2018-2019 Season Archives

2018-2019 Archives

2018-2018 Season:

  • DN Regattas
  • Northwest Regatta 
  • International Skeeter Association and Renegade Championship 

When The Ice Becomes A Boat

Semantically, it qualifies!

When the ice is no longer sailable. A different kind of iceboat experience on Kegonsa March 19, 2019.
Eric Kerlow

Skeeter Shop Mast Repair

Monday was a busy day for Ken Whitehorse and Paul Krueger at the Skeeter shop. Via Ken Whitehorse:

Work continues. Had much trouble pulling halyard and sail up. Went to Menards and got the ACME mast tube clean-out reamer.Some assembly needed. Kit included a 3/8ths 4ft long threaded rod and 2 30 ft long heavy galvanized wire. This allowed for two people to seesaw the barbed rod and thus ream out the glue in the mast tube. Also 180 psi of air helped! Smooth sailing now. Will bring the ACME mast tube roto -roorter to the meeting so other iceboaters can borrow.

Have You Seen Our Marks?

Our 4LIYC marks have gone missing. They were last seen in their florescent round storage bags on the ATV trailer on Kegonsa Sunday, March 17. Perhaps someone took them by mistake. If you have them, please get in touch.

2019 Nite Nationals Wrap Up & Photo Gallery

Nite Nationals Gold Fleet Champion, Tom Nordlie 560              Photo: Rick Myslinski


Congratulations to all competitors who hung tough during a week of warm temperatures and rain leading up to the regatta. Many thanks to co- PROs Doug Kolner and Pat Heppert for setting courses, dropping starting blocks, and keeping things running efficiently. Thanks Grant Frautschi and Lars Barber for making the drive to Kegonsa every day before the regatta to check the landings and ice. Thanks to Nite officers John Hayashi (Mimi too!), Mike Peters, Maureen Bohleber, and Don Sanford for their help. Thanks to Steve and Mary Jane Schalk for staffing the off-shore scoring office from Fontana, WI. Thanks to Daniel Hearn for the use of the DN Western Region ATV, marks, and equipment. Thanks to the members of 4LIYC for their continued strong support for the sport of iceboat racing by ensuring the Nite regatta had the best course. And finally, thanks to everyone who jumped into action on Sunday to help take the trailers off the ice when the landing deteriorated. Watching the ingenuity and cooperation was truly iceboating at its finest!

Keeping ‘er movin…

Photos: Rick Myslinski

Nite Nats Day 2: AM Report

Photo: Tim Stanton


The flag dropped at 9:10 AM Saturday and the Nites were able to complete 3 races in each fleet before the wind shut down and the ice became crusty. Racing begins at 9 AM this morning. Time to head to the lake and see what the day brings!

Nite Nats Day 1: AM Report

Nites & 4LIYC Skeeters and Renegades on Lake Kegonsa

Good morning from Four Lakes, site of the 2019 Nite Nationals. Doug Kolner, Pat Hepper, and I are lending a hand as Race Committee for the regatta. Temperatures are below freezing this morning which has tightened up the ice. Mary Jane Schalk will handle the tabulating duties from Skeeter Haven in Fontana, WI. If you’d like to follow along, check out this link for updated scores during the day.

Naming Rights

The Horse With No Name.

Attention Nite National sailors and 4LIYC members: During this weekend’s regatta and club racing, Ken Whitehorse is holding a mini-fund raiser for the Mary B Stern Steerer Foundation by giving you a chance to help name his new Skeeter (formerly Bob Kau’s Skeeter). For only $1, you can suggest a name for the blue Skeeter and all the money will go to support the Mary B Stern-Steerer Foundation. See Ken on the ice this weekend for more information.

4LIYC Racing Called On for 16-17 March @ Kegonsa

Look for a blue Skeeter this weekend.  

4LIYC racing is called on for 16 – 17 March on Lake Kegonsa. First race is at 10 AM
Use the Amundson landing. DO NOT DRIVE ON THE ICE!
The club will set up a separate course from the Nite Nationals regatta. Should be a fun weekend for all!

Century Sailor

Beautiful ice, a sunny day, fair winds, and an iceboat rigged and ready to go; watch Mel Nichols (who happens to be 100 years old) sail a DN on Michigan’s Wolf Lake this week. Thanks to Mel’s son-in-law, Bruce Brown, for sharing the video.


Regatta Dates 2019



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  • November 14
  • November 29 THURSDAY Elections, Elect Fleet Captains. Vote on ISA & NIYA Agenda Items
  • December 12
  • December 27 THURSDAY
  • January 9 Honor Roll Nominations
  • January 23 Deadline for By-Law or Racing Rules Amendment Submission
  • February 6
  • February 20 Business Meeting
  • March 6
  • March 20

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