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East Bound and Down

"and we're going to do what they say can't be done.."
- smokey and the bandit

less then 100 miles to go to Peru, Illinois.

Expectations have been reset.. and now it looks like a blustery regatta..

early morning checkin 8:00 - 10:00am at hotel.. then opening ceremonies at 11:00 then racing at 1:00pm.

I also heard there might be early (late-night) check-in at the hotel this evening.. to help with the morning rush hour.

Sitting in the van at launch site

we are out at the launch site and the finish-canadian-us ice checker team, (L37, KC5449, US60) are out blasting through snow drifts.. it looks really fun.. (sort of jealous)..

but I'm not sure if it's too race-able

experiencing snow flurries

It was great to see everybody and to catch up, but when we came out there was quite a bit of snow..

We are all going to be excited to head up to the racing area 30 miles north in the mornng and see how much snow is on the racing area.

luggage trails
Just a bit of snow..

heading to the bar

we arrived and are heading to the bar... we got in about 40min before the snow.

THINK ICE

Starting the journey

driving through the snow..

travel day.. so we took awhile getting out of town, we all did the last of our chores, loaded up the runners and the dogs and left the Twin Cities at 1:00pm.

Current location is hwy 29 in the snow.. radar shows us to be in the leading finger of the snow fall..

602,4961,5214 & Neil reporting all's well
Neil actually laying down in the van

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Day 3 :: Done

Sunset of the RegattaHeading home now, on the North Shore..

It was the ground hog day regatta. Friday we went out around 9:30 and waited till after 5:30pm.. then the light & variable breeze finally produced enough breeze out of the SW to set a line and a top mark. We started a race! You couldn't tell from the start line, but the breeze came in on the lake side. Many on the shore side starting line either noticed and tacked, or got barted.

Day 2 :: Half way there

We got in 3 gold and 3 silver today.... no wind till around 2:00pm. Right after the Thunder Bay Yacht Club came out to the pit area and delivered hot dogs to the fleet, the fleet did a 180 on the course and moved to the other end. The wind freshened up and the gold-silver-gold races were good. Plenty of pressure. About the time the second silver went down it was starting to lighten up. The third gold was at minimum wind and the top guy just got his lap in before the timelimit. The third silver for the day was light too.

MVP goes to TBYC

leaving to go to the launch site. Bright Sunny morning and the flags are moving up on the hill.

Racing starts at 10:00am.

The Thunder Bay Yacht Club (TBYC), I think, is going to have a hotdog lunch out on the ice today. It should be a surprise for the athletes. They also worked really hard to find a member with a quad-wheeler, and it is going to be at the launch this morning. So the MVP goes to TBYC

Day 1 :: Redux

Today was a mixed day.

We got our mini-qualifier in today. There was some wind in the morning and we got the qualifier in. By the time the line was reset, and scored the barts figured out, and then the gold fleet lined up.. the wind had died.

It came up later with a 90deg shift and the course was reset but then it died again.

At 4:09 the P.R.O abandoned the racing. Of course when I got into the launch the wind had come up and I dumped my gear and had to go back out.

ThunderBay Rock And Roll

DAY 1 :: POSTPONED

IceWe are heading down to the ice and opening ceremonies. It looks like there is some breeze up on the hill. I think we are going racing today! Light wind was forecast..

Word is we have about 60 boats. we are going with two fleets.

Today was great.

East CoastersWe got to the launch site today at 9:00am and a few of the competitors had already arrived. It was great to see everybody, and those that came thru sault ste. marie said the drive was great. There was also a full moon so it must have been nice.. even though it was long, and it sounds like you had to do a little fuel management.

Iceboating on Lake Superior

Wow..

What a great day!

We went for a great ride today out on Thunder Bay, Lake Superior.

We got into Thunder Bay around Noon.
Sunny blue skies and a huge sheet of sailable ice greeted us.

We met up with my friend, Dale Shymko who had a map to the public launch site all ready for us. We got down there checked the ice, and there is miles and miles of it.. Dale had his DN on his truck and had been sailing all day yesterday.

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