Almost every lake right now is picture perfect.
A perfect 10, ice and weather.
Lake MacBride 8" thick, no snow, a near 10. I've learned to hold off when the temps are below zero. The Coralville Reservoir left behind 50 yards of sheet ice when it dropped, making access problematic. Might be good for Nordic skating until the wind picks up.
What's an iceboater to do when the lakes melt?
You could get a foiling Moth or catamaran, but for a bunch less $$$ you can hit a local parking lot in a blokart like Jim Nordhaus (US-5566) and I did a few weeks ago:
For Sale - angles and insert runners
1.) I have a really nice set of angled slush runners for sale with carrying bag. The bodies are birch veneer and the angles are stainless. They are pretty light, sides weigh about 4.5 lbs and steering 5 lbs. No nicks on the steel. I am located in Minneapolis and am willing to ship, CONUS only. $500
Here is a video from last week on Blanche Lake.
I'm planning on sailing Grand Lake (between St. Cloud and Cold Spring) on New Years Eve day. No snow last weekend this far Up North in Minnesota. I don't care if I can't use my insert runners, because I haven't bothered to make any. Barely an inch of snow this past Sunday on some pretty good ice in my opinion. Looks like anything South of that got a few inches. No where near 9.95 on the ice scale. Guessing around a 3 or 4. Forecast is temp in double digits and the same for the wind.
But what do I know? I'm going sailing. I love America.
-Randall US4470 (not current)
Mr Miller, (and others)
First of all, thanks for introducing yourself. I've been lurking for several years, so I recognize some names (yours for one) but others I need to search out. And thanks for pointing out my stupidity of not realizing that not only can you not fit 80 iceboats on Bald Eagle Lake, you can't sail One on an official course. Not the point I was trying to make. Sarcasm is difficult in the written medium.
Once again, the issue of my post was not "where is the good ice". Lake Kegonsa looked beautiful in the pics on the 4LIYC site. The issue is spreading the word.
Greetings fellow sailors,
I'm a bit of a newbie to ice boating (this is my fourth season on the ice, only built one DN). I understand the need to move regattas to alternate locations due to weather or other conditions. Is there a reason that the weather or ice conditions Necessitate a move from MN to WI? I understand that Lake Kegonsa has good ice. Is Lake Christina or Green Lake unsailable (how about Buffalo?)? Last posts here don't sound bad to me.
Racing Nites is on the increase, most notably on Bald Eagle in Minnesota and Green Lake in Wisconsin. So much so that the fleet has made plans to split into gold and silver fleets at the Nationals if need be. And much of the increase is coming from Nite owners who've been cruising around for years. Turns out that comfy cruiser is already set for racing.
So the Nite fleet has built a new website with emphasis on helping the new racer join the fleet. Should also make it easier for people to know when and where the regattas are being held.
Two DN's. Shown is #452,Gougeon Design. 2001,Complete with reinforced Carbon "Rocket Mast" or Carbon/Glass,Aircraft Sitka Strip Mast. F01 Doyle Sail,Polish "T" Runners,$3000.00. Also Shown is #4148. 1999 Goodwin Design,F01 Sail,Winder Glass Mast,3/16 Stainless Inserts,$3500.00. Optional Equipment:Sarns Plates,$400.00,Stainless Angles ($200.00),Doyle Speed Sail,good condition,$300.00.
Call Tim Dixon,217-529-7414 or email email@example.com
Is there any group in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area willing to have Sea Scouts learn about your sport? I am a scout leader looking for some help. Thanks.eorge Battis
Looks like the regatta season has begun!
The Western Challenge Regatta is an informal DN gathering that has been going on for ten years or so- traditionally held the first weekend in December on the best ice in Minnesota… Yes, Minnesota. It’s a big state a little to the west of here.
The lure of early ice is hard to ignore and for years some of us have talked about going but balked at the last minute. A few years back I gave it a shot and drove solo from Indiana to Battle Lake, MN only to run a stop sign and total my trusty Chevy Astro about two miles from the lake. So close and yet….
Congratulations to all whose efforts made the 2013 Western Challenge an outstanding event.
T has written a glowing report for the NewEngland website. Nicely done.
However......Onalaska is in Wisconsin, not in Minnesota. No matter. Badger and Packer fans are always happy to help out Gopher and Viking fans, except on game day.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Westerns and NAs.