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Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia

Sailed Little Bay de Noc in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
March 20-22

Sailed Little Bay de Noc in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
March 20-22

(DNs, Renegades, Skeeters, Stern Steerers)
Cancelled for the 2015 season.

March 1-6, 2015
DN Europe

February 16-21, 2015
Lake Rekyva, Lithuania
DN Europe


Jan 24-31, 2015
Kingston, Ontario
Sailed. Gold Cup won by Karol Jablonski P36
North American regatta cancelled because of snow.
DN Forum

Jan 24-25
Lake Mendota

January 17-18, 2015
Green Lake,WI
Scott Brown 559


Jan 17-18, 2015
Green Lake, WI
Gold: Steve Orelebeke
Silver: Chris Berger
DN Forum DN Regattas


Lake Access Permits

A year-round permit required for designated launch sites in the City of Madison and Dane County Parks.

Locations include:

Warner Park Mendota County Park

Tonyawatha Tr. Park
Olin Park

Goodland Park

Lake Access Permit Brochure in pdf

Purchase Lake Access Permit Online

Web Cams

Canyon Ferry, Montana

Clear Lake, Iowa

Geneva Lake,
Williams Bay, WI

Geneva Lake, Gordy's Boat Sales, Fontana, WI
Look for webcam link upper right corner

Geneva Lake, Eleven Gables Inn, Lake Geneva, WI

Geneva Lake, downtown looking into the bay.

Lake Mendota,
Madison, WI
(UW Soils)

Lake Mendota,
Madison, WI
from somewhere on UW Campus

Lake Mendota,
Madison, WI UW AOSS North Facing Camera

Lake Mendota at the UW Union

Lake Mendota,
Madison, WI 3 UW AOSS Rooftop Cameras

Mallets Bay,
Lake Champlain, VT

Maumee Bay, Toledo, OH

Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota

Lake Winnebago,
Neenah, WI

Westport, NY
Lake Champlain

Great Lakes MODIS
Not a webcam but daily views of the Midwest from space

Click for Madison, Wisconsin Forecast


Link to map

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November 5

November 19

December 3
Elect Fleet Captains. Vote on ISA & NIYA Agenda Items

December 17

SKIP December 31

January 7
Honor Roll Nominations

January 21
Deadline for
By-Law or Racing Rules Amendment Submission

February 4

February 18
Business Meeting

March 4

March 18

Glass Nickel Pizza
2916 Atwood Ave
Madison, WI
Time: 6:30 PM alternate Weds.

We meet downstairs and all are welcome.

4LIYC By Laws & Racing Rules

By-Laws & Racing Rules

In pdf

Right of Way Rules Graphic

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4LIYC Club Race Results & Points













National Ice Boat Authority

Constitution and Rules

Madison Sail Expo: May 3 Event Flyer

April 26, 2015

MacGyvered Mast

Green Lake Ice yacht club member Drew Zaratsky shared some video and photos from yesterday's Fond du Lac Ice Yacht Club picnic where the owners of Spindler demonstrated an interesting new method of stepping and raising their stern steerer mast.

April 25, 2015

Joys: Your Iceboat Headquarters

Mel Jones from the Carl Bernard Scrapbook
UPDATE 4-26:Andy Gratton writes, "Since this is Joys Brothers week, I thought I better send in a photo of the emblem, with the Viking ship on it, so everyone can see what you get with the $100 sail. This is on the mainsail for Wisconsin."
The date on the label is quite old for any Wisconsin business to have been established considering the state achieved statehood four years later in 1848. The business was established as a ship chandlery and sail maker by G.D. Norris of Boston. Capt. Jon Joys, who began working there in 1856, later took over the business and changed the name. The Viking ship on the label is a reference to Capt. Joys' place of birth, Norway.
Via Jane Pegel: "This past winter Chris Goes (son of Cuppy), mailed to Bob Pegel these pages from the Joy Brothers (Milwaukee) iceboat catalog, vintage 1940’s. Mel Jones was then the sailmaker at Joy Brothers. Most of the hardware shown is for Mead built Skeeters, though I think the shock front end was invented by Tom Jones, brother of Mel Jones. We used to refer to that as the “Jones front end”. Tom worked at Starline in Harvard, IL and lived in Fontana. Both Tom and Mel were members of the Skeeter Ice Boat Club. In the summer they raced a class A scow. Intresting to note the deluxe Skeeter sail was $100.00."
Download catalog here.

April 23, 2015

Madison Sail Expo

Learn about the many wind activities and programs of the all the sailing clubs in the Madison area at Brittingham Park. The Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club will have some iceboats set up at the event. Download event flyer.
Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Time: 10 AM to 2 PM
Location: Brittingham Park
401 S Brittingham Pl, Madison, WI 53715

John Kersten

Via Neenah Ice Yacht Club member, Jim Stolla, "Sadly John Kersten, our fellow ice boater passed away unexpectedly Sunday April 19th. John was an avid and active sailor never missing a season for over 40 years. John raced stern steerers, Nites, Renegades, and even a ‘'D” skeeter. He was a founding member of our club and always the first one to lend a hand, with parts, or boats to anyone in need." Obituary here.

April 13, 2015

Extending The Season

Michigander Stern Steerer skipper Eric Sawyer's view from the bridge of his other iceboat, the Great Lakes freighter, Kay E. Barker
The Fat Lady is taking her time again this year. Ice is sticking around a bit longer. As of April 11, Mike Madge reported he was still skiing (not sailing his DN because he doesn't have slush runners) on Lake Superior's Thunder Bay. On April 9, Warren Nethercote in Nova Scotia reported some spring sailing in his neck of the woods. Iceberg like formations have been seen floating around Lake Superior.
Eighteen Great Lakes freighters, including Michigander stern steerer skipper Eric Sawyer, are stuck above Whitefish Bay on eastern Lake Superior, Ontario.

A DN Nederland Production in Conjunction with his Iphone:
Baikal 2015

What do you do when you flying back home from Lake Baikal?

Posted by DN Nederland on Monday, April 13, 2015

"Everything You Need to Know to Enter Your First Race!"

One of the best iceboat racing drone videos ever. 2015 DN Worlds at Kingston, Ontario.
Sometimes we forget that many iceboaters who enjoy cruising aren't confident about racing. Here's a great account from a first time racer, Ron Bouchard, who competed in the New England Championships a couple of weeks ago.
By Ron Bouchard

"I had been ice-boating for twenty years and had never entered a race. Why? Because I had no idea what the race entailed and did not want to look like a fool out there; how do you start? How many markers are there? Which way do you go? The guys racing are obviously highly experienced, high-tech, obsessed racer types, right? As I found out, some are and some are just like me. I told myself and others that cruising around was fine and I had no interest in entering a race, but that was not the truth. No matter the race, racing is thrilling! The feeling of “I’m gaining!” and the fact that the decisions you are making have a measurable impact." Continue reading over on the New England Ice Yachting Association website.

April 7, 2015

Spring Thunder In The Bay!

Mike Madge is enjoying spring sailing on Thunder Bay in Ontario, Canada. "We actually had two DNs out on Monday. I probably put 100 miles on the boat today.Sailed from 9:00 AM till 4:30.Beautiful 10-12 knts of south wind. Very fast sailing on hard ice."

Dawn Of The Skeeter

Skeeter skipper Jim Gleuk sends a nice reminder of the 2015 International Skeeter Association regatta on Little Bay de Noc in Gladstone, Michigan.

Iceboaters Heating Up New York City

Skeeter/DN sailors Jordan and Jake Glaser sailing their Standart Landyacht at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn on Amelia Earhardt's old airstrip.

April 5, 2015

Around the World:
Never Ending Season

Photo via Michael Kroll Facebook
Mike Derusha, Andy Gratton, and Michael Kroll took advantage of the remaining ice on Little Bay de Noc in Gladstone, Michigan and gave people rides.


Photo: DN Nederland
The annual spring regatta on Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia began on April 4th. Ron Sherry US44 won the first series of the regatta, the Asia Cup. Results and photos here.

April 3, 2015

Iceboaters Heating Up the Desert

Scott Young, Kyle Metzloff, and Jim Nordhaus
Congratulations to the top finishers at the North American Blokart championship sailed this week at the mecca of land sailing, Ivanpah dry lake on the California/Nevada border. Hard fought first place (performance class) went to last year's champion, Scott Young. 4LIYC had a good showing with Kyle Metloff second, Jim Nordhaus third, and Geoff Sobering third. We hope to see Scott Young try this stuff on ice next season!

March 29, 2015


Mike (r) Rigging his Renegade 188 | LIttle Bay de Noc, MI

Gretchen Dorian has posted some more amazing photos from the 2015 ISA and Renegade Championship. Look into the distance, past Mike Derusha's Renegade, to see a typical sight when iceboating on the Great Lakes, a freighter heading to Escanaba. See the photos here.
March 25, 2015

More ISA Photos from Gretchen

Jordan Glaser A Skeeter
Gretchen Dorian has added more photos from the ISA and Renegade championship regatta to her website. See them here.

March 24, 2015

Class C Skeeters at the ISA

Photo courtesy of
By Pat Heppert "Drifter" I-291t
"What a great racing weekend in the Upper Peninsula! Congratulations to all who raced as well as all who judged, helped and scouted. It takes a lot of dedication from all of us to pull this off in the middle of March, and I feel blessed to be among friends." Continue reading.

ISA Video Day

Several stern steerer skippers, including Joe Terry, joined us on the ice in Gladstone (aka "Happy Rock"). Here's Joe's video.

The ISA Videos Keep Coming!

This one is the A Skeeter finish from Friday's "bonus race". Thanks Minnesota B Skeeter sailor, Jim McDonagh, who we normally see in a DN and placed third in the B fleet.

March 23, 2015

Bob Pegel Memorial & Obituary

Bob Pegel had hoped for one more regatta this season and his family scheduled the memorial service accordingly, at the end of the season. The memorial is on Saturday, March 28 at Toynton's Funeral Home in Walworth, Wisconsin. MAP
10 a.m. visitation, 11 a.m. service.

Robert Edward Pegel, 87, of Williams Bay, Wisconsin died March 5, 2015. Bob was born on May 9, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois to parents Robert Emil Pegel and Eva Louise Mohler. Bob became interested in water activities while spending summers at Boy Scout camps in Michigan which were managed by his father. He graduated from Volta Elementary School, Lane Tech High School (Class of 1945) and Wright Junior College in Chicago.

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Bob was a member of Columbia Yacht Club and Chicago Yacht Club. He raced on big boats on Lake Michigan and also raced Lehman dinghies, Penguins, Stars and in other classes. Bob was a partner in Kenneth A. Nelson Sailmakers in Chicago. As a sailmaker Bob and Ken obtained a patent for “square-work”, having a pre-made luff and foot rope inside of a tape. This was the continuation of a technique originated by Harry Nye.
Bob began coming to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to go iceboating and was introduced to Jane Wiswell. On June 14, 1955, Bob and Jane were married at the home of the bride’s parents (Dr. Clifford and Beatrice Wiswell) in Williams Bay. Their only child Susie was born Sept. 13, 1956 at Lakeland Hospital in Elkhorn. Bob and Jane lived in the Edgebrook neighborhood of Chicago from 1955 until 1971 when they moved to Williams Bay. They opened a business, Sailing Specialists, which also became the new home of Nelson sails. Sailing Specialists became dealers for Laser, Johnson scows, Sunfish, Sonar, O’Day and Prindle and Hobie catamarans. Later Bob also built cold-molded scows using WEST system epoxy. These boats won many championships. Sailing Specialists was closed in 2009 when Bob and Jane decided to retire.
The Pegels were instrumental in the establishment of the Williams Bay Sailing Club which held Laser races on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings. The Williams Bay Sailing Club hosted the 1972 Laser North Americans and 1984 U.S. Laser Nationals.
During his iceboating career, Bob raced an A Skeeter and won the Northwestern Ice Yachting Association championship and finished as high as 2nd in the International Skeeter Association championship. He was a commodore of the NIYA and a president of the ISA. He was a life member of the Skeeter Ice Boat Club and a founding member of the National Iceboat Authority. He later raced a C Skeeter (winning the ISA championship) and then a Renegade. Bob was a member and former commodore of the Renegade class and member of the DN class. He served as the head race committee person at DN championship regattas.
Bob joined the Lake Geneva Yacht Club in 1955 and was member #2 at the time of his death. He raced a C scow and an E scow with the sail number I-11. The Pegels won the Inland Lake Yachting Association E Invitational regatta, E Blue Chip and finished as high as 2nd in the E Inland and E Nationals regattas. At the Lake Geneva Yacht Club Bob served on the race committee, trophy committee and supervised the race committee boats the Flagship and Flagship II. Four times he was awarded the Dr. and Mrs. Will Lyon race committee trophy. In 2014 he received the Marie Kramp Award for Outstanding Service. In 2015 he was bestowed with the title of Race Officer Emeritus.
Bob served for six years as president of the Geneva Lake Sailing School. He was a member of the ILYA Bilge Pullers and received the ILYA race committee award. He also served as a member of the Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation appeals committee. At the national level he was a member of the US Sailing Board of Directors, was active in Midwest area activities, chairman of the O’Day committee (national singlehanded sailing championship), and a certified race management officer and judge. He served as a judge for many national and North American sailing championships. In 2007 he was recognized with the title of Judge Emeritus. On a civic level, Bob served for many years as the Harbor Commissioner of Williams Bay.
Bob is survived by wife Jane and daughter Susie. A memorial service will be at Toynton’s Funeral Home in Walworth, Wisconsin at 11 a.m. March 28. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Memorials can be made to Lane Tech Alumni Association, 2501 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60618. Arrangements are being handled by Toynton’s Funeral Home.

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Double the Fun

Via Scuttlebutt Sailing News.
"Sailing and iceboating on Lake Erie, on Presque Isle Bay in front of the Erie Yacht Club at Erie, PA.
Photos by Caitlin Niemic." See it all here.

ISA Picture of the Day

Photo courtesy
Photographer Gretchen Dorian is busy today back home in Michigan looking through the hundreds of pictures she shot this weekend for more great shots like this one from the ISA regatta. Here's Ken Kreider throwing the checkers for Nite skipper Grant Frautschi on Friday.

In The UP News

March 18, 2015

Not On Facebook?

I've been posting iceboat regatta photos, videos, score sheets, and information to Facebook for a few years during my travels. It's always bothered me that many iceboat racing fans are excluded from seeing these reports because they choose not to participate in social media.

Facebook makes it too easy to share the on-the-ice experience from my phone because it's a matter of pushing one button, an irresistible feature when struggling to keep hands warm in 10F/-12C temperatures. At the end of a long, tiring day on the ice, posting to often ranks low on the priority list. Eating, a hot shower, and sleeping leave little time for the effort that the regatta updates deserve on

The goal of the auxiliary website to is to share in real time the excitement of iceboat regattas across all platforms- including an easily accessible and mobile-friendly website, Facebook, and Twitter. Everything posted to it will automatically post to Facebook and Twitter. Those of you who aren't connected to Facebook will be able to see these updates and not miss anything.

The 2015 ISA and Renegade Championship regatta will be the first time that I'll use this method of posting. I hope it works for everyone. If it doesn't, please let me know.
Check out the website here.


ISA & Renegade Championship Regatta Is ON for the UP

The ISA and Renegade Championship is called on for Little Bay de Noc, Gladstone, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for March 20, 21, 22, 2015. Launch at the Gladstone Yacht Club.
Ice conditions: 25" of rock hard ice. Mike Derusha and Ken Kreider have sailed it with their DNs.
You can drive with your trailer on the ice. Hotel and pre-registration on the ISA & Renegade Championship regatta page.

Annual Returning of the Trophies

A sure sign of spring, trophy chair Jori Lenon asks that people return club trophies at the final meeting tonight. Jori will be in touch with those who still need to return hardware after that.

March 17, 2015

St. Petersburg Day (UPDATED)

"S-8 open class ice yacht, Saint-Petersburg, Russia" from March 7, 2015. Tip of the helmet: Andrey Ivolgin
UPDATE 3-18:
Some background of the S-8.
Stern steerer skipper Andy Gratton found this video last March of the 1968 S-8 championship sailed in Estonia.

S-8 skipper Andrey Ivolgin added some more information: "It's an open class S-8 (S stands for Svobodnyi - means "open" in Russian). S-8A with sails and S-8B with wing. Class rules requlates general dimensions and sail area - up to 8 sq meters. The history comes from 70s when there were up to 100 boats in USSR (to be confirmed yet), now we are actively rebuilding them as a good alternative to Monotype XV.... Now this is the only wing (8 sqm) repaired. We also plan to repair more, but now mostly focused on reparing iceboats with sail to make the class more popular. There were separate classes of wing iceboats for 12 sqm and 20 sqm, but now it's only part of history of USSR. We have no class website yet, but you can find us here (site, similar to Facebook, but mostly in Russian)." Andy Gratton took a look at the site and noticed, "No trip wires, 3 wheels to control. The top one is for steering, the bottom pulls the sheet in, and I think the middle lets the sheet out from the drum." UPDATE #2: Andrey writes, "Three-wheel boat is a kind of experimental one (there are no class rules restrictions for that). One wheel is used for forestay control and drum is controlled by pedal. Generally we have two wheels - one for steering and one for sail control + pedal." Join their Facebook group here.

March 16, 2015

On Wisconsin

Michael Kroll's video from Sunday, March 15 with Andy Gratton and Laura Kroll sailing the Wisconsin in Menominee, Michigan.

March 15, 2015

Regatta Updates

First the bad news:
Northwest: The Northwest Ice Yacht Regatta has been cancelled for 2015.
Then the good news:
ISA: The ISA has been tentatively called on for March 20, 21, 22, 2015. Potential sites include northern Wisconsin, Michigan, and Vermont. Final confirmation at 12:00 Central time on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
Renegade Championships: UPDATE 3-16: In the event that the ISA is called on for Wisconsin OR MICHIGAN, the Renegade championship regatta will be sailed with the ISA on March 20, 21, 22, 2015.

March 13, 2015

No 4LIYC Racing for March 13-15

Via 4LIYC Chief Judge, Peter Fauerbach: "Paul Jim Jerry and I walked and sailed the west end of Lake Mendota. Ice has issues; snow over 5 percent with 3 inch softness on those spots. Plus very rough ice teeth-rattling kind. Mendota landing was ruined by an ATV going through right in front."

March 11, 2015

Regatta Updates:

The Northwest and ISA are tentatively called on for March March 20-22, 2015. Potential sites will be posted on Sunday, March 15, 2015. This weekend's weather doesn't look promising for regatta conditions but may be good for club racing in local areas. Forecasted warm temperatures are making it too risky to call on a regatta. Potential bright spots include Minnesota and Lake Champlain in Vermont. The final decision will be made Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

March 8, 2015

Bob Pegel Memorial Service

A memorial service for Bob will be held at Toynton’s in Walworth, WI on March 28th. MAP
10 a.m. visitation, 11 a.m. service.
There is a very nice piece about Bob on the Lake Geneva Yacht Club website.

March 5, 2015

Bob Pegel
May 9, 1927 - March 5, 2015

A memorial service for Bob is planned for the morning of Saturday March 28th.

March 3, 2015

Don't forget to check out 4-Lake's own Deb Whitehorse real-time posts "from the ice" at the DN European Championships on the DN Nederland Facebook page.

February 26, 2015

Orient On Ice

Some more good news from out east via Mike Acebo: "Sailed well out east, Hallocks Bay, Orient, Long Island. Home of the Orient Ice Yacht Club, a proud stern steerer club, and a more recent J14 fleet. Home ice is salt water ice. Crusty surface but one Whizz and a J14 group with a couple of classic DN's sailed well with no handling issues. We don't get good ice often here so today was a very enjoyable day for all who sailed. We hope for a few more days with a good breeze. Last photo is the cover of the local newspaper in the Orient Country Store printed Feb. 24, 1977.


This guy's dad, Jay Yaeso, just put the canopy on his new A Skeeter build up in the attic in Ashwaubenon.

Off to a Warmer Climate

THIS will not be happening...
While North America is in the deep freeze and our local lakes covered with snow, the webmaster is heading somewhere warmer, Europe, for the DN European Championship where the high temperatures are in the 30sF.
NEIYA DNer Oliver Moore said it best last year: "We don’t know where. We don’t know when... Heck we don’t know much." IDNIYRA Commodore Joerg Bohn's latest update narrows the possibility to two locations, either Sweden or Estonia. I'll be working with DN Nederland trying something new this year, expanded internet coverage for the regatta.
If all goes as planned and internet access is not a problem, look for updates, including score sheets, photos, interviews, and video on the following sites:
Dutch Ice Sailing website,
DN Nederland Facebook page,
DN Nederland Twitter feed.
We also hope to have drone footage as well.
Geoff Sobering will be in charge of this website for the next week or so. Many thanks, Geoff.

February 23, 2015

ISA Postponed

Via International Skeeter Association Secretary/Treasurer Paul Krueger: The ISA regatta has postponed. The state park in New Jersey was not accessible among other reasons. Check back on Sunday, March 1, 2015 for the next update.

Regatta Updates

NIYA: The Northwest Ice Yachting Association regatta has been postponed until March 6, 7, 8, 2015. Check back on Sunday, March 1, 2015 for the next update.
Renegade Championship: Postponed. Check back on Sunday, March 1, 2015 for the next update.

Head East

The cold out east has been good for ice making. From the Facebook page of J14 sailor Mike Acebo "Set up on home ice, Hallocks Bay, Orient, NY". Mike recently wrote an article about Long Island iceboating, Sailing Over Frozen Waters, for Long Island's Boating Times. Read it here.

Canadian Approved

The recent DN World championship regatta was mentioned in a statement by a member of the Member of Canada's Provincial Parliament for Kingston and the Islands. Click here to watch. Tip of the Helmet: Ron Sherry via John Curtis

February 23, 2015

Junior DN & Ice Opti Worlds Photos

Photos from the regatta taken by Ron Rosten. See them here.

February 21, 2015

Great Ice

Ice is covering the Great Lakes again this year. Ace of Spades skipper Mike Peters sends the above photo and writes,"You know it's cold when Lake Michigan freezes over by the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal. Your looking to the north of the North Pierhead Lighthouse. Taken from our house."
A great lakes freighter, the Arthur M. Anderson has been stuck in thick Lake Erie ice for days. Story.
Interesting to note that the Anderson was the the last ship to "be in contact with the SSEdmund Fitzgerald (before it sank 10 November 1975). The Anderson was also the first rescue ship on the scene in a vain search for Fitzgerald survivors (there were none)."

Building & Tinkering

From Maine sailor, Bill Bucholz, "While we're waiting for ice, it's great to have your steady flow of interesting content. I especially liked John Eisenlohr's newest design. Takes the pocket skeeter concept to a whole new level. So here's one of my latest. As far as I know the first front seat DN. Sails great, and looking directly up the bendy mast is a treat."
Read more about it here.

February 19, 2015

Junior Optimist & DN Worlds

Photo from the JWC 2015 Sweden Facebook page
The Junior Optimist & DN World regatta was completed yesterday. Congratulations to Estonian sailor Kevin Grass on his win in the DN class and to Estonian sailor Keith Luur for winning the Ice Optimist class. Ron texted me today from Vilnius and said that they had an incredibly positive experience. "Lots of stories to tell. Thor did not race because the wind blew hard for 2 days but he can't wait to get home and start on his Opti iceboat program. The Swedish kids were fantastic with him, he wants to come back next year as an experienced sailor and be with his new friends."
Final results.

4LIYC Business Meeting Last Night

The club held the annual business meeting last night at the Glass Nickel. Two agenda items were voted upon and both passed. Congratulations to AJ Whitehorse who was elected to the Honor Roll.
The proposal to change Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club Racing Rules Change Part II "Sailing Rules", Section F "Diagram for reference only": Replace diagram with the attached new diagram" also passed. See the new diagram here.

Voiliers sur glace en compétition à Kingston, Ontario

Another video from the DN Worlds- en français.
February 18, 2015

Junior Optimist & DN Worlds

Photo by Vytas Janusauskas from Šiauli? miesto buriuotoj? klubas - Siauliai City Yachtsmen Club Facebook Page
Day One Results
Day One Video from Lithuanian TV. (Go to 12:16)
The opening day of the Junior DN & Ice Optimist World Championships looks like it may have been a windy one according to a report on a Lithuanian news website.
Here's a very rough Google translation: " However, the weather conditions were not the best and Siauliai. For quite a strong wind and boats became broken. The junior (under 16 years) the match was stopped. They will be continued today. Older athletes race does not take place only extremely strong wind blowing, child - when the wind speed exceeds 10 meters per second. A similar level of competition held for the second time in Siauliai, Lithuania - third. Championship winners should turn out on Thursday or Friday. When will the race will depend on the wind."

February 17, 2015

Bob Pegel Recognized As Race Officer Emeritus

Bob Pegel in Trenton, Ontario in 1983
Via the Inland Lake Yachting Association:
February 14, 2015, in a unanimous decision, the Lake Geneva Yacht Club Board of Directors named Robert E. Pegel Race Officer Emeritus. The event marks Bob's retirement from decades of committee work at the Yacht Club and the Geneva Lake Sailing School. "Bob's contributions in a number of different capacities over the years have been invaluable to our club and to the sport of sailing. We are particularly fortunate for his dedication and expertise in race management, both at our club and at a national level. It is an honor to present him with this title," said LGYC Commodore F. Terrence Blanchard, who presented the Pegels with a copy of the Board Resolution, which listed many of Bob's contributions during his 60 years of membership.

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This is the first time that the Lake Geneva Yacht Club has awarded this title. Resolution of Appreciation to Robert Edward Pegel The Officers and Directors of the Lake Geneva Yacht Club do hereby express their appreciation to Robert E. Pegel upon the occasion of his retirement from his volunteer activities. Whereas, Robert E. Pegel joined the Yacht Club in 1955 and has served for decades as a member of the Race Committee, Regatta Committee, and Race Committee Associates; as Principal Race Officer and Senior Race Officer; as a member of the Scoring Committee, Class M Blue Chip Regatta Committee, Judges Committee, and House, Grounds, and Waterfront Committee; as Associate, Chief, and Senior Judge; as member and chair of the Trophy Committee and the History and Archives Committee; and as Associate Chief Race OfficerEquipment, responsible for support boats, personnel, and the welfare of Flagship II from her construction in 1977 through the 2014 racing season; and Whereas, Robert E. Pegel has received each of the Lake Geneva Yacht Club service awards: the Dr. and Mrs. Will F. Lyon Trophy for Race Committee Service (in 1968, 1977, 1996, and 2001); the Sherman Trophy for Outstanding Service, Dedication, and Loyalty (in 2009); and, most recently, the Marie Kramp Award for Outstanding Service (in 2014); and Whereas, Robert E. Pegel served the Geneva Lake Sailing School as President two times and as a member of its Board of Directors for two decades; and Whereas, Robert E. Pegel's service to fellow sailors includes many years as the Inland Lake Yachting Association delegate to the North American Yacht Racing Union and the United States Yacht Racing Union, as member and chair of the USYRU and National Championship Events Committee, as chair of the US Singlehanded Championship, as member of the Class Committee (Class X), as Associate Appeals Committee member, as chair of the Race Management Committee, and as ILYA Recognized Race Officer and Judge, who in 2003 was the recipient of the Bilge Puller's Cannon "to recognize an outstanding volunteer from the ILYA's race management corps"; and Whereas, Robert E. Pegel was a United States Yacht Racing Union and US Sailing Association Senior Race Officer and Certified Judge, who in 2007 was named Judge Emeritus "in recognition of long and distinguished service to the Judges Program, to race management, and the sport"; now, therefore, be it Resolved, We hereby record our gratitude to Robert E. Pegel for his many contributions, and we bestow upon him the title of Race Officer Emeritus. Upon motion duly made and seconded, the foregoing resolution is adopted on February 14, 2015, by the Board of Directors to be read into the minutes and thus become part of the permanent record of the Lake Geneva Yacht Club.

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Junior Ice Optimist & DN Worlds

Photo by Vytas Janusauskas from Šiauli? miesto buriuotoj? klubas - Siauliai City Yachtsmen Club Facebook Page
The Junior Ice Optimist and DN Worlds starts today on Lake Rekyva in Siauliai, Lithuania. North American sailor Thor Rosten and his father, Ron, arrived Sunday and had a good day of training yesterday. Hope to have more photos and reports later today.

February 16, 2015

Short Track Stern Steerer

Via Andry Gratton: "Here is an unusual photo. The World Ice and Snow Sailing Assoc (WISSA) championships just occurred in Fond du Lac on Lake Winnebago this past week. We had about 50 competitors from 11 countries attending. We had an 800' diameter rink plowed off for the short track slalom event, so I used the rink to give rides in 'Wisconsin' during the party held Friday evening. I sailed four hours straight giving short rides the entire time. People were lined up like a carnival ride. Nothing like sailing 50 miles on 800 feet of ice. Top speed was 54.4 mph on skis with a kite on Saturday by Bob Cook from Madison."

February 15, 2015

Regatta Updates With Bonus Stern Steerer Kid

We remain on hold until the Great Zamboni chooses to arrive. In the meantime, enjoy Stern Steerer Kid, a perennial favorite.

Too much Satan's Dandruff (term stolen from Polish DN Forum) for ice sailing in the Midwest

The Northwest Ice Yacht Association regatta has been postponed until February 27,28, March 1, 2015. Check back on Sunday, February 22, 2015 for the next update.
The International Skeeter Association regatta has been postponed until February 27,28, March 1, 2015. Check back on Sunday, February 22, 2015 for the next update. The Northwest will take precedence over the ISA.
Renegade Championship
The Renegade championship regatta has been postponed until February 27,28, March 1, 2015. Check back on Sunday, February 22, 2015 for the next update.

February 14, 2015

One Last WSSA Video
- With Bonus Footage

George Gerhardt shot some leeward mark rounding videos at the recent Wisconsin Stern Steerers Association regatta. Here's the compilation with added bonus footage of Rosemary from the 1992 Northwest regatta. I needed another clip to fill out the soundtrack and it dropped in the timeline perfectly. Andy Gratton is sailing Rosemary in both videos. Read his story about the day in 1992 when Rosemary tipped over here.

It's a Kid's Worlds

Getting ready for the Ice Optimist and DN Junior Worlds on Lake Rekyva- Photo by Andrius Repsys from the Siauliai City Yachtsmen Club Facebook page
The 2015 Junior Ice Optimist and DN World Championship will begin on Tuesday, February 17 on Lake Rekyva in Siauliai, Lithuania. North America and the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club will be represented by my nephew, Thor Rosten. He and his father, Ron, flew to Europe this afternoon. Ron will try to keep in touch with photos and reports from Lithuania. If you are on Facebook, follow the event here: Šiauli? miesto buriuotoj? klubas - Siauliai City Yachtsmen Club

Tom Hamill

Via Randy Rogoski on the DN Forum: " Tom Hamill died peacefully after a long illness at his home in Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA on February 13, 2015. He was 64 years old. In addition to his years racing a DN in the 1980s, 1990s and aughts, Tom built many DN hulls and masts He was a trim and finish carpenter by trade; also a luthier and musician; he sailed a trimaran in summer, trailering it to Lake Superior for long voyages. He also was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. His DN hull and mast designs became popular in the 1980s. He developed the cold-molded veneer mast, at the time controversial, with which Jan Gougeon (1945-2012) won the 1982 DN world championship in Wittensee, Germany. Ron Sherry won the 1989, 1991 and 1992 DN North American Championships with a Hamill mast."
Full obituary.

Made in Montana

Here's another new iceboat design from John Eisenlohr built in Lakeside, Montana.

February 12, 2015

Toys In The Attic

From the Ashwaubenon attic workshop, here's the latest Skeeter creation from Jay and Felix Yaeso. Jay says "she's the sister to Bob Kau's Blue Beauty."

February 11, 2015

Runner Tracks Magazine

While North American iceboating country suffers in the snow doldrums, here's the February issue of the DN Class magazine, Runner Tracks to keep your mind on sharpening those runners.

February 8, 2015

While We Wait: 1996 NIYA

Another couple of Northwest regatta pictures sent by Susie Pegel. Here are the DN champions from the 1996 Northwest sailed on Geneva Lake. Lou Lonnecke won the class that year and has won the title six times. Lou won the E Skeeter title in 1970. From left, Todd Gamble, Jan Gougeon (two time DN NIYA champion), John Dennis (eight time DN NIYA champion), Lou Lonnecke, and Jane Pegel (eleven time DN NIYA champion).

Ron Sherry and Jane Pegel from the 1985 "Northwest That Wasn't". The regatta was cancelled on Saturday after a big rain on Friday night caused too many holes in the ice.

More from the Worlds

See over 100 of these amazing photos from Cathy Firmbach here.

February 6, 2015

Looking Back: The Northwest

UPDATE: Steve Schalk provides some clarification on these photos. "The photo of Bill and Spark are probably from the Northwest that did not get completed in 1985. It was at Geneva. It rained like crazy on I think Friday night and put holes in the ice. The wet dark looking ice and the age of the people look about right for that. The photos of Roger, Mike, and Bob are from much later. I would guess Green lake in 1995.... Roger won the Renegade NIYA at Green Lake that year."
Received a nice surprise in the mail yesterday from Susie Pegel, an envelope filled with pictures. Thank you, Susie! Above is Jack Ripp, Mike Derusha, and Roger Derusha from a Northwest.

Bob Pegel & Roger Derusha

Bill Mattison & Spark Lundberg

There will be no ice check today or club racing for the weekend of February 7-8, 2015. Photo above explains it all.

Letter to a Princess

Photo courtesy of the Tetzlaff family. Emil Fauerbach and Andy Flom in front of Fauerbach brewery on Lake Monona.
" I believe I was eight or nine years old when I first fell in love with PRINCESS II; I was skating near the shore of Third Lake (Monona) when she came cruising-along about a thousand yards out in the lake, and sailing along at what to me must have been fifty miles an hour, with my favorite pilot, one Mr. Emil Fauerbach at the rud[d]er, with his leg draped over the rud[d]er-bar and with his hands helping his partner pull the mainsail rope to get more speed. I think that picture will never fade in my mind."
Continue reading Ray Bareis' letter.
Peter Fauerbach shared this touching letter written in 1989 by Ray Bareis who was born in Madison in 1904. Mr. Bareis writes about the first time he saw Peter's great great uncle, Emil Fauerbach, sailing Madison's most famous stern steerer of the time, Princess II, on Lake Monona. He includes many fascinating details of what it was like to grow up near the Fauerbach brewery. Peter maintains a great website dedicated to his family legacy, the Fauerbach Brewery.

February 5, 2015

How to Race a Stern Steerer

Here's another video from the Wisconsin Stern Steerer regatta by Joe Terry where he provides a running commentary during race four. This one is definitely worth your while!

Interview with DN World champion Karol Jablonski

"...The average fan does not know that the day regatta start at seven o'clock, eight o'clock we are on the ice, check the equipment at the ninth we're at the starting line, so for another hour to practice, check ice conditions, choose the skids, do trim the sail. Then there are the races, often accompanied by strong winds and frost. This is an intensive investigation, where all the muscles are tense, come to stress and concentration. All in all, I'm on the ice eight hours." Continue reading the Google translation.

February 4, 2015

More WSSA: Gerhardt Photo Gallery

Overall WSSA Champions: Jay Yaeso and Bob Kau
Some shots of the stern steers and trophy ceremony from George Gerhardt here.

February 3, 2015

Jeff Russell Photo Gallery

4LIYC Renegader and Super Cub pilot Jeff Russell shot some excellent WSSA regatta photos with quite a few Skeeter pictures included. Take a look here.

C. Firmbach DN Photos

DN sailor and photographer Cathy Firmbach has begun to upload her photos from the DN Worlds and attempted North Americans. See them here.

February 2, 2015

Kingston Photos

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North Shrewsbury Ice Boat Club member Danny Connell
"I took over 200 pictures early in the morning on Wednesday January 28th on the frozen Lake Ontario at Kingston and have put 50 in an open account for you to look at. Most have been cropped and or slightly edited.... If any of your members or sailors want a digital copy of my original full resolution photograph, without my copyright watermark, they may email me a request via Please include my photograph number and the boat number. " Click here to see photos.
Gord Binnington P/Cdr CPS

Feel the Power

Here's a quick video of the Deuce rounding the leeward pin at the recent WSSA regatta and some photos thrown in for good measure. There's much more video and photos from that regatta to come!

February 1, 2015

Skeeter Catch Up

Another shot from Super Cub photographer Jeff Russell of John Dennis sailing his Skeeter on Lake Mendota last weekend.

Let's Catch Up

Photo from General Jeff Russell of the 4LIYC Air Force
Back from Kingston, Ontario where a successful DN Gold Cup championship was sailed last week. Congratulations to Karol Jablonski P36 for winning his 9th championship.
In case you hadn't heard, the North Americans fell prey to snow. The Buy & Sell Page is updated. Stand by for more photos from last weekend's successfull Wisconsin Stern Steerers championship regatta that was sailed on Lake Mendota and more about the DN Worlds. Many thanks to Geoff Sobering for holding down the fort in my absence.

January 27, 2015


Video from day 2 of the DN Worlds.

January 26, 2015

The Deuce: "Nothing But Power"

Dave Elsmo shot and edited this fitting video about the World's Largest Iceboat, the Deuce, on Lake Mendota during the Wisconsin Stern Steerers Association Regatta.

4LIYC Scores

Weekend racing scores, updated here.

January 25, 2015

WSSA Final Results

See them here.

January 24, 2015

WSSA Day One Standings

Check out today's results from the Wisconsin Stern Steerers Association Regatta on the WSSA page.

January 23, 2015

4LIYC Racing Called On

Updating from the DN Worlds here in Kingston. 4LIYC Commodore Ken Norton texted to me that Mendota is in good condition and was sailed by Jim Nordhaus. The club will sail in conjunction with the WSSA regatta. The World's Largest Iceboat, the Deuce, is on the ice! Call the 4LIYC hotline for more information.

January 22, 2015

WSSA Called On for Mendota

"The Wisconsin Stern Steering Association Regatta has been called on for this weekend, January 24 and 25, 2015, on Lake Mendota, Madison, WI. The launch area will be at Mendota County Park, NW corner of the lake off County M. Race area is east of Governor Nelson State Park. Don't forget that a permit is needed to drive onto the ice. See Andy Gratton on the ice for a permit or email him before Friday evening. First race is scheduled for 11 AM Saturday.
Andy Gratton
WSSA Secretary/Treasurer"

January 21, 2015

DN Worlds & NA: Kingston!

The DN Gold Cup and North Americans have been called on for Kingston, Ontario Canada. More information to follow on DN Forum and on the Hotline.
Follow some of the action here on the DN regatta page.

Speaking of the Worlds...

The site selection for the 2015 DN Gold Cup World and North American Championship should be made this evening after 8PM EST. All official announcements and information will be posted on the Hotline page of the DN North American website. If you are heading to the Worlds or not, you will want to bookmark this page.

Fond Du Lac Hosting a Worlds

Not the iceboat kind, but pretty close. The 2015 WISSA World Ice and Snow Sailing Championship will be held in the beautiful lakefront community of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, U.S.A. from February 9 to February 14, 2015.
Some ice sailors in that area are involved with that event.
Learn more here.

January 20, 2015

Scenes from the RC

Here's a compilation of the Nite and DN race starts from the regattas on Green Lake this past weekend with video and photos from George Gerhardt.
Watch here on Youtube.

January 19, 2015

George Gerhardt Green Lake Photo Gallery

Renegader George Gerhardt found time in between race flagging and picking up the line in the safety zone to take some photos of this weekend's regatta.
See the photo gallery here.

Iceboating: Braving the Cold and Ice

Door County News
By Kevin Nordahl

" The scene is late December. Whistling winds breathe freezing temperatures upon the Door County winter landscape yet not a flake of snow has fallen. On a bed of ice from an inland lake a distant thunder may be heard from an oddly shaped craft traveling at a remarkably high speed." Continue reading.
Tip of the Helmet: Matthew Thenell Nite 250, DN264

January 17 2015

DN Western Regional and Nite Regatta Reports

I'll be posting reports on the DN page this weekend. Off to breakfast.

January 15, 2015

4LIYC Racing Rules Proposal

January 21, 2015 is the deadline for submitting By-Law or Racing Rules Amendment Submission. Proposals will be voted upon at the annual 4LIYC Business Meeting on February 18, 2015. Following is a proposal that has been submitted:

Proposal to change Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club Racing Rules
Change Part II "Sailing Rules", Section F "Diagram for reference only": Replace diagram with the attached new diagram.

Download draft diagram here.
Submitted by Tim McCormick and Deb Whitehorse

Regatta Update: Nite Nats ON

Nites and DNs on Green in 2011.
Double the fun, the Nites and DNs will share a course this weekend on Green Lake.
"The Nite Nationals are on for Green Lake this Sat/Sun, January 17-18th, and will be sailed in conjunction with the DN's Western Regional. The new ice that formed on the west end of the lake has come in beautifully and was sailed Wednesday afternoon. Hats off to all the Green Lake sailors, Mike Miller, DN Western Commodore, and Don Sanford, Nite Commodore for working together to make this happen." Continue reading on

January 14, 2015

Regatta Update: DN Western Regional is ON

Photo: Peter Johanson
Via DN WR Commodore Mike Miller on the DN Forum: The final call for the 2015 Western Regional Regatta is ON for Green Lake, Wi west end of lake. A perfect sheet of 2 mile square area ice awaits you. All scouted areas this afternoon measure 6 inches thick. No seams or open holes. Launching from the Park on the SW corner of the lake off County Rd K. Plenty of parking in the lot. Trailers can be backed on 11 inches of rough shove ice. Trailers can be parked on the ice. There is rough ice extending out about 200 yards to the good stuff. Some of it can be sailed and some may need walking out. Good winds are predicted so bring sharp runners. We will share the course with the Nite Nationals. The DN's will have 2 fleets if over 40 boats. If less than 40, the DN's will have one start with trophies for both Silver and Gold. Decision on number of starts to be made at skippers meeting on Sat AM 9:30 sharp at the launch. First race for the DN Fleet at 10:30 AM." Continue reading.

January 11, 2015


The Pewaukee Ice Yacht Club and Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club have received two formal letters officially challenged for the Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant of America. See them on the Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant website. We invite all ice yacht clubs with Skeeters to challenge for the pennant.

January 8, 2015

Swedish Skeeters

Pär Johansson of Sweden posted this video on the 4LIYC Facebook page of two Skeeters and what looks to be an old Dutch-style iceboat sailing on Lake Mälaren in Sweden.

January 7, 2015

4LIYC Meeting Tonight

We missed our usual meeting last week because of the New Year's Holiday. Please join us tonight at the Glass Nickel for our first meeting of 2015. Tonight is also the deadline for Honor Roll submissions. Here's an Honor Roll nomination for AJ Whitehorse submitted by Greg Whitehorse and Peter Fauerbach.

January 6, 2015

Makin' Wake

Joe Terry, Andy Gratton, and Mike Kroll powering through the snow drifts as only stern steerers can do on Lake Petenwell in central Wisconsin on January 4.
Watch the video here.

January 5, 2015

4LIYC Holiday Series Scores

Tom Hyslop after winning the 10 lap Bloody Mary Classic
Photo by Peter Fauerbach

Holiday Series standings have been tabulated thanks to Tim McCormick. See them here.

Skeeter New Year

Here's a short video from Peter Fauerbach of Paul Krueger and Bill Dale rounding the leeward mark on New Year's Day on Lake Kegonsa. The ice is now covered in less than 2" of snow and there's a chance for another inch or so tonight. Just as with the weekend storm, weather models aren't in agreement with snow totals.
Related: Wisconsin snow depth map

In The News

(From New Year's Day) "Ice boats cruise on Lake Kegonsa
Local ice boaters are hoping the snow stays away this weekend. Many of them were out on Lake Kegonsa in Stoughton Thursday ahead of the 2015 Western Regionals this weekend." See video from local station WKOW here.

January 3, 2015

"Perfect ice calls to ice boaters"

Noell Dickmann, Northwestern Media
"Marvin Luck of New London watched the flag wave in a slight breeze Friday at the South Side Ice Yacht Club in Oshkosh. "Come on, let's try it," the 79 year old said as he released the brake of his ice boat. One big push later, the wind took hold of the sail and the boat quickly picked up speed as it glided across the ice of Lake Winnebago."
Continue reading.

January 2, 2015

Heaven on Earth

"The Gods do not subtract from man's alloted time the hours spent sailing." Greg McCormick R210
Video by Geoff Sobering racing his DN on Lake Kegonsa on New Year's Day. Today is the last day of snow-free ice on Kegonsa because a weather system is coming through on Saturday. Models are still fuzzy as to how much snow will fall upon that beautiful sheet. Best case scenario is less than 2". Here's hoping that the big winds arriving after the snow will scour the lake clean again. It's been an amazing, once in lifetime four weeks of ice on Lake Kegonsa.

December 31, 2014

4LIYC Bloody Mary & Holiday Series Racing Called On

Lake Kegonsa continues to maintain an excellent sheet of ice for iceboating. We'll hold the 10 lap Bloody Mary Classic tomorrow at 10 AM. (it's a fun race and doesn't count for club points.) There will be plenty of scrub racing with official Holiday Series racing starting at 2 PM.
However, the landings are not ready yet for cars.
DO NOT DRIVE ON THE ICE! Boats on trailers can put on a the Quann/Asmundson landing. The club ATV will pull your trailer on the ice to where it needs to be.
The Grand Slam, a fun regatta, has been tentatively called on for Saturday and Sunday, January 3-4, 2015 for Nites, Renegades, and Skeeters. Final confirmation will be on Friday, January 2, 2015 by 5 PM.
There will be two seperate courses on Kegonsa. One for the DN Western Regional regatta and the other for the 4LIYC Grand Slam regatta. DNs can carry on at Springer's or push trailers on at the Pleasant Spring's landing.

Live from Neenah

Here's a live feed webcam at Rec Lake Park on Lake Winnebago in Neenah, WI. Curently, there are some iceboats set up on a very nice sheet of ice.
Tip of the Helmet: Matthew Thenell

December 30, 2014

Winter Palaces

DN next to Alexander Column. The monument was erected in 1834 as a tribute to Russian victory in the war with Napoleon's France.
A group of Russian sailors put some wheels on a DN yesterday and rolled it to historic Palace Square of St. Petersburg. From the Facebook page of Yacht Charters of St. Petersburg.

Ladies Like Iceboats

Cover from a Door County, Wisconsin newspaper via Mike Peters.

December 29, 2014

Hollywood Ice Holiday Series

It's real and it's magnificent.
The Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club will check Kegonsa ice on Wednesday with the intention of calling on the Bloody Mary Classic 10-lap race for New Year's Day morning, scrub racing, and Holiday Series racing which officially can start at 2 PM.

December 28, 2014

Video Mania

One result of this early and amazing season is the quantity of so many quality ice sailing videos being published in the past week. It's hard to keep track of them all. Here are links to some you may enjoy from Montana to Michigan.
Canyon Ferry, Montana
From John Eisenhlohr
December 21 in "extreme conditions with gusts in the 40s"
Ice Boating with Sarah, teaching my daughter how to sail an iceboat.

Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota
From Mike Miller
"The GoPro got caught up in the leeward shroud, came loose, bounced on the ice before breaking a mount and camera slid to a stop. Took 2 days and a studded mountain bike to ride for 2 hours to find it. Worked perfect!"

Lake Petenwell, Wisconsin
From Joe Terry
"Sailing a Stern Steerer Iceboat on Lake Petenwell"

Lake Kegonsa, Wisconsin
From Geoff Sobering: Day One of the Western Challenge

Lake Skegamog, Michigan
From Ron Sherry: Wanna Go For An Iceboat Ride? Sailing with Griffin Sherry and Matt Struble.

Iceboating by Order of the President

FDR sailing Hawk (before he became president.)
Brian Reid of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club has a fascinating write up on the opening of the iceboat exhibit at the FDR library in Hyde Park. One of the stories shared was when President Franklin D. Roosevelt intervened to keep the Coast Guard ice breakers out of the Hudson River.
"If we have the Coast Guard keep the Hudson open in the wintertime, there wouldn't be any ice-boating here in Hyde Park, would there? No, the federal government will not keep the shipping channel open during the wintertime," FDR said. "The reason is strictly off-the-record." From Cross, Robert. Sailor in the Whitehouse: The Seafaring Life of FDR

December 22, 2014

Ice Yacht Expo at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Museum

Photo Courtest of Brian Reid HRIYC
"Jack Frost"

There's a free exhibit of classic Hudson River Ice Yachts at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Museum in Newburgh, New York. But the exhibit only runs until January 3, 2015 so if you are in the east, make plans to get there soon.
The Hudson River Ice Yacht Club's Brian Reed has much more on this at White Wings and Black Ice.
(Jack Frost and the rest of the HRIYC boats were also the original contenders for the Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant of America. See the IYCP website here.)
"Sailing on the ice has been a winter tradition in the Hudson Valley since the 1800's. Until the invention of the automobile, ice yachts were the fastest vehicles on earth and attracted many rich and famous sailors.....including the Roosevelts. Mark your holiday season calendar to come and see FDR's ice yacht, Hawk and other examples of this grand tradition." Continue reading.

Call To Order

Via ISA & NIYA Secretary Paul Krueger, here are the agenda items for the 2015 annual meetings of the International Skeeter Association and the Northwest Ice Yachting Association.

December 21, 2014

George Gerhardt Wins IRIYA Championship

Short report and scores on the Renegade page.

December 19, 2014

December Runner Tracks

The DN publication, Runner Tracks, is online and ready to read on your PC or tablet. Flipbook or other options.

December 17, 2014

2014 Renegade Championship
Called ON for Puckaway Lake

Photo credit: Peter Johanson
The 2014 International Renegade Association Championship has been called ON for December 20-21, 2014 on Puckaway Lake . The regatta will be a two day event. Renegade races will alternate with Green Lake Ice Yacht Club racing. George Gerhardt and Don Anderson rate the ice as an 8 out of 10. There's 7 inches plus of ice. Launch, racing, lodging, and banquet information on the Renegade page.
Map of Puckaway Lake.


Charlie Miller emailed this photo from a Wisconsin iceboaters get together held recently. He writes, "Charlie 80, Davey Nelson 75, Jack Ripp 86, Bill Mattison 86, and Burley Brellenthin 89. What one of these gentlemen is still sailing an iceboàt?"

December 16, 2014

And Now For Something
Completely Different

Watch Via DN Europe.
[Does it need to be said? Don't do this.]

What Would You Do?

Have you ever thought about what you would do if you fell through the ice? You should have a plan. Watch this video from a local ice fishing guide. Click here to watch and review the safety page.
Tip of the Helmet: Peter Fauerbach

First Rule of Holes

Lake Kegonsa developed some interesting drain holes that kept iceboaters fascinated (some more than others as you can see) on Sunday. The lake will need to be thoroughly checked before we know it's safe for sailing again. We are hopeful that when the cold weather returns, the lake will heal.

December 14, 2014


Photo: David Frost
No official racing on Saturday for both the DN Western Regional Championship or the 4LIYC Renegade fleet. However, there was fun to be had. See the DN page for David Frost's photos and report. We shall see what today brings. Off to the lake.

December 12, 2014


Normally you'd find Dean Kitchen racing his Blokart in the desert. Dean drove from Detroit to join the fun last weekend on Kegonsa and put together this video. A great take on his first ever iceboat regatta.

December 11, 2014

The Card

Photo by Tim Stanton
4LIYC membership cards have been printed and mailed. Thanks for your patience but as you know, it's been an unusually busy early season. Your membership helps maintain the website and the safety equipment we use on the ice. If you'd like one of these cool cards with your name on it, join the club. Only $20.

More Better Weekend Sailing

Photo: Peter Johanson
Jim Nordhaus and Wes Wilcox sailed Kegonsa on Wednesday and reported the ice to be in better condition than last weekend. The 2014 DN Western Region Championship is scheduled for the coming weekend of December 13-14 on Lake Kegonsa. Official information on the DN Forum.
4LIYC Chief Judge Peter Fauerbach will be setting up a seperate course for Renegade club racing. (Haven't heard if any Nites will race.) Final confirmation of club racing will be by 5 PM Friday as per by-laws. Will be another big weekend on the ice. See you all at Springer's!

Very First Step to Ice Optimists

MN DNer Rob Evans and wife, Holly, brought their kids to the Western Challenge on Lake Kegonsa where they were able to get their first sail with Dad.

December 10, 2014

One-Design Class Profile: DN Iceboat

Photo: Peter Johanson
4LIYC member, Eric Tobias, started a new gig as a writer for Sail1Design. His first article is about the DN class and is an excellent read.
"Your sailing season doesn’t have to end just because it’s getting cold outside. In fact, for many racers, when December comes around the season is just getting started. We’ve all seen the AC 72s sail at over 40 knots. Now imagine the extreme exhilaration of sailing faster than that, laying on your back in a luge-style cockpit, tiller on your chest, mainsheet cranked in hard, wind screaming past your telltales, ice skimming by in a blur underneath you, and 30 other boats converging on the same leeward mark." Continue reading.

Final Western Challenge Results

Photo: DN Nederland
Gold and Silver click here.

Ice Opti results here.

December 9, 2014

4LIYC Results

Photo: Peter Johanson. Renegader Trey Sprinkman
4LIYC Scorer Tim McCormick has tabulated the scores from the weekend. See them here.

2014 DN Western Regionals Primary Site Announced

Photo credit: Peter Johanson
Lake Kegonsa has been announced as the primary site of the 2014 IDNIYRA Western Regionals by Western Region Commodore Mike Miller. Please see the DN Forum for official information. Please note that the ice needs to be sailed because it has changed. "This was used last weekend for the Great Western Challenge sailed on grade 10 ice. A minor sleet/rain mix fell on Monday with some spots of thin shell ice over 1/4' puddles reported Tuesday. The cold temps the next 2 nights could heal it. It will be sailed by noon on Wed." There are other sites under consideration.

December 8, 2014

Western Challenge Revised Results

Gold and Silver click here.
Ice Opti results here.


Nice shot of Paul McMillan in his Renegade by Peter Johanson. We should have Renegade scores from the weekend soon!

One Lap At the Great Western Challenge

Enjoy a DN ride with Geoff Sobering.

This Is Us

Photo Credit: James Stevenson
There are over 100 people from across North America and Europe who are probably as tired out as I am this morning from the exhilarating weekend of Western Challenge DN & Renegade iceboat racing on Lake Kegonsa. There were 100 DNs registered, 12 Renegades, and 5 Ice Optis. Congratulations to the 4LIYC Meta Simon for her first Ice Opti win on Sunday and to the other Ice Opti competitors.

We will have Ice Opti and full corrected results today. Keep checking back for photos, reports, etc. Sailors came from around the world, including North America, Canada including 5 from Kingston, Onatario, and Nova Scotia- Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, North Carolina, and Europe- Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

Special thanks to the members of the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club, a group of doers. Jim Nordhaus, Wes Wilcox, and Jori Lenon, who sailed the ice on Tuesday, Jim for taking it upon himself to build the wooden bridge making it easier to haul boats on and off the ice, Peter Fauerbach, our Chief Judge, who was the first one on the ice and the last one to leave, Commodore Ken Norton who lent a hand where ever it was needed and got a fast education on the thrills of DN scoring (too many numbers to call and not enough time to call them!), Daniel Hearn for making sure the DN Western Region ATV and trailer was stocked and ready to go every morning, and Treasurer Jerry Simon who keeps a diligent eye on the club finances. I hope I didn't miss anybody. I never have to ask for any of this to be done. Our club members just step in and make things happen. And final thanks to JD and Jim McDonaugh and the whole MN Ice Sailing Association for letting Lake Kegonsa be Minnesota's honorary ten thousandth and one lake for the weekend.
Keep checking back for more reports and videos today.
Western Challenge page.

December 2, 2014

1530 Western Challenge Update:
Yes! It's Kegonsa!

UPDATE #2: Jim Nordhaus, Wes Wilcox, and Jori Lenon sailed the lake and report excellent conditions.They have been drilling all over the lake and haven't found anything less than 4". Jim rates the ice a 9.99999. There's a manageable heave in front of Springer's parallel to the shore, and some "ice rubble" in front of Springers for about 100-200'.
Their thumbs are UP
UPDATE: The lake was walked and drilled. It's black ice and the report was very positive. The checkers saw nothing unusual. DNs will commence sailing at 1400 CST (2PM). Appointments and life got in the way of an early sail.

Lake Kegonsa in Madison, WI is currently the primary site of the Western Challenge. The Minnesota Ice Sailing Association and Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club are joining forces for the Western Challenge this year. Kegonsa is glass smooth and building ice. There were reports of 3.5-4" yesterday. The lake will sailed this morning by Jim Nordhaus so that we can give you the best ice report possible today. If you'd like to join in, please get in touch with me. Stand by for lodging and other details. I should have word by 1200 CST. The plan so far is that the 4LIYC Renegade fleet will rotate in with potentially 2 DN fleets.

December 1, 2014

DN Western Challenge Update: Head West...or East*

*if you are coming from MSP/SP

The announcement about the first fun regatta of the season has been made on "Primary site is La Crosse, Wi. Same as last years site. Secondary site is Green Lake, Spicer, Minnesota. Get your DN ready and let's do this! Lodging and the rest of the info to follow. We have multiple locations at this time."
Follow along here.

November 30, 2014

Winnebago Bay Sailing

UPDATE 12-1: Andy adds: The ice is 5" thick, the area is the bay in front of SSIYC, 10 blocks north to south, maybe 4 blocks to the east (where the usual heave is) before the edge of the world. Not large enough to have a decent race course on. The Green Lakers have been sailing at Puckaway Lake. I hear it is about 8" thick and the whole lake is frozen. Four-wheelers are running on it. I'm sure it was as smooth as our ice."
Via Lake Winnebago skipper Andy Gratton, "We sailed the last three days on the Bay in Oshkosh.  Today's ice was very nice."

The Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant of America

1951: Eastern Ice Yachting Association's Ray Ruge, second from left with Ed Rollberg of the Fox Lake IYC in Illinois, right. Rollberg was the first to win the pennant sailing a Skeeter.
First sailed in 1881 on the Hudson River, the Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant of America remains one of the most prestigious trophies the history of American ice yachting. The IYCP reflects the development of American ice yachting. With its roots in the classic Hudson River Stern Steerer era, it has evolved in to a Skeeter class trophy. The Pewaukee Ice Yacht Club currently holds the pennant when Bill Dale and Peter Harken won it in 1991. The PIYC is accepting your club's challenge. Learn more about the IYCP and how to challenge on the new Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant of America website. Many thanks to Brian Reid of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club for sharing his historic photos.

November 28, 2014

Watch This-Now!

Skeeters - speed sailing on ice from Sail Racing on Vimeo. A short clip from the 2013 ISA on Lake Kegonsa produced by the Swedish clothing manufacturer, Sail Racing. The best Skeeter footage and editing I've ever seen. You can also watch it here and continue to scroll down for a few more photos.

November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Sail

Astro joined Rich Eckstein on the south end of Lake Winnebago today for some DN sailing.

November 24, 2014

Spring Sailing

Madison's record cold last week was followed by spring like showers over the weekend which most likely turned Kegonsa back to its normal November liquid state. These late 1950s era 4LIYC Skeeter fleet photos on wet ice are the same conditions that the Minnesota and Thunder Bay DN sailors experienced over the weekend. Cold is back in the forecast.

More Montana

Pat Dillon updates: "The ice we sailed Friday disappeared by Saturday (ghost ice). Packed up and moved to lower Rey Creek and it was like butter."

November 22, 2014

This Week at Canyon Ferry

Via Pat Dillon: "Sailed Canyon Ferry on Friday. Four to five inches of ice with plenty of land mines. Dave and Vicki Gluek along with Lance Hoshsack pack up after an all day sail and skate."

November 21, 2014

Christmas in November

[UPDATE 11-24: Christmas in November was shortly followed by April in November when rain showers hung around the Madison are all weekend which probably sunk the ice.] Geoff Sobering sends along this picture from Jim Campbell of Lake Kegonsa just south of Madison which froze over last night. The earliest recorded Kegonsa freeze date that I could find online is November 27 in 1996. The club may need to have some sort of Thanksgiving fun regatta if the ice holds.

November 20, 2014

More Skeeter

A few days ago, Gary Buyeske emailed to have the ad for his Skeeter removed from the Buy & Sell page. (Gary will be joining the Renegade fleet.) Winter Wind has found a new home at the Cabbage Patch in Racine, WI. Will be great to see the boat back on the line and supplementing the growing Skeeter fleet.

November 15, 2014


"...and the winner is...."
First runners in North America to hit the ice in for the 2014-2015 season though there may be competition from Montana and near Thunder Bay today as well.
UPDATE: Not so fast, Mike Madge up in Thunder Bay, Canada has been sailing on an inland lake since Wednesday, November 12. In fact he's been sailing so much the past three days, he had to take a break today to rest his arms.

Above is a screen grab from a one minute video from this weekend's All Saints Regatta being sailed in Finland. Watch it here.


Nice write up and stunning photo about one of Canada's best kept ice boating secrets, the Ghost Lake Ice Yacht Club in Alberta. See their Facebook page here.

November 14, 2014

In the News: Yachting World

"I watched the last America's Cup and thought that those crews could have been even better if they had trained on the ice, he [Karol Jablonski P36] maintains." Pick up the December 2014 Yachting World Magazine to read Matthew Sheahan's report on the 2014 DN Worlds and European Championship. Click here to purchase and download a digital issue on your computer or tablet.

1957 News & Views: April

Bill Perrigo
Here's the April edition of the 1957 ISA News & Views, edited by Jane Pegel. Topics include an ISA regatta report, organization of a committee on boat development, Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant report, more opinions on boat development, reports to Jane from the clubs, and a Bargain Counter, where you'l find the "cheapest advertising in the world for the world's greatest cheapSKATES". I have no photos from the 1957 ISA but have posted some Skeeter pictures taken by Carl Bernard from around that time.

Elmer Millenbach

Bill Mattison

November 13, 2014

Russian Nites

Another video of their second training day from Andrey Gilbert in Novosibirsk, Russia. This caught my eye because it appears to be a Nite class iceboat! (That found a soft spot on the way to the course.)

November 12, 2014

"If You Thought America's Cup Was Fast.."

"..take a look at this!" Here's a short video from the 2014 DN European Championship sailed in Estonia posted by Yachting World magazine. Yachting World racing and tech editor, Matthew Sheahan, was there following British sailor, David Howlett K13, former coach of Ben Ainslee, the tactician on the winning America's Cup boat, Oracle. The video was filmed by British DNer, Gareth Rowland K11. Watch it here.
From the same regatta, here's a video from Ron Sherry.

November 11, 2014

?????? (First!)

Andrey Gilbert posted this video and photos today on his Facebook page of the opening of the Russian ice sailing season in Novosibirsk. Meanwhile in Finland, the Johnny Köhler Cup and All Saints regatta will be sailed this coming weekend in Painuanlahti.
Here in North America, word on the street is that the Minnesota sailors will be looking for sailable ice in the next few days. Alexandria, MN, the site of a few Western Challenges, has an extended stretch of ice making weather. Keep an eye on for the latest updates.

November 10, 2014

New C Skeeter Build in MN

"Evolution or De-evolution?? This is MN based Pat Heppert’s new C Skeeter. It’s an attempt at a lower cost, front cockpit Skeeter that is easy to transport in its small lightweight enclosed trailer, and easy to set up by one person. Will it be fast? Will it be the slowest anchor-like contraption in existence? Will the C Skeeter fleet start to build? Or will it remain the under-represented Skeeter class? More construction pictures are on the Minnesota web site under the "How To" section, Pat says that full size CAD drawn frame patterns are available."

November 7, 2014

1957 ISA News & Views: December

"Your sail came down because the mast exploded!"
The December 1957 ISA News & Views covers a variety of topics including a discussion of the complications of ice boat racing rules in the years before the National Iceboat Authority was established. There were rules of the Northwest, the ISA, the DN60 fleet, and the North American Yacht Racing Union.
Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant: There are some historic photos from the 1952 Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant which was the second time it was sailed in the west after Ed Rollberg went out east and won it in 1952.
4LIYC News: "Our old member but new Skeeter skipper, Paul Krueger (17) has built himself a new Skeeter with a 23' rig." Read it all here.

November 4, 2014

1957 ISA News & Views: November

4LIYC photo featured in the 1957 ISA News & Views.
We've started a project to scan all the International Skeeter Association News and Views. Here's a the November 1957 issue which was edited by Jane Pegel. Interesting to note that discussions about Skeeter development from 57 years ago haven't changed all that much. Read it here.

Know Your Rights

Test your knowledge of the sailing rules with the interactive test from DN Europe. The test contains a pool of 16 questions with drawings. Three of the questions are randomly displayed and there are 2 answer options. Your results are immediatly displayed after the test on a scoreboard. All questions and the terms used in the test are in accordance with the ones used in the original NIA Rules. Take the test here. Want to study the rules first? Read the nine racing rules of the National Iceboat Authority on page ten of the NIA Constitution here. See the 4LIYC racing rules graphic here.

October 10, 2014

Life On Ice

Cabin Life magazine has an article (written by me) about recreational ice sailing in the current issue. You can pick it up at a retailer or download a digital version on Amazon.

October 8, 2014

Hot Off the Press

The Fall issue of IDNIYRA magazine, Runner Tracks, is available online. See it here.

January 13, 2014

ICEBOATs Volume 1

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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.

October 18, 2013

A Great Opportunity

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