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.
Has anyone who makes the decisions looked at the wind forecasts for this weekend? Looks like NOAA is forecasting 5 mph winds for Madison through the weekend. Forecasts for MN are in the 10 mph range. Does smoother ice trump adequate wind for regattas? Just wondering.
I realize that the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club is a major player in our otherwise obscure sport.(Kudos to 4LIYC, I am impressed with your club! You're run better than the IDNIYRA in my experience.) But does that mean that they need to absorb all events in the region? My understanding is that the GWC is a tradition for MN as we have a couple lakes that freeze earlier than most. (As you can guess by now, I'm from (central) Minnesota.) And this being a non-IDNIYRA sanctioned regatta, why the quest for Ideal conditions? Wouldn't it be better for our sport to spread our activities as far and wide as possible?
Thanks to those who have actually read through this long post. Yes, I'm disappointed that the GWC went from a two hour drive to a six hour drive for me personally; I would be there if I expected some wind to actually sail (I'm not a racer, yet). The first season I was on the ice, I went to the GWC on Lake Christina. It was near my area and it kind of blew my mind. I had no idea of the enthusiasm of iceboating even though I've been a soft water sailor for over thirty years. So, I built a DN.
I was looking forward to this regatta all summer particularly for it's "informality" and it's location. I was also looking forward to meeting, speaking with, and learning from others to help grow our sport.
Does anybody else see the "big picture"? Maybe I'll see you at the GWC next year. I'm not holding my breath.
-Randy US4470 (not current)