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February 4, 2014

"Counting Stars"

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

February 3, 2014

EISA Drone

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

Sail Racing ISA Pictures

Jay Yaeso makin' wake
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.

February 2, 2014

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

February 1, 2014

Eastern ISA Day 1

Photo Credit: Jeff Brown
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."

January 30, 2014

Eastern ISA Called ON for Champlain

Today's MODIS view of Lake Champlain is looking really good!

Date: February 1-2, 2014
Launch: Gilbert Brook Marina
715 Lake Shore Road, West Chazy, NY Link to Map
Lodging: Holiday Inn Express, Plattsburgh Link to Map
UPDATE 2: 5:30 PM Dan Clapp talk in Champlain Room at Plattsburgh Holiday Inn Saturday night followed by-
Banquet: 7:30PM Green House Butcher Block Restaurant 15 Booth Dr, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 Link to Map
It looks like a Ferry made the original site unsafe to sail.  We will be moving further north to sail on a large plate on snow ice on Monty Bay (North of Plattsburgh).  The primary launch site will be at the Gilbert Brook Marina, 715 Lake Shore Road, West Chazy, New York.  An additional launch is north of the Marina. Lodging will remain at the Plattsburgh Holiday Inn.  First race at 11AM Saturday (wind permitting).  Dan Clapp talk Saturday evening.  Additional races Sunday.  Thanks to Bob Dill for checking things out today. "Open to all Skeeter classes. 1st race is 11AM on Saturday. There is a large plate of black ice. Lodging will be at the Plattsburgh Holiday Inn: 412 Highway #3, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 ph (518)-561-5000. On Saturday evening at 5:30 PM, Dan Clapp will run a clinic for all skippers on "Racing Tactics."

January 13, 2014

ISA Postponed

The International Skeeter Association Regatta has been postponed until February 7,8,9, 2014. Check back on Sunday, February 2, 2014 for the next update. If there are conditions for a Northwest regatta, the Northwest will take precedence.

December 30, 2013

ISA News

INTERNATIONAL SKEETER ASSOCIATION DUES NOTICE The annual dues is $25.00 for the 2013-2014 season, payable to the Secretary/Treasurer:
Paul Krueger, 3027 Siggelkow Road, McFarland, WI 53558. December 15, 2013 is the deadline for items to be placed on the 2014 agenda. January 10, 11, & 12, 2014 (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday) is the scheduled weekend for the 2014 Regatta.

February 2013

2013 ISA

See results, reports, and photos from the 2013 ISA here.

ISA Agenda

Via ISA Secretary Paul Krueger, here is your 2012 ISA meeting agenda.

July 8, 2012

Skeeter News: Things Just Got A Lot More Interesting....

Via New Jersey Skeeter skipper Dan Clapp: "Yesterday, it was predicted to reach 102 degrees here in NJ. Tom Nichols informed me that John Dennis was on his way here to buy Tom's patriotic skeeter...and that we were going to set it up. WHAT?? On the hottest day of the year?? Ugh.

Well, we didn't set it up. And it never reached 102. But 99 was hot enough.

Tom's dark blue paint job gets hot in direct sunlight. So to save the boat from "cooking" all the way back to MN, John Dennis wrapped the boat in white plastic....and it worked. The "package" was now cool to the touch.

John Dennis came with friend and fellow DNer Jim McDonaugh and his dog Neil. Tom Nichols summoned Mark Hancik and I to help with the transfer. Mark and I were jealous to watch sail after sail....and several sets of carbon fiber battens...and three sets of stainless runners get loaded into John's van....especailly considering I only have ONE SET.

I said to John, "this isn't the DN class with a set for every ice condition". John replied by saying, "I read the skeeter rules on runners and I love it. There are no rules." (Note to Yaeso: get ready to either make alot of runners or, propose a new runner rule".)

We are thrilled to have John Dennis in the skeeter class. Current DN Northwest Champion and recent DN North American Champion, John is the most talented sailor to join the Skeeter class in decades. And his learning curve will be quick, especially considering he's driving a two-time ISA winning boat. We fully expect John to be stirring things up at the front of the pack. And although I look forward to competing against him, I don't look forward to now having to drive to Minnesota."

John Dennis, Tom Nichols, Jim McDonagh, and Mark Hancik

January 4, 2012

Dat's Da One

4LIYC skipper Bob Kau has the decking on his latest Skeeter creation.

December 20, 2011

Area 311 Skunkworks Update

Via Jay Yaeso, "These 2 rock stars are building parts for a unidentified coming attraction."

December 19, 2011

A Coming Attraction for 2012?

If you guessed that this was 4LIYC Skeeter skipper Bob Kau's formerly top secret latest A-Skeeter creation, you are correct. Bob writes, "my new boat is a combination of my 'malt tempered thinking', Elmer's [Millenbach] dream boat, Charlie Miller's old boat, and Jay Yaeso's skills and help."

June 24, 2010

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.