Welcome to iceboat.org

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.

January 24:  4LIYC Meeting at Angelo’s Italian Restaurant, Monona 6:30 PM
Deadline for By-Law or Racing Rules Amendment Submission
Regatta Watch:

  • Northwest postponed. Next update Jan 21
  • ISA postponed.Next update Jan 21.
  • Renegade Championship postponed.Next update Jan. 21.

A New First

PIKE an early Skeeter iceboat owned by the Goes Family

From the Skeeter Iceboat Club on Geneva Lake, Jane Pegel sends this photo with a note:

Here is a photo of Chris Goes sailing January 12, 2018, on Delavan Lake in the Beau Skeeter “Pike”. This boat has been owned and given loving care by the Goes family since 1935. With Harry Melges, Sr. at the helm, “Pike” won the Northwest in 1935, the first year that Class E Skeeters raced in the regatta as a separate fleet. This is what the boats looked like when the Beau Skeeter Ice Boat Club (now the Skeeter Ice Boat Club) was organized in 1933.

Jane’s information puts the Skeeters in the Northwest one year earlier than records had indicated, a date confirmed by this Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper article from 2-28-1935. That’s not the end of the story because it appears the Skeeters first sailed the Northwest in 1933 at Oshkosh but that regatta was cancelled for reasons likely related to weather. The Northwest regatta officials must have embraced the new Skeeter class the same year it was organized at Lake Geneva.
Related: Northwest Regatta Winners

Wisconsin State Journal, Feb 23, 1933. The “mosquito class” is now known as the Skeeter class.

On TV: Neenah Nite

NEENAH (WLUK) — Some quick-skimming action on Lake Winnebago.

It’s a winter sport that combines sharp skates, high speeds and a polyester sail.

On Saturday, ice boaters took to the frozen waters off the Neenah shoreline.

With just a bit of leg work, the ice boaters were underway. Matthew Thenell has been sailing for 30 years.
Continue reading.

WSSA: The People

WSSA Secretary Andy Gratton shares these photos from the 2018 WSSA Championship that remind us that an important part of iceboat racing is the camaraderie.


Regatta Update: Northwest Postponed

The 1948 Northwest on Geneva Lake. More here.

Via NIYA Race Committee Chair Tim McCormick:

The Northwest Regatta is postponed until January 26-28. The next update will be on Sunday, January 21st at 8pm CST.

Air Force

Thanks to Jeff Russell for forwarding these pictures from his good friend Steve Jameson who was flying his Cessna over Lake Mendota on Sunday. I’ll have more photos from club racing, the DN Western Regional, and the WSSA regatta to post. Stay tuned!


WSSA Championship Final Results

Wisconsin Stern Steerers Championship Regatta

2018 WSSA									
January 13 & 14 2018									
"Results are final as of 12:48 on January 14, 2018"									
"Sailed: 5, Discards: 0, To count: 5, Entries: 9, Scoring system: Appendix A"									
Rank	Class	SailNo	HelmName	R1	R2	R3	R4	R5	Total
1st	A	A10	Erik Sawyer	1	1	1	1	1	5
2nd	C	C 25	Mike Peters	4	3	2	3	3	15
3rd	C	C 2	Peter McCormick	3	5	6	2	2	18
4th	C	V 49	Jeff Seeboth	5	2	3	5	5	20
5th	D	D17	Andy Gratton	2	4	4	6	6	22
6th	D	V 36	Joe Terry	6	6	5	4	4	25
7th	B	S 3	M. Wiener/D. Tess	9	7	9	8	7	40
8th	C	W	Mike Kroll	8	9	8	7	8	40
9th	D	D 7	Kurt Martinson	7	8	7	10.0 DNS	10.0 DNS	42

Regatta Dates 2018

Wisconsin Iceboat Hotline

  • ISA & Renegade Championship
  • Northwest Jan Postponed
  • WSSA Jan 13-14, 2018
  • DN Western Regional
    January 13-14, 2018
  • DN North Americans
    Jan 21-27, 2018
  • DN Worlds & Europeans
    February 25-March 3, 2018
  • Nite Nationals
  • DN & Ice Opti Junior Worlds
    February 5-8, 2018
  • Baikal Ice Sailing Week, Siberia
    March 31-April 7, 2018


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Click for 4LIYC Meeting Dates


  • 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.



Lake Access Permits

A year-round permit required for designated launch sites in the City of Madison and Dane County Parks. Locations include:

  • Lake Mendota Warner Park Mendota County Park
  • Lake Monona Tonyawatha Tr. Olin Park
  • Lake Waubesa Goodland Park

Purchase Lake Access Permit Online.


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