About the only people cheerful enough to come out in mid-January to watch a bunch of boating diehards called frostbiters—dinghy-racing sailors from all yachting classes who find competition hottest when the coldest winds are blowing—are other frostbiters. At a typical regatta off Port Washington, N.Y. (shown here and on the next two pages) Frostbiters Earl and Dottie Lou Miles enjoy rival sailor Jean Sutphen's imminent dunking, their appreciation heightened, perhaps, by the memory of times when they themselves were in the same cold boat.

Ice floes complicate a traffic jam in Manhasset Bay's Frostbite Regatta. Out of 106 starters, only 37 dinghies finished the race.