Western Region Regatta is ON for Lake Pepin!

From Ken Smith via the DN Western Region hotline (608-204-9876 box#4):

The Western Region regatta is ON for Lake Pepin launching at the Pickle Factory in Pepin, WI.

Regatta HQ Hotel is TBD and will be posted later today.

There are two small hotels in Pepin and additional lodging in Wabasha (south about 9 mi.) and Red Wing (about 31 mi. north).

The ice was polished by recent rain and rated as a 7 (better than when it was sailed last weekend).
Thickness is reported at over 24".



The Bus is leavin

Just hithced up the trailer, Have a 2pm appt. in Shakopee, then off to Lake Pepin.

The weather is going to be awesome. Hope everyone can make it. It's going to be a great time.

DN 5050

For my buddies who can't make it I hope that you make sure to iron your panties this weekend while your busy doing laundry and scrapbooking... :)

DN 5050

Western Region Lake Pepin 2009 Lake City / Red Wing Lodging

As owner of the Lake City AmericInn and a sailor of an old DN we invite you to consider staying at our Lake City AmericInn or our Red Wing AmericInn for the upcoming '09 Western Region DN Regatta. We are offering a very special nightly rate of $50. Our Lake City AmericInn is 5 Nautical Miles from Pepin by boat or aprox 25 miles by road as you have to round the lake. We have a large pool, spa and sauna.

Next year, if Lake City is considered as a regatta site we would be happy to sponsor a Regatta and we would provide trophies, our lobby, & conference room as well as provide rooms for the judges and race support. We have sponsored sailing regattas and would love to sponsor and try to grow local ice boating interest in Lake City.

Please consider the Lake City AmericInn (651-345-5611.) or the Red Wing AmericInn (651-385-9060.) Mark & Cathy Nichols.

Lake City / Red Wing

Mark & Cathy

Thanks for the generous offer, we've used the Lake City Property in the past, 3 years ago as HQ for a DN North Americans...

Pepin is one of the most spectacular places in the world to sail. And we like to sail where people like us, and want us to come.

We're sure to be talking soon.

Carpe DN (it promises to be an epic weekend of sailing)

(mark kiefer)

Lodging and Restaurant Information for Pepin

Pepin Motels and Guesthouses:

Great River Amish Inn

Pepin Motel

Harbor Hill Inn

That 70's Place



Ralph and Mary's Bar
Great Friday Fish Fry,

Pickle Factory ( Launch site)
Opens at noon,
Pizza, burgers and full meals

Not much for breakfast in Pepin these days but the
locals usually have coffee on at the bottom of the Pickle Factory from 6:00 on

Wabasha Motels (9 miles0

Anderson House Hotel

Stockholm Lodging (7 miles)
Riverroad Inn

Best regards and Good Ice!


And the best part of the whole event will be that the Harbor View Cafe opens this weekend.!!!!!!!!!!!
Opening March 13, per their website.

If have never been there, you can't leave town w/o stopping in.

MMMM the Halibut w/ the Black Butter Caper sauce is calling my name. I can smell the garlic now.

Ralph & Mary's for the friday night fish fry is the call for friday.

DN 5050

DN 5050

Harbor View, "an unanticipated boon in the back of beyond"

New York Times, of the Harbor View Cafe,

"The restaurant is an unanticipated boon in the back of beyond, with a terrific wine list (five Ridge zinfandels, for example, and several Calera pinot noirs). The vegetable cooking is of a very high order (we had delectably lemony kale), and the blackboard menu offers pheasant raised just up the road, plus dishes you don't often see at your corner bistro, like Norwegian meatballs, made of pork and veal, in a sour-cream sauce flavored with cardamom."

...click here to see the full article. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=travel&res=9D00E5DC1F3FF9...