So it sounds like there might be some options for sailing this weekend, but it all depends on what happens with the snow today. I’ve heard positive things about Mempremagog, South Twin and the indefatigable Dammriscotta might be back in play. Team Maine is going to be out looking and Dave is going to try to hold the Maine State champs on Saturday.
If anyone finds a regatta level piece of ice on Saturday, tell me and I will call the Doc Fellows on there for Sunday. I know it will be a late call but we are up against it here.
NEIYA regatta chair
Hold your horses. The Canadians have reviewed their call and changed their minds. No regatta this weekend.
Sounds like you might be able to sail Missisquoi Bay Saturday but it will be fairly rough and there is a fair amount of snow in the forecast for Sunday.
The 2017 Eastern Regional Championship is postponed until further notice due to snow and possible drifting. In better news our good neighbors to the north have 3 locations that are being evaluated for the Canadian Regional Championship to be announced hopefully before 2pm friday. Pack your passports and lets get ready to go Fast and Turn left!!
These Sites are:
Best, Chad Atkins
DN US 4487
Eastern Regional Commodore
Don’t schedule anything for the weekend just yet. Our Eastern region rear commodore Chad Atkins is hopping to pull off a miracle and find some ice to host the Eastern Regional Championships this weekend. The weather is going to make it hard but keep the faith.
Things didn’t pan out as we hoped north of the border. One spot had hard snow drifts and the other only had 2.75 to 3 inches of ice so unfortunately our border run plans are dashed.
It sounds like the Maine guys might have some ice but as far as I know there is nothing in Vermont or New Hampshire.
NOTICE OF RACEEastern Lakes Regional DN Championship Regatta
February 11-12 2017
North American Eastern Region
International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association
North American Eastern Region
All races will be governed by the Racing Rules of the National Iceboat Authority; the By-Laws of the IDNIYRA, and Official Specifications of the DN Ice Yacht; the Notice of Race, including any amendments to the Notice of Race, (except as any of these are altered by the sailing instructions) and the Sailing Instructions. The Sailing Instructions can be modified at the Skippers Meeting and by a notice posted on the official notice board.
Sail number does not need to match fuselage number or skippers registered IDNIYRA number but does need to be unique to each skippers sail (no duplicates on course)
-Skipper still needs to be a current member of IDNIYRA in good standing
Nine race per fleet – 3 race minimum in the Gold Fleet will constitute the regatta. Fleets – Gold and possible Silver Fleet/ Plate Runner Division/Rookie Division, Volunteer split for fleets if needed. Discard race after 6 races sailed.
All DN class yachts meeting the requirements of the Official Specifications and whose skippers meet the requirements of the By-Laws of the IDNIYRA as stated in the section IDNIYRA Regattas are eligible to enter and race in the championship.
3. Site Information and Postings:
A. The primary site is within the North American Eastern Region
B. Site and Headquarters Information will be determined by the regatta organizer.
C. Official regatta information, updates and accommodations: dnamerica.org, theneiya.org
4. Entry and Fee:
Register in the pits saturday morning
$30 registration fee
5. Schedule of Events:
•Sat 9:15-10am on ice registration
•Sat 10am Skippers Meeting
•Sat 11am First start
•Sunday 10:00am First start. No race will start after 3PM
6. Sailing instructions
Official Sailing Instructions will be provided at registration.
We are trying to locate any and all trophies for this event.
8. Proof of Insurance
Proof of personal or race liability insurance ($300,000 minimum)
DN US 4487
Eastern Region Rear Commodore
It sounds like our French speaking neighbors to the north might have some ice. The have walked it and are planning on sailing it tomorrow. So who would be interested in a casual regatta in Montreal on Saturday? Maybe the Montreal West Island Challenge?
This would not be an NEIYA event and we wont know if it is doable till mid day tomorrow, but it could be a fun weekend if it works out. Drive up Friday night, sail Saturday, treat the wife or girlfriend to a night on the town in a city where Trump isn’t president, sleep off the hangover and drive home in time to see the Super Bowl. Whats wrong with that? So if you are interested keep your schedules open and stay tuned.