Does anybody have any local ice reports? Tonka? WBL? Waconia? Any prospects for this weekend??
Well, I had a great regatta!
Congratulations to Ron Sherry for his win, getting five firsts and throwing out a 4th.. great job, he was really fast!
That was the best I have ever done at our season opener, a fifth overall. Almost all top ten finishes (one eleventh). I even picked up a third on the first race. That felt pretty cool.
The Minnesota crew also did a great job with Mark C (the Doctor) winning the tie on Sunday over a very fast Steve O from team PISS. Tom Verburgt and Mike Miller had a good battle going for the Silver fleet with Tom besting Mike.
Fifty DN's set up on the Legendary Lake Christina's most alluring ice, 20n more in the parking lot, more on the road. A perfect sheet of ice more than 5" thick, a warm breeze at 10-15... sailors from three continents, six or so countries, ready to celebrate the Season of Joy, IceBoating!
Everything is shaping up for Epicity starting about sunrise today.
The Great Western Challenge Regatta™ 2011, Milepost 8, Lake Christina, Ashby, Minnesota. First race 10:00 Two Fleets Planned. 10-15 rookies waiting in the wings for that first sail...
Short course sailing will be entering it's exciting 6th season this winter, after 5 seasons of development here in Minnesota, and The IceMaker's working on another season, like the ice it's crystallizing now.
The project has spawned other short course experiments in Canada and Sweden, it's not going away, it's growing, evolving, changing and getting better across a broad audience. While our track racing was shortened last winter, track development continued, we saw 50 mph laps on the oval with 4 boats on the track at one time.
Thoughts on measurement, a Haiku on Epicity
(c) 2011 Mark "The IceMaker" Kiefer, Milepost 8, MN All rights reserved
While I'd love to get into the shop and get the old "38" boat ready for an Ice Checking and Regatta planning trip, and I sure hope to get to the ice...
I have this nagging feeling the while everybody's going to grin after the weekend up north...
That "Panhandle Hooker"... will that buzz killer depression storm show up again? Which are the next 5 to freeze if we lose what looks like top of the Epicity Scale locations in the works. http://www.iceboating.net/node/2916 Will she stay away?
Get the ice when you can. Let me know what you're finding...
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Upcoming publications this week:
Today's Ice Report 11/22
History of the Western Challenge 11/23
Today's Ice Report 11/23
The IceMaker's Blog 11/23
Today's Ice Report 11/24
Boat set up and ready to go.
OK, so bear with me on this. I may have read the plans wrong..
I recently upgraded to the alternate plank attachment set-up. When I laid everything out for the bottom side of the hull, I noticed that the plates were right at the outbord edge of the hull (with the centerline of the bolt holes at 16" OC). I drilled 1" holes for the socket, but is seems like they are really close to the side board.
Was there a tolerance I missed? Was I allowed to move them further inboard to make the attachment easier?
Thanks in advance,
There is a 4 page iceboat article which is
featured in the December 2011 Issue of "SAIL" magazine.
Article written by Deb Whitehorse
Photos by Gretchen Dorian
Urban Boatbuilders is a youth development agency serving at-risk kids in the Twin Cities area. We build wood canoes and boats. We were given an unusual boat. We really don't know much about it. It is a trimaran, which we've had on the water a time or two. We were told that it can be converted to become an iceboat or a skiboat. To me it really looks like two boats that might share masts and sails. It is interesting and a bit of a puzzler. I'll try to attach a picture of it as a trimaran and a picture that shows some of its iceboatiness. We have a room full of other equipment for it.
All ready for the attachments, finnally have time to cut grass and put hockey rink back together before the cold weather comes.Summers are only two weeks long up here.
Special thanks to Scott Brown,Mike Bloom,Geoff Sobering and Bob Gray for all there advice.
Start and finish pictures.
She likes rough ice and chasing DN's.
Not to be outdone by all the photos Graham Eriwin posted for the past season, my photo-blog will feature "Iceboat Week": for the next seven days there will be a new iceboat photo at: http://blog.moving-target-photos.com/