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Ten Reasons to Sail Short Courses on Clear Big Ice.

1. There's no Wall to run into.

2. Bigger courses and fleets are possible.

3. GPS Tracks from Clear Ice Short Course Races tell organizers what they should really be plowing for courses, when the time comes.

4. It's cheap easy and fast, just like laying down a starting line.

5. It's better on small ponds, more places to sail = more times to sailing.

6. You'll feel better letting somebody sail your boat there.

7. It's easy for rookies to sail, and as they have nothing to run into, much safer for them and others.

Tell me this makes any sense at all, will ya?

What were they thinking? Or were they thinking at all?

We have a DN Class Association that Governs the Class and here's why;

"With the following stated purpose.

'To promote, protect, and perpetuate DN one design iceboating, to advance the art and skill of DN Ice Yacht construction and sailing aw well as the future development of the DN Class Ice Yacht and the sport of Ice Yachting on all the hard waters of the world.'"

Sound nice doesn't it, what a laudable reason to exist, it's not the mission, that's subordinate to the charter.

Thunder Bay Sailing

Spent the afternoon out track sailng, 3/4 mile long by 50 yds wide track plowed and flooded on Lake Superior.They use it for motorcycle Ice racing on Sundays.Every other day of the week it is not used and I was given the warm welcome to come back any time and bring friends.Nice location you can pull your vehicles right out on the ice beside the track.Ice was 14" thick, black and very smooth.

The Derusha Shop

Derusha (us2525) opened up his shop to the tired and wayward iceboaters and the champions of the sport..

He has a great shop with so many great Iceboats in it.. to many to mention, but the main gal is "The Deb". It has a new hull that is as big as The Duce. It looks great with the new stainless.

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He also has a really nice Cub.. That actually runs and you can take it out for a spin... And I did..

I un-coupled the brakes so that you could brake each wheel independently and took it out for a spin..

Dang It!

Well that sucks.
Green Bay

We couldn't find a place to hold the 2011 North American Championship. We looked up at little bay de nac in northern green bay, we looked half-way down in cedar river... JD and Tommy walked (because it was blowing so hard) way out on the ice.. and fell down and hit their heads.. but we didn't find any sailable ice.

Green Bay
It was all covered in snow.. sometimes it looked promising with 1-2" of fluffy snow and then there would be more hard drifts that would stop a boat.

Put it in the Yearbook

Regatta Done.

Because of sticky snow and high winds with impending blizzard to hit at noon. The regatta has been completed.

I posted some pictures in the image gallery.

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I made my goal. I had a 17 ranking going into the regatta, and I got 17th position. The 17th was at last years NA Thunder Bay regatta, so getting 17 in the worlds is great.

Now for the North American Championship...

Big Air - bumpy ride

What a day..

five races in for the gold, 4 in silver and bronze.

In the last gold fleet race the wind was blowing the snow off the lake it was really great.

have to take the contacts out now.. more later..

and JD has pictures to upload..

and Hey, I got an 8th in the third race!

and JD won two races.

World Cup level Challenge

The ice was okay, the course length was good today. There was moderate to light winds throughout the day. The Tee runner body was just hitting the deeper drifts, but there was a little bit of snow over the entire lake, so all of the different runners made an appearance throughout the fleet.

I ran on my 30" Tee's.. the lightest runner I had, and the only ones in the fleet, and just after the start of the first gold race at around 3:40 or something.. the wind completely shut off and my boat wasn't going..

It's warm down here

Peru, IL

turns out 300+ miles south and it's pretty warm.. 20 degrees seems really nice..

There was some dense fog on the last 20 miles..

tomorrow out on the ice early.. and sail sail sail before the next storm on tuesday...

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.

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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.

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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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