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Quaboag 3-4-22

Hey Gang-

Got a report on Quaboag yesterday, sounds like lots of slush and water on top of the base, lots of ruts from various craft, etc….

That said it was pretty cold last night and we will take another look today- Hoping to have a look at Bantam as well.

With a little luck we can scratch race and cruise over the weekend-

Do keep in mind that at this time of year we need to exercise even more caution than usual- warm days and more direct sunlight exacerbate the normal risks. Err on the side of caution.

Stay Tuned…. T

Weekend Ice

Hey Folks-

As you may have guessed things aren’t looking too promising for the weekend- Quaboag Pond in MA is a possibility but we are waiting for the latest report later today-

Eagle Lake on Mt. Desert Island in Maine is a possibility but we don’t have a recent report.

Some people are headed to Chatauqua Lake in NW New York State, that may be the only game in town.

If you know of any sailable ice anywhere please let me know at t_thieler@yahoo.com

Stay Tuned! T

RUNNER TRACKS, MARCH 2022

While we wait for all the snow to go away take a look at the latest Runner Tracks- Always a great read! Thanks as always to Deb Whitehorse for putting it together-

Runner Tracks March 2022 – DN North America (idniyra.org)

Runner Tracks March 2022 – DN North America

Runner Tracks The Online Magazine of the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association Latest Issue: March 2022 …

Good Article From Erin Bury

This is a good read no matter who you are, how you’re built, and how long you’ve been sailing on the hard stuff… Thanks to Erin for writing it and Scuttlebutt for putting it out there!

Ice sailing: The frigid equalizer >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News (sailingscuttlebutt.com)

The first article:
Iceboating bug can be dangerous >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News (sailingscuttlebutt.com)

Weekend Regatta Chances…..

As we all know there is a bit of snow on the way- That’s the bad news.

The good news is it could track a bit north or south of what is predicted- If it stays a bit south northern Maine could still be in play, if it tracks north maybe southern NH or even MA could still be an option.

Either way get your best snow runners ready, if there is sailable ice in New England we will try for a regatta, even if we can only sail Sunday-

Stay tuned to this site and the weather channel for updates!

T

Shifting To Hard Water

Good article here, offers an interesting perspective and some good pointers!

Making the shift to hard water sailing >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News (sailingscuttlebutt.com)

Making the shift to hard water sailing >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Rooted in Midwest USA, Skip Dieball (above) is best known as a sailmaker and multi-class champion, with his expl…

Meanwhile Out In Maryland….

The gang out on Deep Creek is busy! Read and see what’s up- could be worth a drive at some point-

DCL Ice Report #14

2021 – 2022 Ice Sailing Season

Olympics wraps up in Beijing… comes to Deep Creek!

No kidding! There was an Olympian turnout Sunday at the world’s best, most inviting and welcoming Ice Sailing venue south of the North Pole! Fifty-three people showed up to sail and watch the action! Eleven DNs rigged, twelve sailors tried the “Twice as Nice, Sailing on Ice” for the first time. The boat owners were all generous lending their rigs for others to try.

We even had an Ice Skating show! Lynn (Coraor) Troutman was doing twirls and other fancy skating stuff and got a 10.0 from all of us spectators. Her two side kicks Clara and Deke spent the whole day playing on the ice and learning all they could. Gold medal to Lynn. AND an ice boat T-shirt!

Talking about the rare and highly desirable Ice-T-Shirts, Scott Hollander, Sue Wolffe, Ed Brzytwa, Rob Pumphrey, David, Karen, Emely Meehan, Keith MacMillan, Dan Rubel, Will Feisley, Ralph Kemp, Jill Bennett all earned their shirts by sailing! Come by next weekend to collect your Olympic Day award!

Mary, Lila, Cora, John and Ellen Brzytwa, came to join the action and watch while daddy Ed took off ice sailing like a natural! Ralph Kemp was sailing his ice yacht and had his daughter Hannah and granddaughters on the ice to watch. IceMan convinced Raylee and sister to get in granddad’s DN for a photo op. Other family members that came out were Charlie and Courtney Williams, Kathy Rubel, Rob and Karen Gerlach, David and Lissa Klueter and two friends.

Tom Johnson, Tom Wolffe, David Tuel, Jacob Feisley, Jill Bennett, Bruce Spinnenweber were lining up and racing on a windward Leeward course and having a fantastic time on the 7.5 Ice, which would have been a 9.5 but for the snow moguls. FYI, Tom Wolffe has one of his DNs for sale for any that want (need) a boat, “Ice Cream” is a great starter DN. Lets get that boat out sailing!

Emily Meehan was out there sailing the ice like a pro! And IceMan and Ed Haley spent some time working on downwind technique and swapping boats. FUN!

Sara Plunkett won a gold medal in the food competition by bringing no less then three pizzas, hot pizza on the ice… lets give her three gold medals! THANKS Sarah, who also gave ice sailing a try… How was it? IceMan didn’t get a chance to ask her.. so let us know Sarah. Gordon Clement was back on the ice with us again. Jacob F. brought his friend Keith along, Jacob demonstrated his teaching ability getting the non-sailor Keith to give it a try… and boy did he learn it fast!

Joni like always was very busy being the Ice Hostess but she did get out sailing twice and was doing great, practicing her downwind technique… no pushing for her, watch out she will be racing with us soon! Melanie Dunham came out but did not try it yet…. Sue Wolffe was sailing to try to convince Melanie… hmmmm… Melanie is a great sailor on the wet water… we will all have to work on her to give it a try… Come-On-Wo-Man give it a try!

Joan and Lee Coraor stopped by, we suspected Joan borrowed a pair of crutches as an excuse to not sail… ok, so Joan twisted her knee badly and was out of commission but IceMan still thinks she could have sailed anyway! Next Year!

Ned Holloway and Will McGill came by… Will said he saw the IceMan on TV the night before… great timing, great advertising MPTV!

The stand-out sailor was Scott Hollander who is no longer a soft water guy having totally succumbed to REAL sailing…. It will be a long summer off season for Scott waiting for the lake to freeze!

Thanks to all that brought snacks and liquid refreshments… 53 people is a big hungry and thirsty crowd! And THANKS Joni for all of your work making it happen!

Rob Pumphrey showed up and sailed his DN ‘Snow Country”. Rob made all this possible by rigging and lending his trailer to allow for another eight DNs to be stored at the lake front. BIG thank you to Rob!

Pictures: New friends (that’s what it is really all about!), Staging area, Ed B maiden voyage.

Next weekend looks iffy but possible… again Sunday looking the best. Stand by for next Saturday morning’s Ice Report.

Think Ice!

IceMan

DN – US 5576

Style Points

While we wait for the weather to settle down for the weekend take a moment to ponder this gem- best graphic I’ve seen on an iceboat sail ever! It’s up on Merrymeeting Lake in NH and belongs to either Randy Rice or Peter Bodwell, I can’t recall but either way it’s a great boat and a real eye catcher!

And thanks to Randy and Peter for keeping us informed about the NH ice situation- hope we see them again soon!

Weekend Regatta / Sailing Update

Patience was rewarded at Brewster Beach today- Morning breeze fizzled out not long after marks were set and didn’t reappear until about 0430.

And when it did…. All worth it. We did a quick shuffle of the marks to square the course up and rattled off at least 6 two-lap races.

Scores weren’t kept but close racing was had by all. Great to see some new faces mixing it up!

We ended the day on a high note and decided that the President’s Day Regatta can wait- high temps and puzzling wind forecast made us decide to pull the plug.

If you do want to sail on President’s Day, head for Brewster Beach in Wolfboro NH. Lots of boats sailed the inner bay just off the launch today and reported no issues.

Stay tuned!

NH Update

Due to drain holes at Ellacoya we looked at other places to race-

Merrymeeting Lake had fewer drain holes but still enough to warrant caution. And parking is an issue. Brewster Beach in Wolfeboro has more parking and way fewer drain holes-

We will scratch race out of Brewster
Beach tomorrow if possible-

Diasappointed to not sail out of Ellacoya today but the drainholes were significant and we decided to err on the side of caution….

Stay tuned!

Winni Downgrade

We took a scouting trip off Ellacoya and found way too many drain holes to sail safely- Scratch racing is OFF for the day and cruising is highly discouraged. Sorry folks!

Winni Report

We walked about 200 yards out from the launch at Ellacoya- ice at least 14” thick with some thin spots right at the launch.

Drain holes were seen around the areas where people were ice fishing, I think they were fishing holes that turned to drain holes. Some of them looked big enough to cause an issue…. Hoping that they will lock up with cold temps and clear skies tonight.

Beyond that the surface isn’t bad- no snow and mostly smooth grey ice. We have certainly sailed on much worse! Call it a 6-7 out of ten.

We will sail, scout and hopefully scratch race out of Ellacoya State park tomorrow AM.

Stay tuned to this site for details!

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