Black – Friday, Top & More Importantly ICE!

Thanksgiving is over and done. Stuffed and plumped we move closer to our winter passion. We move forward to Black Friday, Blacktop and most importantly Black ice.

Waiting for ice our friends on Long Island (NY). have been rolling over the hard on a couple abandoned airfields. Prepping and waiting for ice to come.

LI_black_topDon’t forget the Lake Ronkonkoma Ice Boat Yacht Club’s (LRIBYC) Annual Swap Meet Week’s Yacht Yard Patchogue, NY  December 12th, 1 – 4pm.

Across the sound your editor spent Black Friday on the blacktop going over shroud lengths and other settings. I think i’m ready. Time will tell.

The sailors in Maine have been keeping a keen eye on all the usual frog ponds and early ice venues. As reported on the CIBC site http://iceboat.me, ice is coming in but only safe enough to drool on for now. The picture of Plymouth Pond in Plymouth Maine is a couple days old and building to a safe thickness. Follow along online.

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Black ice of sailable strength can be found and currently slated to be the primary site of the Western Challenge on Lake Christina in Ashby,MN. Backup site for the event is Thunder Bay Lodging in Alexandria, MN. More details as they happen on the Minnesota Ice Sailing Association site. Thanks to Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club for photo!

lake_christina_mnFair winds, favored tacks and speed to our NEIYA competitors, Commodore T and company. We look forward to full on-road and start to finish coverage.

Don’t forget about our off ice Tune-up at Arthur Lamb Co shop Canton, MA this coming Saturday. Tune-up details. See you there.

Think Ice and be prepared it’s coming…,

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore
DN 5023
john@neiya.org

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