Welcome to iceboat.org

The Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club is one of the most active iceboat clubs in North America. We’ve been building and racing iceboats for over 100 years in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

Ice Is Never 100% Safe.

Our ice reports are strictly for iceboat racers. Recreational iceboaters, kite boarders, cross country skiers, and ice fishermen should not rely on our ice reports. We have safety equipment. Do you?

Buy or Sell Your Iceboat

One of the best pages in North America to buy or sell iceboats and their parts. There’s also a complete list of vendors who will supply iceboats, sails, and their components.

Common Questions:

How can I get started? How fast can they go? How much do they cost? Is it safe?

Regatta Watch

Information about the ISA, NIYA, WSSA, Nite, and DN regattas.

Iceboat Classes

Learn about Skeeters, DNs, Stern Steerers, Renegades, Nites, and Ice Optimists.

The Rules.

The purpose of iceboat racing rules is to prevent collisions.

Ice Yacht Clubs

The best way to learn about iceboating and make life long friendships is to join a local club.

Why We Sail.

“If all our ice were glass, slightly wet, and all our air reasonably steady with lifters just where needed, sailing would be perfect. Sometimes we do find this, and it is worth waiting years to have. Meanwhile we must accept the more ordinary ice conditions, ordinary weather and wind, and gracefully accept snow, sometimes for weeks. Our ideal comes from time to time, the Great Maker gives only so much of the very best.” Charles H. Johnson.

Iceboating for Kids

Ice Optimists were created specifically as a youth trainer, designed to be easily built using commonly available materials, and to keep costs to a minimum.

March 21:  4LIYC Meeting at Angelo’s Italian Restaurant, Monona 6:30 PM
4LIYC Awards Banquet: Save the Date for April 21, 2018 @ Springer’s. Banquet Reservation Form

Regatta Watch: Northwest Called ON for March 16-18

Via Northwest Regatta Chair Tim McCormick:

The Northwest Regatta is tentatively called ON for March 16-18. The primary sites are in Upper Michigan but we need some melting there to clear up the ice. Final determination will be Wednesday, March 14th at Noon CDT.

4LIYC Awards Banquet Reservation Form

Please join us for the 2018 Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club Awards Banquet
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Place: Springer’s Resort on Lake Kegonsa
3097 Sunnyside Street
Stoughton, WI
Social Hour: 5 – 6:30 PM
Dinner: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Awards to follow
Please join us as we celebrate the end of another iceboat racing season with our good friends at Springer’s on Lake Kegonsa.
Cost – $25 per adult (excludes coffee, beer, milk, soda, wine and mixed drinks)
BUFFET (all items included)
Roast beef and baked fish
Plated garden salad, green beans,
mashed potatoes, rice blend
Rolls and butter
Please print and fill out banquet reservation form and mail payment to Jori Lenon.

Skeeter Spring Fling Suamico Style

Group shot of a Skeeter from yesteryear.

Via WSA Correspondent Jay Yaeso:

The Wisconsin Skeeter Association held a Spring Fling on March 3-4, 2018 in Suamico, Wi on Green Bay. Friday night’s Smoker was a festive event; stories were told and Commodore Ken Whitehorse reflected on past events dating back to the 70’s. We sure we’re impressed with Ken’s recollection of these events in years past.
A discussion was had with regard to the lack of wind on Friday. Ken graciously volunteered to chat with Mother Nature hoping to convince her to show up Saturday.
Photos below are proof that we did sail. Tom Hyslop and Mark Isabel at top mark. John Dennis was the speed demon on Sunday demonstrating his fine sailing ability along with the perfect setup. John is crowned champion of the Spring Fling with one race completed

Regatta Watch: NIYA & ISA Postponed

Both the ISA and Northwest Regattas have been postponed. Next update, March 11.

Via NIYA Chair Tim McCormick

The NIYA Regatta is postponed until March 16-18. Gladstone, MI is the most promising site but they still have 2” of hard crust snow covered by 1” of fresh snow. Ice thickness is more than 18” and trucks are driving on and off the ice without a problem. We need a melt for that site to become good enough for a regatta. Next update is Sunday, March 11 at 8pm CST.

2018 Nite National Results REVISED

The Nite Nationals Results have been revised as of March 7, 2018

To all the Nite sailors,

I am very sorry to have to repost the results from your regatta. I made a mistake in the ties. Our program that we use didn’t recognize the way the Nites break ties in the bylaws. I should have checked that better before posting. I had it in correctly but to break the ties I should have set it up differently. Congratulations to all that sailed – you all did a great job. MJ Schalk

Nite Nationals Final Results
2018 Nite Nationals Gold Fleet

2018 Nite Nationals Silver Fleet

Regatta Watch: NIYA & ISA Tentatively Called ON For March 10-12

ISA News Via Jay Yaeso:
The ISA is called on for March 10,11,12.  Potential sites are:  Escanaba,Mi. Elk Lake, Mi. and Newport, VT.Final call Wednesday, March 7 at noon.

Northwest Regatta News Via Tim McCormick:
The Northwest Regatta is tentatively called ON for March 9-11. We’re keeping our eyes on ice in upper Michigan and Elk Lake and will monitor the snow event Monday-Tuesday. Final determination will be Wednesday, March 7th at Noon CST.

2018 Nite Nationals: Day 1

Dan Bierman on Green Lake.

Results from day one thanks to Mary Jane Schalk.

Click here to see results

2018 Nite National Gold Fleet
Green Lake March 3 & 4
2018 Nite National - Green Lake
Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Entries: 22, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank	Class	SailNo	HelmName		R1	R2	R3		Total	Nett
1st	Gold	272	Tom Sweitzer		0.75	3.00	0.75		4.50	4.50
2nd	Gold	339	Peter Vandervelde	3.00	0.75	2.00		5.75	5.75
3rd	Gold	351	Brian Niles		4.00	4.00	4.00		12.00	12.00
4th	Gold	550	Mark Prange		7.00	10.00	3.00		20.00	20.00
5th	Gold	595	Joe Norton		9.00	9.00	5.00		23.00	23.00
6th	Gold	517	Dan Bierman		8.00	2.00	23.00 DNF	33.00	33.00
7th	Gold	255	Matt Peterson		12.00	6.00	23.00 DNC	41.00	41.00
8th	Gold	544	Mike Peters		2.00	17.00	23.00 DNF	42.00	42.00
9th	Gold	520	Grant Frautschi		6.00	13.00	23.00 DNF	42.00	42.00
10th	Gold	305	Rick Wilfert		15.00	5.00	23.00 DNC	43.00	43.00
11th	Gold	54	Jeff Ragainis		14.00	8.00	23.00 DNF	45.00	45.00
12th	Gold	282	Drew Vandervelde	16.00	7.00	23.00 DNF	46.00	46.00
13th	Gold	564	Byron Hill		11.00	14.00	23.00 DNC	48.00	48.00
14th	Gold	497	Maureen Bohleber	5.00	23.0DNC	23.00 DNF	51.00	51.00
15th	Gold	487	Jim McCabe		13.00	16.00	23.00 DNF	52.00	52.00
16th	Gold	547	 			19.00	11.00	23.00 DNC	53.00	53.00
17th	Gold	322	Chad Rechcygl		20.00	12.00	23.00 DNF	55.00	55.00
18th	Gold	303	Nick Vandervelde	10.00	23.0DNF	23.00 DNF	56.00	56.00
19th	Gold	238	Mike Jankowski		18.00	15.00	23.00 DNF	56.00	56.00
20th	Gold	350	Mark Wilfert		17.00	23.0DNC	23.00 DNC	63.00	63.00
21st	Gold	165	Tony Janowiek		21.00	23.0DNF	23.00 DNF	67.00	67.00
22nd	Gold	433	 	                23.00DN 23.00DNC23.00 DNC	69.00	69.00

2018 Nite National Silver
Green Lake March 3 & 4
2018 Nite Silver Green Lake
Sailed: 2, Discards: 0, To count: 2, Entries: 12, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank	Class	SailNo	HelmName	R1		R2		Total	Nett
1st	Silver	503	Jeff Seeboth	0.75		2.00		2.75	2.75
2nd	Silver	60	Dick Grota	3.00		0.75		3.75	3.75
3rd	Silver	10	 		2.00		5.00		7.00	7.00
4th	Silver	160	Ken Kreider	4.00		4.00		8.00	8.00
5th	Silver	511G	John Mason	6.00		6.00		12.00	12.00
6th	Silver	384	Don Sanford	8.00		7.00		15.00	15.00
7th	Silver	94	Dave Whealon	13.00 DNF	3.00		16.00	16.00
8th	Silver	205	Jim Magnuson	5.00		13.00 DNF	18.00	18.00
9th	Silver	511B	 		10.00		8.00		18.00	18.00
10th	Silver	386	 		7.00		13.00 DNF	20.00	20.00
11th	Silver	58	Terry Reynolds	9.00		13.00 DNF	22.00	22.00
12th	 	433	 		13.00 DNF	13.00 DNC	26.00	26.00

NIte Nationals…. ON!!!

From Nite Commodore Don Sanford:

Nite Nationals have been called ON for Green Lake, WI March 3 & 4 2018.
Here are the details you need to know:
  • INCA NOR 2018
  • INCA Sailing Instr 2018
  • INCA Nationals Registration & Waiver 2018
  • Launch site:  Dodge County park on the west end of Green Lake
  • DO NOT DRIVE ON THE ICE:  Host club will have ATV’s available for moving trailers
  • Hotel:  We have a block of 15 hotel rooms in Ripon at the Comfort Suites. Mention you are here for the iceboat regatta to get the $89 rate for two queens.  (920) 748-5500
  • First Race:  Please note that the time of Saturday’s first race has been set at 0900.
  • Entry:  If you registered and paid when we attempted to hold the regatta on Mendota last month, your fee is paid.  Please complete the registration form again, just indicate on it that you paid back in February.
  • Fleet Meeting:  We may have a fleet meeting on Saturday after racing.  That will be announced at Skippers meeting Saturday morning
  • Dinner-Saturday night:  at the Gooseblind in Green Lake at 7pm all you can eat pizza, salad and pasta.

Renegades Postponed

Not a big surprise, but the Renegade regatta is also postponed.
Next update Sunday evening.

ISA Postponed

From Jay Yaeso:

The ISA Race Committee is postponing another week.  Ice checkers
found 20″ of ice but current ramp conditions will not be able to
tolerate a regatta.
We continue our search for having a 2018 ISA championship.
Next update March 4, 2018

Regatta Dates 2018

Wisconsin Iceboat Hotline

  • Northwest Postponed
  • ISA & Renegade Championship
  • Nite Nationals Called On Feb 3-4
  • DN Worlds & Europeans
    February 25-March 3, 2018
  • DN & Ice Opti Junior Worlds
    February 5-8, 2018
  • WSSA Sailed
  • DN Western Regional
  • DN North Americans
  • Baikal Ice Sailing Week, Siberia
    March 31-April 7, 2018


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Click for 4LIYC Meeting Dates


  • November 15
  • December 14 THURSDAY Elections, Elect Fleet Captains. Vote on ISA & NIYA Agenda Items
  • December 27
  • January 10 Honor Roll Nominations
  • January 24 Deadline for By-Law or Racing Rules Amendment Submission
  • February 7
  • February 21 Business Meeting
  • March 7
  • March 21

Location: Angelo’s 5801 Monona Drive Monona, WI Time: 6:30 PM alternate Weds. We meet downstairs and all are welcome.



Lake Access Permits

A year-round permit required for designated launch sites in the City of Madison and Dane County Parks. Locations include:

  • Lake Mendota Warner Park Mendota County Park
  • Lake Monona Tonyawatha Tr. Olin Park
  • Lake Waubesa Goodland Park

Purchase Lake Access Permit Online.


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