2015 DN Westerns called on for Jan 17-18- Green Lake Wi

The 2015 DN Western Regional Championship is called on for Green Lake, Wi for Jan 17-18, 2015.
The center and west end of the lake froze over on Jan 10, 2015. A photo and look at the ice appears good. It is still too thin to sail. It is expected that cold temps the first part of the week are suitable for solid ice for scouting by Wednesday. An update will be provided by Wed eve and a Final Call on Thursday or sooner.
The Nites have also scheduled their Nite Nationals for Green Lake this weekend. It appears that the sailing area could be large enough for 2 courses but would need to be sailed and scouted first.
Lake Geneva still does not have a large ice enough area for a regatta.

Launch site is the Park on the SW corner of the lake on County Rd K.

Regatta Headquarters will be Heidel House with registration Friday eve and on ice Sat AM. Final times later.

Heidel House at 1-800-444-2814 has a few other events this weekend so a discounted rate is not possible.
Standard Room of 2 queens or king is $89
Deluxe Room of 2 queens and sofa sleeper is $124
1 BR of a King and sofa sleeper is $174

Bayview Motel in Green Lake at 920-294-6504
Standard room at $65
24 hour cancellation policy

Boarders Inn in Ripon Wi has numerous rooms at $79
The manager will discuss a discount on Monday at which time I will post the deal.

Mike Miller
Western Region Vice Commodore

Saturday meal plans

Saturday evening dinner:
A combined group dinner with the Nite Fleet :
Norton's 7:30 PM He-man sit down meal tax & tip incl $20. Get there early for cocktails or beer.
Must prepay at Friday registration or on ice registration by 9:30 AM Sat.
The conditions for racing are about as good as they get, BIG HARD CLEAN ICE, WIND & WARM TEMPS

Mike Miller

2015 Western Regional is ON for Green Lake, Wi

The final call for the 2015 Western Regional Regatta is ON for Green Lake, Wi west end of lake. A perfect sheet of 2 mile square area ice awaits you. All scouted areas this afternoon measure 6 inches thick. No seams or open holes. Launching from the Park on the SW corner of the lake off County Rd K. Plenty of parking in the lot. Trailers can be backed on 11 inches of rough shove ice. Trailers can be parked on the ice. There is rough ice extending out about 200 yards to the good stuff. Some of it can be sailed and some may need walking out. Good winds are predicted so bring sharp runners.
We will share the course with the Nite Nationals. The DN's will have 2 fleets if over 40 boats. If less than 40, the DN's will have one start with trophies for both Silver and Gold. Decision on number of starts to be made at skippers meeting on Sat AM 9:30 sharp at the launch. First race for the DN Fleet at 10:30 AM.

Juniors, age 24 and under will have a reduced registration of $10 and their own trophy. Rookies and Plate runners only must declare at time of registration.

Registration at Norton's On The Lake Friday eve 7-8:30 PM. They also have a great fish fry. 380 S Lawson Dr, Green Lake, Wi.
Late registration on the ice Sat 8:15-9:15 AM at Deb's SUV parked right by the ramp.

Regatta fees $35, Juniors $10. All must be 2015 IDNIYRA members. If not add $25. All must show at least $300,000 of proof or copy of a liability insurance policy.

We are planning on a combined Nite, DN dinner party for Saturday evening. We expect to be at Norton's. Further details later, once confirmed.
The Heidel House still has a few rooms for the weekend, see earlier post for hotel options.
Please review the Racing Rules prior to racing. An excellent hand out will be at registration. SAIL SAFE, SAIL SMART AND LOOK BEFORE CHANGING COURSE.

Mike Miller


Mike Jankowski has scouted Green Lake and reports the west end now has 3 1/2 inches of solid black ice but has about a dozen small and large holes on the east end of this sheet. Below zero and quiet winds tonight should heal those. This area could accommodate a nice size course, avoiding the open spaces. If so we will race with the Nite Nationals fleet, alternating starts. There is another area near the center of the lake that is a new freeze also, large enough for a good course. Access is not as good, but would work. This area will be a backup pending the open spots healing. The west end will be sailed and scouted on Wednesday. Watch for an update by evening.

I have been scouting by telephone for backup sites in Minnesota. There were numerous reports of drive by good ice in Alexandria area as well as Brainerd Lakes area. At this time they all have at least one inch of new snow plus rough ice below and drifting on top. I am waiting for a few photos to prove this to me. Browner and I could scout if it looks promising. Mike Derusha reports no good ice from Green Bay to Marinette due to breakups, refreeze and new snow coverage. Pete Johns sailed on Clinton in Ill Sunday but they appear to have received sleet and some snow last night.
Prospects for Green appear strong!
The temps and wind for the weekend look great.

Backup hotel deal:
Boarders Inn(Americ Inn style) in Ripon 920-748-7578 with breakfast incl.
$69/night plus tax for 2 queens or king Ask for the iceboat rate
They will also modify the 24 hour cancel policy if we move or cancel due to ice or weather conditions
Mike Miller

Mike Miller