NEIYA @ The Great Western Challenge


The drive out to the midwest was relatively easy with only a mild snow squall in Pennsylvania but no traffic or accidents to hold us up. T, Bill and I got out of Newport

by 10 am and by midday on Wednesday we learned the regatta was moving from Minnesota to Princeton, Wisconsin on Lake Puckaway. That reduced the drive time considerably. We arrived by about 4 am, slept for a bit, and headed to the lake later in the morning. There were already a few guys from Canada, Chris Berger from Chicago, and a couple from Wisconsin setting up and sailing with a stiff breeze. It was the first sailing of the season for most…

The New England Ice Yacht Association is well represented with ..Bill Bucholz from Maine, Chad Atkins, Chris Gordon from Nantucket, Jeff Kent, T, Greg Cornelius, and me.

The wind was blowing between 6-8 maybe puffs to 10 by the time I got out. The ice was relatively smooth but a big hole was found by one of the Canadians (one of his runners actually went into the hole) and quickly marked. A course was not set up so folks were just practicing and coming back to the pit to adjust setting etc.

Friday was to be the the first day of racing but no wind predicted and the forecast was spot on. Many other sailors arrived including Ron Sherry, John Dennis, and several brand new to the sport sailors even one guy from Georgia.

And today. T is sitting in first with a one point lead over Ron Sherry. Chad is seventh. In the silver fleet Chris Gordon is first and Bill Buchholz is second. New England is looking good!

From the shores of Puckway,


6 responses

  1. David Whynott

    Who was the Canadian that went in the hole, thanks

    12/15/2019 at 12:53 pm

    • dnkellygreen

      Peter Van Rossom…he didn’t go in the hole. He just said his runner/chock went in the hole.

      12/17/2019 at 4:56 pm

  2. Kevin M. Lennon

    Hey Karen, Could you keep me posted on events where and when. I’m trying to get our yacht club to come to one of your events. We are more of a summer club, but thought it would be neat to see what you guys do on ice as a club. Kevin Lennon West cove yacht club Noank Ct

    Sent from my iPad


    12/15/2019 at 9:24 am

    • Commodore John Stanton


      Give reach out to me or Karen we would be glad to help get some people out on the ice.

      12/15/2019 at 11:08 am

    • dnkellygreen

      Yes, I am happy to do so. How best to contact you? We are hoping for an event this weekend as predictions look promising. But, that may be in Maine!

      12/17/2019 at 4:57 pm

  3. Jay Whitehair

    Thanks for the update and keep them coming! Go NEIYA!

    12/15/2019 at 1:32 am