Top of the Page
Get Started Iceboating
Next Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club Meeting, Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Northwest: Postponed. Next update Jan 22.
ISA & Renegade Championship: Postponed. Next update Jan 22.
DN Regatta page

DN Worlds Opening Ceremony

4LIYC members, please join us for the DN World's opening ceremonies on Sunday, January 22 at 6:30 PM. It's indoors this year at Daniel's office,
1850 Hoffman St, Madison, WI 53704
Opening ceremony is at 6:30 followed by registration until 9 pm in conference room. We are combining it with a welcome party drinks, snacks in the large foyer area. 84 inch TV on wall if Packer game is still going on! IDNIYRA is sponsoring!

Kegonsa for the Worlds

DN Worlds Called ON for Kegonsa

The first lake in the Madison area to freeze was Lake Kegonsa and it never received very much snow. It has held up surprisingly well during these past few days of warmer than average temperatures and rain. Ice scouts have been checking it thoroughly for the last several days. After days of heroic ice scouting efforts by iceboaters from every region in North America, Lake Kegonsa was chosen as the primary site of the DN Worlds and North American championships this morning. The first race begins at 10 AM Monday. The best spot to watch is Springer's on Lake Kegonsa. All information is posted on the DN North American website.

Up In T Bay

The fleet has been growing up in Thunder Bay. Mike Madge writes, "Our newest ice boating club member,Liz Petrone is a natural. All that Hobie Sailing has made her a fast DN Sailor - she gets it."

Northwest Regatta Postponed

The Northwest Regatta is postponed until Jan 27-29, 2017. Next update will be Sunday, Jan 22, 2017 by 5 PM CST.

ISA & Renegade Championship Postponed

The ISA and Renegade Championship has been postponed. Next update will be Sunday, January 22, 2017.

Nite Nationals Postponed

ISA called ON for Jan. 20-22nd. Nite Nationals postponed 'til 1/27-28.

WSSA Championship Postponed

The Wisconsin Stern Steering Association regatta has been postponed to January 28, 29 but the NIYA will take precedence. The next update will be Sunday, January 22. Check back here or call the Iceboat Hotline 608-204-9876.
Andy Gratton
WSSA Secretary/Treasurer

Report of Stolen Runners

Fred Stritt reports that two sets of standard Sarns plate runners for a DN and Nite were stolen from an iceboat trailer on Lake Delavan sometime during the night of January 15. If you have any information or see them for sale on Craig's List or ebay, get in touch.

North American Ice Optimist Championship: Jan 20-22, 2017 - Western Region

UPDATE: The 2017 North American Ice Optimist Championship regatta is scheduled for next weekend. It will be the first time that international Ice Optimist sailors will compete in a North American event. Please contact North American Ice Optimist Secretary Ron Rosten for more information.
The 2017 North American Ice Optimist Championship Notice of Race has been posted. Please go over to the the Ice Optimist page for more information.

Daniel Hearn on Lake Monona. Photo - Kurt Mayer & Astrid Newenhouse

DN Western Region Photo Gallery

Kurt Mayer and Astrid Newenhouse have shared their photos from last weekend's DN Western Regional regatta.
Kurt writes: "My wife and a I had a great time Saturday and Sunday Jan. 7-8 watching the DNs race on Lake Monona and taking a few photos. I've put 26 photos up in a album on my Flickr page, click here to see them. Possibly somebody will enjoy a picture of themself; the images are full-resolution and free to download with my compliments. Managed to catch both champions including #183 with quite a bit of air under one of his blades. Thank you, we met some nice people and enjoyed being spectators"

Boat Walk

..There'll Be Days Like This..

All the ingredients were ready, a sheet of solid ice and a sunny day, but the weather forecasters were right today and not enough breeze filled in for racing. Fritz and Meta Simon had their Ice Optimists out for some training in anticipation of next weekend's Ice Optimist North American regatta. Commodore Ken Norton fired up the grill and served brats for lunch.

However, it was a perfect day for new Skeeter sailor, Dave Elsmo, to set up his front seater for the first time and have the benefit of Paul Krueger and Ken Whitehorse share Skeeter tuning tips. About 1pm 3 Skeeters and 3 Renegades caught some wind and were able to sail around.
Rain in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday will change the surfaces of our lakes. The great Zamboni is firing up.

Weather Markers: Photo - Michaela Vatcheva

DN Western Region Championship Photos

Posted a few photos from the weekend DN regatta sailed on Lake Monona. See them on the DN regatta page.

4LIYC Club Scores Posted

Thanks Tim McCormick for updating the club scores. See them here.

In a Row

Western Region Championship: Day 1 PM Report

Loretta and I are off the lake and sitting at the kitchen table. I'm watching her tabulate today's 6 races, 3 in Gold and 3 in Silver. Below 0F morning temperatures delayed the start by about an hour and a half today. Read more on the DN regatta page.

Man At Work: Eric Tobias becomes one with the ice

4LIYC Racing Called ON for Lake Kegonsa

Four Lakes Ice Yacht club racing has been called ON for Lake Kegonsa January 7-8, 2017. Use the Asmunsdson landing and don't drive on the ice because we don't have our permit yet. IMPORTANT: Races are postponed until 11:30 AM until Saturday and then will be run back to back. On Sunday, racing begins at 10AM and will also be run back to back without a lunch break so that everyone can make it home in time for the Packer game.
The Western Regional DN regatta has been called on for Lake Monona January 7-8, 2017. You will find all information about lodging, parking permits, registration, and more on the DN North American web page.

"A New Beginning"

You may have noticed a young woman filming while we were racing on Lake Kegonsa Saturday. That was Michaela Vatcheva and that day, she took another one of the first steps in a goal of hers, to create a documentary about Jane Pegel. The video embedded here above was posted on her Facebook page and along with it she wrote the following:
"Who's ready for a new beginning? This way, please!
I shot this video on the last day of 2016 and edited it in the wee hours of last night to share a little glimpse into the beautiful and harsh world of ice boating.
It is also a first peek into my passion project: I endeavor to make my first short film this year. It tells the story of legendary ice boat racer Jane Pegel, a strong woman, who dominated the ice and wind for 65 of her 83 years. Watch this space for updates on this journey. It's already taught me so much!
Thanks, Deb Whitehorse, David Elsmo, Don Sanford and everyone else who is supporting my project and has welcomed me into this amazing community. Here we go!"

The 4LIYC Fabrication Shop with Farmer Eric and Welder Ken.

ATV Update

We ran into a bit of an issue on Lake Kegonsa when our ATV's trailer hitch broke out in the middle of the lake. The ATV has given years of service hauling iceboat trailers up ramps and the failure was inevitable. Peter Fauerbach and Scott Goetz rigged it up with chains on Sunday so that we could continue to use it on the lake. Ken Whitehorse. with help from a friend. repaired the hitch last night so that we are ready for the coming weekend of club racing. We are fortunate to have people in the club with many skill sets who immediately step up and fix problems. The ATV is meticulously maintained by Jerry Simon.

Geoff's Drone

Our Vice Commodore Geoff Sobering finally aquired a drone. (What took you so long? - ed.) Here is his first drone video from Sunday's sailing on Lake Kegonsa.

Hold on tightly and take a ride on Steve Orlebeke's A Skeeter plank. Watch this video! Now!

Grand Slam Day 2: PM Update

UPDATE January 3: The A Skeeter scores were in error and have been corrected.
One of our 4LIYC traditions is to hold a ten lap race on New Years Day known as "The Bloody Mary". 4 A Skeeters and one Renegade sailed by TIYC's Glen Betzoldt pushed off to race in very light winds. The first five laps were agonizing to watch as the lack of wind had the skippers pushing their boats. Glen pushed his Renegade back in the pits but his effort deserves mention. Good things come to those who wait, and around the 5th lap, the breeze filled and stayed in for the rest of the day. Ken Whitehorse won this year's Bloody Mary race.
Results: Please let us know if there are any corrections that need to be made. Thanks to Mary Jane Schalk for staffing the shore office on this one. And one more thing, and be sure to watch the video from the photo above. Click here.

Drone shot by Geoff Sobering

Double Grand Slam Double

Take note of Renegade 507 in this picture and DN 5352. They are owned and sailed by Daniel Hearn. I just realized what an amazing feat he accomplished in iceboat racing. He sailed both his Renegade and DN this weekend. Not only that, he placed SECOND in BOTH classes!

New Year's Eve iceboating. America's Cup winner and Olympic gold medalist Buddy Melges stopped by Lake Kegonsa and gave Thor Rosten some invaluable Ice Optimist coaching.

Grand Slam Day 1: PM Update

We had a great day of racing with five fleets. DNs, Renegades, Nites, and B Skeeters had four races while the A Skeeters had 3 races. Winds were gusty during the first few races but settled in. Thanks to everyone who came and raced with us today and those who came to watch.

Grand Slam FUN Regatta Called ON for Dec 31, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017 on Kegonsa

UPDATE: The Grand Slam fun regatta has been called ON. Commodore Ken Norton and Doug Kolner inspected the landings and drove the club ATV around the lake. The landings are fine to roll trailers on but DO NOT DRIVE ON THE ICE! On the lake, they drilled through 8" of hard ice. The surface is bumpy on the south end of the lake near Asmundsen's Landing but there's a smoother area large enough for a race course towards the middle of the lake front of Springer's
Dates: Saturday, December 31, 2016 - Sunday, January 1, 2017.
DNs: We suggest that DNs park in Springer's parking lot and carry on boats. Springer's asks that you please not park in the grass next to the building.
Renegades, Skeeters, and Nites: ROLL TRAILERS ON. DO NOT DRIVE ON THE ICE!!! Observe all parking rules. There are launch fees at both of the landings.
Amundson Landing Map
Pleasant Springs Landing Map
Saturday, December 31, 2016
8 AM to 9 AM - Registration at Springer's $15
10 AM - First Race Rotation: To be determined
6:30 PM: Family style banquet at Fat Jacks BBQ, 6207 Monona Drive, Monona, WI. All you can eat ribs and chicken for $15 plus tax. Pay your server.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
10 AM - First Race Rotation: To be determined
We'll have some sort of photo trophies shipped out for the winners after the regatta.
4LIYC members: These races will count for club standings. Saturday's races will be Tune Ups and Sunday's races will be Holiday Series.
Many DNs and Renegades will be setting up and sailing on Friday.
Country Inn & Suites Address: 400 River Pl, Madison, WI 53716 Phone:(608) 221-0055
AmericInn Lodge & Suites 101 W Broadway, Madison, WI 53716 Phone:(608) 222-8601

PREVIOUS: The Grand Slam fun regatta is a Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club early season tradition which we don't often have the chance to hold. Commodore Ken Norton and Doug Kolner walked out on Lake Kegonsa this afternoon and found 6" of hard ice, no snow, with a bit of ripple and no bumps. They rated it as between a 6.5 and a 7 in terms of quality. On Thursday, the landings will be checked to make certain that trailers can be rolled on and the club ATV will be used to explore the entire lake. We will make final confirmation by 5 PM Friday, December 30, 2016 on this website and the hotline. The Grand Slam is a casual fun regatta for Skeeters, DNs, Renegades, and Nites. If the landings and lake check out tomorrow, several Renegades will set up on Friday.

Photo: Joe Stanton

ISA & NIYA: It's On The Agenda

Via ISA and NIYA Secretary, Paul Krueger, the agenda items for the 2017 Interational Skeeter Association and Northwest annual meetings.
ISA Agenda
NIYA Agenda

Charlie Miller's Slides

Thank you Jerry Simon for editing and sharing Charlie's slides with us. Thank you Carole Miller for giving them to Jerry. Charlie started racing stern steerers on Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh when he was 14. He was lucky enough to make a career out of his love for sailing. He ran the Pewaukee North Sails loft and remained involved in iceboating throughout his life. Thank you, Charlie Miller. Click here to view this as a slide show.

Bill Mattison Elected to 2017 Madison Sports Hall of Fame

While leaving last night's slide show, Madison Sports Hall of Fame (MSHOF) board member, Peter Williams, informed me that Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club member, Bill Mattison, has been elected to the Madison Sports Hall of Fame. Bill's hardwater and softwater friends will want to attend his induction ceremony on June 7, 2017 at Monona Terrace Convention Center. By joining the MSHOF, your dues include two tickets to the Hall of Fame Club Induction Banquet. See their website here and join. Don Sanford deserves much credit for spearheading this effort to have Bill's accomplishments recognized by the Madison community. Peter said that Bill is being inducted under the category of "athlete" which is truly fitting. Congratulations Bill and Mauretta. I'm looking forward to attending the banquet to celebrate your achievements in iceboating and summer sailing.

Throw Back Thursday: 1963 Madison Sports Hall of Fame, Iceboating, and the Packers

What better way to celebrate TBT than to look back to the first group of Madison Sports Hall of Fame inductees. 4LIYC member, Carl Bernard, was elected to the MSHOF in that inaugural year. The featured speaker that evening was none other than the coach of the Green Bay Packers, Vince Lombardi.

Charlie Miller in his Nite

Meeting Update

The club extends a big thank you to all who attended last night's meeting and Charlie Miller slide show. It was standing room only and we were honored to have some long time members there including Dave & Nancy Nelson, Bill & Mauretta Mattison, and Jack Ripp. Carole Miller attended with her family and provided much of the commentary on the slides which covered the MARY B years, the America's Cup years in Perth, Australia, and ice sailing in the 1970s and 80s. Another highlight was hearing ice reports from area iceboaters including George Gerhardt who gave an Oshkosh report (snow covered) and John Hayashi who gave a Green Lake report (open). Of course Dave "Admiral" Nelson gave the first report about his home lake, Kegonsa (snow covered.) Thank you Jerry Simon for coming up with the slide show idea and executing it, to our long time members, our out of town guests, and to Angelo's who kept us all well fed and watered.

2016 Northwest Regatta on Lake Monona in Madison, WI Photo: Joe Stanton

Renegade News

The International Renegade Ice Yacht Racing Association has released their annual newsletter. Read it here.

Cover Photo by Gretchen Dorian

Runner Tracks: Jane Pegel Interview

The latest edition of Runner Tracks, the newsletter of DN North America, has been published on the DN website. This issue has one of the best articles that I've had the privilege to be involved with, an interview by Susie Pegel with her mother, Jane. See it here.

2013 ISA Revisited

The folks at Sail Racing have been posting pictures and video recently on social media from the 2013 International Skeeter Association regatta sailed on Lake Kegonsa near Madison. This video has been posted here before but it never gets old. Interesting to note that the Swedish clothing manufacturer is also a partner and supplier of ORACLE TEAM USA, defenders of the America's Cup.

Another addition is Right-of-Way rule 8.a which states: “When yachts sailing ON-THE-WIND on opposite tacks are approaching a MARK, the PORT TACK yacht shall keep clear of the STARBOARD TACK yacht.” Click here to see all 9 animations.

Animated: Start, Darling Mark Course & New Weather Mark ROW Guide

4LIYC DNer Dave Elsmo (who is the Sailing Program Manager and Head Coach of the UW Hoofer Sailing Club) created 9 animations to help illustrate the recent changes made by the National Iceboat Authority. These animations cover properly starting, approaching marks on a darling mark course, finishing a darling mark course, and Right-of-Way rule 8.a. See Dave's informative work here.

National Iceboat Authority: Change Summary to 2015 Racing Rules

Last week, the National Iceboat Authority released a new version of the NIA Constitution & Racing Rules which includes two new race course configurations, the DARLING COURSE and INLINE COURSE which may be used as alternatives to the STANDARD COURSE we’ve been using for many years. (Click here to see last week's post.)Today, NIA board member, Tim McCormick has released a summary which briefly describes the changes which have been made to the NIA 2015 Racing Rules. Click here to read the summary.

National Iceboat Authority: Important Announcement

The National Iceboat Authority is happy to announce the release of a new version of the NIA Constitution & Racing Rules. (Click here to see new version.) This new version includes two new race course configurations called DARLING COURSE and INLINE COURSE which may be used as alternatives to the STANDARD COURSE we’ve been using for many years. This allows race committees to select a course which is most appropriate for their ice sailing event. The new racing rules also contain:

  • Updated definitions and clauses to support the use of the DARLING COURSE or INLINE COURSE.
  • Clarification on yachts which must keep clear while approaching the windward MARK on opposite TACKS.
  • Updated restrictions on propulsion.
  • A new rule which prohibits sailing between the LEEWARD MARK and the starting line immediately after the start.
Please feel free to contact any of the NIA Directors with questions or comments.
UPDATE 11-13-2015:NIA board member, Tim McCormick, has created a summary which briefly describes the changes which have been made to the NIA 2015 Racing Rules. Read his report here.

Mote posts from the 2016-2017 season here.