December 13, 2013
Read the latest newsletter from the International Nite Class Association here.
"Waiting For a Winter Breeze"
The New York Times
By SAMANTHA STOREY
Published: December 12, 2013
"The mercury plummeted to below freezing on Thursday, and most people bundled up to avoid the cold. But for a certain branch of sailors, these temperatures are ideal. With the right conditions and a sustained cold snap, rivers and lakes freeze over, providing the perfect surface for ice yachting, a sport in which sailors navigate vessels across the ice." Continue reading. There's also an 11 image slide show with beautiful shots of eastern ice boating over the years. Tip of the Helmet: Henry Bossett
December 12, 2013
Renegader Doug Kolner had a bird's eye view of area lakes today when he flew as a passenger on LMSC member Bill Gillen's plane. The above photo is a rough looking Lake Kegonsa which was confirmed by some other Renegaders who went to Springer's for lunch today. Lake Monona looked better. 4LIYC PRO Peter Fauerbach along with fleet captains and others will meet tomorrow for ice check. Stand by for news.
Runner Tracks Online Magazine
The latest publication of the IDNIYRA is online here.
Outer Space Ice Check
Wednesday's sunny day allowed for a clear view from the MODIS satellite in the Midwest. Surprised to see Lake Monona looking snow covered rather than clear like Lake Mendota. The 4LIYC will check ice on Friday for possible weekend racing. Stand by for news.
NOAA Ice Check
"Ice Appearing on Lake Michigan, and Expected to Increase
The recent onset of very cold temperatures have lowered Lake Michigan water temperatures into the low to middle 30s over the shallower near shore waters along the western shore." Continue reading.
It's the day for ice boat association newsletters. Here's the latest from the International Renegade Ice Yacht Racing Association.
WSSA Stern Steerer Newsletter & Notice of Dues
Via WSSA Secretary/Treasurer Andy Gratton. Read it here.
December 11, 2013
"The Lure of Early Ice is Hard to Ignore"
Commodore T's take the DN Western Challenge from the New England perspective.
"Looks like the regatta season has begun!
The Western Challenge Regatta is an informal DN gathering that has been going on for ten years or so- traditionally held the first weekend in December on the best ice in Minnesota… Yes, Minnesota. It’s a big state a little to the west of here."
Western Challenge Update
Results posted here on iceboating.net
Nordhaus Boatwerks In Ice Mode
" It was a busy night at the Boatwerks. Jim helped Donny, et al. with Trey's Renegade. Don Sanford explored some cracks in his springboard. Dean Lima and I checked Jim's new DN rig. There are some minor stay-length issues, but it should be ready for the ice this weekend."
Via Geoff Sobering.
December 10, 2013
"A History of Ice Yachting in the Hudson Valley"
Nice ice, baby: Ice yachting took hold in the Hudson Valley more than 200 years ago
BY DAVID LEVINE
PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 24, 2013 AT 05:07 PM
Cool runnings: The Northern Light (above) competes in the Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant of America, in February 1887......Photographs courtesy of John Sperr, newspaper photo courtesy of fultonhistory.com
"One Saturday afternoon in February 1982, John Sperr of Rhinebeck was skiing with friends in Barrytown and saw a sight that changed his life. “I skied down to the river, where there was a fleet of old boats sailing on a glorious, 20-mile sheet of ice,” he says. “The boats looked so beautiful as they did their graceful dance across the ice. I felt compelled to come back.” He did come back the next day, and took his first ride on an ice yacht. “I was hooked,” Sperr says of that experience; soon he was introduced to the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club, a group that had formed nearly a century earlier — in 1885 — to organize a sport that had actually been a Hudson Valley institution for a century before that." Continue reading.
Tip of the Helmet: John Sweitzer
December 9, 2013
Bald Eagle Lake in MN: Where Snow Turns to Slush
"An unexpectedly great start to the iceboating season on Bald Eagle Lake, MN. Somehow, the laws of physics do not apply to Bald Eagle Lake, because the season ending snow seemed to somehow magically turn to slush and re-freeze, creating great conditions. 10 Boats sailed Saturday and Sunday, with 2 races on Saturday. Congratulations to Trask Reed for taking an average Nite to a large first place victory. Saturday was “Don’t lick the mast” cold, but spirits ran high (and liquid spirits were also consumed)."
Pat Heppert, “Drifter” I-291
Our friends at the Green Lake Ice Yacht Club caught this and posted it on their Facebook page.
"Sharp! Bill Buchholz and his iceboat FAST PIECE OF FURNITURE grace the cover of our NEW issue of WOODENBOAT magazine. WB No. 236 Jan/Feb 2014 is on its way to newsstands, mailboxes, and inboxes."
Big team maDisoN Turnout
Three development boats and a loaner from the Spaight Street Syndicate
"team maDisoN was well represented at the Great Western Challenge Friday - Sunday with 14 team members racing DNs, 1 member racing Ice Opti and 5 guests using development boats to get a taste for DN sailing. The event was hosted by our good friends from Minnesota, who were forced to go south this year to Wisconsin ice for the first time in the long history of the event. A "week of" snow storm knocked out all previously frozen Minnesota ice. In spite of the very cold conditions in LaCrosse, a great time was had by all.
Results for our new team maDisoN sailors racing in the Silver Fleet were particularly impressive. The Overall Silver Fleet title went to Dave Elsmo, who was at or near the top in every race. Silver Fleet races were also won by Tim Sugar and Scott Earnest, both of whom are in just their second year of DN racing. Hugh Sugar also put in an strong performance sailing his recently completed DN for the first time ever. Although second year DN'r Mike Barnett didn't land the top spot in this regatta, he, too, appeared to be consistently top ten. Our one Junior DN'r, Frankie Hearn, finished top 5 in the first race and top 10 in the second. Continue reading.
First Renegade On the Ice
Rich Eckstein sailed the south end of Lake Winnebago on Sunday, December 8 in his Renegade before the snow fell.
Here's Rich sailing the 2011 Renegade championship on Lake Mendota.
First Time in an Ice Boat
Photo Credit: DN Nederland
Darby and Tim Sugar's daughter looks pretty relaxed while testing out her dad's DN at the Western Challenge sailed in LaCrosse over the weekend. She must have brought some good luck for Tim because he won a race later that day. Two more races were sailed on Sunday in the Silver and Gold and there was one Ice Opti race. Ron Sherry is the overall Gold winner while 4LIYC Team maDisoN Dave Elsmo took the silver. I'll post more photos and reports throughout the day. Jim McDonagh will have the results for the regatta posted soon as well on iceboating.net.
First on Madison Ice
Ice Optimist sailors Meta and Fritz Simon had the honor of being the first to sail on a Madison area lake Saturday when Mom, Hope and Dad, Greg took them to Lake Wingra. Unfortunately, the Hollywood ice is now covered with "nuisance snow" but we still have Lake Monona and Mendota in reserve. The club will be looking at the lakes later this week.
Shooting the Breeze
Photo Credit: JH Peterson-Shooting the Breeze
Russian ice boater Valeriy Dichenko R166 pushes off at the start Saturday, December 8 at the Western Challenge sailed on Lake Onalaska near LaCrosse, WI.
Professional photographer JH Peterson shot some beautiful pictures at the Western Challenge on Saturday. You can see a sample of them on his Facebook page now. He'll be posting them to his website soon.
December 6, 2013
The Minnesota sailors are crossing the river and sailing the Western Challenge this weekend in Onalaska, WI. Check iceboating.net for the latest official information. iceboat.org's Western challenge updates are posted here.
Jamie Smith sent this photo of sailing on Last Mountain Lake in Saskatchewan, Canada. He's been sailing around Saskatchewan area with his dad, Bob Smith, brother Dave, and Daren Ritco since November 12.
December 5, 2013
4LIYC Meeting News
Next Meeting December 18
An an enthusiastic crowd turned out at last night's 4LIYC meeting. Election for club officers was held; Jerry Simon -Treasurer; Don Anderson-Secretary; Wes Wilcox-Vice Commodore; and Deb Whitehorse-Commodore. There will be no official club racing for the weekend of December 7-8. The temperature has finally turned more towards ice building but we don't know yet how the ice fared during the warm week. A contingent of 15 DN sailors from Team MaDisoN are heading off to the Chilly Western Challenge. As of this morning, the primary site is Lake Onalaska near LaCrosse, WI with secondary being Clear Lake in Iowa. Check the Minnesota ice boating website for the latest updates. Photos and reports from the Western Challenge posted here on the DN Regatta page.
December 2, 2013
Via MN DNer Mike Bloom, "The Bald Eagle Ice Yacht Club' s annual "Blade Nite" was held Friday evening. The event is celebration of iceboating with an emphasis on camaraderie and friendship. Members spent the day setting up at least a dozen boats, mostly Nites, in front of Commodore Bill Reed's house. Then, after the sun set, they retreated to the "club house" where the real festivities took place."
December 1, 2013
State of the Four Lakes
Some of the DN fleet took a look at Wingra and Kegonsa yesterday to see how things are coming along. Measuring near shore, Wingra had 3" of ice. The thin ice, Saturday's warm temperatures, and run off from the melting snow crossed Wingra off the list for now.
Ice was "checked" through the window from Springer's during lunch. Kegonsa skimmed over on Friday but there were several goose holes evident in the usual places. We have another few days of relatively warm temperatures that don't build much ice. However, things are looking up after Wednesday when a much needed Arctic cold front arrives. The Green Lake Ice Yacht Club reported on their Facebook page that they raced on Saturday on the inlet and were planning on racing again today.
November 30, 2013
Russian Black Ice Friday
R105 takes a first ride on new ice in Novosibirsk, Russia. Google translation: "The first sample of ice in Novosibirsk, November 30, 2013. Ice 3-4cm. over ice water 1-2cm, 2 air, rain".
November 29, 2013
MN Sailors Declare "Black Ice Friday"
So many lakes to chose from in MN. Read about it here.
November 25, 2013
Check out the weekend sailing report from the Minnesota sailors here on iceboating.net.
November 24, 2013
Hot Ice on Wawasee
The ice boaters on Indiana's Lake Wawasee are anxious for the season to start.
DNer Andy Allen writes, "Here is a little something I threw together for all the hard water sailors. This is from all the guys down on Lake Wawasee. A few years ago we built four Gambits. They are great for taking inexperienced sailors out on the Ice. Young kids, old kids and even mom can go for a sail without all the instruction and worry. It guaranties a good ride because the skipper is there to help. My daughter can run the tiller and sheet and basically I am just ballast . When you are by yourself in the gambit it is very close to a good DN with a metal mast. Only about 30-40 lbs heavier but three feet taller mast and more sail area. Not quite a racing DN with a carbon mast but a lot of fun. Cruising the lake you have a lot of extra room to move in the two seat side by side configuration."
November 23, 2013
Beginning to Look A Lot Like Ice Boating
November 22, 2013
Go Time in MN
Photo Credit: Chris Clark
2012 Western Challenge on Pelican Lake in MN.
JD says it's time. "Remember this ice has not been checked so be careful."
First Runners On the Ice In North America
DNer Mike Madge writes he had great skating and sailing today near Thunder Bay, Ontario on Whitefish Lake, about 30 minutes out of town.
November 21, 2013
Harken engineers Ben Biddick and Matt Schmidt gave a fascinating view into their roles as Oracle Team USA members during last night's presentation. I wish you could have all been there. Here are some photos and a short report of the event.
Pick up the December issue of SAIL magazine or download to your Kindle, Ipad, or tablet here from Amazon featuring a couple of of Gretchen Dorian's photos. Here's one from the 100th anniversary of the Northwest Ice Yachting Association regatta featuring Marv Luck's stern steerer.
November 15, 2013
That’s More Like It
From the files of What Goes On at the Spaight Street Syndicate: "Dude, I’m doing all the work while you’re standing there drinking Pepsi and grinning like a dumb a$$." She’s adorable, she sails, she sands and she’s smart. Recent UW grad and new Epic employee, Anna Boatman, preparing one of the development boats at the Spaight Street Syndicate last night, with Eric Tobias. Yeah, she’s real, and no lie, “Boatman” is her name. Suggestion: When some dude asks you to marry him just say, “well, maybe I’ll think about it, but let’s get something straight right now—you’re the one changing your name!”
T Bay's Got Ice
Thunder Bay, Ontario DNer Mike Madge sends along a couple of photos of some early ice.
November 12, 2013
The Forecast is ICE
Photo Credit: Mark Kiefer
UPDATE: Mark "The Ice Maker" Kiefer is on the scene this morning at some previous DN Western Challenge sites in Minnesota. Here's his report from Facebook, "Frozen! North Arm, Pelican Lake, and Lake Christina, Ashby, MN.... the story telling begins. Both froze overnight!"
Meanwhile in Finland, sailors are making their way towards Pallasjärvi way up in Lapland for the first European regatta of the season November 15-17.
PREVIOUS: A blast of Arctic air coming through next week will cover pretty much all of ice boating country. We may be seeing some of the first sailing of the season soon in Minnesota where low temperatures of 13, 11, and 19F are forecasted for Ashby, MN and Lake Christina, site of several DN Western Challenge fun regattas.
November 8, 2013
November 6, 2013
Spaight Street Syndicate: Development Night
From the Spaight Street Syndicate last night on the Development Program: "Recent UW grad, and former UW Sailing Team member, Eric Tobias, continuing his education with Cockpit Repair 101."
"4-year old future Ice Opti skipper, Oliver Barnett, demonstrating proper safety equipment for wet sanding. Oliver shared his Halloween candy with the shop. He’s welcome anytime!"
November 4, 2013
Button Boe-Craft Build
Skeeter Ice Boat Club's Fritz Button with help from Steve Schalk built a new B Skeeter hull this fall based upon Bill Boehmke's original plans. The build is documented here. "Fritz Button has been constructing a new hull from the lofting taken from Skating Away II. The spruce and plywood came from McCormick's, and nearly all hardware is newly made. Carl Bergersen contributed a new mast step cup that would otherwise have been unobtainable. The process has been useful in finding and correcting every error in my bulkhead drawings. " Continue reading.
SIBC Swap Meet
Jane Pegel at her familar raffle and information station
The sunny fall weather at Sunday's Skeeter Ice Boat Club swap meet was made to order and hopefully a harbinger of good weather to come for ice boating for this coming season. As always, it was a great time to catch up with ice boaters from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan.
October 30, 2013
Developing: Ice Sailing
Photo Credit: Jori Lenon
What a great turn out of area 4LIYC DNers at Daniel Hearn's last night who met to inventory the DNs and Ice Optimists that will be made available for anyone who wants to try ice boating either locally or at regattas.
ICEBOATS: Volume 1
Michigan photographer Gretchen Dorian has been working on a book for the past few years. "YES! It’s true…..final revisions in progress ICEBOATs volume l First Edition – Will Be Available for “Online” Purchase Details to follow in November Ice Optis, DNs, Renegades, BOE Skeeters, Skeeters, J Iceboats and Stern Steerer taken in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Montana and Lake Baikal, Siberia!"
GLIYC: "How Do You Really Grow the Sport?"
A very interesting read from our friends at the Green Lake Ice Yacht Club. "What a great question with perhaps the hardest answer to come up with. I am sure there will be all sorts of opinions but realistically how does one grow something. In ice boating as in sailing there are generational approaches to how we grew the sport or perhaps a better term kept it going." Continue reading.
October 2, 2013
Via Minnetonka ice boater Mike Bloom: "Bald Eagle Ice Yacht Club member David Gluek ( no relation to Jim) traveled to Lake Minnetonka where he set up his recently purchased DN. Think ice." Only 40 days until the first North American regatta of the season, the Great Western Challenge.
October 24, 2013
Ice Boat Racing on Lake Baikal
October 23, 2013
"Sailing Continues All Winter Long"
By Glenn McCarthy
"Arrows are sailed recreationally, and not raced a whole lot."
October 21, 2013
Former IDNIYRA Commodore Bill Sporer of Detroit, MI passed away recently. Here's an interesting anecdote from SIBC DNer Jane Pegel involving Bill: "The reason the DN class has a specified minimum length for plate runners is because Bill Sporer returned from the service and raced with the equipment he had and won the DN championship. Skip Boston explained that some sailors wanted to disqualify Bill Sporer because his runners were short. These were the only runners Bill had ever owned. I understand that Skip convinced the other sailors to allow the runners. Thereafter a minimum length was specified, and included the length used by Bill Sporer. All this was a year or two prior to the time I started racing a DN. Bill Sporer did continue to compete in DNs for several years."
October 18, 2013
A Great Opportunity To Sail
DNs on Lake Kegonsa at the 2013 DN Western Lakes Regional Regatta
"Potential DN'rs, (Please pass along to others that may be interested) Winter is around the corner, and that means ice boating season is upon us. For those that are interested in doing some sailing, but don't have the time, money or some other barrier to putting a program together, we have a great opportunity for you this season. Active DN'rs, spearheaded by Daniel Hearn, are putting together a few DN programs and Ice Optimist with some equipment that was donated to him (for this purpose), along with some of his own and others extra equipment. If you are interested in being actively involved in assisting putting together one of these development programs, it would be available for your use at various local and travel events this winter. We are going to begin assembling these programs later this month. Please let me know if you are interested in participating in this program. You won't regret it!"
Thanks, Mike 4LIYC DN Fleet Captain
email: mike.s.barnett AT gmail.com
"Ice Boating-Ain't It Grand?"
Says stern steerer skipper, Mike Peters, who shared this photo of his boat, Ace of Spades, in a big hike. It provided an opportunity to overlay this recent Accuweather forecast graphic. Cold air is coming to ice boating country next week. It's less than two months until the first regatta of the season, the DN Western Challenge.
October 15, 2013
History In A Box
For two generations, the McCormick family has been racing stern steerers, DNs, and Renegades with the Four Lakes Ice Yacht club. While going though some old boxes, Renegader Peter McCormick found two vintage 4LIYC trophies. Following is the history of the silver one pictured above.
The trophy is engraved as such:
"Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club,
February 7-11, 1922
Won by Arctic
Owner: William P. Bernard
Skipper: Wm. Van Kuelen"
The dates on this cup match the time period of a five day winter carnival sponsored by Madison’s Chamber of Commerce and the University of Wisconsin that was held on both Lakes Monona and Mendota. Besides ice boat racing, there were skating races, horse racing on the ice, skate sail racing, curling, a snow fight for scouts, ski jumping, and a dog derby.
This was the only instance where Arctic sailed as a Class B stern steerer. The Capital Times reported on February 14, 1922 that Arctic was indeed the winner of the Class B “Week of Winter Sports” championship. In all other newspaper accounts, the Arctic, built by William Bernard of Madison, sailed as an A Class stern steerer.
Later during that same season, Bernard sold the Arctic to E.C. Waller, a Chicago businessman.
From the Wisconsin State Journal, February 26, 1922: "The Arctic, for several seasons without a peer in Madison Class A races was sold to E. C. Waller, a wealthy Chicago real estate man, who sponsored the races, and has competed in its last race under Madison colors on Madison lakes. In Saturday morning’s event, the Arctic trimmed the Hubbard Carpenter boat, reputed to be the fastest craft on Geneva Lake, and immediately Waller began negotiations with Bernard for its purchase.
Waller is an interesting sportsman. Two weeks ago he transported a huge 1000 lb. ice boat, the Genevieve, to Madison to enter in the races held in connection with the winter sport carnival. When it proved too heavy to compete with the lighter Bernard crafts, he straightaway decided to buy the fastest Madison boat he could purchase. Accordingly, he obtained the Valiant II from Bernard for $400 (that’s about $5,500 today). Saturday he could not bear to see such a speedy craft as the Arctic go back to Madison since he is not satisfied until he wins from everybody. He now has a boat which will show his rudder to most of them.”
Waller’s investment paid off when Arctic won A Class trophy at the Northwest Ice Yachting Association regatta sailed on Geneva Lake in March of 1922 with her Madison skipper, Wm. Van Kuelen at the helm.
By Glen McCarthy, Chicago Now
"Many say that sailing season isn't over in the fall, they say it is just beginning! Ice boating is really fast and dynamic, imagine lying on your back on a plank 12" above the ice covered lake on three ice skate blades and one sail flying along at 40-60MPH. And everything in your peripheral vision is a blur." Continue reading.
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October 10, 2013
Once again, the Skeeter fleet (the fastest ice boats on the planet) just got even more interesting because Pewaukee Ice Sailing Squadron (PISS) DNers Jim Gluek and Mark Isabell sealed the deal on this Dan Clapp built front seater. 4LIYC Commodore Don Anderson would like the record to show that Jim Gluek promised that, "Don WILL have a chance to drive the boat."
Lorne Sherry 1929-2013
Link to obituary
Ice boating lost another legend, Detroit Ice Yacht Club Renegader Lorne Sherry who passed on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. Lorne called the Renegade, "the gentlemen's boat." Sailing in Stardust, Lorne won the International Renegade Ice Yacht championship in 1972, 1973, and 1984. He won the Renegade title in the Northwest Ice Yachting Association regatta in 1987 and 2001.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
AH Peters Funeral Home
20705 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
Link to Map
Link to Obituary
Monday, October 14, 2013
In State: 9-10 AM
Funeral Mass: 10 AM
St. Margaret's of Scotland Church
21201 E 13 Mile Rd
St Clair Shores, MI 48082
Link to Map
Below are segments of an interview with three generations of Sherry ice boaters, Lorne, son Ron, and grandson, Griffin.
October 7, 2013
Ice Boating Needs This
Saw this on Scuttlebutt about a Madrid based company, Aerovisual, that offers RC helicopter "aerial photo and video quality and the manufacture and sale of complete systems for many applications." Take a look at this video they made with an RC helicopter following a Moth class sailboat around. (One of the first times that an RC helicopter took video during an ice sailing regatta was at the 2011 European DN Championships. See those videos here.)
October 1, 2013
Monitor flying across Lake Mendota in 1955
One more post on the subject of foiling boats on Lake Mendota-4LIYC member and Nite Commodore Don Sanford was kind enough to share with us an excerpt from his upcoming book, On Fourth Lake, the Social History of Lake Mendota.
c. 2013 Donald P. Sanford
" This year’s America’s Cup was the first time most armchair sailors had seen a sailboat go faster than the wind. But for a handful Madison iceboaters including Bill Mattison and Jack Ripp it was deja-vu. They’d seen it all before--one day in August, 1955 when the Monitor flew across Lake Mendota.
In the mid-1930s, Gordon Baker raced E Scows with the Mendota Yacht Club in Madison. Gordon was a great sailor because he really knew something about wind power. That’s because the family business, Baker Manufacturing in Evansville, WI, was one of the country’s foremost manufacturers of windmills. Gordon began experimenting with hydrofoils in the 1940s and launched his first prototype hydrofoil, a sailboat, in 1950 at the University Boathouse on Lake Mendota. Based on its success, Baker Manufacturing soon introduced a hydrofoil kit for powerboats in 1953. Once installed, a 14-foot boat with a 10-horsepower motor could reach speeds of 35 miles per hour.
With some funding from the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research, Baker continued to perfect the designs on his hydrofoil next sailboat, the Monitor. On August 25, 1955, Baker and his colleague Robert Johnston climbed aboard Monitor and headed for the open water of Lake Mendota off Picnic Point. As the boat’s speed increased, Monitor’s hull lifted onto a set of three ladder-shaped hydrofoils. With her high-aspect sails, Monitor literally flew across Lake Mendota at 25 knots (28.7 mph), setting a new speed record for a sailboat of any kind. Footage of the event was shown on ABC-TV’s John Daly and the News and photos of the boat were featured in Sports Illustrated and Life magazines later that year. A year later, Monitor set another record on Mendota, reaching 30.4 knots (35 mph), or twice the speed of the wind.
September 26, 2013
America's Cup, Foils, and the USS Missouri
Diane and Paul McMillan, Commodore Don Anderson, and Bill Mattison.
One of the highlights of yesterday including the win by Oracle for the America's Cup, was being able to watch the race with Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club retired Skeeter champion, Bill Mattison. Bill was part of the shore team on three America's Cup campaigns, the 1987 Heart of America, the successful 1992 America 3, and the 1995 first all women's team, Mighty Mary.
One of Bill's favorite memories happened at 2 AM in the morning while he was making some modifications to one of the boats. He noticed two men standing at the fence and invited them to take a closer look at the boat, even letting them climb on while warning them it was slippery because of the dew. The men were appreciative of Bill's gesture which was in stark contrast to the secrecy practiced by other teams.
One of the men wanted to repay Bill's kindness and asked if he would be interested in seeing his boat. Bill asked him what boat that might be and that he'd be tied up for a week. The man turned out to be the Commander of the USS Missouri, the "last battleship built by the United States and was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II."
Bill agreed and the next week, was met by the most beautiful longboat he'd ever seen and rowed out to the battleship. He was given a personal tour by the Commander of "every nook and cranny" of the ship.
Bill noticed a lathe aboard the ship, identical to one that he had in his own shop. He had been trying to find the instruction manual for the lathe for a while and the Commander gave him one of the ship's extra manuals.
Bill mentioned his time in the service during the Korean War and that the Missouri had given cover once during a battle for his unit. The Commander found the log from that day and showed it to Bill.
Another interesting story involves the AC boat foils that give them such tremendous speed. Renegader Paul Macmillan and Bill both remember seeing an experimental boat with foils on Lake Mendota in the 1950s. I was able to track down an article about it. In 1947, the firm engineering staff of the Baker Company in Evansville, WI had done some research on hydrofoils and tested the boat out on Lake Mendota.
Click here to read the article from November 26, 1959.
September 25, 2013
AC Race 19
Jay Yaeso up on his Skeeter foil at the Northwest in 2010
Photo Credit: Gretchen Dorian
A group club members will gather at Buffalo Wild Wings in Monona today, Wednesday, September 24 to watch the deciding final race of the America's Cup. But keep an eye on the weather in San Francisco because there might be too much wind for racing. See you at 3 PM!
Fall Runner Tracks
The Fall 2013 edition of the IDNIYRA publication, Runner Tracks, is posted. John Dennis talks DNs and Skeeters and see the latest international ranking list.
pdf version which is searchable for names in ranking list
September 18, 2013
Firing Up for the Season
Ice boaters have been watching the America's Cup with interest. Wisconsin Stern Steerers Association Secretary, Andy Gratton writes, "We're watching the AC and all the excitement that goes along. The best part is the realization that the AC boats are really just stern steerers on foils, though I haven't seen one spin yet."
[Well almost-see picture below-Ed.]
Meanwhile in other areas of ice boating country, someone dropped this anonymous note on my doorstep. "A note from Green Lake Ice yacht Club-Lots of activity here. We will have three brand new Nites, several more used Nites, an additional Renegade, a new/old classic stern steerer to name a few. We have a bunch of new sailors, and some old salts back!!! We will be starting our building/repairing/tuning/sharpening nights the first week of October and of course all ice boaters are welcome! The biggest news is the return of Dave Norton (old is FAST) to ice boating sailing his Nite(the Quack)! The party scene at all regattas will see a big increase, and the launch area will be a bit more fun to say the least! Green Lake Rocks!!!"
September 8, 2013
Red Means Ice
September 7, 2013
4LIYC Commodore Scouts AC in SF
"That boat only does 46 knots?"
Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club Commodore Don Anderson is in San Francisco today for the America's Cup competition looking to recruit some new Renegade sailors.
September 3, 2013
With Labor Day behind us, Bob Cummins is getting fired up for upcoming ice boating season and sends this link to this 2012 Discovery Channel video with Jeff Kent.
August 8, 2013
Da One Too
July 31, 2013
Slingshots & Sail Rockets
Sail Rocket, it must be the orange color.
SIBC DNer Jane Pegel passed along a video about Sail Rocket 2's (soft water) speed sailing record of 65.45 knots set in November of 2012. Of course, ice boaters have been involved in fast soft water sailing for many years. Back in 1978, the Gougeon brothers built Slingshot, a multihull to compete in the speed trials in Weymouth, England. From the West Systems website, "Slingshot was 60' × 4.5' hull beam × 42' BOA and weighed in at 1,800 lb plus a crew of four. She could sail in both a proa configuration and a trimaran configuration. She recorded the second fastest speed 1979 at Weymouth behind the famous Crossbow I which recorded a speed of 31.8 knots—blistering fast in 1979. Jan reports that later that year in Florida they posted an unofficial speed of 40 knots. Racing the ditch in Texas City, Texas in 1980 with a crew of Jan, Mike Zutek, Ron Sherry, and Olaf and Peter Harken, they posted a speed of 38 knots. But alas, during a storm Slingshot came loose from her mooring and was dashed against the rocks and lost forever. All that remains of her is a section of the bow hanging in the Gougeon boatshop." Read more about Slingshot in the archives of Sports Illustrated.
July 21, 2013
A Couple of Bills, 203 Clamps, Some Gougeon....
July 17, 2013
Digital Runner Tracks
One of my day jobs is serving as the Executive Secretary for the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association as the editor of the yearbook and their newsletter, Runner Tracks. In an effort to keep the dues reasonable for the members, the newsletter has gone to an online magazine format which for me was a great opportunity to be able to use color photography to help tell the story of ice boating.
Take a look at the first online edition here.
July 15, 2013
July 8, 2013
Via the 4LIYC Facebook page, here's Bob Kau and Jay Yaeso working on a "top secret mission".
March 24, 2013
Spring Break Siberian Style
Photo Credit: Gareth Rowland DN K11
This website's content manager is heading for Siberia soon. Follow along here.