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First Sailing and Western Challenge!!

As far as we know Mike Madge and the Thunder Bay crowd are first on the ice this fall…. Congrats Mike!
Click and take a look at the video:

And don’t forget the Great Western Challenge is coming up fast! Get it on your calendars and watch the web for news:
Western Challenge: An unsanctioned fun regatta
Date: December 6-8, 2019
Location: Best ice in Minnesota

Latest On WI Skeeter Build….

Dan Hearn weighs in again with another, shall we say, interesting report on his Skeeter build….

Click and enjoy!

Bob Reeves: Sail On….

We bid a sad and fond farewell to Bob Reeves-

Mike Acebo shares his memories of the man here:


Hey Gang- time to sign up and / or renew any and all club memberships you have! Obviously you’ll want to start with the NEIYA, then move along to CIBC and on to whichever classes you are interested in… all great organizations and none will break the bank!



And on down the line…

See you all at the meeting this Saturday!

Fair Winds To Olaf Harken

If you’ve ever been on a boat and pulled on a line, chances are it was running through a Harken block.

The Harken line of sailing hardware started with a quest by Olaf and Peter Harken to have efficient blocks for their iceboats. From that simple genesis it expanded into the extraordinary company it is today. The range and quality of the hardware they make is just staggering.

Along the way the brothers had adventures too numerous to mention here but are detailed in a book by Olaf called “Fun Times In Boats, Blocks and Business.” It is an inspiring winter read- get it here:

Olaf passed quietly in his sleep a few days ago- we send our thoughts and condolences to his family, friends, and everyone in the Harken world.

Paul Exner: Elusive EQUINOX of Sailing –

Talk about living the Dream….

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