Western Challenge, Day One

Saturday, 06 Dec 2003

Buffalo, Minnesota



Western Challenge

Day 1


Six races plus a practice race (for the RC) were sailed in a south breeze of 14-18kts. Temp was in the high 20's, partly cloudy.

The snow cover from thursday night wasn't much of an issue, and some racers were even using their quarter inch runners when the wind picked up.

We had a great turn out with 37 boats participating in the regatta. There were also a few nites..

Here are the preliminary results for the first day of the Western Challenge..

Friday, Buffalo Lake

25 DNs sailed today, on Buffalo Lake, Buffalo, MN The N NE breezes of 12-18 mph made the inch of snow recieved overnight unnoticable. Many of the front running boats used speed sails. What a hoot!

Photos will be posted

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Buffalo Lake, Buffalo, MN

Overnight snow accumulations in the area are about an Inch. We plan to update this site with current conditions later this morning.

UPDATE:
9:00 am local time

There is an 1" of snow on the lake and there are a few dn'ers setting up in the launch site. They are planning on sailing today with insert runners.

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Western Challenge Regatta, Off Ice Information -

Off the Ice Information

Schedule:

Friday, Practice Racing, Tuning, and catching up with old friends. No formal social activities are planned.

Saturday:
Safety Meeting 9:30 on the ice, at launch site
First start: 11:00
Racing Concludes no later than ~ 4:00 pm (that would be half hour before sunset)

Saturday Night in Buffalo: Boonedocks Saloon & Grill
2448 State Hwy 55 Buffalo, MN - You should notice Boonedocks on your way in to Buffalo it's east of the hotel on Hwy 55, we've been there before, when it was under a different name... in fact they're still talking about G 107 there. :)

Western Challenge Regatta, day 2

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We plan to continue sailing Sunday until no later than 2:00 local time.

Buffalo Lake, Buffalo Minnesota

Buffalo Lake, Buffalo Minnesota

Dec 1, 1:30 pm local

I walked approximately 1/2 mile west from the public landing (Sturges Park) launch site.

In an effort to avoid the surplatives these conditions call for...
er... It's a 10!!! Never ever gets any better than this... WunderIce... Quicksilver...Optically Clear... Difficult to stand without spikes...

4.5" of see through ice... the top crystals are appx 18 - 24 inches in length.

Directions to the Huge Sailing Area on the lake... Sail to the center of the lake...sail 3/4 mile downwind to starting line... course shall be 1.25 miles... leaving us an ample start & safety area ...and plenty of lake beneath the weather shore...

black ice for western challenge?

Buffalo Lake, Buffalo Minnesota
Sunday, 30 Nov 2003
Lake Buffalo,
Buffalo, Minnesota

There is about four inches of black ice (measured at the start of the first band of smooth ice).

Ice fisherman have been going out for a couple of days.

The weather
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
from the weather underground is looking good for the week. No big storms forecast and no big heat wave. Of course no big cold spells either...

DN Western Challenge Update (Dec 6 & 7)

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Update:

Several lakes of suitable size appear worthy of consideration at the present time, (frozen, nominal snow cover) Notably, Buffalo and the shallow lakes near Ashby, Christina & Pelican, both in Minnesota.

Based on what we now know, we're "pretty sure" the primary site will be Buffalo Lake, Buffalo Minnesota.

The MISA is seeking a nominally qualified race official to assist in starting/scoring this epic ice battle. Volunteers may contact Mark Kiefer or John Dennis.

For those travelling from out of state in particular, please note there are several Buffalo names in Minnesota, please make certain you are travelling to the right one!

Checked three lake this morning

Whaletail 4-5" snow ice,1/2"snow on top Swede 3-4" blackice,1/4"snow on top Buffalo 1-2"blackice no snow not safe

Who's in the photo?

Scott C,
Great photo you posted. Who is it?

Andy

wanted ..... old hull

I am looking for an old hull... if you have one laying about that needs TLC please give me a call..

seanman

DN Plank Construction article?

Looking for a link to an online DN plank construction article if anyone knows of one.

Thanks.

Chock

Pelican lake

The word is that Pelican Lake is still frozen. At this point we don't have a report on the ice thickness. If anyone is close an ice check could result in some sailing.

Colder weather in next week's forecast

Getting my weather from the http://wunderground.com (weather underground) it looks like some colder air is coming in this next week. Mostly 20-30's with a 40 degree day in there somewhere. After the warmer weather this last week a doubt there's any good ice around. (All though I hope someone can prove me wrong..) All of us procrastinators, like me, have another weekend to get the boat fixed up, and get the runners sharpened. So get the boat all ready, find your winter kit, and then we'll all be ready for some new ice in the next couple of weekends.

think ice
dnus5214

Braided sheet line and blocks

I am interested in information on rigging my DN with a braided sheet line. What size of line, how long the is the braid to be, what pulleys/blocks work with the braid (including mfg/part/model #'s) and anything else pertinent to this area. The pulleys on my recently obtained DN won't allow passage of a braided 1/4" line, hence any time the sheet is hauled in, the braid is in the bottom of the boat. Not much help in my estimation. Ratchet blocks, etc.???

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