Confusion Reigns

Confusion Reigns

“Not sure what boat season it is.”

Daniel Hearn sends word from the Spaight Street Syndicate that he’s unsure what boat season it is. Minnesota’s Dirk Siems sailed his DN on a sunny April day on Otter Tail Lake yesterday in what has to be some sort of late record for Minnesota DN sailing. 4LIYC sailors are returning from Ivanpah, Nevada, with some trophy hardware awarded during the Blokart dirt-sailing event. (More on that tomorrow.) No wonder we are all confused!

Dirk Siems usually finds the first ice for the Western Challenge in MN and now he’s on the hunt for the last ice of the season. He sailed on Otter Tail Lake yesterday, April 9, 2022.


Geoff Sobering won the overall and his division at the 2022 Blokart North American regatta at Ivanpah, Nevada.

Regatta Watch – No Joke!: Nite Nats Called ON for Escanaba April 1-3

Regatta Watch – No Joke!: Nite Nats Called ON for Escanaba April 1-3


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Nite Nationals Tentatively On for April 1-3, 2022 in Escanaba (Upper Mi)

This is no April fools joke… Iceboating in April! The epic weekend definitely could happen. The weather looks good and the ice is there! We had multiple boats sailing up on the Little Bay de Noc in Escanaba, MI. Just a heads up, it is Eastern time up there so plan accordingly. Final call by Wednesday 9 PM. Make sure you are a member of INCA.

Sail Safe, Sail Fast,

Commodore Chad Rechcygl #322
Vice Commodore Maureen Bohleber #497
Secretary Brian Nies #351
Treasury Lars Barber #534
Tech Mike Peters #544

Succeeding the Last Time

Succeeding the Last Time

From left, Maureen Bohleber and Lars Barber in Nites, Mike Ripp, Skip Dieball, and Daniel Hearn in Renegades

Skeeters, Renegades, and Nites gathered on Friday for what possibly was the last day of racing on Lake Monona. Saturday’s record 1.2″ of rain, high winds, and forecasted warm temperatures may have put an end to the season here, but we’ll check to make sure of that.

Ken Whitehorse and Paul Krueger raced nine times in close match racing style. Ken told me, “Paul wanted to go for a record-breaking ten races, but I was the voice of reason and said we have to get the boats home.” Thanks Ken and Paul for getting us out there on Thursday and Friday .Always a pleasure to see the familiar red Renegade #11, with Mike Ripp at the helm, back on Lake Monona.

Taking advantage of our proximity to downtown Madison, Scott hauled us in the ATV trailer to the shore. We clambered up the sea wall, walked across the street, and had iceboaters lunch.

Lake Monona has been perfect for us this season, generating more interest in our sport and reintroducing Madisonians to the reality that we’ve been sailing these hard waters since the 1870s.

4LIYC Sailing March 4: The Last Hurrah?

4LIYC Sailing March 4: The Last Hurrah?

 

Via Greg Whitehorse, “I think Iceboating lends itself well to Photoshopping some photos. Played around with this one from today’s setup, on Lake Monona, on my phone. Ken Whitehorse M-197, Paul Krueger M-165.”

Skeeter sailors Ken Whitehorse and Paul Krueger rallied the 4LIYC troops to Lake Monona on Thursday for some spring sailing. Renegaders Mike Ripp and Greg Whitehorse joined them, and more boats are setting up this morning for what could be the last day of sailing on Lake Monona. 61F on Saturday with a half-inch of rain could take out the landings. So get out there today to enjoy the best lake we’ve had this season.

Hay Making on Lake Monona March 3 – 4

Hay Making on Lake Monona March 3 – 4

Sean R Heavey: 2022 DN US Nationals &emdash; Heavey__1223717

Today and tomorrow (March 3 – 4) are good days to call in sick “iceboating” and get to Lake Monona. 4LIYC Skeeters and some Renegades are launching out of the Olin Park landing today for what may be the last two days of sailing for the season here. They will take boats off on Friday because of the rain forecasted for Saturday. Ken Whitehorse reports that you can easily back trailers on the ice, and the landing is level. (The club does have a week day racing series, so please keep track of the scoring.)

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