Hardway Report March 26, 2019
A fleet of ten boats made the journey. Lake had not been scouted until Monday afternoon although some reports from the kite wings sailors had looked very favorable.
Staging took place at Brewster Beach and, with a few hustles, boats and sailors were ready for a 10:00hrs. launch. Weather brought bright sunshine and winds about 12 mph, with temperatures hovering around the upper 20s. Ice was hard snow surface with good substance underneath.
After clearing the bay, there were large areas of good grey ice through the Broads. As you approached 5 mile island it became snow ice again and quite rough into center harbor. A few small ridges needed crossing but had many spots to do so. Only one caused concern as there were spots of open water along it. This was off of Welch island and went across the lake. A safe crossing was marked. This was used as the second check point with Parker island being the first. Long runs between tacks allowed for viewing the beautiful hills around.
Third checkpoint at 5 mile island came up one boat short. A quick scouting party found Roger with a sail down. Repair rescue team of Lee, Karin, Kate, and Eben had a quick fix of a parted stay and they were on the way again.
Arrival at Center Harbor was at 1200 hrs with the repair crew combing in about 15 minutes later. Snacks and chit chat with the obligatory stepping on land occurred around the melting shoreline. Looking for a local to photograph the entire group, Kate just happened upon the director for Center Harbor Parks and Rec. We did get a mention and picture on their website, http://www.centerharbornh.org, and I believe something will show in the local Merideth paper. Always good for PR.
Leaving with a NW wind still at about 12 mph, or 10 knts if you like, we headed out. 5 Mile island was used as a checkpoint of the way back as well. Surface was getting a little soft and winds began to ease a little, putting the fear of a long walk into out hearts. Fear not though as we got back onto good ice and away from land tremendous cruising was had. Regrouping at the marked crossing showed everyone in good spirits with all gear well. A generous afternoon of , “frolicking” occurred while the broads were crisscrossed numerous times. Final boats made it in about 1600 hrs. with congrats and fluid replacement occurring.
|1||Charlie Silfvenius Hardway Chairman||Wolefboro, NH||Super DN 4769|
|2||Peter Bodwell||New Durham, NH||DN|
|3||David Fortier||Biddeford, ME||Super DN|
|4||Kate Marrone||Bow, NH||BDX|
|5||Mike Acebo||Marion, NY||J14|
|6||Robert Strzelewicz||Dudley, MA||Single seat Gambit|
|7||Lee Spiller||Effingham, NH||Gambit|
|8||Karin Wilson (Passenger)||Mamouth, NH||Gambit|
|9||Eben Whitcomb||Westbrook, CT||DN4775|
|10||Randy Rice||Meredith, NH||DN 4316|
|11||(Rambling) Roger Pickall||Easton, MD||DN 4180|
Bill is very right we have been waiting for this. Stay tuned and watch for the alignment of the planets and sailable ice plates…
Damariscotta Wet Out by billbuchholz
Sensors indicate a nicely evolving surface. The forecast for rain has been reduced to showers, which will be fine because too much rain won’t do us any good, especially as the temps Saturday night are not super cold. But by Monday we should be in good shape for a few days of sailing.
This could be the Spring Fling we’ve all been waiting for. An update will be posted by Sunday at noon after the plate has been checked. Mark Allen photo from March 12, 2017, Lake Farm launch.
Looks like we will be be dodging the weather once again. There is weather coming so you have to make your own call.
At this time I do not have solid info on anything but Chickawaukie Pond in Rockland ME. The Maine guys are planning to sail tomorrow from the public ramp off Rt 17. Bill has put out the welcome mat on iceboat.me but there is weather coming so you have to make your own call, especially if coming from afar. For those of you who have never sailed Chickawaukie Pond it had been the center of the Maine iceboating community for years but weather patterns have shifted around so we have not sailed it much in a few seasons.
If you are arriving by sea please consult current charts or your plotter otherwise just use Google.
I do know that people were on Bantam Lake in CT this week but they are getting snow and we need to wait to see how that shakes out. All else has been silent Not to sound desperate but we are all hoping for some form of ice boating Shangri La. Could it be just over the Lost Horizon?
Charlie Silfvenius is intending to call the Winni Hardway ON just as soon as the conditions materialize. When that is? Who knows. But the call will go out on all channels so be on the ready. Given the way this season has been I very much expect to see an outbreak of ice flu throughout New England and the mid Atlantic.
Don’t stop Thinking Ice as we are not done yet.
If you have not already checked out today’s results here they are http://dniceboat.org/idniyra/2019GoldCup.html
The Poles continue to hold on to the top four of five positions but pressing hard is our own James “T” Thieler in Sixth and top American. T had a great day today picking up a Bullet, Fourth and a Seventh. Way to go T Keep it up and grind em down tomorrow.
More updates from those closer to the action than myself coming tomorrow.
Reporting in absentia. Competitors are mulling about on the ice waiting for the start of the skippers meeting. raceGeneral procedures and of course safety will be discussed. Long Island sailors assisted in a the extraction of sailor and boat yesterday but the hazards are marked and should be no additional incidents.
The starting ceremony directly after the meeting and racing at 11.
Three races today bronze qualifier, silver qualifier and first gold race.
There will be some intense action in the first race for those looking to break into the silver qualifier. The first 12 racers advance to silver.
Same goes for the silver qualifier with the first 12 advancing to gold.
Looking at the competitors, some local, I would not be surprised to see a couple qualifying for gold out of the first bronze race.
Good luck to all the competitors. International, regional and of our own local favorites. Sail fast and bring home silver wherever home might be.
P. S. Personally checked on Bantam (CT) and it is a definite no go till the snow cooks down.
The 2019 Eastern’s are postponed until further notice.
Best, Chad Atkins
IDNIYRA Eastern Rear Commodore
The 2019 IDNIYRA Easterns is scheduled for this weekend February 2-3. We are currently looking for venues from NJ to Maine, as always we have a full weather system moving through the entire region Tuesday and Wednesday so please let me know Wednesday pm if your area may have made it out in reasonable shape. I can be mobile for ice checking with a few other dedicated scouts Thursday morning for a possible call as late as Friday February 1st at 2pm.
Also the IDNIYRA Gold Cup and NAC is slated for February 17-23 hosted by the Central Region. We have a good base of Mountain Lakes and Eastern Race Committee and they are looking to take the pulse on any volunteers that would be willing to travel anywhere the event goes all the way to if it comes local in the East or Mountain Lakes (east of ohio/pa). If you haven’t been to one of these events and arn’t planning on racing this could be a very cool experience as about 100 competitors from all over North America and Europe are already entered.
Best, Chad Atkins
IDNIYRA Eastern Rear Commodore