2016 Western's called on

Green Lake, Spicer, Mn is it!!!
Scouted well and sailed on a solid 4-4 1/2" of black ice. In 7-8mph Meyer and I got wound up to at least 35-40!
A flurries dusting on top made it magical. Course size is estimated at 1.5 X 2 mile area.
Launch site is the Salsbury ramp of Kandiyohi County. Right next to Mel's Sport Shop.
Trailers can back on the ice of 5". Do not park vehicles on the ice!

Headquarters Hotel across the street from launch.

Northern Inn Hotel & Suites
320-796-2091
$79/ nite for all rooms
2queens, King and hide a bed suite or poolside 2 Queens
Alternate lodging 15 miles south in Willmar
Holiday inn 320-231-2601
Days Inn 888-942-7386

Saturday Eve dinner buffet party, 6 PM at American Legion, Spicer, next door to hotel. $15/each, all inclusive with 2 meats and dessert! Reserve at registration and pay at Legion.

Sunday awards send off barbeque at Legion at $9 each, pay at door. Estimated time 2PM. No need to reserve.
Scrub racing in 10-15 on Friday.
Happy New Year

Thursday update

Happy New Year!

1. If you want to race and do not have hull numbers, that is waived in the SI's. If your sail number does not match your IDNIYRA membership number, that too is waived in the SI's. All you need is a discreet number on the sail unique to the boat, like a large 1 or 2 marked on the sail of adequate size! You do need to be a current IDNIYRA member. You can pay that at registration. $25

2. Registration times changed to Friday 6:30-7:30 PM at Headquarters Hotel, Northern Inn in Spicer.
154 Lake Ave South
Spicer, Mn
Lobby and breakfast room.

3. Insurance needed only requires a current homeowner or rental policy with at least $300,000 liability limits. An easy tip is to take a picture with your phone of the Summary or Declarations page. Circle your name, policy period and liability limits. Or bring a paper copy. Some people have downloaded this information to their IDNIYRA page. I do not have administrative rights to view, so bring along a photo or paper copy.

4. If you are trying to register on line or pay 2016 dues, and are not able to log in and can't get a new password, forget it for now and just register at the door during the time periods allowed. If you roll in late on Saturday after 9:30 AM skippers meeting, look for Deb Whitehorse, chief scoring official, and she will give you a registration form to register and pay on the ice( try not to do this please)

5. Novice or Junior sailors under 24 years of age have a reduced entry fee of only $10. You still need to be a current IDNIYRA member.

6. The official notice board will be in the lobby of the Northern Inn

7. Friday evening social gathering at Zorbaz on Green Lake after scrub racing Friday. Right across the street from Headquarters Hotel.

8. Trailers can be backed on he ice at the ramp. Vehicles in the parking lot. You may also travel over the sand beach and back trailer on the ice and leave your vehicle attached. Try to protect our good ramp and the courtesy of the county park.

9. Last, on Friday, a scrub course with lime green marks will be set up by Mark Christenson and others after they scout the ice. The predicted winds may be up in the 15mph range. It is imperative everyone sails safe and watches closely. Do not just go out on the scrub course just tooling around. That is when accidents happen on fast ice like this! Do not sail past the new ice to the NE side of the lake, known thin ice may be present. This area has not been sailed or scouted and has some crusty old snow. It will be easy to see if you go to far NE. Our sailing area is in front of the landing in Spicer and to your left. We estimate this is a 1.5 X 2 mile area all on the new ice, measured at close to 5".

Mike Miller
US5369
Western Region Vice Commodore

Hit the road

1 1/2 hours west may be the best sheet of ice in years. Friday 25F, maybe sunshine and 15mph!
Registration ends at 9:30 AM Saturday. Saturday winds at 12 mph and 30F.
No excuses.
Join all your friends in Spicer.
Twin Cities racers can even go home to sleep, it's so close.
Can't race come and spectate. Start line only a mile walk. Bring cleats on your boots. Could be spare 4 wheelers for rides out too!

Mike Miller
US5369
Western Region Vice Commodore