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DN For Sale

From Tricia… Take a look, this could be a great boat for someone!

Hello all!
Think Ice!
The Virgo 696 DN is for sale and aside from sharpening runners seems ready to go.
I have fond memories of sailing with my father Larry ,Brother Larry, skating around and getting rides with fellow boaters. I helped my mother bake cookies for all those first meetings that were held at our house. My father was an advocate for re- invigorating the life of the club and served many years on the board.

Larry is moving and would like to sell the boat this week. I’m sorry for the short notice.

**Please help spread the word about the Virgo**

-2 boxes of runners
-complete boat, sail, mast,plank
– custom canvas covers
-many chocks
-home made hand brake
-set of wheels for transport
-a few picks
-an ice boat book
– photos of the boat on the lake and a few iceboat post cards.

Please call me direct 7605046344
Or email triciareina

Thank you in advance for your time and kind attention to help find a new home for the Virgo.

Kind regards,

Barn Find Anyone?

Hello All- Getting to be that time of year…. If you are up for a big project and a road trip to start it read on!

Jane Pegel writes:

Attached to this email you will find photos of a 1930’s vintage open-back

iceboat similar to the Beauvais Skeeters. This boat has only a hull and

runner plank.

It has always been stored in a dry barn near Delavan, WI and is in


condition, waiting for someone to finish the project and get out on the ice.

It is

being offered FOR FREE.

The SIBC has agreed to assist with the transfer of ownership. Persons

interested in becomingthe proud owner of this boat are encouraged to send an

email to

I564 to arrange for pickup.

July 4….

Let’s take a moment and remember those who got us here…. Happy 4th everyone.

Final Volvo Event Saturday Morning

Hey Folks- Saturday AM is the last event in this edition of the Volvo race- Just one In-Port race left, and it has consequences- some of the tail end boats are tied or close to it and this race could determine much more than bragging rights.

In any case it’ll be fun to watch and will have to tide us all over until the next edition. And of course we are all killing time until the hard-water season rolls around again… Which will be soon….

Click here, the race is at 0730 EST (1130 UTC for you nautical types)

Enjoy the viewing- and Think Ice!!

Volvo Ocean Finish Today

Folks, this could be a sight to see-

Two of the three boats (MAPFRE and BRUNEL) that could take the grand prize have about 45 miles to go and they are right on top of each other on the western side of the course.

The other contender (DONGFENG) took a radical route to the east along the German and Dutch coast and are about 15 miles behind but are in way more breeze and at a better angle and is comin’ in hot!!

As if that weren’t enough even the two boats at the back of the pack have a battle going to stay out of last place for the leg and overall. Awesome.

We could be looking at a five-boat pile up at the finish line in a few hours…. Winner takes the whole shebang!

Tune in here to follow the action and chew your fingernails off….

Volvo Ocean Race Finish

Holy Smokes, things have gotten interesting in the Volvo Ocean Race- Lead changes, big breeze, a split in the fleet, and all kinds of craziness going in the last 200 miles or so.

Still all to play for, whoever finisihes first out of MAPFRE, BRUNEL, and DONGFENG wins the whole kit and kaboodle. You can bet there will be a lot of people checking the tracker, pics and videos coming off the boats all night and into the morning. The online viewers will be almost as exhausted as the crews!

The finish is in The Hague, and you can bet there will be some iceboaters in the crowd when the race boats arrive.

Take a look and join the crowd here: Happy viewing!

On another note, the Solstice is behind us. Days getting shorter, winter is on the way….

Members at Large

Follow Joachim Roesler as he makes his way to Ketchikan AK competing in this years Race To Alaska by Northwest Maritime Center.

The rules are simple. “No motor, no support, all the way to Alaska. The physical endurance, saltwater know-how, and bulldog tenacity to navigate the 750 cold water miles from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, Alaska. “

You might have seen his red and yellow winged iceboat Surf & Turf over the past couple years and its for sale. Check out the NEIYA classifieds

Click on the map below or link for live updates.

Joachim good luck and we will be eagerly following your progress Northward and look forward to hearing tales of the Pacific Northwest when we see you on the ice next season.

What else is everyone doing during the off season? Building, Sailing (I know a few people did the Bermuda Race). What else? Who’s going to the Wooden Boat Show at Mystic or the Classic car weekend at Thompson Motor Speedway?

Think Ice,



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