2016 ISA Regatta

The 2016 ISA regatta is tentatively scheduled for January 8-10, 2016. The next update will be on Sunday, January 3, 2016.

ISA Regatta Is ON for the UP

CLICK HERE FOR ISA & RENEGADE CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA PAGE WITH PRE-REGISTRATION
The ISA and Renegade Championship is called on for Little Bay de Noc, Gladstone, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for March 20, 21, 22, 2015. Launch at the Gladstone Yacht Club.
Ice conditions: 25" of rock hard ice. Mike Derusha and Ken Kreider have sailed it with their DNs.
You can drive with your trailer on the ice. Stand by for hotel information.

2015 Annual Meeting

Read the agenda items that have been submitted for the ISA 2015 annual meeting here.

1957 ISA News & Views: December

"Your sail came down because the mast exploded!"
The December 1957 ISA News & Views covers a variety of topics including a discussion of the complications of ice boat racing rules in the years before the National Iceboat Authority was established. There were rules of the Northwest, the ISA, the DN60 fleet, and the North American Yacht Racing Union.
Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant: There are some historic photos from the 1952 Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant which was the second time it was sailed in the west after Ed Rollberg went out east and won it in 1952.
4LIYC News: "Our old member but new Skeeter skipper, Paul Krueger (17) has built himself a new Skeeter with a 23' rig." Read it all here.


"Evolution or De-evolution??

New C Skeeter Build in MN

This is MN based Pat Heppert’s new C Skeeter. It’s an attempt at a lower cost, front cockpit Skeeter that is easy to transport in its small lightweight enclosed trailer, and easy to set up by one person. Will it be fast? Will it be the slowest anchor-like contraption in existence? Will the C Skeeter fleet start to build? Or will it remain the under-represented Skeeter class? More construction pictures are on the Minnesota web site under the "How To" section, www.iceboating.net. Pat says that full size CAD drawn frame patterns are available."


Bill Perrigo

1957 News & Views: April

Here's the April edition of the 1957 ISA News & Views, edited by Jane Pegel. Topics include an ISA regatta report, organization of a committee on boat development, Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant report, more opinions on boat development, reports to Jane from the clubs, and a Bargain Counter, where you'l find the "cheapest advertising in the world for the world's greatest cheapSKATES". I have no photos from the 1957 ISA but have posted some Skeeter pictures taken by Carl Bernard from around that time.


Elmer Millenbach

Bill Mattison

1957 ISA News & Views

We've started a project to scan all the International Skeeter Association News and Views. Here's a the November 1957 issue which was edited by Jane Pegel. Interesting to note that discussions about Skeeter development from 57 years ago haven't changed all that much. Read it here.


"Gale puts thrills in Northwestern ice regatta"

Fancy Machines

A 30 mile gale added thrills to the Northwestern Ice Yachting Association regatta on Lake Mendota at Madison, Wisc. January 30, 1938. Here two machines are "hiking", which is like "heeling" in a sailboat as H.V. Fitzcharles of Chicago, left, sailing High Voltage, and Harry Melges of Williams Bay, Wisc. at the helm of Fancy Flight put up a heated fight to head each other."
I came across this photo on ebay from a company that specializes in original press photos and snapped it up. NIYA records show Harry Nye as the winner of the 1938 Northwest Skeeter class. Skeeters first competed in the NIYA in 1936. Skeeters didn't have springboards at that time which must have made for quite an exciting ride in a 30 mph gale.

CHANGE PROPOSALS REQUESTED AT THE 2014 ANNUAL ISA MEETING
Take a look on the ISA page for a list of proposals that were requested at the 2014 ISA annual meeting. The list is for discussion and these will need to be an agenda item submitted by an ISA member for the 2015 meeting. December 1st is the deadline for proposal submissions.

Download in a pdf file
FROM DAN CLAPP
Prepared as requested by Steve Schalk 4/27/2014
It was requested in discussion at the 2014 annual meeting at Riley’s Pub on Green Lake, Wisconsin that several options be created for changes to the ISA rules.

SCORING
The first subject was scoring – Should DNF and DNC and DSQ be scored the same as they currently are?

The current scoring method for all three is the number of boats registered in any class plus one. This provides the same score for not finishing an individual race as if you had not come to the start line. There is also no penalty beyond that score for a disqualification.

Proposals for each score code: THESE ARE FOR PROMOTION OF DISCUSSION – AN AGENDA ITEM WILL NEED TO BE PUT FORWARD BY A CLUB TO GET THE MOST POPULAR OPTIONS ON THE 2015 AGENDA.

DNF = Did not finish – started the race but did not complete course at all or within time limit of ½ hour after the first boat to finish.

Option 1: Score DNF as the number of boats that started the race plus one.
Option 2: Score DNF as the number of boats that finished the race plus one.
Option 3: Leave as is.

DNC = Did not Compete – did not come to starting area or start the race.

Option 1: The number registered without the plus one.
Option 2: Leave as is.

DSQ and RAF = Disqualified and Retired after Finishing
Option 1: The number registered plus two.
Option 2: Leave as is.

ASSISTED STARTING
The second subject was the use of pushers for those old enough to need them and how the rule is currently addressed. It was pointed out that standing on the plank while being pushed might be a bit impractical for front seating Skeeter skippers who need a push.
The current rule is: 9.3 - When permitted by race committee, a skipper getting a push at starting line only must be standing on plank while being pushed.

Option 1: When permitted by the race committee, a skipper getting a push at the starting line must be standing in the cockpit when the start signal is given.
Option 2: When permitted by the race committee, a skipper getting a push at the starting line may be seated in the cockpit when the starting signal is given.
Option 3: When permitted by the race committee, a skipper getting a hold or a push at the starting line must be standing in the cockpit when the start signal is given. Option 4: When permitted by the race committee, a skipper getting a hold or a push at the starting line may be seated in the cockpit when the starting signal is given.

NOTE: I left out the option to stand next to the cockpit, because if you could run as fast, or faster than your pusher so you could jump in on the run, you would not need one.
NOTE THAT THE CURRENT RULES ALLOW THE RACE COMMITTEE TO GRANT THE USE OF A PUSHER FOR ANY COMPETITOR WITH A LEGITIMATE NEED WITHOUT REGARD TO AGE. ALSO NOTE THAT CURRENTLY ONLY PUSHING AND NOT HOLDING THE BOAT BACK IS ALLOWED.

AGAIN – THIS IS FOR DISCUSSION AND WILL NEED AN AGENDA ITEM BROUGHT BY A CLUB FOR 2015. AGENDA ITEMS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE SECRETARY/TREASURER OF THE ISA BY DECEMBER 1, 2014.

"Counting Stars"

Well edited video from Dan Clapp. Great to see the orange Skeeter having fun on the ice at the Eastern ISA.

EISA Drone

Photographer Jeff Smith shot some photos at the Eastern ISA with his new drone helicopter. See them here.


Jay Yaeso

Sail Racing ISA Pictures

All photos credit Sail Racing/Jan Söderström
As we prepare for the ISA regatta called on for Lake Champlain this coming weekend, it's a great time to share these photos from Sweden's Sail Racing. Their photographer, Jan Söderström shot thousands of photos at the 2013 ISA regatta sailed on Lake Kegonsa for an ad campaign that was to have been released in the fall of 2013. But due to a very warm autumn and winter in Europe, Sail Racing has decided to wait with the Skeeter story until next season, autumn 2014. They also filmed quite a bit of video which will be released next season as well.

Eastern ISA Awards

C Skeeter Winners
Regatta Chairman: Jordan Glazer, 3rd place: Robert Queisser (right), 2nd Place: Bob Crum (not shown), 1st Place: James Lamb (left)

B Skeeter Winners:
Left to right 3rd: Keith Kennedy, 2nd: George Neyssen, 1st: Mark Hancik, RC: Jordan Glaser

A Skeeter Winners
L to R RC: Jordan Glaser, 3rd: Tony Bosco, 2nd: Chris Davidson, 1st: Dan Clapp


Photo Credit: Jeff Brown

Eastern ISA Day 1

Yankees on the line today at the Eastern ISA on Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh, New York. Day one standings posted here. Via Skeeter skipper Jordan Glaser, "Three races were run for A, B, & C Skeeter classes today. The day started out with little wind and ultimately blew nice & hard as the day progressed. There was plenty of hard, smooth snow ice...so after enjoying Brooklyn Bagels for breakfast, the DN boys set up there own course and ran the Eastern DNs. Of course, Dan Clapp was in top form and ran away with the A skeeter races today. Chris Davison, Tony Bosco & Jordan Glaser enjoyed duking it out for the other positions. Mark Hancik finally emerged in 1st after today's B skeeter Yankee races. Boy wonder James Lamb (from the New England Ice Yacht Club) took all the C Skeeter races. I'd like to see him match up against Gus Stauber (Rush) from Michigan. Attendees were from Indiana, Sodus Bay, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Red Bank, Lake Hopatkong, Greenpoint & Lake Ronkonkoma. Jeff Smith took a bunch of pics with his new drone (Watch out Craig Wilson!). We'll get Jeff to send you some."

Art Siebke, NJ Skeeter Sailor

Click to see entire Camel ad "DAVID & GOLIATH ON ICE!"
We received an inquiry from the nephew of Greenwood Lake, New Jersey Skeeter sailor Art Siebke wanting to learn more about his uncle's involvement in ice boating.

Above is part of a beautifully illustrated advertisement for Camel cigarettes featuring Siebke. Be sure to click on the image to see the entire panel.

Sailing as a member of the Skeeter Ice Boat Club, Siebke won the International Skeeter Association championship in 1948.

The ISA continues to award the Siebke Memorial Trophy to the skipper who travels the farthest to race his yacht in the annual regatta.

If you have any stories to share about Art Siebke, email to me and I'll pass them on to his nephew.