Via ISA & NIYA Secretary Steve Schalk:
There are no sailable sites for the Northwest and ISA championship regattas. Both are postponed to March 6th, 7th and 8th 2020. The Northwestern Ice Yachting Association Championship takes precedence if there are suitable conditions for a March 6th start.
Via WSSA Secretary/Treasurer Andy Gratton
The Wisconsin Stern Steering Association regatta has been postponed to March 7 and March 8. The Northwest Regatta is scheduled for the same weekend and will take precedence. The next update will be Sunday, March 1. Check back here at that time. Still too much snow.
The World and European Junior Ice Sailing Championship concluded on February 20, 2020. It was one of the most amazing regattas I’ve ever seen for many reasons. Some of them include the first time being around so many young people who iceboat and the commitment and support their parents and coaches make to get them there and have a good experience. You can tell from the photos that the ice was fast. Both the DNs and Ice Optimist fleets showed a high level of sailing skill. The Lithuanian DN Ice Sailing club, organizers of the event, provided hot tea and cookies on the ice every day and the Uppsala, Sweden contingent organized hot lunch every day as well.
One of the best memories I’ll take away from the regatta ironically took place on a day without sailing. Boredom is not a bad thing. The kids played soccer on the ice, skated, and generally horsed around for hours before being excused for the day. That evening, Estonian coach and DN sailor Mikhal Kosk organized a bowling tournament between countries at regatta headquarters. I have no idea who won but it was a blast to watch them having fun.
Here are some photos from the regatta.
Sorry for the light posting but I’ve been in Europe for the 2020 DN Worlds and now Junior Worlds. Good morning from near Furudal, Sweden, site of the 2020 Junior World DN & Ice Optimist championship. A few quick pictures before heading off to the sailing site. Racing will begin today.
From Steve Schalk, “The ISA and Northwest regattas have again been postponed. The new dates are February 28th, 29th and March 1st, 2020 for both regattas. There are no sailable regatta sites anywhere.”
From Andy Gratton, “The Wisconsin Stern Steering Association regatta has been postponed to February 29 and March 1. The Northwest Regatta is scheduled for the same weekend and will take precedence. The next update will be Sunday, February 23. Check back here at that time. Still too much snow everywhere.”
Playing catch up here from Sweden. Thanks Tim McCormick for tabulating the club scores. See them here.
Video from February 8, 2020, the Mary B Stern-Steerer on Lake Mendota.
Steve Schalk reports: The Northwest and ISA regattas are postponed to February 21st, 22nd and 23rd 2020. All potential sites are currently snowed out.
From Andy Gratton: The Wisconsin Stern Steering Association regatta has been postponed to February 22 and 23. The Northwest Regatta is scheduled for the same weekend and will take precedence. The next update will be Sunday, February 16. Check back here at that time. Too much snow everywhere.
Via Commodore Don Anderson:
Club racing has been called on for Saturday and Sunday, February 8-9, 2020.
Launch at the County Park or Lot 60. Course will be in middle of lake north of the Edgewater
The ISA and Renegade Championships have been postponed to February 14th, 15th and 16th.
The launch ramp conditions on the Madison Lakes are not good enough to get the fleets safely on and off the ice.