Northwest Ice Yachting Association Regatta

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February 22,23,24 2008

Geneva Lake, Fontana, WI Map

Lodging Information

The Abbey Resort

269 Fontana Blvd.

Fontana, WI 53125


Get directions

Abbey website

February 29, 2008

Helicopter Photos from Regatta

In case you didn't notice, there was a helicopter flying around the race course on Sunday taking pictures. You can see the pictures on this website.

Battle of the Sail Graphics

Jane Pegel

Dan Clapp

February 26, 2008

Another Online Photo Gallery

Be sure to check out these great photos taken during Sunday's racing on Geneva from the area newspaper.

February 25, 2008

Photos Posted

I'm posting the regatta photos as fast as I can. Keep checkingthe NIYA photo page because there will be more through out the week.

Trophy Presentation Photos

DN Class: Bob Cave, 2nd, Jim Gluek 1st, 4th John Davenport
(not pictured, Lou Loenneke 3rd)

Stern Steerer Class: Peter McCormick 4nd Overall & 1st in C Class, Mike Peters & Erich Schloemer 1st Overall & 1st in A Class, Marv Luck, 2nd Overall and 1st in D Class.

Renegade Class: George Gerhardt 2nd, Greg Simon 1st

Skeeter Class: 1st Dan Clapp, 2nd Jay Yaeso, 3rd Bob Kau

NIYA Wrap Up Report #1

A rush across the ice By GINA DUWE ( Contact ) Monday, Feb. 25, 2008
LAKE GENEVA — I dared not look down at the ice just a foot below me as we cruised over it at nearly 40 mph. As the crew adjusted the sails and steering to pick up more speed, I clutched the side handles, picturing myself flying out of the ice boat as we made turns around Geneva Lake on Sunday afternoon. After all, a coworker gave me this warning when setting up my assignment: “One caveat ... It’s pretty dangerous, and you could be killed or seriously injured.” Click here to continue reading the story.

February 24, 2008

NIYA Day Three: Regatta Completed!

7:07 PM: Results posted thanks to the quick work of Steve & Mary Jane Schalk. Check back during the week for more photos and reports.

The flags (yes that's right, flags) dropped at about 8:20 AM this morning on Geneva Lake. All classes were able to complete the regatta and the maximum number of races (three) were run for each fleet today. The regatta was completed by 1:00 today. How did we do it so quickly?

On Saturday, Renegader Don Anderson threw out the idea of getting the regatta finished on two different courses on Sunday when the winds were expected to pick up. The Race Committee had a long time to consider the plan on Saturday when we were postponed and concluded that we had enough help, starting blocks, and marks, and most importantly, enough room for two courses.

The Skeeters and Stern Steerers sailed on one course assisted by Mary Jane Schalk, Pam Mereness, Steve Schalk, Burly Brellenthin, and Sparky Lundburg. Meanwhile, just east of that course, myself, Chip Sawyer, Arlyn LaFortune, and Carrie Pok took charge of the Renegades and DNs.

Quick Results: DNs, Jim Gluek; Renegades, Greg Simon; Skeeters, Dan Clapp;
B Skeeters, Steve Schalk; Stern Steerers Overall, Erich Schloemer.

February 23, 2008

NIYA Day Two

6:51 PM: We're at the Lake Geneva Yacht Club having cocktails before the banquet and the place is filling up. Finally, we were able to start racing later this afternoon. Unofficial results: Skeeters, Dan Clapp, Bob Kau, and Ken Whitehorse; Stern Steerers, Peter McCormick, Jim Stribrny; Renegades,Greg Simon, Archie Call, and Greg McCormick. Racing starts at 8:00 AM on Sunday morning and we'll wrap up this regatta. Interesting things of note include a visit by Dale and Amy Livezey who were traveling from Elk Lake on their way home to Montana. The Deuce split her mast before the regatta and couldn't compete.

Here's Greg McCormick getting ready to push off for the Renegade race.

1:58 PM: "We are here until the last dog is hung", Steve Schalk just announced. Today we can start a race all the way up to 5:05 PM. To make sure that we complete the regatta, the flag will drop at 8 AM on Sunday. Stand by for more updates.

10:41 AM: Another beautiful day. The mood in the pits is jovial as we wait for wind. I'll update when we do get out to the course.

February 22, 2008

NIYA Day One: Live From the Ice

6:48 PM A very beautiful day, sunny, lots of ice, but not much wind. Lots of standing around and getting reacquainted. Eventually most of the boats were towed in by ATVs or SUVs. We'll try again on Saturday.

1:57 PM: The DNs were able to get a race in. Unofficial results, Bob Cave, Lou Loenneke, and Jim Gluek placed one, two three. Renegade race was abandoned due to time limit though the first mark rounding was a extremely close race between Mike Derusha and George Gerhardt for first place. We are standing by waiting for wind again.

11:44 AM: Still postponed and lots of standing around. People are breaking out the crackers and cheese.

It's about 11:00 AM and I'm posting live from the scoring car. The light shifty winds have already caused the course to be reset. The bottom mark is right out in front of the Lake Geneva Yacht Club. There are 20 DNs, 17 Renegades, 7 A Skeeters, 9 B Skeeters, and 11 stern steerers registered. Standing by for the first race which will be the DNs.

February 21, 2008


Live On The Ice!

This is a first for me, sitting in my brother's truck on Geneva watching the spars go up and being able to post to the website.. Dan Clapp and Rick Stavola have been sailing around in their Skeeters in the rather light air. There goes a Boe Skeeter and a Renegade. Taku's spar is up and Archie Call just pulled on the ice, all the way from Ohio. Had lunch at Chuck's, the traditional ice boat hangout on this end of Geneva Lake. Stand by for photos.

Here's Jane Pegel on her way to put the mast up on her DN

February 20, 2008

Geneva Before the Eclipse

Photo Credit: Barb Bishop

Final Confirmation:

NIYA Regatta ON for Geneva Lake at Fontana, WI

February 18, 2008


Geneva Lake welcomes all iceboat sailors (of good nature) to the Northwest Regatta! Plans are under way for a fun filled and good racing weekend.


Thursday, February 21, 2008:
Thursday night, Burly and Donna Brellenthin are hosting a cocktail party for the early bird arrivals from 5:45 to 8:00

Friday, February 22, 2008:
Friday registration at Chuck’s (no creepers inside) from 8:30 to 9:30 AM. The first race is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM with race two to follow. Chuck’s will also be open at 8:30 on Saturday and Sunday for bathroom use only! Bar and restaurant open later. Friday night meeting will be at Up-Chuck’s (upstairs from the bar at Chuck’s)

Saturday, February 23, 2008:
The first race is scheduled to begin at 9:30 AM with every attempt to get in two races per fleet. Saturday a great meal is planned at the Lake Geneva Yacht club. As of right now you will have a choice of beef tenderloin tips with noodles, or a chicken dinner (entrees may change slightly). Please try to let Deb and MJ know at registration how many will be attending the dinner and your choice of entrée. Dinner will be $18.00.
Directions to the Lake Geneva Yacht club (LGYC)
Starting on Hwy. 67 in Fontana. Turn left (east at the intersection located at the gas) station and Abbey Resort sign. This is Fontana Boulevard. Follow this road (which becomes South Shore Drive near the lake) as it follows the west and south curve around the lake. After 2.5 miles you will arrive at the LGYC at 1250 South Shore Dr. Turn left and go down the hill to the club house at the lake. Upstairs cocktail lounge and dining. Dining is also available downstairs. Click here for map.

The Abbey:
Walking distance to Chuck’s and the launch site
Get directions

Abbey website

The Abbey Resort is offering a regatta deal. Just mention North West Regatta to get a special room rate. The Abbey, Chuck’s Tavern, the launch site, and LGYC are all within a 2 mile area.

Fontana Village Inn
1/8 mile to launch site

Econo Lodge
5.45 miles to launch site

Please note that the Abbey and LGYC are smokeless facilities. Stay tuned for more information and updates

Northwest Ice Yacht Association
Northwest Called ON for Lake Geneva
Via Paul Krueger: The Northwest Ice Yacht Regatta has been called on for  February 22, 23, 24, 2008.
Regatta is scheduled to be held Friday, Saturday and  Sunday, February 22,23,24, 2008.

The Regatta site order will be: Toledo, Ohio, Gull Lake, Michigan, Sturgeon Bay-Green Bay,
Green Lake, Lake Geneva, Oshkosh, Madison, Fond Du Lac, Menominee, Pewaukee, Detroit & Burlington Bay, Hamilton.

N.I.Y.A. races will be held for Class A, B, C, D, E, Renegade and DN (NOTE: Class A races will be held separately at Wisconsin or Upper Michigan, if not held in that area).
The first race will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, February 22, 2008. The entry fee is $15.00 per yacht. Registration will be held at Regatta Headquarters on February 22, 2008 from 8:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. Starting positions for the first race will be by committee draw.
Trophies will be awarded according to Article XI of the N.I.Y.A. Rule Book.
Five races are scheduled for each class with three being necessary in each class for the completion of the Regatta.