Sailing Museum Newport – Iceboating Lecture Friday (3/10)


There is an iceboating lecture at The Sailing Museum in Newport, RI this Friday. The lecture is in support of Don Sanford’s book On The Lake about lake Mendota. Mendota is the quintessential iceboating lake featured in many iceboating images complete with the Wisconson State Capital on the south shore. lecture details

Expert in The Museum Series

Join us Friday, March 10th from 1-4 and Meet Iceboating Expert Don Sanford!

Visit The Sailing Museum on Friday, March 10th between 1-4 PM and hear about the thrills of hardwater sailing from avid iceboater and local legend, Don Sanford!

About The Expert:

Don Sanford grew up in Syracuse NY. His summers were spent at the family camp on nearby Cazenovia Lake where he first developed his interest in boats and social history. Don has a degree communications studies from the State University of New York at Oswego and a M.S. from Syracuse University in radio, television, and film. He moved with his wife Barb to Madison, WI in 1976 to take a job as a production manager with Wisconsin Public Television.

A sailor and iceboater, Don spends his free time racing sailboats and iceboats in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. He is a member of the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club, past commodore of the Mendota Yacht Club, the International Nite Ice Yacht Class Association and the International Skeeter Iceboat Association.

His book, On Fourth Lake:  A Social History of Lake Mendota tells the story of the people, places, and events that have shaped the lakeshore as we know it today. Published in 2015 it combines social, geological, technological, cultural, maritime and economic history in 340 illustrated pages.

Think Ice,


P.S. Let me know how it was if you go.

4 responses

  1. Anonymous

    Is it possible the lecture will be shared by Zoom or recorded for viewing at a distance?
    John Fisher

    03/08/2023 at 9:16 am

  2. Anonymous

    Just communicated with SMN, and this is not a lecture – Don will be available to museum guests to answer their questions about sailing as he wanders the exhibits. (I had asked if it was to be broadcast – no)
    Robert S. Wills
    Hudson River Ice Yacht Preservation Trust
    P.O. Box 185
    Rhinecliff, NY 12574

    03/07/2023 at 1:06 pm

    • Commodore John Stanton

      Bob, thanks for the clarification. I know some of our people will be there.

      03/07/2023 at 1:33 pm

  3. Robert Wills

    Too bad it’s not ZOOM.

    Bob Wills

    03/07/2023 at 12:08 pm