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It could be worse…

Satellite view of practically the entire upper midwest. At least we’re getting another shot at clear ice out east…27858783_10104963476659871_8933959853710828023_n.jpg

Weekend ice report

Thanks for all the updates! While a few NEIYA racers are out at the NAs in Michigan, we have plenty of ice reported here in New England. The highlights:
  • 10 boats completed the Hard Way on Winnie, reportedly for the first time in 14 years. More Winnie details below.
  • Lake Pocotopaug as of Thursday: Looks good, ice is grade 6-7, 5-10″, will have a number of boats out Sat. Only things that are open are the edges and they maybe closed up by then…
  • Bantam: Resurfaced with all the rain and warm days, hosting a number of boats Friday.
  • Mallets Bay, Lake Champlain: Looking good, more reports when the ice is checked.
  • Winnipesaukee: 8” to 10” thick.  Really rough in Wolfeboro Bay by Brewster Beach because of last weekend’s activities in the slush that is now frozen solid.  But as you get further out you get smoother ice.  4 boats were on the ice and some sailing done Thursday. No leads or pressure ridges seen up to Welch island . One pressure ridge from sound end of rattlesnake. Can be crossed.
    Remember NO ice is completely safe and there is always thin ice someplace. It is up to each individual sailor to determine whether the conditions are safe to sail.

    Reports are not an assurance of safety and may not be complete information. Please both check with the poster (just reply) and more importantly check in with others on location.



The Big Zamboni is out

From our friends at the Connecticut Ice Yacht Club in Litchfield, a hopeful reminder that good ice could be on the other side of this warm snap. Bantam lamps

Wentworth comes in

Charles Silvenius reports from Lake Wentworth in Wolfboro, NH: 4 boats on the lake today several patches of grade 9 Ice. 3 inches of ice by point Breeze and camp Pierce Birchmont. This was the last area to freeze. That’s the good news. Here’s the rest of the story from NOAA:

Snow, mainly after 8am. High near 23. Light southeast wind becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Quaboag ice reported

At least five boats scouted Quaboag on Sunday, with reports of 3.5-4″ of ice. We also received a report of black ice on Monomonoc. Given subsequent weather caution is advised on all area lakes until they are fully checked Never sail alone! – Dan F.