beautiful,” said Scott Williamson, a fleet captain for the Severn Sailing Association....

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