International Skeeter Association Regatta
The International Skeeter Association (ISA) was organized in the late 1930s and the first ISA regatta was sailed in 1940. Skeeters were developed on Geneva Lake in Wisconsin. They are piloted by a single skipper and steer from the front of the boat as opposed to the original iceboats which were crewed by two or more and steered from the rear.
The Skeeter is the “Formula One” of ice yachting, a wide open development class where state-of-the-art sailing is seen annually. The only restriction on the Skeeter builder is a 75 square foot sail maximum sail area. While the basic configuration for successful E Skeeters has long been established, significant design improvements have been developed within the Four Lakes fleet. Taller rigs and rear seat Skeeters designed and built by 4LIYC members Bill Mattison and Paul Krueger have brought world championship titles to Madison skippers. In 1989, New Jersey’s Dan Clapp took the ice boating world by storm with his first front-seater and dominated the ISA regatta during the 1990s. Skeeter builders are adept with high tech materials like carbon fiber, and Kevlar. The super powerful Skeeters are the fastest boats on the ice. Sufficiently committed skippers find the greatest challenge in these boats, where design, building, and maintenance skills share equal roles with sailing ability
The Skeeters are back on Lake Pepin this weekend to bring it on for the Northwest, including this boat, Jim Gluek’s A Skeeter Merlin. A Jim McDonagh video production.
2019 International Skeeter Association Regatta
January 11-13, 2019
Lake Pepin, Lake City, MN
Photos: Julie Jankowski
2019 ISA Results
It took a cooperative effort to make the ISA a success. Thanks go to the following:
John Dennis & Jim McDonaugh: Ice checking, course setting, race starting
Steve Schalk: ISA Secretary/Treasurer, course setting, flagging, and anything else that needed doing.
Jason Thompson & the rest of the SIBC sailors who helped in any way asked.
Mary Jane Schalk: Off site tabulation. She published race results at a blazing speed, even before the sailors had a chance to walk over to look at the line up sheets to see how they finished! She also contacted the hotels and arranged the banquet.
Julie Jankowski: Facebook video and photo updates which were much appreciated around the world.
Steve Brown: Lake City resident and licensed drone pilot who shared his videos and pictures with all of us.
Don Sanford: Flagging, race starting
Wayne Schmeidlin (Wayne’s Automotive on Cottage Grove Road, Madison) and his son, Adam, who not only tuned up our ATV but made sure my car was in good shape to haul it. We would not have had as many races without an ATV in good working condition.
The people of Lake City, Minnesota who welcomed ice boaters for the second weekend in a row. It’s heartening to see them come to the landing to see what we are up to, ask questions, and take pictures.
All four fleets for always being lined up and ready to race as soon as the last boat crossed the finish line.
Lake Pepin’s titanium-hard ice provided one of the best ISA and Renegade Championships seen in years. The Renegades and A Skeeters had 7 races each which the B and C Skeeters and the Nites had 6, that’s a 26 race regatta, folks! Stay tuned for more photos and some well deserved thank yous.
Congratulations to all who participated and to the fleet champions:
A Skeeter: John Dennis, Windjammers Ice Yacht Club
B Skeeter: Jason Thompson, Skeeter Iceboat Club
C Skeeter: Pat Heppert, Skeeter Iceboat Club
Renegade: George Gerhardt, Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club, Oshkosh Ice Yacht Club
Nite: Maureen Krueger Bohleber, Green Lake Ice Yacht Club & Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club
A special congratulations to Nite Class champion Maureen Krueger Bohleber who made history as the first woman to ever win an ISA fleet championship.
Different conditions today compared to yesterday. It was cloudy with the shifty flukies in the morning and dead to juicy in the afternoon.Spectators were treated to hot battles in all fleets. Off to the banquet. Results here.
Just back in from the lake. What a day – fast ice, a steady light breeze, a sunny day, eagles, trains, eight races, five classes, and Minnesota nice! Wish you were here. More to come tomorrow. Results here.
Good morning from Lake City, MN on the first day of the regatta. Mary Jane will be tabulating from the home office in Fontana. You should be able to see results as they happen at this link. (Update: Link has been fixed.) The ice is hard and fast. Keeping fingers crossed for the right amount of breeze to make this a perfect regatta day. The racing starts at 10 AM and the rotation is Renegades, Nites, A Skeeters, and B Skeeters with C Skeeters. If you are a Facebooker, check out the 4LIYC page for live updates and photos.
BACK TRAILERS ON THE ICE, DO NOT DRIVE ON THE ICE
SAILING AREA – WHAT TO KNOW
There’s a fairly obvious pressure ridge about 1/3 of a mile south of the launch. Do not sail to the Willows because of open water. There’s about a 2 mile x 2 mile sailing area. Don’t go wandering off!
UPDATE JAN 10: JD has added more detail to the sailing area map. I don’t have time to revise it from the one that was posted yesterday. JD’s comments and lines are in black. Please review.
Willows on the River Condominium Resort
100 Central Point Road
Lake City, MN 55041
When making reservations you must tell them you are with the ISA regatta.
IMPORTANT: Must call the hotel directly at 651-345-9900 to get discount. No Expedia.
- Single condo rooms sleep 1 – 4.
Thursday is $125.00, Friday and Saturday are $87.50.
- Double rooms sleep 6 -8.
Thursday is $205.00 with Friday and Sat. $127.50.
- Single condo rooms sleep 1 – 4.
1615 N Lakeshore Drive Lake City, Minnesota 55041-9023
2 Queen room (no view) 89.90 + tx.
Single queen with a view $89.90 = tx.
2 queen handicap $89.90 + tx.
2 single King $99.90+ tx.
Suite with 1 king and 1 queen separate rooms $109.90 + tx.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, January 11:
8:30 – 9:30 AM Registration at the launch
10 AM First race
6 PM Annual ISA Meeting at the AmericInn
Saturday, January 12
9:30 AM First race
Banquet at the Lake House Restaurant at the Willows.
6:30 PM cocktails
7:00 PM dinner and order off the menu.
Sunday, January 13
9:30 AM First Race
The International Skeeter Association Regatta and the Renegade Championship have been tentatively called on for January 11-13, 2019. Potential sites include Lake Pepin in Lake City, MN, Lake Puckaway near Montello, WI, and Lake Kegonsa in Madison, WI. Final confirmation will be made on Wednesday, January 9 by noon CT.
Next update Wednesday, January 9 by noon CT.
Always a pleasure to see what Minnesota iceboater Jim McDonagh comes up with video-wise after a regatta. Ride along on the range with JD and Marty Robbins as they race JD’s Class A Skeeter at the ISA regatta in Battle Lake, MN.
The boats are packed, on the trailer, and heading west (John Eisenlohr and his mini-Skeeter to Montana!), east, and south towards home this morning. The 2018 ISA has been called complete.
Click here to see results.
Battle Lake photographer, Jann Kline, took advantage of the elements of light, wind, and ice to shoot these beautiful photos at the ISA regatta there on Saturday.
2018 ISA Information & Results
Another update from the ISA championship regatta being sailed at Battle Lake, Minnesota. Word is that the sailors were happy with the wind and conditions today. Mary Jane Schalk has updated the scores to reflect 6 total races in each fleet. See them on the International Skeeter Association page.
The Skeeters are all done for the day in Battle Lake, Minnesota. The wind was too light to get a third Nite race in. Results have been updated on the ISA page.
And isn’t it great to see PK back in the saddle again. To say that iceboaters are a determined lot is an understatement.
Direct from the ISA Tabulation Office in Fontana (just up the hill from Chuck’s on Geneva Lake, one of the world’s greatest iceboating bars), here are preliminary results from the ISA regatta.
2018 ISA Information page
Click here to see results
2018 ISA A Skeeter
Battle Creek, Mn. December 7th, 8th, & 9th
Results are provisional as of 13:28 on December 7, 2018
|U 194||John Dennis||1.0||1.0||2.0|
|M 197||Kenny Whitehorse||2.0||2.0||4.0|
|M 165||Paul Krueger||3.0||3.0||6.0|
|V 500||Steve Orlebeke||5.0 DNC||5.0 DNC||10.0|
Sailwave Scoring Software 2.25.11 www.sailwave.com
2018 ISA B Skeeter
Battle Lake, Mn. December 7th, 8th, & 9th 2018
Results are provisional as of 13:30 on December 7, 2018
|Rank||Sail No||HelmName||R1 12-7-18||R2 12-7-18||Total|
|1st||I 234||Jim McDonagh||1.0||1.0||2.0|
|2nd||I 564||Steve Schalk||2.0||2.0||4.0|
Sailwave Scoring Software 2.25.11 www.sailwave.com