March 7, 2014
Kent Baker reports there has been sailing in Ohio and is optimistic for this weekend. More details coming up.
PM Update: Green Lake reports possible conditions for the weekend, too.
Hudson River Sailing
Another great video (this time via Dan Clapp):
DN European Championships
The DN Europenan Championship finished today in strong winds (report and results and Deb's FB posts).
Karol Jablonski swept both the Worlds and European regattas. Ron Sherry bounced back from earlier disapointments winning the last race and placing 3rd overall. James "T" Thieler was 9th in the Gold Fleet, with Oliver Moore finishing 34th. Hal Bowman, Pete Johns, and Eben Whitcomb, battled it out in the Silver Fleet finishing 33, 34, 36.
March 6, 2014
DN Worlds and European Championships
The Worlds were completed (report and results)
and the European Championship has started in Haapsalu Estonia (first day report).
A always, Deb Whitehorse is posting outstanding up-to-the-minute reports on the IDNIYRA NA FaceBook page. Gareth Rowland (K-11) is posting to the British Icesailing FB Group. Patrik Stenberg posted some nice photos on the DN Sweden FB page. James "T" Theiler is also posting about his experience on the NEIYA site.
[Sorry for all the FaceBook links... that just seems to be where people are posting things these days...]
Hudson River Sailing
The historic sailing on the Hudson River is getting lots of media attention.
Sailing Scuttlebutt published a nice article with video.
March 4, 2014
DN Worlds - Day 3 - Sailing!
March 3, 2014
So far there has been no racing in Haapsalu Estonia. Sunday the C-fleet qualifier was sailed in poor visibility and thrown out by protest.
Today poor weather prevented racing again (except on the hotel's ice-rink!). The forecast for tomorrow looks better.
The Four-Lakes own Deb Whitehorse is in Estonia with the fleet and posting reports (sometimes minute-by-minute!) on FaceBook and the iceboat.org DN regatta page.
Hudson River Sailing
A number of iceboats, including the historic A-class stern-steers Jack Frost and The Rocket, are sailing on "epic" Hudson River ice.
Glen Burger, who owns The Hound with his father, made this video of his 35 miles of sailing.
More details in blogs from John Sperr, Brian Reid, and The North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club.
Toldedo was the hot-spot for sailing in the mid-west. After some long runs out into Maumee Bay during the week, racing over the weekend
stayed closer in the harbor.
More details and photos on the Toldeo Ice Yacht Club's FaceBook page.
March 1, 2014
Both the Northwest and ISA are postponed until March 14, 15, 16, 2014. The Northwest will take precedence.Check back next Sunday for the latest update.
February 26, 2014
Actual Sailing Maybe Not
UPDATE: 2-27: Received a couple of calls and messages that the ice on Geneva is rough and even the skippers in the stern steerers are having trouble staying in the baskets. Via Jim Gluek reporting from the west end of Geneva Lake in Fontana: "Buddy Melges, one of the legends in our sport out for a ride in Burly's boat after lunch. At Chuck's today!" The day I leave town, conditions seem to improve. Your welcome.
February 24, 2014
"Two-seat wooden ice yacht revived, rigged in Monmouth Museum"
"Volunteers resurrect 1-ton ice boat with a 25-foot mast and 28-foot beam built in the late 19th or early 20th century.
By Betty Adams Staff Writer
Waterville, Maine Morning Sentinal
Built in the late 19th century or early 20th century, the one-ton wooden ice boat — sometimes referred to as an ice yacht — with a 25-foot mast and 28-foot beam was resuscitated earlier this year by a half-dozen determined men associated with the Monmouth Museum." Continue reading.
February 23, 2014
ISA Regatta News
Northwest Regatta News
WSSA Regatta News
"The Wisconsin Stern Steering Association regatta has been postponed. The next update will be on Sunday, March 2. Check back here or call the Iceboat Hotline at 608-204-9876. The NIYA regatta will take precedence.
Andy Gratton WSSA Secretary/Treasurer"
New Jersey Event:
"Iceboating Past and Present"
"On March 1, 2014, The Navesink Maritime Heritage Association, Monmouth Boat Club, and North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club, will combine to present an historic day of iceboating history from its beginnings to the current day." More information here.
February 22, 2014
Via Mike Peter's, "Ice boating on a local ice skating rink. Times are tough. The rink is located in Jacksonport in Door county. Hopefully we'll have some real ice in the near future."
February 21, 2014
There will be no 4LIYC racing for the weekend of February 22-23, 2014. Four Lakes members have been monitoring the state of the lakes and report that yesterday's rain knocked down 5" of snow.The lakes remain unsailable. Another rain day with warmer temperatures would sure help.
Runner Tracks Online Magazine
February issue of Runner Tracks, the newsletter of the DN class, is available online.
While the North American ice sailing season has been challenging because of the snow and cold, Europe's winter has been the opposite. Though warm, there is sailable ice there. Click here to catch a Youtube video ride on a Monotype XV (somewhere in Poland I assume), one of the most popular ice boat classes in Europe. Monotype XV website.
February 20, 2014
I can do this.
The recent post about the historical Hudson River stern steerers on Brian Reed's blog which included the Jack Frost prompted Winnebago ice boater Dave Lallier to send the following: "Runners are sharp, so only thing left to do is review last year's pictures. Have a couple of my grandson on the Jack Frost, looks like he is getting ready to pull the sheet in. Also, the Frost sailing in front of my house [on Lake Winnebago]. Won't see that every day. So much history in our beloved sport." Here's a short video from the day the Lawrence family set up the Jack Frost in front of Dave Lallier's house last season.
February 19, 2014
Geoff Sobering created a time-lapse movie of Tuesday's "Boat Night" at the Nordhaus Boatwerks. "Dean Lima and I were rough-planning the boards for my DN project, and also making some new runner-protectors."
Junior DN and Ice Optimist sailors are currently competing for the World Championship on Lake Kisezers near Riga, Latvia through February 22. Here's video from the recent Polish Ice Optimist Championships.
February 17, 2014
The Roosevelts, Ice Boating, and Buckhouts
If you've ever wondered exactly what the connection the Roosevelt family had to ice boating read Hudson River Ice Yacht Club Secretary Brian Reid blog where he's posted some photos and background about FDR's uncle, John Aspinwall Roosevelt, who was an active ice boater on the Hudson River. "He had Jacob Buckhout build many fine ice yachts for him, including the largest one of all – (Icicle, of course) which was 68’ 10” in length and carried a sail spread of 1070 sq ft."
Jacob Buckhout and his son, George, were the most famous ice yacht builders in America during their time and their reach extended to the Four Lakes area.
The Scott family of Iowa owns a Buckhout stern steerer. The above photo was taken in 2001 at the Hearst and Stuart regatta in on Geneva Lake.
In 1911, ice boaters in Madison ordered a runner plank from George Buckhout for "the purposes of a [building] the largest craft ever seen in the west." (The 'MYC' turned out to be not so fast but that's another story.)
In 1876, Madisonians visiting the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition viewed a newly designed iceboat built by George Buckhout. They came back to Madison and built ice yachts based upon his designs. "The rig was built with a cockpit, sloop rigged, and the runner plank extended beyond the sides of the boat frame which gave the boat more stability."
February 16, 2014
"Ice boaters revel in cold weather, sail on frozen Navesink River"
By Lisa Rose - New Jersey Star Ledger
"When the stars align and the Navesink River freezes over, ice boaters gather in Red Bank for winter sailing in vessels that glide across the hard surface. Wearing helmets, goggles and snowsuits, they ride the river at speeds topping 50 mph." Continue reading and be sure to play the video.
Photo from the Warmia-Mazury Regional Ice Yachting Association Facebook page. Regatta winner, Michal Burcznski P114 and Karol Jablonski P36 who placed third.
The DN Polish Championships were sailed over the course of three days in Gizycko and ended today with Michal Burcznski P114 taking top honors. Results here.This regatta is worth your attention not only because some of the best ice boat racers in the world competed here but also because Poland will host the DN Worlds in two weeks. The ice looks really good in the photos and is reported to be 30 cm (almost 12").
If you are on Facebook, take a look at these photos from Saturday's racing.
February 15, 2014
What Do You Do When Your Bulldozer Falls Through the Ice?
4LIYC member Andy McCormick once said that sailing a stern steerer is like trying to drive a fork lift (or bulldozer for that matter-Ed.) at 80 mph. Andy's brother, Tim, sends a link to a series of photos showing how some guys up in Minnesota retreived a bulldozer out of Lake Wissota.
February 13, 2014
Let Loose the "Dogs of Ice"
TJ Sherry, Frankie Hearn, and Griffin Sherry goofing around at the 2013 DN Centrals
ICE DOGS by Heather Steinberger
"A love of hardwater sailing instilled by their fathers has brought these teens together in friendship and competition.
For most sailors, the sport is most enjoyable when the weather is at its finest...For a select group of enthusiast, however, sailing means something very different. It means plunging temperatures and bitter winds. It means jaw dropping speeds and split second tacks and jibes. It means dropping everything and hitting the road at a moment's notice, even if perfect conditions are two states away."
Here is normally where you would hit the link to "continue reading." The rest of this article is available by picking up the February issue Sailing Magazine. You can also download their app to your Ipad and purchase this issue. It's a wonderfully written two page article with great photos about our present and future stars of the sport .
February 12, 2014
Lithuanian Junior Championship
A beautiful video from the Elektr?n? Lithuanian Ice Yacht Championship for juniors in DNs, Ice-Optis, and Blokarts. Look at that ice.
Polish DN Junior Championships
The Polish DN Junior Championship was won by Jedrzej Wissuwa. When Frankie and Daniel Hearn went to Poland they spent a fair amount of time with Jedrzej and his father, Artur. Daniel writes, "They quickly befriended us. While we were there they took us to an indoor waterpark for some fun one evening. They were so gracious! They insisted on giving us a ride from the event site back to Warsaw, spending the evening at their home before we flew out the next day. Great people! "
February 10, 2014
More Red Banks Sailing
"Like Snowy Owls":
Ice Boats on the Navesink
Screen shot from Asbuy Park Press, Peter Ackerman
Asbury Park Press
"Like snowy owls, winter sails only appear on the Navesink River in the coldest years. At the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club, the walls are lined with 19th century photographs of ice sailors and their boats – some of which were back on the ice this winter." Continue reading.
Checking Four Lakes Ice Depth
An excuse to bring out the photo of this guy
Wisconsin State Journal
"In his 12 years in Madison, the thickest he’d ever seen the ice was 18 inches in the winter of 2002-03, but last week Bier measured the ice on Lake Mendota at about two feet thick." Continue reading.
February 9, 2014
Ice Sailing Hits the Big Apple
Skeeter skipper Jordan Glaser sends along this YouTube video of an ice boat cruising past the skyline of New York City on Jamaica Bay, Queens.
"I sail my F31 trimaran nearby in the summer.Tell the Skeeter fleet not to worry...although, the competition appears very willing... no one will have to travel to New York City for the ISAs".
Northwest Regatta News
Looks like Eloise will get to keep the NIYA Free For All trophy (first awarded in 1913) won by her dad, JD, in 2013 for a little while longer. The Northwest Ice Yacht Association regatta has been postponed until February 21-23, 2014. Check back on Sunday, February 16, for the next update.
February 8, 2014
"Ice Boating: A Water Mill Tradition Lives On"
Publication: The Southampton Press
By Brandon B. Quinn
"Everything that comes with ice boating, from the initial rush one gets when the sails fill with wind to the sport’s enduring appeal, boils down to human nature, according to local enthusiast and ice boat historian Tom Halsey."
February 7, 2014
4LIYC Honor Roll Nomination
In accordance with club By-Laws, Renegader Greg Simon has been nominated to the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club Honor Roll by Don Anderson and Greg McCormick. The nomination will be voted upon at the business meeting on February 26. Read the nomination here.
Hmmm...What to do When You Can't Sail?
Build more boats you can't sail! Brilliant! Plank production in full swing at the Spaight Street Syndicate.
Vintage Ice Sailing Clips
Click on this link to You Tube to see a series of 18 very short videos of European, USSR, Polish, Estonian, and German ice boating championships that span the years between 1936 and 1968. (Just let the video keep running and they will automatically load.) Take a look at the radical wing masts they were experimenting with back in 1965. We could also consider reviving the tradition of throwing the winner up in the air [or maybe not].
Tip of the Helmet: Gretchen Dorian
February 4, 2014
Well edited video from Dan Clapp. Great to see the orange Skeeter having fun on the ice at the Eastern ISA.
Hudson River's Vixen
Saw this on WOODENBOAT's Facebook page, a photo of the vintage stern steerer, Vixen, built in 1885.
Nice video here. Brian Reed, Secretary of Hudson River Ice Yacht Club has a blog, White Wings and Black Ice, dedicated to these first ice yachts in America.
February 3, 2014
Photographer Jeff Smith shot some photos at the Eastern ISA with his new drone helicopter. See them here.
Sail Racing ISA Pictures
Jay Yaeso makin' wake
All photos credit Sail Racing/Jan Söderström
As we prepare for the ISA regatta called on for Lake Champlain this coming weekend, it's a great time to share these photos from Sweden's Sail Racing. Their photographer, Jan Söderström shot thousands of photos at the 2013 ISA regatta sailed on Lake Kegonsa for an ad campaign that was to have been released in the fall of 2013. But due to a very warm autumn and winter in Europe, Sail Racing has decided to wait with the Skeeter story until next season, autumn 2014. They also filmed quite a bit of video which will be released next season as well.
Bill Dale's Merlin
JD pushes off.
Madison's skyline from Lake
The local constabulary are always
interested in ice sailing.
February 2, 2014
Eastern ISA Awards
C Skeeter Winners
Regatta Chairman: Jordan Glazer, 3rd place: Robert Queisser (right), 2nd Place: Bob Crum (not shown), 1st Place: James Lamb (left)
B Skeeter Winners:
Left to right 3rd: Keith Kennedy, 2nd: George Neyssen, 1st: Mark Hancik, RC: Jordan Glaser
A Skeeter Winners
L to R RC: Jordan Glaser, 3rd: Tony Bosco, 2nd: Chris Davidson, 1st: Dan Clapp
February 1, 2014
You're Winning the Regatta-You Fly Out At Leeward-What Do You Do?
"Ice Boaters Enjoy Frozen Bay"
"The frozen bay is a dream come true for those who ice boat.
It’s become a popular winter activity for those who spend countless hours sailing in the summer."
Eastern ISA Day 1
Photo Credit: Jeff Brown
Yankees on the line today at the Eastern ISA on Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh, New York. Day one standings posted here. Via Skeeter skipper Jordan Glaser, "Three races were run for A, B, & C Skeeter classes today. The day started out with little wind and ultimately blew nice & hard as the day progressed. There was plenty of hard, smooth snow ice...so after enjoying Brooklyn Bagels for breakfast, the DN boys set up there own course and ran the Eastern DNs. Of course, Dan Clapp was in top form and ran away with the A skeeter races today. Chris Davison, Tony Bosco & Jordan Glaser enjoyed duking it out for the other positions. Mark Hancik finally emerged in 1st after today's B skeeter Yankee races. Boy wonder James Lamb (from the New England Ice Yacht Club) took all the C Skeeter races. I'd like to see him match up against Gus Stauber (Rush) from Michigan. Attendees were from Indiana, Sodus Bay, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Red Bank, Lake Hopatkong, Greenpoint & Lake Ronkonkoma. Jeff Smith took a bunch of pics with his new drone (Watch out Craig Wilson!). We'll get Jeff to send you some."
Eastern ISA Called ON for Champlain
Today's MODIS view of Lake Champlain is looking really good!
STANDINGS: DAY 1
Date: February 1-2, 2014
Launch: Gilbert Brook Marina
715 Lake Shore Road, West Chazy, NY Link to Map
Lodging: Holiday Inn Express, Plattsburgh Link to Map
UPDATE 2: 5:30 PM Dan Clapp talk in Champlain Room at Plattsburgh Holiday Inn Saturday night followed by-
Banquet: 7:30PM Green House Butcher Block Restaurant 15 Booth Dr, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 Link to Map
Setting Up for the Eastern ISA
DN North American Photos from Wander Artist
Photographer and artist Amanda Palmer has uploaded her beautiful photos from the DN North Americans to Zenfolio where you can purchase them. See them here. Use the code "GoFAST" at checkout to get 10% off your order!
1968 Russian Championship
Via WSSA Secretary/Treasurer Andy Gratton alerts us to this really interesting Youtube video: "Matt Critchley found this video. Wing-sails on stern steerers, all they need is a bubble canopy. I don't even see any wires on these boats. Everyone should see these boats." See it here.
January 31, 2014
Photo Credit: Andrey Maslov
Speaking of racing with two, the Monotype XV class held a regatta in St. Petersburg, Russia. With snow preventing us from sailing in the Midwest, it's good to see sailing on North America's east coast and internationally. More on the regatta here. Photos on Facebook here.
Doubling Your Pleasure in a Nite
"Twice as much fun perhaps even more. Something that is being kicked around by some of us Nite sailors is the possibility of racing with two in a boat with maybe a separate start at Nationals. The boat is a two seater, right? Why not utilize that open seat? Learning curves and attrition would change as well.
From Vice Commodore Brett Larson: "I've mentioned to some in the class the possibility of a "cruising or two person" racing class. I think would be kinda fun to introduce newcomers to racing. And this bigger sail would facilitate that. And at Nationals, we'd have a nice break between races...Cuisers have a minimum weight for two, large sail (or not) and maybe only two laps? There are a couple of options so join in the discussion on the Nite Class Facebook page.
"Former Olympic Ice-Boating Brothers Sail on Lake Minnetonka"
Lake Minnetonka Magazine
"Bill Allen speaks of his Olympic gold medal like you or I would speak of a high school football game. It’s fair to say that for most, winning Olympic gold would be an unbeatable moment. For Bill Allen, winning Olympic gold was a highlight—it was more than he could ever dream of—but it wasn’t the highlight of his life." Continue reading.
January 29, 2014
"Tom Freytag and other execs on the joys of iceboating"
"This winter's frigid temperatures should have made iceboating a paradise in Lake Geneva, Wis., but snows that followed mucked up the ice and insulated it, making it too weak to sail." Continue reading.
"RED BANK: ICE RETURNS TO THE NAVESINK"
"After a three-year absence, four-inch ice retuned to our beautiful Navesink River over the weekend, enabling members of the storied North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club to take at least the smallest of their racing toys out for a spin. Larger craft, along the lines of the Rocket, that were more typical in the early decades of the 134-year-old Red Bank club, will have to wait for ice in the eight-inch range." Continue reading.
Ice Bird Worlds
Via Dave Hoder: "The NSIBYC has sailable ice. Today (Sunday 1/26/14) we had the first ever
Icebird Worlds. Eight boats participated an the results are below. Ice
birds are small
eight foot long boats that are light and can sail on thinner ice and low
winds. Perfect boat for beginners."
January 27, 2014
DN North American Photo Gallery
Local artist Amanda Palmer was on the ice on Plattsburgh and shot some beautiful photos. See them here.
January 21, 2014
Green Skeeter on Green
Nice to see Jay Yaeso caught a ride on Green Lake before the snow came. His video is posted here.
The DN Saga Continues
Here we go..Plattsburgh, New York. Follow along here.
January 15, 2014
Another creative racing video from Dave Elsmo.
January 14, 2014
DN North American Championship
For the latest updates regarding the 2014 North American Championship, keep an eye on the IDNIYRA site. All regatta updates are posted in the "Hotline" section. Simply click the "Hotline" link and you will receive all updates.
2014 Iceboating DN Western Regional (Take 1)
Video from Jim McDonagh.
January 13, 2014
ICEBOATs Volume 1
Gretchen Dorian's book, ICEBOATs volume 1 has hit the press. "A Photographic Introduction to the various iceboats that Gretchen Dorian has photographed throughout the Great Lakes, Montana and on Lake Baikal, Siberia." Click here for more information.
Bob Kau's Skeeter build in in paint. "Dis Is Da Other One".
January 12, 2014
"Shell Is Hell"
Can't take credit for the title of this post but that certainly was the case on Green Lake this morning when the presence of runner-grabbing wet shell ice caused the DN Western Regional regatta to be cancelled for the weekend."Shell is Hell" comes from "Lake Ice" about how shell ice is formed. Learn more about the pesky stuff here.
January 11, 2014
DN Western Region regatta report from today posted here.
January 10, 2014
The Gluek/Isabell Skeeter "What a ride!"
From Jim Gluek who sailed on Green Lake Thursday,
Mark with a big smile getting ready to set up.
"Looking forward to a fun weekend. Mark (Isabell) and I sailed the last 2 days it was a blast for sure. Check out that ice!!!"
The recent bitter cold has many of us wondering how much the ice is building. WSSA Secretary/Treasurer Andy Gratton sent along the following, "In an effort to guesstimate how thick the ice might grow on Green Lake this week I found the attached chart on a Vermont icefishing website.... It is interesting, especially when it is so very cold and we are all wondering if the ice will be thick enough after the cold spell." Lakeice.org is another excellent resource to learn about ice formation.
Another useful weather website for the ice boating weather toolbox. "More advanced details then your normal 7-10 day forecast. We strive to put the time in, and give you a quality forecast using modern techniques and sophisticated technology. It is told like it is and is not forecasted conservatively like everywhere else." Via SIBC members Steve and Mary Jane Schalk.
January 9, 2014
DN Western Region Championship
The 2014 DN Western Region Championship has been called on for January 11-12 on Green Lake in Green Lake, WI. Details on the launch, lodging, etc. on the
DN Forum. Watch for reports and photos from the regatta on the DN Regatta page of this website.
January 6, 2014
Bill Buchholz of Maine's Chickawaukee Ice Boat Club tried out some high-tech shoe insoles developed from NASA technology that he received as a gift from his wife. "I was wearing boots, soles to the wind in the DN, and they were toasty all day."
The website promises "In fact, Toasty Feet are so effective at blocking cold and heat, testers have stood barefoot on a block of dry ice (with a surface temperature of—106°!), while the top of the insoles stayed at +72°." Check them out here.
January 4, 2014
Northwest Ice Yacht Association Agenda Item
Download pdf version
NIYA By-Law change –
Agenda item for next NIYA meeting from the Boecraft Class Association
NIYA By-laws – Proposed Changes updated 11/18/2013
Article IX, Section 3.
Section 3. The annual regatta shall be held on the third weekend in January for three consecutive days, i.e. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. At least three races must be completed for each class at the annual Regatta before a championship or place can be awarded. In the event of an incomplete regatta for any class, all completed races for that class are canceled and the regatta for that class starts from scratch on the later date. Any class completing 3 races will be considered complete and not rescheduled.
Change Saturday, Sunday and Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Change The second sentence to: At least three races must be completed in any class at the Annual Regatta before a championship or place can be awarded for that class.
Article X, Section 7
Section 7. Schedule of Races (all times are local times). No race starts after 30 minutes prior to sunset as posted on Regatta Notice Board.
Add to section 7 the following:
At the discretion of the Race Committee, the starting order and time for Saturday and Sunday may be altered to allow make-up races to be moved to the front of the rotation. Such alterations in schedule shall be posted on Friday and Saturday evening on the Regatta Notice Board.
"Shiver Me Timbers"
March 10, 2007
It's a good time to revisit the article about the World's Largest Ice Boat©, the Deuce, written a few years ago by Daniel Fisher.
"Going 100mph-plus in an antique ice yacht can make ordinary sailing feel downright pedestrian. Snowflake. Icicle. Avalanche. Ferdinand the Bull. Names of ice yachts from the golden era of ice sailing typically commingled whimsy with menace–and for good reason." Continue reading.
"Sailing 50 MPH Into The Teeth Of Global Warming"
By Daniel Fisher
I named my first iceboat “Inconvenient Truth,” in a nod to Al Gore and his prediction that my favorite sport would soon go the way of jousting and Pong. And indeed, iceboating has become a much rarer pleasure than in the late 1800s, when Dutch-American aristocrats regularly raced along the frozen Hudson River in their varnished wood ice schooners" Continue reading.
January 3, 2014
Our friend from the Czech Republic who visited Madison in 2012, Vladislav Ptašnik, is reporting on his Facebook page about this weekend's DN regatta on Lake Lipno in the Czech Republic.
"Originally small local race for 5-10 Czech sailors turns into international DN regatta with more than 40 sailors from 9 European countries. Top sailors present such as Karol Jablonski, Peter Hamrak and others. Legend of world icesailing Piotr Buruczynski also here. Lipno has unique conditions and it is the only place in Europe where you can have DN race (apart from lakes 300 km north of Stockholm). Come and see to Lipno to see this remarkable event."
December 31, 2013
Geneva Lake Today
Via the Boecraft Skeeter website in Fontana, WI: "New Year's Eve Day - 1 PM Ice Report from Bob Mereness: No Text Required." Take a look here.
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CE Firmbach Centrals Photos
December 30, 2013
INTERNATIONAL SKEETER ASSOCIATION DUES NOTICE
The annual dues is $25.00 for the 2013-2014 season, payable to the Secretary/Treasurer:
Paul Krueger, 3027 Siggelkow Road, McFarland, WI 53558. December 15, 2013 is the deadline for items to be placed on the 2014 agenda. January 10, 11, & 12, 2014 (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday) is the scheduled weekend for the 2014 Regatta.
Northwest Dues Notice
NORTHWEST ICE YACHTING ASSOCIATION NOTICE OF DUES
The annual dues is $20.00 for the 2013-2014 season, payable to the Secretary/Treasurer:
Paul Krueger, 3027 Siggelkow Road, McFarland, WI 53558. January 17, 18, & 19, 2014 (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday) is the scheduled weekend for the 2014 Regatta.
December 29, 2013
Centrals Complete: Updating From the Road Edition
We are heading out of Detroit right now trying to find the Packer game on the radio but it's hard to find in Lions territory. Congratulations to Team Madison's Frankie Hearn for his third place finish in the Silver Fleet. Dad Daniel didn't too bad himself with a 9th in the Gold. Results here.
December 26, 2013
2013 DN Centrals
Via Kent Baker on the DN Forum:
"I am pleased to call the 2013 Central Lakes Region Championship Regatta AND Holiday Classic ON for this weekend!" Continue reading.
UPDATE: Daniel and Frankie Hearn will be representing Team Madison and I'll be along for the ride. Photos and updates will be posted on the DN Regatta Page.
Click here for video
Last weekend, the Bavarian DN Championship was sailed in Italy on Lake Reschensee, about 3 hours from Munich, Germany amidst some spectacular scenery. See more photos and a report here. See results here.
December 25, 2013
Rent a Ride
December 23, 2013
This Day in Ice Boat Rental History
Here's an ad that Bill Bernard ran 83 years ago today inviting the public to rent an ice boat at his boat livery on E. Gorham Street in Madison. Picture of the rental fleet is from the Bernard scrapbooks.
December 22, 2013
Voile sur glace Frasne décembre 2013
Our French correspondent, Serge Billet, caught a nice ride in the Franche-Comté region this week.
"Ice Sailing on the Canyon Ferry Reservoir"
By By Emily Harris
"Canyon Ferry Lake is frozen again, a silver mirror reflecting miles of quiet pine forest. The wind blowing in from the north has brought freezing temperatures, and a group of adventurers have been eagerly anticipating this day. It’s late December and the ice is finally thick enough. David Gluek throws on one more warm layer, pulls on a pair of gloves, and steps into his 30-foot Skeeter: a T-shaped burgundy craft with a long, horizontal plank at the back." Continue reading.
December 18, 2013
See the World's Wind
SAIL Magazine: Sailing Ideas to Keep You From Getting Frost Bitten this Winter
"One of the more amazing thing about ice boating culture is the extent to which aficionados will travel to 'chase the ice.'" Read more here.
December 17, 2013
Yes and Yes
SIBC's Jane Pegel sends along this Peanuts cartoon that another SIBC member, Jeff Brassel, shared with her. Something about it reminds them of ice boating! See the whole panel here.
December 16, 2013
Madison Sunday AM
Here's a great view of Madison's isthmus facing east shot Sunday morning by a Med Flight Doctor which has been making the rounds in Madison today. Lake Monona is on the right and Mendota on the left.
December 15, 2013
Ice Sailing on All Russia
Video from Russian TV about Russian ice sailing and the Baikal Cup. Here's the clumsy Google translation,"Ice Formula 1 - the so-called ice sailing competitions for the Cup of Baikal. Hundreds of kilometers of the mirrored surface of the ice, powerful, gusty wind and gliders - that's all you need desperate athletes."
December 13, 2013
4LIYC Tune Up Series
Tools of the Trade by Peter Fauerbach
The Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club Tune Up Series is called on for December 14-15, 2013 for Lake Monona.
TUNE UP SERIES POSTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013
In one of the longest ice checks in the history of the club, the gang of 7 walked Lake Monona and found 3.5-5" of hard, black ice. There were two small areas of concern where the ice measured 3.5". We concluded that the lake needs to be sailed by an experienced sailor or scouted with an ATV on Saturday to make sure the two areas have thickened enough for safe racing. The best ice is in the middle of the lake. The east end of the lake is much rougher. We'll have more information as it becomes available. Remember, sailing with a club is safer than sailing alone. Don't sail alone! Stay with the group! The Tonyawatha landing is the best as far as distance to smooth sheet of ice. The Winnequah landing is a bit farther from the smooth ice.
DO NOT DRIVE ON THE ICE!
"Waiting For a Winter Breeze"
The New York Times
By SAMANTHA STOREY
Published: December 12, 2013
"The mercury plummeted to below freezing on Thursday, and most people bundled up to avoid the cold. But for a certain branch of sailors, these temperatures are ideal. With the right conditions and a sustained cold snap, rivers and lakes freeze over, providing the perfect surface for ice yachting, a sport in which sailors navigate vessels across the ice." Continue reading. There's also an 11 image slide show with beautiful shots of eastern ice boating over the years. Tip of the Helmet: Henry Bossett
December 12, 2013
Renegader Doug Kolner had a bird's eye view of area lakes today when he flew as a passenger on LMSC member Bill Gillen's plane. The above photo is a rough looking Lake Kegonsa which was confirmed by some other Renegaders who went to Springer's for lunch today. Lake Monona looked better. 4LIYC PRO Peter Fauerbach along with fleet captains and others will meet tomorrow for ice check. Stand by for news.
December 11, 2013
"The Lure of Early Ice is Hard to Ignore"
Commodore T's take the DN Western Challenge from the New England perspective.
"Looks like the regatta season has begun!
The Western Challenge Regatta is an informal DN gathering that has been going on for ten years or so- traditionally held the first weekend in December on the best ice in Minnesota… Yes, Minnesota. It’s a big state a little to the west of here."
Western Challenge Update
Results posted here on iceboating.net
Nordhaus Boatwerks In Ice Mode
" It was a busy night at the Boatwerks. Jim helped Donny, et al. with Trey's Renegade. Don Sanford explored some cracks in his springboard. Dean Lima and I checked Jim's new DN rig. There are some minor stay-length issues, but it should be ready for the ice this weekend."
Via Geoff Sobering.
December 10, 2013
"A History of Ice Yachting in the Hudson Valley"
Nice ice, baby: Ice yachting took hold in the Hudson Valley more than 200 years ago
BY DAVID LEVINE
PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 24, 2013 AT 05:07 PM
Cool runnings: The Northern Light (above) competes in the Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant of America, in February 1887......Photographs courtesy of John Sperr, newspaper photo courtesy of fultonhistory.com
"One Saturday afternoon in February 1982, John Sperr of Rhinebeck was skiing with friends in Barrytown and saw a sight that changed his life. “I skied down to the river, where there was a fleet of old boats sailing on a glorious, 20-mile sheet of ice,” he says. “The boats looked so beautiful as they did their graceful dance across the ice. I felt compelled to come back.” He did come back the next day, and took his first ride on an ice yacht. “I was hooked,” Sperr says of that experience; soon he was introduced to the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club, a group that had formed nearly a century earlier — in 1885 — to organize a sport that had actually been a Hudson Valley institution for a century before that." Continue reading.
Tip of the Helmet: John Sweitzer
December 9, 2013
Bald Eagle Lake in MN: Where Snow Turns to Slush
"An unexpectedly great start to the iceboating season on Bald Eagle Lake, MN. Somehow, the laws of physics do not apply to Bald Eagle Lake, because the season ending snow seemed to somehow magically turn to slush and re-freeze, creating great conditions. 10 Boats sailed Saturday and Sunday, with 2 races on Saturday. Congratulations to Trask Reed for taking an average Nite to a large first place victory. Saturday was “Don’t lick the mast” cold, but spirits ran high (and liquid spirits were also consumed)."
Pat Heppert, “Drifter” I-291
Big team maDisoN Turnout
Three development boats and a loaner from the Spaight Street Syndicate
"team maDisoN was well represented at the Great Western Challenge Friday - Sunday with 14 team members racing DNs, 1 member racing Ice Opti and 5 guests using development boats to get a taste for DN sailing. The event was hosted by our good friends from Minnesota, who were forced to go south this year to Wisconsin ice for the first time in the long history of the event. A "week of" snow storm knocked out all previously frozen Minnesota ice. In spite of the very cold conditions in LaCrosse, a great time was had by all.
Results for our new team maDisoN sailors racing in the Silver Fleet were particularly impressive. The Overall Silver Fleet title went to Dave Elsmo, who was at or near the top in every race. Silver Fleet races were also won by Tim Sugar and Scott Earnest, both of whom are in just their second year of DN racing. Hugh Sugar also put in an strong performance sailing his recently completed DN for the first time ever. Although second year DN'r Mike Barnett didn't land the top spot in this regatta, he, too, appeared to be consistently top ten. Our one Junior DN'r, Frankie Hearn, finished top 5 in the first race and top 10 in the second. Continue reading.
First Renegade On the Ice
Rich Eckstein sailed the south end of Lake Winnebago on Sunday, December 8 in his Renegade before the snow fell.
Here's Rich sailing the 2011 Renegade championship on Lake Mendota.
First Time in an Ice Boat
Photo Credit: DN Nederland
Darby and Tim Sugar's daughter looks pretty relaxed while testing out her dad's DN at the Western Challenge sailed in LaCrosse over the weekend. She must have brought some good luck for Tim because he won a race later that day. Two more races were sailed on Sunday in the Silver and Gold and there was one Ice Opti race. Ron Sherry is the overall Gold winner while 4LIYC Team maDisoN Dave Elsmo took the silver. I'll post more photos and reports throughout the day. Jim McDonagh will have the results for the regatta posted soon as well on iceboating.net.
First on Madison Ice
Ice Optimist sailors Meta and Fritz Simon had the honor of being the first to sail on a Madison area lake Saturday when Mom, Hope and Dad, Greg took them to Lake Wingra. Unfortunately, the Hollywood ice is now covered with "nuisance snow" but we still have Lake Monona and Mendota in reserve. The club will be looking at the lakes later this week.
Shooting the Breeze
Photo Credit: JH Peterson-Shooting the Breeze
Russian ice boater Valeriy Dichenko R166 pushes off at the start Saturday, December 8 at the Western Challenge sailed on Lake Onalaska near LaCrosse, WI.
Professional photographer JH Peterson shot some beautiful pictures at the Western Challenge on Saturday. You can see a sample of them on his Facebook page now. He'll be posting them to his website soon.
December 6, 2013
The Minnesota sailors are crossing the river and sailing the Western Challenge this weekend in Onalaska, WI. Check iceboating.net for the latest official information. iceboat.org's Western challenge updates are posted here.
Jamie Smith sent this photo of sailing on Last Mountain Lake in Saskatchewan, Canada. He's been sailing around Saskatchewan area with his dad, Bob Smith, brother Dave, and Daren Ritco since November 12.
December 5, 2013
4LIYC Meeting News
Next Meeting December 18
An an enthusiastic crowd turned out at last night's 4LIYC meeting. Election for club officers was held; Jerry Simon -Treasurer; Don Anderson-Secretary; Wes Wilcox-Vice Commodore; and Deb Whitehorse-Commodore. There will be no official club racing for the weekend of December 7-8. The temperature has finally turned more towards ice building but we don't know yet how the ice fared during the warm week. A contingent of 15 DN sailors from Team MaDisoN are heading off to the Chilly Western Challenge. As of this morning, the primary site is Lake Onalaska near LaCrosse, WI with secondary being Clear Lake in Iowa. Check the Minnesota ice boating website for the latest updates. Photos and reports from the Western Challenge posted here on the DN Regatta page.
November 30, 2013
November 25, 2013
Check out the weekend sailing report from the Minnesota sailors here on iceboating.net.
November 22, 2013
First Runners On the Ice In North America
DNer Mike Madge writes he had great skating and sailing today near Thunder Bay, Ontario on Whitefish Lake, about 30 minutes out of town.
November 21, 2013
Harken engineers Ben Biddick and Matt Schmidt gave a fascinating view into their roles as Oracle Team USA members during last night's presentation. I wish you could have all been there. Here are some photos and a short report of the event.
October 18, 2013
A Great Opportunityunity To Sail
DNs on Lake Kegonsa at the 2013 DN Western Lakes Regional Regatta
"Potential DN'rs, (Please pass along to others that may be interested) Winter is around the corner, and that means ice boating season is upon us. For those that are interested in doing some sailing, but don't have the time, money or some other barrier to putting a program together, we have a great opportunity for you this season. Active DN'rs, spearheaded by Daniel Hearn, are putting together a few DN programs and Ice Optimist with some equipment that was donated to him (for this purpose), along with some of his own and others extra equipment. If you are interested in being actively involved in assisting putting together one of these development programs, it would be available for your use at various local and travel events this winter. We are going to begin assembling these programs later this month. Please let me know if you are interested in participating in this program. You won't regret it!"
Thanks, Mike 4LIYC DN Fleet Captain
email: mike.s.barnett AT gmail.com