If you keep your head and hands warm and your feet dry, frostbite racing is comfortable, however. Think of a chilly morning in the summer. The water is cool, and yet you want to go swimming. The usual remark after diving in is, “It’s not so bad, once you jump in.” The same philosophy applies to frostbiting. It might look miserable from the shore, but once you start racing, the competition always takes mental priority, and your mind somehow ignores the cold. The routine can be a little harder in a small dinghy like a Laser or a double-handed dinghy, but there are clever ways to keep hands and feet warm — waving one’s arms wildly to force warm core blood to your extremities is common. Disposable heat pads help too, and some sailors swear that one hot toddy before casting off will do the trick.