iceboat.org https://www.iceboat.org Home of the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club of Madison, WI, USA. Mon, 27 Jan 2020 00:02:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://www.iceboat.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/cropped-icon5-32x32.jpg iceboat.org https://www.iceboat.org 32 32 126378242 Regatta Watch: ISA & NIYA Postponed https://www.iceboat.org/2020/01/26/7948/ Sun, 26 Jan 2020 23:58:10 +0000 https://www.iceboat.org/?p=7948 Via ISA ans NIYA Secretary Steve Schalk: The Northwest and ISA race Committees have postponed to next week. The Regatta dates are: February 7th, 8th and 9th, 2020. As always the Northwest takes preference over the ISA as they are now scheduled on the same dates. There are no sailable sites at this point. Large […]

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Via ISA ans NIYA Secretary Steve Schalk:

The Northwest and ISA race Committees have postponed to next week. The Regatta dates are: February 7th, 8th and 9th, 2020. As always the Northwest takes preference over the ISA as they are now scheduled on the same dates.
There are no sailable sites at this point. Large portions of Green and Geneva remain open and many slush covered lakes may become sailable when colder temperatures occur.

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iceboat.org On the Ice: DN NA Championship https://www.iceboat.org/2020/01/24/iceboat-org-on-the-ice-dn-na-championship/ Fri, 24 Jan 2020 20:28:19 +0000 https://www.iceboat.org/?p=7944 It’s day 3 of the DN North American championship and I’m using my phone to compose this post while sitting on frozen Ft. Peck Reservoir. The second silver race was successfully sailed at 10 AM. Three attempts have been made to sail the third Silver  race this morning but the wind had other plans. We […]

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It’s day 3 of the DN North American championship and I’m using my phone to compose this post while sitting on frozen Ft. Peck Reservoir. The second silver race was successfully sailed at 10 AM. Three attempts have been made to sail the third Silver  race this morning but the wind had other plans. We are waiting on the ice for the wind to join the fun so we can complete the third Silver race. I’m having trouble uploading photos from the phone. Dan Biermann, the official measurer,  is relaxing in a lawn chair directly in front of me. Several are napping in their boats. Gold fleeters are looking over their boats and equipment. Not a bad way to spend a Friday afternoon.

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iceboat.org On the Road: DN NA Championship Racing Day 2 https://www.iceboat.org/2020/01/23/iceboat-org-on-the-road-dn-na-championship-racing-day-2/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 14:24:24 +0000 https://www.iceboat.org/?p=7934 Day one is in the books with 4 total races completed. Visibility was low as we drove to the launch site but the weather here must be like Wisconsin, wait 5 minutes and it changes. In classic ice sailing style, competitors waited around for the wind to fill in. The wind finally made an appearance […]

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Photo: Shawnee Spillson

Day one is in the books with 4 total races completed. Visibility was low as we drove to the launch site but the weather here must be like Wisconsin, wait 5 minutes and it changes. In classic ice sailing style, competitors waited around for the wind to fill in. The wind finally made an appearance but kept the race committee on their toes with many shifts and swings. The ice changed during the day as the warm temperatures and sun softened it up. Facebook is filled with pictures of a beautiful sunset that accompanied us as we made our way back to the launch.  A new term we learned that will literally stick with us all for months is “Montana Gumbo”, aka mud- caused by the warmer temperatures. Off to the lake for day 2 of racing, sorry for the short report but there are lot of details to take care of here.

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iceboat.org On the Road: DN North American Championship: Race Day 1 https://www.iceboat.org/2020/01/22/iceboat-org-on-the-road-dn-north-american-championship-race-day-1/ Wed, 22 Jan 2020 14:18:37 +0000 https://www.iceboat.org/?p=7927 Good morning from the Middle of Nowhere, the motto of Glasglow, MT.  A sunny but windless day yesterday meant more time to visit, make deals, and soak in the vastness of this place. Registration was held last night at the hotel followed by a Speed Symposium where the top racers answered questions from the crowd. […]

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Good morning from the Middle of Nowhere, the motto of Glasglow, MT.  A sunny but windless day yesterday meant more time to visit, make deals, and soak in the vastness of this place. Registration was held last night at the hotel followed by a Speed Symposium where the top racers answered questions from the crowd. 61 competitors checked in last night and we were lucky enough to pick up 3 local DN racers.  Click here to see line up for today’s racing.
Off to the lake soon for race day.

Canyon Ferry iceboater Dave Gluek (yes, Jim’s brother) shared some local knowledge about how to seriously anchor a boat in case a 70 mph wind comes up in the middle of the night.

Kasia Macur and Ron Sherry. Kasia has been scoring iceboat races in Poland since she was 13 years old. She is spending a year in the states and is joining us for this championship.

Speed Symposium

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iceboat.org On the Road: DN North American Championship Day 3 https://www.iceboat.org/2020/01/21/iceboat-org-on-the-road-dn-north-american-championship-day-3/ Tue, 21 Jan 2020 14:09:27 +0000 https://www.iceboat.org/?p=7914 We were in blatant tourist mode yesterday and frequently pulled over to the side of the road to take photos of the magnificent scenery here. We finally met Tim Ogrinic, the local DN sailor who scouted the ice. DN trailers began arriving to the launch site throughout the day. The mood was relaxed and a […]

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We were in blatant tourist mode yesterday and frequently pulled over to the side of the road to take photos of the magnificent scenery here. We finally met Tim Ogrinic, the local DN sailor who scouted the ice. DN trailers began arriving to the launch site throughout the day. The mood was relaxed and a few caught some rides in the light air. The sun and dry air made for a beautiful day. A Montana 7 F temperature is not like a Wisconsin 7 F because the climate is so much drier.   At the end of the day, we drove to the Fort Peck Dam and watched a group of eagles fishing the open water. Everyone I spoke with shared their own stories of the wildlife they saw on their way here. NOAA is calling for sunshine and west winds 6 – 13 mph today. Registration and a Speed Symposium are on the agenda for tonight while racing officially begins Wednesday, January 22.

 

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iceboat.org On the Road: DN North American Championship Day 2 https://www.iceboat.org/2020/01/20/iceboat-org-on-the-road-dn-north-american-championship-day-2/ Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:15:45 +0000 https://www.iceboat.org/?p=7903 Time lapse video from Jeff Kent’s 40 hour journey from Boston to Montana. Jeff and his traveling partners Charlie Blair of Martha’s Vineyard, MA and Bernd Zeiger of Kiel, Germany drove nearly non-stop and completely avoided winter storm Jacob with a wide rounding maneuver.  A quick update before heading to the launch. Our caravan pulled […]

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Time lapse video from Jeff Kent’s 40 hour journey from Boston to Montana. Jeff and his traveling partners Charlie Blair of Martha’s Vineyard, MA and Bernd Zeiger of Kiel, Germany drove nearly non-stop and completely avoided winter storm Jacob with a wide rounding maneuver. 

The scorers practicing counting boats on the line.

A quick update before heading to the launch. Our caravan pulled in to the hotel at 9 PM Sunday evening. The winner to the race to Montana goes to Jeff Kent and crew who arrived a few hours ahead of us. The drive was fairly uneventful with a few miles of black ice to deal with in Minnesota. We stopped near sunset at Keelboat Park on the Missouri River in Bismark, North Dakota to let it sink in that we had reached the west.  Heading to the launch in an hour and will update later.  At breakfast, Peter Johanson, IDNIYRA Vice Commodore Jody Kjoller, and Trey Rose appeared after having driven straight through from the Toledo area. They stopped at the launch before coming to the hotel and planted the TIYC colors.

One giant step for the Toledo Ice Yacht Club.

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Regatta Watch: ISA, Northwest & WSSA Postponed https://www.iceboat.org/2020/01/19/regatta-watch-isa-northwest-postponed/ Mon, 20 Jan 2020 00:09:59 +0000 https://www.iceboat.org/?p=7901 Via ISA & NIYA Secretary Steve Schalk: Green and Geneva are both wide open with only a little ice in the east end of each, so there is hope in two weeks. No place to go for January 24th. Both regattas are postponed until January 31, February 1 – 2, 2020. Next update Sunday, January […]

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Via ISA & NIYA Secretary Steve Schalk:

Green and Geneva are both wide open with only a little ice in the east end of each, so there is hope in two weeks. No place to go for January 24th. Both regattas are postponed until January 31, February 1 – 2, 2020. Next update Sunday, January 26, 2020.

WSSA Postponed:

The Wisconsin Stern Steering Association regatta has been postponed to February 1 and 2. The next update will be Sunday, January 26. Check back here at that time. Perhaps Green Lake or Lake Geneva will be ready by then.
Andy Gratton

WSSA Secretary/Treasurer

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iceboat.org On the Road: DN North American Championship: Day 1 https://www.iceboat.org/2020/01/19/iceboat-org-on-the-road-dn-north-american-championship-day-1/ Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:34:34 +0000 https://www.iceboat.org/?p=7899 We were somewhere around Alma Center on the edge of the snow line when the coffee began to take hold and the wireless hotspot was strong enough to post. We should make Montana sometime tonight, Glasgow to be specific, population 3300. Lewis and Clark traveled within 15 miles of our sailing site on Fort Peck […]

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We were somewhere around Alma Center on the edge of the snow line when the coffee began to take hold and the wireless hotspot was strong enough to post. We should make Montana sometime tonight, Glasgow to be specific, population 3300. Lewis and Clark traveled within 15 miles of our sailing site on Fort Peck Reservoir, which has to be another first for an iceboat regatta.

ice sailing is not new to Montana nor Ft. Peck. Canyon Ferry is legendary for ice boating but this will be the first major regatta west of Minnesota. Our ice sailing friends in Montana, John Eisenlohr, Dave Gluek, and Dale Livezey have given advice and done some legwork that will result in a bunch of hardcore ice sailors converging on a 350 square mile sheet of ice. Fort Peck DN sailor, Tim, has scouted ice in brutal temperatures. Thank you all, for everything and for the adventure.

With apologies to Hunter S. Thompson, every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up a pile of 440 stainless and then drive like a bastard from Madison to Montana with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether (for the lock de-icer.)

All official information on idniyra.org.

 

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Patience https://www.iceboat.org/2020/01/18/patience/ Sat, 18 Jan 2020 20:51:08 +0000 https://www.iceboat.org/?p=7886 The snow storm that rolled through the Four Lakes area is now headed east to temporarily cover up any sailable ice they may have. In the good news department, Joe Norton, the Admiral of Green Lake, WI, reported on his Facebook page that the  “west end of big Green is still open! East end may […]

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Fort Peck Reservoir: Waiting for the show? 

The snow storm that rolled through the Four Lakes area is now headed east to temporarily cover up any sailable ice they may have. In the good news department, Joe Norton, the Admiral of Green Lake, WI, reported on his Facebook page that the  “west end of big Green is still open! East end may blow out if wind comes up. We may have dodged a bullet!”

Co-PRO Joe Norton, event chair Daniel Hearn, myself, and the rest of the race committee of the DN North American championship are patiently waiting for confirmation that some of the only ice in North America is suitable for the regatta. If it happens, we’ll experience some serious seat-time as we drive to Fort Peck Reservoir in northeast Montana, a 15 hour drive from Madison (longer than a flight to Europe!) DN sailors from Nova Scotia, the east coast and beyond are driving west, taking the gamble that it will all work out. They don’t want to miss being part of something historic, the first continental iceboat regatta ever sailed in Montana. Where ever we go, I’ll post my personal updates here. Following along at the IDNIYRA and New England Ice Yacht Association websites.

 

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January 18, 2020: Rear-Seat Skeeter in IL https://www.iceboat.org/2020/01/18/january-18-2020-rear-seat-skeeter-in-il/ Sat, 18 Jan 2020 20:17:09 +0000 https://www.iceboat.org/?p=7879 “Icehound”, Class A Skeeter. Built in 1993. Sitka Spruce construction with custom veneer tail. Comes complete with springboard, mast, plank, runners, sail, cover and trailer. Ready to sail. Always stored indoors. No damage history. Located in Des Plaines IL. $12,000. Contact: Michael 815-814-2145. Email: auroracad5@aol.com

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“Icehound”, Class A Skeeter. Built in 1993. Sitka Spruce construction with custom veneer tail. Comes complete with springboard, mast, plank, runners, sail, cover and trailer. Ready to sail. Always stored indoors. No damage history.
Located in Des Plaines IL.
$12,000.
Contact: Michael 815-814-2145.
Email: auroracad5@aol.com

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