INTERNATIONAL SKEETER ASSOCIATION (ISA)
January 18, 2015
ISA Regatta Postponed
Via ISA Secretary Paul Krueger, the International Skeeter Association regatta has been postponed. Next update will be on Sunday, January 25, 2015. Note that the Northwest regatta takes precedence over the ISA. The ISA will be postponed if the Northwest Ice Yachting Association Regatta is held on these dates.
December 22, 2014
2015 Annual Meeting
Read the agenda items that have been submitted for the ISA 2015 annual meeting here.
November 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL SKEETER ASSOCIATION
2015 I.S.A. CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA NOTICE
All races will be sailed under the rules of the National Iceboat Authority and those of the International Skeeter Association.
The Regatta will be held on January 9, 10, & 11, 2015 The first race will be at 10 AM local time on Friday, January 9, 2015. The Regatta will be postponed if the Northwest Ice Yachting Association Regatta is held on these dates.
Possible locations, in order of preference, are: East Division, Menominee, Green Lake, Detroit, Gull Lake, Lake Geneva, Madison, Pewaukee,and Burlington Bay.
The races will be held for A, B, C Division Skeeters, Renegades and Nites. The Entry Fee is $15 per yacht. Awards will be given according to Part II Section 3 of The International Skeeter Association Constitution, By- Laws and Racing Rules.
Registration will be at Regatta Headquarters from 8:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. local time on Friday, January 9, 2015. Skippers may obtain sailing instructions at the time of registration. Five races are scheduled for each division. Three are necessary for a complete regatta.
For confirmation of the regatta dates, call the phone answering service at 608-204-9876 beginning at 6:00 P.M. CST on Sunday January 4, 2015. For final confirmation call after 1:00 P.M. CST on Wednesday January 7, 2015.
I.S.A. RACE COMMITTEE
Chairman Tom Hyslop
Alt Glenn Betzoldt
November 4, 2014
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.
October 23, 2014
"Gale puts thrills in Northwestern ice regatta
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.
October 6, 2014
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.
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.
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.
February 4, 2014
Well edited video from Dan Clapp. Great to see the orange Skeeter having fun on the ice at the Eastern ISA.
February 3, 2014
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.
Bill Dale's Merlin
JD pushes off.
Madison's skyline from Lake
The local constabulary are always
interested in ice sailing.
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
UPDATE 1: 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
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
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.
See results, reports, and photos from the 2013 ISA here.
Via ISA Secretary Paul Krueger, here is your 2012 ISA meeting agenda.
July 8, 2012
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."
January 4, 2012
Dat's Da One
December 20, 2011
Area 311 Skunkworks Update
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.