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Some Odds & Ends From The DN Gold Cup

All,

Below are a few items that T wanted to pass along but somehow didn’t make the 3700+ air miles journey.

 


2020 DN Gold Cup Site, Orsa Lake, Sweden

And the word of the day was wet…

wet

Wet…

I am sure we will have more from Osla Lake tomorrow.

 


This Weekends Gatherings Feb 1st & 2nd

Remember, there are hazards among what looks like good ice. Winnipesaukee scouting image (1/30/20) by veteran, sailor, skater, and scouter Randy Rice.

Ice scouts have been busy all week and come back with some good and some not so good news.

Here is what I know and where you can expect to meet up with fellow iceboaters.

Winds are going to be on the lighter side and increasing through the weekend across our sailing areas but fine for the smoother areas and well one never knows so just show up.

  • The CIBC (iceboat.me) has been sailing Damarascota this week and likely through the weekend. Wind may be an issue so check their site for updates
  • Winnipesaukee has been checked, sailed and skated every day this week. There are good conditions and will play host to the DN New Englands – Launch is Ellacoya State Park, note it may be crowded so use the ramp area for unloading and loading ONLY. Other launch sites are being investigated but not confirmed at this point.
  • Quaboag Pond First-hand reports came in yesterday and it is trashed. Lots of pressure ridges, open leads and generally sub-par ice thickness STAY OFF unless something changes
  • Bantam Lake Has been looked at all week and generally has a good surface but is too not thick enough.
  • Sunapee, waiting on first-hand reports

There is a possibility for the Hardway to run over the weekend more likely Sunday than Saturday. As previously reported this is not a sure thing so please do not be disappointed if those who have been monitoring the ice elect not to lead the event.

See you on the ice,

John
DN5023
john@neiya.org


Wednesday 1/29 Ice Recap

2019 Hardway Trail – Can we do it again this year? Maybe…

With the rain followed by cold, it is a whole new ball game out there. Reported and unreported scouting efforts have been going on since yesterday and will continue.

Here is where we are this is not an exhaustive list:

  • The CIBC (iceboat.me) reports they are sailing Damarascota today and likely through the weekend. Check their site for updates
  • Winnipesaukee was checked yesterday and a bigger scouting party went out this morning – There is a possibility of the Hardway being run, stay tuned. We do not really know at this stage but keep it in mind.
  • Quaboag Pond needs to be checked and there is a committed scout bringing back info for sailing this weekend
  • Bantam Lake smoothed out with the rain and is being checked and has potential for sailing this weekend
  • Sunapee, as reported Monday more cold, is needed and body needs to be checked again – there are eyes on the lake

There may be a few other options out there that have been unreported but what I have to report at the moment.

Remember, the Hardway is only an alert at this stage. More info to come. Our own 2020 DN North American Champion and Race Chair may hold a race as well. Stay tuned for word from T on that.

Looking forward to more ice,

John
DN5023
john@neiya.org


Andover winter fest today

Its going on now. We are setting up boats on shore and talking it up.

Come on out join the fun and promote iceboating.

John


Historic Day For The NEIYA

 

2020 DN NA Podium: Thieler, Sherry, and Atkins

I do not want to steal T’s thunder and he will fill in the details on the drive home but thBrie results are official. James “T” Thieler is this year’s DN North American Champion! Multiple World and NA Champion Ron Sherry. Chad Atkins who had been leading the regatta till the final day ended up third. Way to go New England! Congratulations to Karen Binder for earning her way into the Gold Fleet on her first attempt. She is a strong competitor and will have continued success at every attempt. Closet racer took Fifth in the Silver Fleet. Looks like Bill really caught the racing bug and as many know it is terminal. Look for other New England competitors here. http://dniceboat.org/2020/na.html  Looking forward to the details from those that were there.

Meanwhile, 2200 miles away 25+ sailors enjoyed a fourth day of sailing on Lake Winnipesaukee. Overnight temperatures hovered around freezing so the plate was softening up but the wind was up making it the fastest of the four days.

Brian’s daughter Bella was out sailing and I’m told she is outgrowing her boat. Good thing her father is a master builder… A couple boats returned to New England Ice with new owners. Returning to the ice were Hal Chamberlain’s Hicdic and Roger LIvingston’s Whiz. Way to keep their memory alive guys.

Heavy rain will put us in shape for next weekend. Stay tuned.

Till we sail,

John
DN5023
john@neiya.org


All set up and sailing off Ellacoya

We are all set up at Ellacoya. People are sailing and skating. Nice plate about 5 inches generally smooth but some active pressure ridges.

We are staying and have an iceboat discount at the fireside. Call for discount.

Fireside Inn & Suites Lake Winnipesaukee – 17 Harris Shore Road – Gilford, New Hampshire 03249 – 603-293-7526 – Check Availability


Sailing 2k Miles Away and Closer to Home Coming Soon!

Eric, Eben, Karen, and T trying their best to be good while passing through the Bad Lands of ND Sunday.

While our intrepid shake the road dust out of their hair and start tuning up for the DN North Americans at Fort Peck MT, we have Winni coming into season.

Initial reports are good and the locations will be scouted Tuesday morning by Lee Spiller. Stay tuned for reports here and on the CIBC’s iceboat.me.

If things turn out as planned we could be on this lake for a few days of fun and some potential races. Lay your gear out, pack and get ready to roll.

Stay tuned,

John
DN5023
john@neiya.org

P.S. Bantam has skimmed over and maybe sailable for the weekend. Eyes are on it. Any other places out there leave a comment.