DN Western Regional Champs DONE

The Western Regionals took place on Lake Mendota in Madison, WI. Sad fact, this is the lake that Otis Redding’s ill fated plane crashed into years ago claiming his life and several others and spawning rumors of suitcases full of cash in the wreckage….

No time to look into that as we were busy sailing! Saturday was WINDY and COLD. Double-digit wind and single-digit temps coupled with some rough ice and an ice fishing shack right down wind from the top mark (boats were passing it on either side) kept sailors alert and on edge. I’m sure the ice fisherman was thrilled! Struble and Sherry had more guts and talent than the rest and were 1-2 at the end of the day with the NE guys hanging in third (Thieler) and eighth (Miller) in Gold and mid-Silver (Kaiser!)

Sunday was a bit lighter and still COLD. Yes, COLD spelled with all caps for emphasis. Less breeze made it bearable but did I mention it was COLD? It was. Trust me.

Struble and Sherry didn’t need the guts required Saturday but they showed talent enough to finish a close 1-2 with Steve Orlebeke moving into third. Yours truly had a 3, 7, 11 for the day and slipped to 6th. Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory…. Miller sailed well to 16th in Gold and Hank stayed out of the cheap seats in Silver but had more fun than anyone!

The three of us stuck around for a bit on Monday to practice and tune and had a great morning buzzing around in light to medium breeze and balmy 25 degree temps. Felt downright tropical!

Thanks to all the Madison gang for rolling out the red carpet for us and running some great races! Well worth the trip.

And thanks to Loretta Rehe and Mercedes Auger for immortalizing my finish-line pirouette at the NA’s last year with a commemorative Tu-Tu (black and yellow of course) and poem. That was a first! I’ll wear it with pride. Maybe.

Full report and results here.
http://na.idniyra.org/2017/01/08/2017-dn-western-region-regatta-provisional-final-results/

See shot of Miller and Kaiser being last off the ice! Talk about putting the time in…. Looking forward to local sailing ASAP- Stay tuned! T

One response

  1. David Ross

    James,

    The iceboaters in the Hamilton Ontario area posted a bit of archival footage which you might want to use on a slow news day. Includes actual spectators and a wicked crash at the end. Update note, Hamilton Bay is rarely sailable in recent years, something to do with climate change perhaps.

    Dave Ross KC 5203

    On Tue, Jan 10, 2017, 7:27 PM New England Ice Yacht Association wrote:

    > Commodore James “T” Thieler DN US 5224 posted: “The Western Regionals took > place on Lake Mendota in Madison, WI. Sad fact, this is the lake that Otis > Redding’s ill fated plane crashed into years ago claiming his life and > several others and spawning rumors of suitcases full of cash in the > wreckage…. ” >

    01/10/2017 at 7:37 pm