DN CENTRALS REPORT #1

So there we were….. Central Champs coming up… First big blizzard of the year rolling in from out west…. Is Team RI going to roll with three people or two? Jobs… Kids Birthdays….. Weather….. Do we need a trailer? Do we not need a trailer?Lots of factors- as usual! When the dust settled we left a perfectly good trailer in the driveway and headed in the general direction of Michigan. I say “we” referring to myself and Oliver Moore, a fairly new NEIYA guy and DN junkie…. I say “general direction” because depending on weather etc the destination was going to be either Madison, WI or central MI someplace. But nothing beats a good boondoggle so off we went! Some proverb or another says it ain’t the destination that’s important….Good news is roads were clean and dry and skies were clear and under a full moon we made excellent time to OH. Along the way the incoming intel started pointing us toward Michigan and the next thing you know one Michigander and two road-weary dummies from RI were scouting a lake in Central MI. See photo. Note boogie board.Lake was NICE so the regatta was called on. We sailed a bit, got into the hotel and crashed hard. At about 9PM we get a call from our own Eric Anderson to tell us that he was south of Buffalo and coming in hot! He arrived the next morning….So NEIYA is represented by myself, Oliver Moore and Eric Anderson. Logistics were tough for the rest but we’ll have more at the Big Show in a month!Today was worth it in a big way- good ice, nice breeze, bunch of boats- light breeze in the AM saw your author have a good race and the other two guys in the hunt. Race 2 saw the breeze come up a bit and saw your author sticking with the 100 degree insert runners that worked so well in the first race. Bad idea… Spun once on first upwind leg, no big deal and then spun again just to prove that 90 degree runners would have been better… The spin was right in front of another boat and that was close enough for me…. Dropped out of that one before I ding-ed somebody….Back to 90 degree inserts for next race and managed a 2, 3 to finish the day. Oliver got a 4th in one so he is pumped- well done kid, don’t get cocky!And lastly , as I sailed around the course today all the tips and pointers I’ve gleaned through the years were rolling through my head….. So many came from Jan Gougeon; “Tune for effect!” “Keep yourself in air that has energy in it!” “Overstand the top mark and start your downwind leg at top speed!” This may sound corny but I could hear his voice giving those tips- including that amazing accent of his- all day today.

Thanks again Jan- I know I’m not the only one who was thinking of you out there today.

Back in hotel now, we shall see what tomorrow brings! Stay tuned…..

James “T” Thieler
12 Channing St.
Newport, RI 02840

401-258-6230
t_thieler@yahoo.com

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  1. Results are in:

    http://iceboatracing.com/2012centrals.pdf

    REGATTA
    2012 Central Lakes Championship – December 29 – 30, 2012
    Houghton Lake
    Houghton, Michigan
    Gold fleet
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    Pos Sail# Name Race> 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Points
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    1 US 44 SHERRY, RON 1 1 1 1 1 2 ( 6)
    7.00
    2 US 183 STRUBLE, MATT 2 2 ( 3) 2 2 1 2
    11.00
    3 US 5224 THIELER, JAMES 3 ( 25) 2 3 10 3 1
    22.00
    4 US 60 HARPER, JOHN (S) 4 3 4 5 5 ( 9) 5
    26.00
    5 US 216 POTCOVA, RICHARD 6 4 7 6 ( 8) 4 4
    31.00
    6 US 5469 Moore, Oliver ( 11) 6 10 4 4 5 3
    32.00
    7 US 5 DIEBALL, SKIP 10 5 6 9 7 11 (DNS)
    48.00
    8 US 3705 HOLMAN, ROBERT 7 ( 13) 9 7 11 7 8
    49.00
    9 US 5219 BAKER, KENT ( 12) 9 5 8 3 12 12
    49.00
    10 US 5053 REIS, GEORGE (M) 8 8 ( 21) 10 19 6 9
    60.00
    11 US 3 GROGAN, JIM (S) 13 7 11 12 12 ( 20) 16
    71.00
    12 US 610 JONES, DONALD (M) 5 14 12 ( 26) 9 18 15
    73.00
    13 US 4738 PARKER, RICHARD (S) 21 15 8 16 ( 26) 15 7
    82.00
    14 US 3283 WILLIAMS, J.BRUCE (M) (DNS) 20 16 24 6 8 11
    85.00
    15 US 5193 ANDERSON, ERIC 19 10 ( 24) 13 13 14 20
    89.00
    16 US 472 COBERLY, J. WILLIAM (M) 22 ( 22) 15 11 15 19 10
    92.00
    17 US 5048 PARKER, BRYAN 15 12 18 ( 23) 21 17 13
    96.00
    18 US 4055 STRUBLE, BOB (M) ( 25) 19 13 21 17 16 14
    100.00
    19 US 99 DEFER, HARRY (S) 14 17 14 15 22 ( 24) 23
    105.00
    20 US 4882 WOLLAM, RICHARD (M) 20 ( 26) 19 19 20 10 18
    106.00
    21 US 4789 CLARK, CHRIS (S) DNS 18 (DNS) 20 18 13 17
    114.00
    22 US 1301 COBERLY, CHAD 9 16 17 18 (DNS) DNS DNF
    116.00
    23 US 4192 ROGOSKI, RANDY (S) ( 24) 11 22 17 23 23 21
    117.00
    24 US 4868 Wollam, Julie 18 23 20 ( 25) 16 22 22
    121.00
    25 US 2360 JOHNS, PETE (GM) 17 21 ( 25) 22 14 25 24
    123.00
    26 US 5435 KJOLLER, JODY 23 24 ( 26) 14 24 21 19
    125.00
    Page 1 27 US 4974 JONES, STAN (M) 16 (DNS) 23 27 25 26 25
    142.00
    Scoring system: IDNIYRA Worlds
    2012 Central Lakes Championship – December 29 – 30, 2012
    Houghton Lake
    Houghton, Michigan
    Silver fleet
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    Pos Sail# Name Race> 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Points
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    1 US 1277 BOWMAN, HAL (GM) 1 3 ( 5) 2 1 1 2
    10.00
    2 US 5470 Dawson, Tom 3 ( 5) 2 1 4 3 3
    16.00
    3 US 807 Koschalk, Craig ( 8) 1 1 4 3 2 6
    17.00
    4 US 5172 BETZOLDT, GLENN (M) 4 2 4 5 2 ( 6) 4
    21.00
    5 US 5358 FROST, DAVID 2 6 3 6 5 ( 10) 5
    27.00
    6 US 5250 SIEGLE, GEORGE 7 7 6 3 7 ( 9) 9
    39.00
    7 US 5465 NILES, DON (S) 5 10 9 9 6 7 ( 11)
    46.00
    8 US 5397 Lenon, Jori 9 9 8 7 ( 10) 8 10
    51.00
    9 US 4379 Lambert, Joe ( 13) 11 10 8 9 5 8
    51.00
    10 US 65 GRAY, ROBERT (M) 11 8 7 10 12 11 (DNS)
    59.00
    11 US 5430 Cutting, Bill DNS DNS (DNS) DNS 8 4 1
    64.00
    12 US 4755 Beresni, Mike 12 12 11 ( 12) 11 12 7
    65.00
    13 US 4986 Harte, John ( 14) 14 13 11 13 13 12
    76.00
    14 US 66 BUCHBINDER, BILL (S) 6 4 DNS (DNS) DNS DNS DNF
    78.00
    15 US 2981 Russel, Jon ( 15) 13 14 13 14 14 13
    81.00
    16 US 5199 Torresen, Brian 10 DNS 12 (DNS) DNS DNS DNS
    90.00
    Scoring system: IDNIYRA Worlds

    12/31/2012 at 12:47 am