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The Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club is one of the most active iceboat clubs in North America.
We’ve been building and racing iceboats for over 100 years in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

Ice Is Never 100% Safe.

Our ice reports are strictly for iceboat racers.
Recreational iceboaters, kite boarders, cross country skiers,
and ice fishermen should not rely on our ice reports.
We have safety equipment. Do you?

Buy or Sell Your Iceboat

One of the best pages in North America to buy or sell iceboats and their parts. There’s also a complete list of vendors who will supply iceboats, sails, and their components.

Common Questions:

How can I get started?
How fast can they go?
How much do they cost?
Is it safe?

Regatta Watch

Information about the ISA, NIYA, WSSA, Nite, and DN regattas.

Iceboat Classes

Learn about Skeeters, DNs, Stern Steerers, Renegades, Nites, and Ice Optimists.

The Rules.

The purpose of iceboat racing rules is to prevent collisions.

Ice Yacht Clubs

The best way to learn about iceboating and make life long friendships is to join a local club.

Why We Sail.

“If all our ice were glass, slightly wet, and all our air reasonably steady with lifters just where needed, sailing would be perfect. Sometimes we do find this, and it is worth waiting years to have. Meanwhile we must accept the more ordinary ice conditions, ordinary weather and wind, and gracefully accept snow, sometimes for weeks. Our ideal comes from time to time, the Great Maker gives only so much of the very best.”
Charles H. Johnson.

Iceboating for Kids

Ice Optimists were created specifically as a youth trainer, designed to be easily built using commonly available materials, and to keep costs to a minimum.

Upcoming:
Skeeter Iceboat Club Swap Meet: Sunday, November 5, 2017, Williams Bay, WI. More information.
First 4LIYC Meeting: November 15, 2017 6:30 PM at Angelo’s, 5801 Monona Dr., Monona, WI

Swap Meets: From Minnesota to Massachusettes

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Make plans to attend an iceboat swap meet in your area this season. Swap meets are the place to begin your season. If you are new to the sport, swap meets are the best way to acquaint yourself with ice sailors and buy boats and equipment. See you there!

MICHIGAN: Western Michigan Iceboat Swap Meet, November 3-4, 2017 at the Muskegon Yacht Club, 3198 Edgewater St, Muskegon, MI. More information.

MINNESOTA:  Ice Boat Swap Meet on November 4, 2017, from 10 AM – 12 PM at Sailcrafters 7450 Oxford St., Saint Louis Park, Minnesota 55426. More information.

NEW ENGLAND: New England Ice Yachting Association Swap Meet, October 28 9 AM, Knights of Columbus Hall, 17 Willow St, Westborough, MA. More information.

NEW YORK: Lake Ronkonkoma Ice Boat Yacht Club, December 9th, from 1 PM – 4 PM at Weeks Yacht Yard, 10 Riverview Ct, Patchogue, NY. More information.

WISCONSIN: Skeeter Iceboat Club Swap Meet on November 5, 2017 from 9 AM – 12 PM at Lucke’s Cantina
220 N. Elkhorn Rd. (WI Hwy 67), Williams Bay, WI. More information.

Western Michigan Iceboat Swap Meet Nov 3-4


Western Michigan Iceboat Swap Meet
November 3 @ 6PM – November 4 @ 9:00 am

This year the Gull Lake Ice Yacht Club (search Facebook:  Gull Lake Ice Yacht Club) will be combining with the Grand Traverse and West Michigan Ice Yacht Clubs in sponsoring and putting on the annual 2017-18 ice sailing season’s opener Swap Meet in Muskegon, MI.

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If you are coming in from out of town we have made special arrangements with the Baymont Inn and Suites, (231) 798-0220, here in Muskegon on Friday evening for rooms with two (2) queen sized beds for $67.99 pus tax. When checking in tell them you are in town for the Western Michigan Iceboat Swap Meet.

This year’s event will be held at the Muskegon Yacht Club (MYC) located on the southwest end of Muskegon Lake. What has in the past been known and referred to as the Gull Lake Swap Meet held at the Gull Lake Country Club on Gull Lake is this year renaming itself as the “Western Michigan Iceboat Swap Meet”.

This year the event will begin on Friday evening, November 3rd with socializing and a presentation from Ron Sherry on his experiences during the 2017 Miami,FL to Havana, Cuba sailboat race last March. Ron was the helmsman aboard the smallest boat in the race, “Chico 2”, a 1D35 out of Detroit. The following is a quote from their navigator:

“Nearly every winning boat sailed a similar course to Dragon, staying close to the Florida reefs for relief from the swift-moving current of the Gulf Stream for as long as possible.   Despite sailing one of the lightest and smallest boats in the race, the Michigan crew aboard 35-foot Chico 2 finished fourth over the line and first in PHRF B Class thanks to strong crew work and near-flawless navigation.  “This is my first race to Havana, but I’ve run literally two months worth of navigational simulations of the race at home on the computer,” said Tom Anderson, Chico’s navigator.  “The real deal was quite a bit wetter, but thanks to the preparation, it was always familiar, and the answer was to avoid the deep water and push the boat hard along the reef.” (excerpted from Sailing Anarchy). This presentation should be interesting to anyone interested in sailing!

This presentation will be open to those “ice sailors” present on Friday evening, as well as any MYC “soft water sailors” who might be present at the club that evening. Everyone is welcome! For anyone planning on attending, we expect to start Ron’s presentation sometime around 7:00 pm in the “Spinnaker Room”. MYC’s kitchen will be open to any “ice sailors” on Friday evening in order to order from the open menu. Any alcohol, however, will need to be purchased via a MYC member, several of which are active members of the WMIYC.

There will be a luncheon buffet available at noon on Saturday included in the Swap Meet fee of $15.00 for which you will receive a “SINGLE” lunch ticket. For current WMIYC members, and any one else attending the meet who desires to become a new member of the WMIYC, in addition to lunch you will also receive a one (1) year membership to the WMIYC. Also included in the $15.00 fee you will receive one (1) “DOUBLE” ticket that you will use in bidding in the “Silent Auction” for some pretty nice gifts that will be available. Additional tickets for the “Silent Auction” will be available for purchase @ $1.00 ea. or six (6) for $5.00. You’ll likely want to either buy as many as you want, or more than you can afford, when you see what is being auctioned off! We will also be holding and selling tickets for a “50/50 Raffle” with the proceeds going to cover Swap Meet expenses. During, or after, lunch we have suggested to Ron that he be prepared to present a brief technical presentation on DN rig tuning and blade sharpening basics. Please put this on your calendar and plan to attend. If you are not an iceboater please ensure you take a look at the iceboats and related hardware that will be displayed/traded/sold on Saturday! It is a great way to extend your sailing season here in West Michigan! It is also typically a great opportunity to get into the sport with an older boat at a good price! Check us out!

Details Start: November 3 @ 6:00 pm End: November 4 @ 9:00 am Website: http://www.wmiyc.org , www.gulllakeiyc.org, www.gliyc.org

Organizers Gull Lake Ice Yacht Club Grand Traverse Ice Yacht Club West Michigan Ice Yacht Club

Join Us!

4LIYC Membership Card: Paul Krueger on Lake Monona in Rambl’n XII, his A Class Skeeter

Get one of these membership cards when you pay your dues (only $20!) for the 2017-2018 season. The Notice of Dues postcard was mailed on Monday, October 2, 2017. If you aren’t on our mailing list and want to join, see our membership page. Anyone can be a member!

The Lowly Iceboat

The first minute of this newsreel contains vintage eastern Skeeter footage with some innovative camera shots. The absence of springboards dates it to the late 1940s and early 50s. The narrator declared that iceboating’s “time of glory and past is forgotten.” Seems like that’s been declared for years but yet here we still are.
I came across this video on the Minnesota iceboating website where it was posted by John Bushey.

Here’s to Henry

Henry Bossett of North Sails retired yesterday after a successful career as a sail maker. He won a few iceboat regattas along the way too. Like the 3 times at DN World Championship (1977, 1981, 1983) and 4 times at the DN North Americans (1982, 1983, 1990, 1993). I’m sure there a some soft water titles as well including an Tornado Olympics trail with fellow DNer Jeff Kent. (Unfortunately it was the boycott year of 1980.)
I’ll never forget the first time Skeeter skipper Tom Hyslop talked about getting a “new Henry” which was the way that Skeeter and Renegade sailors referred to any sail from Henry Bossett.
In the above video, that’s Henry sailing the DN in the famous Chapstick commercial. The sail became a wall fixture at the loft. Cheers to a long career and good luck as you move into this new phase in your life. We all hope to see you out on the ice with your camera, Henry!

From Henry Bossett’s Facebook page. “Last carbon Skeeter main and other carbon ice sails I’ve designed and sewn.”

 

Throw Back Thursday: PK & Dave

This photo of Paul Krueger and Dave Rosten was published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 30, 1956 when these two were still in school at East High in Madison. Paul Krueger has been sailing Class A Skeeters longer than anybody and has defined this club. Please keep him in your thoughts as he continues in his recovery from a health issue.

4LIYC Meeting Dates Set

Iceboaters meeting at a regatta on Steve Arnold’s Skeeter. Note the Great Lakes freighter in the distance.

The 4LIYC will return to Angelo’s Italian Restaurant for another season of meetings and good food. Where else can you eat all the pizza, pasta, and salad you want for only $10?

Angelo’s has requested that we give a headcount the day of each meeting so that they can better plan the menu. Look for something posted on this website before each meeting as a means of gathering that information.

Meeting dates are always listed on the right side bar of this website (or at bottom of the page in mobile devices.)

  • November 15
  • December 14 THURSDAY Elections, Elect Fleet Captains. Vote on ISA & NIYA Agenda Items
  • December 27
  • January 10 Honor Roll Nominations
  • January 24 Deadline for By-Law or Racing Rules Amendment Submission
  • February 7
  • February 21 Business Meeting
  • March 7
  • March 21

Location: Angelo’s 5801 Monona Drive, Monona, WI Time: 6:30 PM alternate Weds. We meet downstairs and all are welcome.

Triple the Fun at the Nordhaus Boatwerks

September 19: Jim Nordhaus and Scott Goetz sanding 3 Renegade masts.

4LIYC Renegade sailors are in getting-ready-for-the-season mode. Jim Nordhaus and Geoff Sobering have been recording the progress on the 4LIYC Facebook page of a 3 mast Renegade build at the Nordhaus Boatwerks.

C Skeeters Coming From the East

Keith Kennedy’s C Skeeter ready for its first sail.

It’s heartening to see some building activity from out east this summer in the C Skeeter fleet which could make for an exciting ISA regatta. Bill Buchholz has the latest over on the Chickawaukee Iceboat site.

After seeing Drifter race at the ISA last season Keith Kennedy commissioned one to be built here in Maine with the plan to go back to the ISA this season and bring home the cup.

Regatta Dates 2018

Wisconsin Iceboat Hotline
608-204-9876

  • DN Western Challenge
    December 1-3,
    2017
  • DN Western Regional
    January 6-7,
    2018
  • DN North Americans
    Jan 21-27, 2018
  • DN Worlds & Europeans
    February 25-March 3, 2018
  • Northwest
  • ISA & Renegade Championship
  • Nite Nationals
  • DN & Ice Opti Junior Worlds
    February 5-8, 2018
  • Baikal Ice Sailing Week, Siberia

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2017-2018

  • November 15
  • December 14 THURSDAY Elections, Elect Fleet Captains. Vote on ISA & NIYA Agenda Items
  • December 27
  • January 10 Honor Roll Nominations
  • January 24 Deadline for By-Law or Racing Rules Amendment Submission
  • February 7
  • February 21 Business Meeting
  • March 7
  • March 21

Location: Angelo’s 5801 Monona Drive Monona, WI Time: 6:30 PM alternate Weds. We meet downstairs and all are welcome.


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TO ROUND THE MARK SINCE NOVEMBER 1999.



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