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The Last Hurrah! 

Passing along the best opportunity any of us have seen in a long time. Don’t put your boat away just yet. Go to Moosehead…

New post on Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club

Maine State Championship 2018

by David Fortier

I have just received a call from Bill, and the report is that there is ice. With Bill’s experience, and measurements of the ice condition we are scheduling the Maine State Championship for Saturday. Bill has checked the North and South end, and the ice in Greenville is the best. It is even forecast to be a bit colder tonight and tomorrow so that is a good thing. Bill said the ice surface seems to be much as it was on Lake Memphremagog a few weeks back. Most everyone was sailing well with plates, and I sailed with angles on the third day and those worked quite well.  We think that racers should attempt to arrive at or before 0900 so we will have the best chance to get er done.

Dave US4690

David Fortier | April 20, 2018 at 10:51 am | Categories: 2018 Season | URL: https://wp.me/p1wB1o-1S2


Well In Case It Wasn’t Obvious

The NEIYA New England Championship regatta is once again postponed. We will keep trying for this winter (Moosehead? Champlain?) but looking more like next December.  Anyway, be ready to travel far. Think good ice!

Keep hope alive…

Steve Madden

US4512


NEs and Eastern Postponed 

Hey All,

Steve Madden went full out for us and got up to Lake Memphremagog, VT this afternoon and assessed the launch and plate. Unfortunately it is not to be for course racing as the surface is already soft with some large crystals and some other limiting factors of the venue are not what either Steve or myself would consider championship worthy conditions. The NEIYA New Englands and IDNIYRA Eastern Regional Championships are postponed once again. Thank you Steve!! 

Best, Chad

And from iceboat.me Lake Memphramagog ON for the Weekend. Check iceboat.me 

Posted on March 1, 2018 by billbuchholz

Newport, VT. The cooling temps in the forecast suggest that the ice will remain hard. We will be getting there around noon on Friday and plan to sail all weekend. Accommodations at Newport City Inn and Suites, 802-334-6558.

Big iceboaters dinner party planned for Saturday night. Hundred Mile Race to be called on if conditions allow. Good winds will give times in under three hours. There will also be an attempt to sail north to Magog, but big pressure ridges often prevent this. Come prepared.

Launch at 44.998n x 72.197w. It’s just south of Eagle Point, where the road skirts the lake, about five miles north of Newport. Ramblin Roger drove his van on yesterday, so it should be fine for trailers. The ramp softened a bit at fifty degrees, but he still managed to drive off. (Ice fishermen use this access so be sure to keep it clear.) Temps aren’t supposed to get above mid thirties so that shouldn’t be a problem this weekend. Based on what we’ve been sailing on around here in marginal temps, the nights below freezing should give us a splendid surface on the twenty-four inches of ice.

Sail safe and heads up in conditions. 


​Hey Racers 

Looks like above freezing temps again starting Friday around noon thru the weekend.  Scouts have reported today drain holes on potential regatta lakes from Maine, NH to Vermont. With that in mind and likely softening ice, its a crapshoot for a safe and fun regatta. So, I regret to say postponed again.

Steve Madden

P.S. Some will find some sails. Remember sail heads up on these changing conditions and have fun. 


Update – Eastern’s, New Englands and Just Plain Fun

All,

This just in from Chad Atkins and Steve Madden.

  1. Eastern’s are postponed another week. More on this early next week
  2. A suitable venue for the New England’s is currently being sought New on that later today or tomorrow.
  3. Sailing fun to be had in Maine check http://iceboat.me They are sailing today but weather is coming so stay tuned.

The incoming weather has some cold into next week so could create perfect conditions. This has been a very challenging year but rewards were had for those who were ready for last minute travel or just happened to live nearby.

Think Ice we are not done yet.

John

 

 


Cover of the Rolling Stone…

The rumors were flying a few weeks ago. Rolling Stone Magazine would be doing an article and video at the DN NA’s. Well, those that were on Lake Charlevoix know it was more than a rumor. Watch the video, read the article and enjoy. NEIYA members got some good play as well as Champion Ron Sherry and his son Griffin.

Pay attention as there is a quiz at the bottom.

The full Rolling Stone article here

https://www.rollingstone.com/sports/features/ice-boat-racers-meet-the-frozen-lake-warriors-w516659

Told you there would be a quiz. Who said what?





 

 


A Word from Chad – Stand Ready Sailable Ice Is Coming

All,

With two of our major Eastern Region/NEIYA Championships left to sail (The DN Eastern Regionals and The New Englands) and March only a few weeks away please be ready to go for either or both of these championship weekends if you want to race.
We could be dealing with rising lake levels and constant changing of surface conditions so expect the calls to be late Thursday or even mid day Friday. This is your prep warning and we are going to try to do some sailing if mother nature allows since the base is still there up north at several venues.
For the Easterns you will need to be a current member of IDNIYRA and at least have paid your one time sail # registration fee with the class. It will be ok to compete if you have not received the specific number from the class treasurer or installed it at the start of the event na.idniyra.org. You will however need to have a sail # that is unique to you and your craft, no duplicates.  Also, make sure you print out your $300,000 liability insurance policy to have in hand and on site. I don’t care if you sailed in the NA’s and had it there- this is a different championship and it requires the policy to be present at the time of registration, period. No exceptions.
The NOR for the Easterns will be coming out later in the week so keep an eye out on dnamerica.org and theneiya.org
Best, Chad Atkins
DN US 4487
IDNIYRA Eastern Rear Commodore