2017-2018 Season Archives
- DN Regattas
- Northwest Regatta
- International Skeeter Association and Renegade Championship
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
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.
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.
Nice to see the WSSA get some coverage from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Photo gallery here.
Photographer Rick Myslinksi braved the cold, wind, and slippery ice on Lake Mendota Sunday. Thank you for sharing these photos with us!
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!
2018 WSSA January 13 & 14 2018 "Results are final as of 12:48 on January 14, 2018" Overall "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 read more...
The Northwest Regatta is tentatively call ON for January 19-21. The primary site is Madison, WI but we’re expecting a snow event for the next 24 hours so we may postpone as soon as Monday, January 15th. We’ll keep you updated. Final confirmation will be made by Wednesday, January 17th at Noon CST.
Ice boats, ‘faster than any motorcycle,’ are part of Hudson history
Robert Wills Vice Commodore of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club tells the story of ice yachting, an ‘increasingly fickle sport’
PUBLISHED JAN 13, 2018 AT 12:28 PM (UPDATED JAN 10, 2018)
But ice yachting wasn’t always a sport. Wills explained that there were iceboats in the region as far back as the earliest Dutch settlements. Those boats were utilitarian vessels for moving goods in the winter. One early record of ice boats dates back to the Revolutionary War and involves a plan to blow up British ships on Lake Champlain. There’s also an 1812 record of using an iceboat to deliver people and sheep from Athens to Albany.