Got Ice? --Maybe!

If you have been watching the forecast you know its been cold up north.
Sharpen your runners. Load your trailer. Be ready to go.
Saturday could be the day...but you'll need to drive a bit.
Stay tuned....

Skeeter IBC thanks contributors

The 32nd annual Skeeter IBC swap meet was a huge success with equipment and $$$ changing hands.

The Club extends it's appreciation to those who contributed to the raffle: Door County Sails; S & R Marine; Mike Peters; Composite Concepts; Pete Barrett T Shirts; Green Lake IYC; Sturgeon Bay Maritime Museum;
Team 805/905; and John Bushey for his award winning maple syrup.

Sailcrafters Ice Boat Swap Meet: Nov 4, 2017

With a forecast of below freezing temperatures the iceboat season is definitely here.

Plan to attend the Sailcrafters Ice Boat Swap Meet on November 4, 2017, from 10 AM - 12 PM. Sailcrafters is located at 7450 Oxford St., Saint Louis Park, Minnesota 55426

Call Tim at 952-693-6089 with questions or to place your rigging and sail orders.

If your willing to drive these swap meets are also legendary:

WISCONSIN: Skeeter Iceboat Club Swap Meet on November 5, 2017 from 9 AM – 12 PM at Lucke’s Cantina 220 N. Elkhorn Rd. (WI Hwy 67), Williams Bay, WI.

DNer Henry Bossett retires after 42 years of sailmaking

North Sail loft owner Henry Bossett is retiring after 42 years in business. His customer base included E-scows, M-16s, A-Class Catamarans, and, of course, DN's.

Henry qualified for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow with crew Jeff Kent only to see the games boycotted by President Carter due to Russia’s occupation of Afghanistan.

Henry was a gifted ice boater who raced DNs and Skeeters. He won three World Championships in the DN (1977, 1981, 1983) and four North American Championships (1982, 1983, 1990, and 1993).

Congratulations to Henry on a long and successful career.

How important are sail battens really?

Here's the project of the day. (click for more pictures) Building a set of new batten for the new sail for the year (aka. "The last Henry"). Ice is coming soon, and this is a great last project before the sailing season starts to improve your boat's performance. You don't have to spend a ton on custom battens that you could be making yourself. How important is the correct set of battens? Well, I don't know how much faster they can make you go, but I do know how the wrong battens are guaranteed to slow you down.
New set of carbon/basswood battens for C-Skeeter

Sailcrafters Ice Boat Swap Meet: November 4, 2017

Our good friend Tim Carlson at Sailcrafters Loft and Rigging is once again hosting his annual Ice Boat Swap Meet on November 4, 2017, from 10 AM - 12 PM. Sailcrafters is located at 7450 Oxford St., Saint Louis Park, Minnesota 55426

Call Tim at 952-693-6089 to place your rigging and sail orders. Chances are you can then pick everything up at the swap meet...just in time for first ice!

Think Ice.


The September 2017 issue of RUNNER TRACKS, the official magazine of the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association, is now available on-line at:

Think Ice

Skeeter IBC Swap Meet, November 5, 2017

The 32nd annual Skeeter IBC swap meet will be Sunday morning, November 5, 2017, at Lucke's Cantina, on Wisconsin Hwy 67 on the north side of Williams Bay, Wisconsin (Iceboat Center of the World).
There is no charge to participate.
New and used iceboats and equipment.
Free raffle.
more info:

Riley Sugarbush and Ice Yacht Club

The boys at the Riley Sugarbush and Ice Yacht Club are on the podium, again!!!
The Riley Sugarbush scored not one but two MN State Fair ribbons for their amber and dark syrup.
John Bushy (US 5158) is the operation's chief cook and bottle washer. We congratulate the RS&IYC on its continued success.

MEADE GOUGEON: US 882 - 1938-2017

Sadly, Meade Gougeon passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2017.

Jan Pagel described Meade as "[A]n outstanding leader, both in business and the DN class. When a discussion was getting “heated”, Meade would step forward and with a few words lead us in a sensible direction. A tough, but fair, competitor, Meade’s contribution to the sport of iceboating reached far beyond the race course and is much appreciated."

Meade served as IDNIYRA Commodore in 1985 and 1986.

On the race course he was a skilled competitor. His DN accomplishments include:

Only 5 months until ice

Thunder Bay, ON Canada, 3-24-17
Another hot summer day, and I know I'm not the only one thinking about iceboating. Make that repair list or upgrade plan now! Think ice!!

Construction season begins in the C skeeter fleet

After a couple months off, it's time to start thinking ice??? Really? (click for pictures below) Not for me, I don't have any big iceboat construction ideas this summer, but obviously others do. Looks like there is some interest in the under-represented C skeeter fleet. Racers? maybe. Passionate builders? Definitely. Here's a couple boats being built right now. the green hull is an old A skeeter hull being cut down to a C skeeter by Lance Bennett of New Hampshire. He is starting with a heavy hull, but I think he has a great plan, all the right go fast ideas, and it will be a great boat.

Sharpen those Runners: Regatta Dates Announced.

The 2018 DN North American championships have been scheduled for January 21-27, 2018. The regatta is hosted by the Eastern region. Save the date and plan to attend. The east coast boys always put on a great show.

The 2018 World Cup and European Championships have been scheduled for February 25 to March 3, 2018. The regatta is hosted by Estonia. That would be a cool place to sail!

Think Ice.

Canadian Nationals: Drone Video

Here is a fun video from the Canadian National Championships held in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Video courtesy of Alan Auld at Imagine Films. As you can see, the scenery was spectacular. We sailed on beautiful ice, in a moderate breeze, with clear skies and 35 degree temps. The Doctor took top honors.

Miller Passes Western Region Commodore Tiller

After three years with his hand on the tiller, Western Region Commodore Mike Miller (us 5369) has handed the tiller over to 4LIYC member Dan Hearn (us 5352). Commodore Miller worked tirelessly for the region and presided over many successful events, most notably, the 2017 Gold Cup and North American Championships. Commodore Miller, well done. Team Tonka and the entire fleet thanks you.

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