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Twin Spin Thursday:1941 & 2016 ISA Regattas: Dogs & Cats Edition

2016 International Skeeter Association regatta winner, Steve Orlebeke, posted a great photo of his puppy, Mac, posing with the regatta trophy on his Facebook page today. This gave me the idea to post a related photo from the 1941 ISA and to kick off a new version of Throw Back Thursday with a twist. A related contemporary photo will be included with the vintage photo as a reminder that a new season is just weeks away.
1941 ISA Regatta report and video here
2016 ISA Regatta report and photos here.

SIBC Swap Meet Oct 30

The 31st annual Skeeter Iceboat Club Swap Meet will be held on Sunday, October 30, 2017. Click here to download flyer.
What: SIBC Swap Meet
When: Sunday, October 30, 2016; 9 to noon, followed by raffle
Where: Lucke's Cantina, 220 N. Elkhorn Rd. (WI Hwy 67), Williams Bay, WI
Click here for map
Details: This is the day to swap, buy, and sell new and used iceboats and equipment. There is no charge for participating. Boat builders & hardware manufacturers will display new products. Breakfast and/or lunch will be available at Lucke's.
Display area:
Items for sale can be set up on the black top parking area at Lucke's. Please do not park your cars in the display area.
Parking:
Please do not park or set up your displays adjacent to neighboring businesses. A short distance to the north there is a municipal parking lot located at the intersection of Elkhorn Rd. and Stark St. (on the north side of Stark St., opposite Burrough's Floor Coverings).
For more info, email sailing19@charter.net
Let us know what you have to sell or are looking to buy. We’ll circulate a list.

"Harken, Slingshot and the Sailing Speed Record"

"Our favorite, if not our most frustrating sport, is iceboating: a combination of race-car driving and sailing." - Olaf Harken. 'In an excerpt from his recently published memoir Fun Times in Boats, Blocks & Business, Harken Inc. co-founder Olaf Harken recalls the time his company helped try to break the world sailing speed record.' Continue reading, from SAIL magazine.
Tip of the Helmet: Loretta Rehe


Woah...We're moving..

ATTENTION! ATTENTION! ATTENTION!

The 4LIYC Picnic date and location has been changed! Richard Lichtfeld has generously offered to host the picnic at his shop where classic stern steerers will be set up including Richard's own MISS MADISON, MARY B, and possibly MENACE, and CRICKET. We'd like to have all classes represented so if you are interested in setting up your Skeeter, Nite, Opti, or DN, please get in touch with Peter Fauerbach or myself.
Details:
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 11 AM - 4 PM
Location: 5001 Femrite Dr, Madison, WI 53716
What to bring: Please bring a dish to pass and a lawn chair. Questions? Give Deb a call.


Breaking Bad

Tip of the Helmet to Thunder Bay DNer Mike Madge who sent a link to this story about the possible return of an ice breaker to his city. The ice breaker was decommissioned in 1984. Read more here.


  • What an impressive line up of Skeeters. The Pewaukee Skeeter IOU is Bill Perrigo with his 30 ft. Mead Skeeter.

  • Jim Lunder and Bill Mattison on the FRITZ.

  • Bill Mattison and Jim Lunder on the FRITZ.
Throw Back Northwest Thursday: 1948 Northwest at Geneva Lake

I came across these photos while searching through the Life Magazine photo archives for the 1962 issue with a Pewaukee Skeeter on the cover. It brought me back to a few weeks ago, sitting on Bill and Mauretta Mattison's lake side porch with a group of old friends who gathered to reminisce about the stern steerers MENACE, MARY B, and Madison iceboating history. Bill shared the story of the time he crewed for Jim Lunder on FRITZ at the 1948 Northwest and how they won the regatta. The last A stern steerer race was sailed in dimming light at the end of the day. During the race, Bill and Jim sailed into Williams Bay which was not a good place to be sailing an iceboat in near darkness because at that time, ice was harvested there and slabs of ice were piled all over the bay. With a lot of luck, Jim Lunder piloted the FRITZ around the ice blocks without hitting them and made it to the finish line in the darkness. Life's photos from that regatta are posted here. Northwest regatta winners posted here.


4LIYC Meeting Dates

Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club meeting dates have been confirmed. Our first club meeting of the 2016-2017 season is on November 9 at 6:30 PM back at Angelo's Italian Restaurant. See the sidebar on the right for all the dates. Bring your appetites because Angelo's will again offer their all you can eat pizza and pasta buffet for $10. (A bit of a price increase from last year but still a bargain.)


Runner Tracks Magazine

The September issue of the online magazine of the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Associattion has been delivered to a virtual mailbox near you. See it here. Took that shot of 4LIYC DNer Dave Elsmo sailing on Lake Kegonsa last season from Jeff Russell's Cub plane.


MARY B by Gretchen Dorian

Vote Iceboat

The Dane County Office of Lakes & Watersheds is holding a photography contest, "Beyond the Water’s Edge". Gretchen Dorian submitted 4 photos from last season's Northwest regatta sailed on Lake Monona and DN Western Region Commodore Mike Miller has submitted two from the DN North Americans also sailed on Lake Monona. It's always amazing to me that people who have grown up here don't know what an important place this area has been for ice sailing and that our sport helps to make Dane County a special place to live.
"The voting period has now begun. Please encourage your friends to check out the photo contest webpage and vote for their favorite water-related image. Voting ends at midnight on September 18, 2016. Voters can cast 1 vote per day for the duration of the voting period." So get over there and vote early and often.

Approaching Ice Sailing Season

Attention 4LIYC club members and supporters, with Labor Day behind us, it's time to start planning for the upcoming season which will be the best ever. (The fall is the time to make that declaration.) Commodore Ken and the board will be announcing the date of the annual fall picnic soon along with meeting dates. Stand by for news!
If you're intrigued by the photo above, it's Finnish freediver Johanna Nordblad who holds the record for a 50-meter dive under ice. Photo is from a short video about her. See it here.

Dancing Skates: Now Translated

UPDATE: Via Bill Buchholz: "..the [Monotype] class is still very active in Europe under the auspices of the International Monotype XV Ice Yacht Racing Association: Monotype-XV iceyacht. You never know, some one in this country might become smitten with the boat and actually build one! Can you imagine?"
Ed.: Yes, I can imagine because Bill was the first person to build one here in North America! I know that this vintage German newsreel about ice sailing has been posted here before but I'm not sure if I've ever seen it with English subtitles. Anyways, it never gets old.


  • Samorezov Victor Konstantinovich (1919-1993) "Buyeristy" 1959

  • Murniyek Laimdot Petrovich (1922-2011) "Buyery" 1956

  • Ozol Janums Augustovich (1929-2014) "Before the Start " 1963

  • Nisskii Grigorii Georgievich (1903-1987) "Pestovo" 1953
Like: Russian Impressionist Iceboat Paintings

Above are a few Russian impressionist paintings are from a Facebook post by Dmitry Romashov who tagged some of his fellow iceboating countrymen. These exquisite paintings, created by several artists, are beautifully rendered canvases that capture the light, ice, movement, and color familiar to all iceboaters around the world.

Sailing Siberia

SAILING WORLD

Ice boating in Russia extends the thrill of high-speed sailing into the hard-water months.
By Patrick Rynne
"At over 5,000 feet deep, Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and the largest by volume, holding approximately 20 percent of Earth’s unfrozen fresh water, more than all the Great Lakes combined. The lake formed from a rift valley in the heart of Siberia 25 million years ago. Because of its isolation, life in Lake Baikal has evolved in amazing ways. Nearly 80 percent of the lake’s species are not found anywhere else on the planet, and perhaps that includes the hard-water sailors who travel great distances to race on the magical surface for Baikal Sailing Week." Continue reading.

Say DA to Baikal!

Via New England Ice Yacht Association Commodore T:
"Anyone Want To Go To Siberia??? It may be more possible than you think! The Baikal Sailing Week is coming up fast (March 18-25, 2017) and is surely one of the more unique DN regattas anywhere in the world. It will be held this spring following the European Champs. I’ve heard amazing tales from this one, stories from both on the ice and off. The photos and videos look amazing. Lake Baikal is a fascinating body of water, even more so when you put a bunch of iceboats on it! Continue reading.


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.



Previous posts from the 2015-2016 season here.