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The Wisconsin Stern Steerers Association is a group of highly committed ice boaters dedicated to the promotion, restoration, and competition of stern-steerers, the grand ice yachts that ruled the ice until the advent of the single-pilot boats.

"The renaissance of the big boats, especially the big A Boats, is one of the best stories in our sport in recent years."
The Blade Runner


WSSA DUES W.S.S.A. dues are $20.00 and can be mailed to Andy Gratton at the following address:

W.S.S.A.
c/o Andy Gratton
Secretary/Treasure
2102 Doty Street Oshkosh, WI. 54902


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NEWS AND INFORMATION


April 1, 2014

WI Stern Steerers Regatta


Rosemary Knows
RESULTS POSTED HERE.
The Wisconsin Stern Steerers Association held their annual championship on Green Lake in Wisconsin over the weekend. Green Lake IYC member was there to photograph the action and has uploaded his photos here.


March 20, 2014

WSSA Called On

Photo Credit: Tim Bryden, Green Lake Ice Yacht Club
Mike Peters helms Ace of Spades with DNer Mike Madge

The 2014 Wisconsin Stern Steering Assoc regatta is called on for Green Lake, March 22 and 23. The regatta site is at the southwest end of the lake at the boat landing. The first race is scheduled for 11 AM.



1968 Russian Championship

Via WSSA Secretary/Treasurer Andy Gratton alerts us to this really interesting Youtube video: "Matt Critchley found this video. Wing-sails on stern steerers, all they need is a bubble canopy. I don't even see any wires on these boats. Everyone should see these boats." See it here.


December 12, 2013

December 2013 Newsletter
& Notice of Dues

Hot off the press! Read it here.


March 27, 2013

2013 Regatta Winners


Via Andy Gratton, "Iceboats you could say we were all winners."


March 24, 2013

WSSA Regatta Report

The regatta was a success on Lake Geneva! We had five boats show up at this late date. Some members of the Skeeter Ice Boat Club knocked down the ice shove on the beach so we could get on the ice Saturday morning. Light winds were predicted with 36 degrees F. That softened the ice to ensure there was no sailing to take place on Saturday. The afternoon's entertainment was having the annual meeting on the ice with seating provided by Rosemary IV as shown on the 4LIYC website. John Isom is the new WSSA Commodore.

Sunday was overcast, 30 degrees, and breezy from the east. Four boats raced, two C and two D. One C declined to race. Steve Schalk was gracious enough to be the race officer. The first two races were won by Ace of Spades followed by Rosemary IV, Miss Mischief, and LaCinda Mae, then Miss Mischief, Rosemary IV, and LaCinda Mae for the first and second race, respectively. Shortly before finishing the second race the halyard on Miss Mischief parted and dropped the mainsail even though she was hot on overtaking Ace of Spades. Rosemary IV spun at the windward mark hard enough to send the rear seatback into orbit. In the third race Ace of Spades was leading at the first windward mark, hiked, then spun hard. The plank sheared at the starboard chock as the skipper slid out and down the side of the boat. At the third windward rounding Rosemary IV again spun allowing LaCinda Mae to catch and overtake for a short time only to be passed once Rosemary shook off the icedust and got rolling again.

All present had a good time. A big thank you to Steve and Mary Jane Schalk for setting the course, helping with trailers, and running the scoring."
Andy Gratton WSSA Secretary/Treasurer


March 24, 2013

WSSA Results from Geneva Lake

2013 WSSA Overall

Results are final as of 13:15 on March 24, 2013

Overall

Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Entries: 5, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Class SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 Total
1st D D 17 Andy Gratton 2.0 3.0 1.0 6.0
2nd C C 25 Mike Peters 1.0 1.0 6.0 DNF 8.0
3rd D V 36 Joe Terry 4.0 4.0 2.0 10.0
4th C V49 Jeff Seeboth 3.0 2.0 6.0 DNC 11.0
5th D D 235 Fred Stritt 6.0 DNC 6.0 DNC 6.0 DNC 18.0

013 WSSA Class C

Results are final as of 12:02 on March 24, 2013

Overall

Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Entries: 2, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Class SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3
Total
1st C C 25 Mike Peters 1.0 1.0 3.0 DNF
5.0
2nd C V 49 Jeff Seeboth 2.0 2.0 3.0 DNC
7.0

013 WSSA Class C

Results are final as of 13:17 on March 24, 2013

Overall

Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Entries: 3, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Class SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 Total
1st D D 17 Andy Gratton 1.0 1.0 1.0 3.0
2nd D V 36 Joe Terry 2.0 2.0 2.0 6.0
3rd D D 235 Fred Stritt 4.0 DNC 4.0 DNC 4.0 DNC 12.0

 

March 23, 2013

Motions


No wind today gave the WSSA a chance to convene on a plank. Via SIBC Steve Schalk, "Pictured is the WSSA Annual meeting at Geneva Lake. First race starts tomorrow on time at 8:30 am. Wind Northeast 10 gusting to 25 at 7:00 am and 13 gusting to 21 at 10 am. High of 34 and cloudy. We should have 3 races in long before we see any snow at 1 pm."


March 21, 2013

WSSA Called On

"Finally!! The WSSA regatta is called on for March 23 and 24, 2013. The site is Lake Geneva, Fontana. It is reported to have an average of 11.5 inches of ice thickness with the top 3" being snow ice. Roughness about like Green Lake last weekend, drive on access at the beach south of Chuck's Bar. Snow coverage of about 50%, 1.5" deep. This may be the last chance to hold a WSSA regatta this season, so get the runners cleaned up and push, shove, or drag your boat to the lake! First race at 11 am on Saturday.
Andy Gratton WSSA Secretary/Treasurer":


December 10, 2012

2013 WSSA Newsletter

Read the 2013 Wisconsin Stern Steerers Association Newsletter right here.

May 3, 2012

WSSA Photo of the Week


Via WSSA Secretary Andy Gratton, a photo from Tony Williams of a Lake Charlevoix, Michigan stern steerer. Andy writes, "I sailed at Boyne City in February and met Tony, Homer, and others sailing their DNs and Arrows." Note the configuration of the plank.


March 17, 2012

21st-century Stern Steerer
By Randy Rogoski

Erik Sawyer steers as Jay Yaeso trims during Michigander’s maiden voyage March 2011 on Green Bay, near Suamico, Wis.

Erik Sawyer hails from the West Michigan Ice Yacht Club, where most members sail and race small single-handed iceboats that are easy to transport and set up – with one big exception.

His boat, Michigander, is 40-feet long and weighs 1,400 pounds. It’s in a class by itself. For one thing, it has a name. It also has an enclosed trailer the size of a semi. He owns the largest ice yacht in that club, and one of the largest sailing anywhere. And he built it himself, with a little help from his friends.

He needs help from his friends to sail and race it too. This “A”-class Stern Steerer carries 360 square feet of sloop-rigged sail. “That’s a lot of horsepower,” said Sawyer, who won his division at the 2012 Northwest Ice Yacht Association regatta February 24 and 25 on Green Bay.

Sawyer sailed on Green Bay nine days this season, a lot of sailing compared to most in the too warm 2011-2012 season. “I’m expecting a tax bill from the State of Wisconsin,” because of numerous trips to the State over the years to build the boat and sail, he said.

Sawyer’s roots are on the Bay, and with the classic 19th-century-ice-yacht design with the runner plank forward and the steering aft. His parents, Chip and Sue Sawyer, hail from Menominee, the first Upper Peninsula city on Green Bay at the Michigan-Wisconsin border. His father grew up there sailing Stern Steerers. Like his uncles, he also works in the merchant marine. Sawyer, 47, is a captain for the Interlake Steamship Co. which operates a fleet of Great Lakes bulk cargo carriers. When the Soo Locks close for the winter, he can devote his time to ice boat building and sailing.

One of these days there will be enough ice to set her up in front of his home on White Lake, in Michigan’s northern Muskegon County.

He grew up in West Michigan sailing a kid-sized Stern Steerer, has owned a Renegade and a Skeeter, but always wanted a big Stern Steerer. About 1990, he brought home a 40-foot Stern Steerer named Eclipse from Pewaukee. After the mast and plank were broken in capsizes, Sawyer built replacements from lighter materials using composite construction.

In 2004 he went on a 3,600-mile sailing trip to Canyon Ferry Reservoir, Mont. with his dad and a neighbor. While becalmed for five days and over many beers, the idea was hatched to build a new fuselage that would be half the weight of the original. Plans were drawn based on proven designs with a Green Bay friend, Jay Yaeso. In 2009, the project to build the fuselage began in Yaeso’s workshop above his garage that was finished in March 2011.

Fuselage under construction in Yaeso’s second-story workshop in Green Bay..

It took 10 week-long trips, much sawing, clamping and 40 gallons of glue to build the hull from Sitka spruce. A crane was hired to lift the fuselage through a second-story window to a waiting truck.

Sawyer also built a 45-foot enclosed trailer to carry Michigander, its 39-foot mast, 28-foot plank, and runners. The components ride on a caster-mounted dolly that slides out the rear hatch. The weight of the loaded two-axle trailer is 3,500 pounds. It takes three sailors an hour to rig the boat and get her ready to go.

He hauled his program to Green Bay and sailed six days from Feb. 4 to 12, sailing with friends Murray Pulver and Dan Baldwin. He returned for the Northwest Ice Yacht Association regatta Feb. 24 and 25 to race in very good conditions. “It was the first time on the starting line,” Erik said.

This season’s regatta was sailed on big ice at the shallow southern end of Green Bay. He could drive his tow vehicle and trailer onto 14 inches of ice for easy set up. They sailed four lap races around a course set with 1.5-mile legs. The wind blew 10-12 mph, the temperature was 35 degrees, the sun was shining, “It was just perfect,” Erik said.

Classic ice yachts that may have given Michigander a race were spooked by the weather forecast; the skippers of 56-foot Deuce and 42-foot Taku didn’t attend. Sawyer dominated the small Stern Steerer field to win his division. “I could have lapped ‘em if I tried.”

When the Renegade’s were pushing during their race, Erik and crew could hardly hold her back while waiting in the pits. He is so impressed with the boat’s horsepower in a fair breeze he wants a 250-square-foot mainsail for better control in more wind. He is also building a set of runners from edge-holding 440c stainless steel to go along with the set made of soft steel from the original Eclipse.

In a 10 mph. wind he was sailing 60 to 65 mph. But that’s just a warm up.

For every hour of sailing an iceboat, there are many more hours building, traveling to the ice, setting up, waiting around, and repairing the boat when it breaks. To spend as much time sailing Michigander as he’s spent working on it, Erik said he would have to live 200 years to catch up.

“It’s that 80 mile-an-hour ride, that’s why we do it,” he said.

And he has other projects in the works. “That’s the beauty of an iceboat. They’re never done.”


March 5, 2012

WSSA News

Via WSSA Secretary Andy Gratton, "The WSSA regatta for 2012 has been cancelled. Check back in December 2012 for the next edition."


March 3, 2012

WSSA 'Wannabe Regatta'

Via Joe Terry who was on Green Lake for the Wisconsin Stern Steerers Association regatta, "We had a bunch of sailors hoping for good conditions, but it wasn't meant to be. The slab was smooth, but under between 1 and 3 inches of slush with a 1/2" to 1 1/2" crust of ice on top, making conditions unsailalble. We had a lot of fun shooting the bull and sipping some "Apple Pie" to warm us up. Hopefully conditions will allow the regatta at a later date, but for now the season is looking close to over."


Deuce Takes First


In this photo contest!
[Previous] Gretchen Dorian drove from northern Michigan to take pictures of the Northwest that was snowed out. The trip was worth it just for this shot of the Deuce.


February 17, 2012

Birthday Week


Last Friday, WSSA Secretary Andy Gratton celebrated his 50th birthday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay with the fleet of the Northwest Ice Yachting Association regatta. Andy is the skipper who always manages to sail his red stern steerer, Miss Wisconsin, in any condition with a special passenger on the plank. Here's Michigan stern-steerer skipper Erik Sawyer's custom birthday card for Andy.



Andy and bear at the 2007 NIYA in Menominee.


December 11, 2011

2012 WSSA News

Your 2012 WSSA Newsletter is now posted online.


W.S.S.A.-2012 REGATTA NOTICE

Wisconsin Stern Steering Association’s Annual Championship is scheduled for January 7 and 8, 2012 as a two-day regatta. Regatta information will be available by Sunday evening, January 1, 2012. Call the 4 Lakes/WSSA Hot Line, 608-204-9876 Ext. 4 or see www.iceboat.org for ice conditions and tentative regatta sites. Final confirmation will be on Thursday, January 5, 2012, with information being available after 12:00 noon at the above Hot Line number. The regatta is tentatively rescheduled for the following weekend if conditions do not exist so stay in touch. The N.I.Y.A. regatta is scheduled for January 20, 21, and 22. It will take priority at that time.

We could use some people to volunteer to be on the Race Committee for this regatta. Many thanks to those that can do so.


March 22, 2011

2011 WSSA Canceled

Via WSSA Secretary Andy Gratton, "All right, we'll give up looking for ice though there was racing in Menominee this past weekend. The Wisconsin Stern Steering Association annual Regatta for 2011 has been cancelled. This is the time now to fix all those nagging tasks on your boat so it will be in top shape for next December. Have fun sailing in the soft ice this summer.."


January 20, 2011

So What Now?

Via Todd Knopp: "With the regattas in postponement, it is time to take care of those pesky manufacture recalls. So it was unload,flip over the hull, and get the electric planer out. Bill said this should do the trick. Good thing we had the extended warranty!"


January 19, 2011

The Ice Piles of Winnebago


Via WSSA Secretary Andy Gratton, :Here are some photos of this past Saturday's excursion. Matt Critchley and I sailed from Oshkosh to Fond du Lac to see the ice piles in the lake and along the shore. We climbed some piles that were higher than my mast - 26'. It's a good thing we don't have to cross these shoves!"


January 18, 2011

Judy Davis

Via WSSA Secretary Andy Gratton, "I received notice that fellow iceboater John Davis's wife, Judy, died suddenly yesterday. John sails the D stern steerer 'Little Wind'. Their two sons, Jeff and Jay, sail the C stern steerer 'Flirt'. The three of them rarely miss a regatta even though they have a long drive. Judy would sometimes make the trip with them. John can be reached at 3107 5th St, Emmetsburg, IA, 50536. An obituary will be in the Oshkosh Northwestern paper in a day or two."
Service: 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 21st at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg.
Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Visitation: The family will greet friends from 4 – 8 p.m., Thursday at the Joyce Funeral Home.


December 2, 2010

2010-2011 WSSA Newsletter
Now Posted

WSSA-2011 REGATTA NOTICE

Wisconsin Stern Steering Association’s Annual Championship is scheduled for January 15 and 16, 2011 as a two-day regatta. Regatta information will be available after 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 9, 2011.

Call the 4 Lakes/WSSA Hot Line, 608-204-9876 Ext. 5 or www.iceboat.org for ice conditions and tentative regatta sites. Final confirmation will be on Thursday, January 13, 2011, with information being available after 12:00 noon at the above Hot Line number.

The regatta is tentatively rescheduled for the following weekend if conditions do not exist, but the N.I.Y.A. regatta will take priority, so stay in touch.

Attention, Attention, Attention! We could use some people to volunteer to be on the Race Committee for this regatta. Many thanks to those that can do so.

Hearst & Stuart Cup Series
The William Randolph Hearst Cup and the F.A. Stuart Cup Series is tentatively scheduled for January 28, 29, and 30, 2011.

This will be the first of typically a two-weekend event. This is a Class A stern steerer event that is independent from and generally not sailed as part of any other regatta. Stay in touch - if conditions do not exist this series will tentatively be re-scheduled for the following weekend.

The N.I.Y.A. annual regatta will take priority. Please return the Official Entry form (obtained from the WSSA Secretary) by Friday, January 21, 2011.

Information will be available after 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 23, 2011, from any of the following:
Rick Hennig, Dave Lallier, Erik Sawyer.

March 18, 2010

WSSA Regatta News

Via WSSA Secretary Andy Gratton: "The Wisconsin Stern Steering Association annual regatta for 2010 has been postponed to December 2010. There will be a short delay due to the 'slow' sailing season being forced on us before we can expect hard water again. If we get so lucky that conditions form in December for our entire fleet to sail, then the regatta may be called on. Keep those runners sharp!"


February 18, 2010

1980s Katzenjammer on Geneva

Via Todd Knopp: Here are photos from the early 1980s on Lake Geneva with Katzenjammer perfecting hiking techniques. The leg hanging over the basket belongs to Rick [Hennig], he was the main sheet trimmer. The outcome was all the way over but she was righted and sailed the remainder of the day. I remember Jane Pegel just shaking her head.

January 25, 2010

Cabbage Patch News: Deuce Runners


Via Todd Knopp: "With rain falling outside and the snow melting, the time has come to finish the new runners. With great luck we were able to procure the last runner sharpening fixture from ACME © Runner Company before they went out of business. Rick had the 12" plate grinder all heated up and sparks were flying. The runners were aligned with the Align-O-Matic transit with the runner’s track sighted fifty feet across the building and having a 3/16th variance in fifty feet, so we've got some fine tuning to do. Time to load and strap her down. See ya on the ice.


Comparison of the new runners and Fritz runner.


January 7, 2010

Cabbage Patch News


Via Todd Knop: "Well the Deuce got a new runner kit for Christmas from the Franksville True Value (Some assembly required). Keith looks at the port runner will Rick works on the assembly. Oh, I forgot to mention, some special tools are required."

December 31, 2009

Christmas at the 'Patch

Via Todd Knop: "Christmas at the Cabbage Patch has brought the completion of the Rum Runner 2. Bill Mattison was in town to see the family, so he stopped out to give lessons to the 'Patch on foam carbon mast construction (more to follow on that topic as soon as the class gets out of detention). Rumor has it that Rick was a good boy and got a new set of runners for the Deuce, but they have yet to be seen.


December 26, 2009


The LaCinda Mae started out, I believe, as an Evenrude B class converted to a D class with a Skeeter rig. The boat was freshened up this fall and is shown on Lake Petenwell on 4-5" of rough ice. Shown here with 15 year old Calen Terry, the LaCinda Mae is ready for the ice. The the boat is now owned by Joe Terry of Lake Dubay. The Pewaukee sailors may remember this boat as Wanton. After a significant encounter with some shell ice by a heave last week, the boat experienced hull failure and is currently being repaired. With any luck, it will be able to compete at the Wisconsin Stern Steering Association events.

December 21, 2009

"Behind the 8 Cabbage"

Via Todd Knop:"With boats sailing, the Patch has the gotten behind. The Deuce is ready for deployment, so the rush is on to get the Rum Runner Two complete. Tom, Kenny, Rick and Keith get the primer and finish color on. Tonight the second color goes on with the project coming to completion soon."

December 4, 2009

"Area 311 Skunk Works"


From an anonymous source:
" Special Report: Eric Sawyer was spotted at the Cabbage patch going through the wood pile, The material is for a secret stern steerer project said to be nearing completion at the fabled Area U311 Skunk works in the Green Bay area."

December 2, 2009

2010 Hearst & Stuart Update

Entry Form
From Rick Hennig:
"Dear A-Boat Owners:
Please get your boats ready. We are giving notice that we are calling on the F.A. Stuart International Ice Yacht Regatta. The time is the first possible, safe ice. The location is anywhere in the Midwest. We will start with the Stuart. At the completion, the William Randolph Hearst International Ice Yacht Regatta will follow. Please get registration forms from WSSA secretary, Andy Gratton, or click here for entry form. Please look for the regatta information on the 4LIYC website, www.iceboat.org. See you out there.
Trustee, Rick Hennig"


2009-2010 WSSA Newsletter
Now Posted

2010 Regatta Notices

Heart & Stuart
The William Randolph Hearst Cup and the F.A. Stuart Cup Series is tentatively scheduled for January 22, 23, and 24, 2010. This will be the first of typically a two-weekend event. This is a Class A stern steerer event that is independent from and generally not sailed as part of any other regatta. Stay in touch because if conditions do not exist this series will tentatively be rescheduled for the following weekend. The N.I.Y.A. annual regatta will take priority. Please return the Official Entry form (obtained from the WSSA Secretary) by Friday, January 22, 2010. Information will be available after 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 17, 2010 on the Four Lakes/WSSA Hot Line number, 608-204-9876 Ext. 5


WSSA
W.S.S.A.-2010 REGATTA NOTICE
Wisconsin Stern Steering Association’s Annual Championship is scheduled for January 9 and 10, 2010 as a two-day regatta. Regatta information will be available after 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 3, 2010. Call the 4 Lakes/WSSA Hot Line, 608-204-9876 Ext. 5 or www.iceboat.org for ice conditions and tentative regatta sites. Final confirmation will be on Thursday, January 7, 2010, with information being available after 12:00 noon at the above Hot Line number. The regatta is tentatively rescheduled for the following weekend if conditions do not exist, but the N.I.Y.A. regatta will take priority, so stay in touch.
Attention, Attention, Attention! We could use some people to volunteer to be on the Race Committee for this regatta. Many thanks to those that can do so.


December 8, 2009

Cabbage Patch News


Via Todd Knop:"Wel,l another productive weekend at the Patch. Keith and Rick finish preparations for the arrival of Bill Mattson this week who is coming to work on a couple of foam carbon spars for the Skeeters. The repairs on the B-Skeeter have moved to the primer stage with Rick and Richie getting a good coat on. With ice in Minnesota, it is time to finish these last minute details.


December 1, 2009

Cabbage Patch News

Via Todd Knop: "The work continues on the Gee Eee with Rick and his son, Richie, sanding and epoxy coating the complete boat. Primer should be applied before the weekend. On another note the 'Patch got new lighting installed. With an overstock at the Franksville True Value, twenty six high efficiency fluorescents lights replaced the existing whale oil lamps and candles. With the new lighting even the old guys at the 'Patch can see what they’re doing.

October 25, 2009

Keepin' Busy at the Cabbage Patch

Via Todd Knop:
The Cabbage Patch has been doing some fall house cleaning with the repairs of Bullet and Rum Runner 2.
Both suffered from inverted hiking which created weakness, cracks and holes in the runner planks, hulls, and masts.

During the repairs on Rum Runner its past history came to light. The original name Gee Eee was discovered and as a former cover girl on Natalie Levy’s book, she will be ready to take the ice again this winter.

After these repairs are complete the 'Patch will start on the refurbishment of Honey Bucket IV. This will get Team Honey Bucket up to three, IV, V, and VII.

March 7, 2009

Ole Evinrude's Ice Boats

UPDATE: See new photos below


Count the stern steerers
Ole Evinrude, inventor of the first reliable outboard boat motor, also built and sold stern-steerers in his factory for a brief time during the 1920s in Wisconsin.

The only reference I've been able to find online to Evinrude ice boats is from the Rudder Magazine of February 1922. Evinrude exhibited an ice boat at the New York Power Boat Show that year. (Enter the search term "ice boat" on this link, quite a bit about ice boats in this magazine.)

The caption in the magazine reads "Evinrude Motor Company: A novelty will be a fully rigged Class F ice boat." Intrestingly enough, here's another photo with an "F" on the sail. Thanks to Mike Peters for the photos.

UPDATE: Mark Weiner writes: "Saw the photo's from Mike Peters of the old Evinrudes posted. I though you might like some photos of an old Evinrude ( or at least parts of one) as it exists today. The boat is "Spindler". Acquired about ten years ago and refurbished by Dan Tess and Mark Wiener. Home port of Fond du Lac. As you can see by the photos some parts have been rebuilt through the years, but there are may signs of the old boat still there. The most obvious is the tail block. The runners, and the plugged holes in the plank for the saddle brackets. The mast is now a banana, but the sail cut looks much the same, and is still cotton. We are still doing work on her each year to make her sail better, but we do intend to keep her looking as original as possible. Where ever we set up, Spindler seems to be a crowd pleaser and a calling card for the sport. We do sail the "B class" with the WSSA when ever possible. We are not the most competitive boat in the fleet, but we would like to see many of the old boats come out and sail with us. If we could get enough old boats on the ice we could start a cotton sail division. The photos enclosed were taken during a Spring rigging improvement day a few years ago."


February 23, 2009

WSSA Regatta Report


Photo Credits: Cindy O’Neil

Via Erich Schloemer:
" The WSSA completed their annual Championship this past weekend on Geneva Lake.

In the D Fleet, Marv Luck in ‘Lady Luck’ and Andy Gratton in ‘Rosemary’ tied on points and Andy won the tie breaker.

In the C fleet, Pete McCormick in ‘Twin Beds’ & Jeff & Sarah Seeboth in ‘Miss Mischief’ tied on points and Jeff won the tie breaker.

The B fleet was won by Mark Wiener in ‘Spindler’.

In the A fleet, Chip, Rich & Eric Sawyer in ‘Michigander’ were Second and Erich Schloemer & Matt Critchley in ‘Taku’ were first.

The overall standings were:

Marv Luck 5th, Andy Gratton 4th, Jeff & Sarah Seeboth 3rd, Pete McCormick 2nd, Erich Schloemer and Matt Critchley 1st.

The overall trophy that was awarded was recently refurbished and donated by Mike Peters of Oshkosh.

The Evening Wisconsin Trophy (for Second class Iceboats on Lake Winnebago) is a beautiful trophy and a great piece of history that dates back to 1900 and even features a sterling silver stern steerer on the lid. It was first won by ‘Flirt’ & the ‘Annie R’ in 1900. Many of familiar names in the history of the stern steerer fleet are represented on this trophy over the years. It is interesting to note that the ‘Taku’ was owned by Mike Peters father years ago but under the name ‘Maybid’ and she won this same trophy back in 1953. So, 56 years later she gets to bring it home again.


January 22, 2008

The Deuce Team Readies for Strictly Sail Show

Harken, Mattison, & Melges at Strictly Sail in Chicago
Presentation on Saturday, January 31, at 10:00


Rick Hennig
Via Todd Knop: "Here are a few pictures of Team Deuce getting the ready for the Strictly Sail show. The mast has been repaired after being broken last year and is having the hardware and rigging reinstalled. Jessie has been hard at work polishing the craft under close supervision of Tom Bennett. Rick installs the Mast Head hardware. See you at the show."


January 3, 2009

WSSA Newsletter

The WSSA Newsletter is now posted.


December 13 2007

Sighting

Via Todd Knopp: Eric Sawyer was seen doing the final cutting of bulkheads getting ready for glue up of the cage. Jessie and Eric work on the third cockpit for the new Michigander.

November 30, 2007

Rumors Confirmed!

The rumored Michigander is now fact and not fiction. Chip and Eric stopped by and wood was selected, sawed, and now two side boards are glued up. The designer (Felix) is now expected to stop by soon to make sure the progress is up to specification.


Side board #2 glue up and clamping


Wood that was not selected for the side boards.


Jessie applying clamps


Side board #2 glue up and clamping

November 6, 2007

UPDATE: Seen at the SIBC swap meet, fresh bulkheads (allegedly) for the new Michigander.

Internet Big Boat Rumor Disseminated

UPDATED

Received this mysterious email today from an iceboat.org operative who wishes to remain anonymous and undercover: "Rumor has it that Felix (Yaeso) has the bulkheads cut for the new Michigander, a new A-stern steerer patterned after Haywire. Rumored to be a 45 foot hull with three cockpits. Mated with the plank built recently and the new mast. It should be a formidable yacht."

Secret plans?

December 17, 2006

Cabbage Patch Update:
The Michigander Mast

December 19, 2006

In 2005, the Mike Peters family donated a trophy to the WSSA. The WSSA had the trophy completely restored and it will become the WSSA overall trophy.