Skeeter Fly By

Get a close look and listen as Steve Orlebeke V500 and John Dennis  U194 sail past Alex Peterson who shared this on Facebook. They were competing in the Wisconsin Skeeter Association Championship sailed on Lake Michigan at Menominee, Michigan, March 5-7, 2021. Alex and Rob Evans, both from Minnesota, are partners in the Class A Skeeter MERLIN. Rob sailed the DN Western Region regatta while Alex sailed the Skeeter. Stand by for more photos and a report from Ken Whitehorse about the 3 day event.

 

Wisconsin Skeeter Association Championship

Wisconsin Skeeter Association Championship


The Class A Skeeters raced on the first day of their Wisconsin Skeeter  Association Championship at Menominee, Michigan on Friday, March 5th. As winner of the 4th race, John Dennis won the “Bottle Trophy.” Steve Orlebeke arrived last night and will be joining the Skeeter fleet racing today. At breakfast, the Skeeter guys said they had an excellent day of racing yesterday and were getting ready for another one.
Skeeter Scores

Quintuplets: A 5 Regatta Weekend

Quintuplets: A 5 Regatta Weekend


Good morning from Menominee in Michigan, where miles of sailable ice have summoned the tribe. The Stern-Steerers and Skeeters made the 30 minutes drive north from Oconto, WI because the fish were biting. (See WSSA Secretary Andy Gratton’s message below.) The Wisconsin Skeeter Association championships will start today. The WSSA and DN Western Regional Championship will begin on Saturday. Green Lake, WI is the Nite Nationals site, and Elk Lake in Michigan will host the DN Central Region Championships. Here are links to all the results. Thanks to tabulators Mary Jane Schalk for handling the Nites, Skeeters, and Stern Steerers and to Ann Foeller for tabulating the DNs.

REGATTA RESULTS FOR MARCH 6-7, 2021

DN Western Region Championship
DN Central Region Championship
Nite Nationals
Wisconsin Skeeters Association Championship
Wisconsin Stern Steerers Association Championship

The WSSA regatta location has changed due to ice fishermen overtaking Oconto City Park. Apparently the fish are biting and today the park was so full with vehicles on both sides of the road that the beach ramp was inaccessible. Since this is a Thursday we are tentative that Saturday and Sunday will have even more vehicles parked in the way. Therefore the regatta is moved to Menominee where, if nothing else happens, we can be entertained watching DNs. The ramp is at the Watermark Bayview Restaurant, formerly Schlegel’s, on the north side of the parking lot. Permission to use their property as a drive-on and to park in the parking lot has been granted. The access is down a lumpy beach. Four-wheelers will be available to pull trailers though there is 17″ of ice near shore and 12″ to 14″ off-shore a few hundred feet. Drive on is possible. There is a working shove to be crossed to get to the racing area.
First race is now moved to 11 am Saturday, note the time change.
A few small grills will be available for anybody wishing to cook out Friday or Saturday evening. Bring your own food.
Andy
WSSA Secretary

4LIYC Racing Update for March 6-7, 2021

4LIYC Racing Update for March 6-7, 2021

The Black Panther vintage skeeter, built by Chris Smith of Chris-Craft comes off the lake.

The Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club hopes of getting a racing season for this season were dashed by the recent warm spell. Don Anderson and Jeff Russell pulled off their vintage Skeeter this week because Mendota turned into a slush pit with weakened landings. The 4LIYC has cancelled racing for the weekend.

 

Fort Peck 2022

Fort Peck 2022

Daniel Hearn C Class Skeeter at Fort Peck Montana February, 2021. Photo: Sean R. Heavey

Via the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club Facebook page from Daniel Hearn:

Who wants to go to Fort Peck, Montana next year? I’m thinking a Baikal-like annual adventure open to all ice sailors. At the end of the season when the rest of our ice is typically un-sailable. Those of us in the Midwest and further left would likely still drive. And maybe we arrange for containers to go from the Central Region and the East? The town would roll out the red carpet for us and maybe even throw in some tourism dollars support. What do you think?

Let us know what you think. Email debwhitehors@gmail.com

 

 

Pat Heppert C Class Skeeter on Fort Peck . Photo Sean R. Heavey

Daniel Hearn C Class Skeeter at Fort Peck Montana February, 2021. Photo: Sean R. Heavey

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