Yea, I'm new!

Hello folks. Name is Dan McKenzie. I am just about finished with my first semester of grad school in Mankato and its about time I find where I can learn how to ice sail. I'm looking for someone who is willing to show me the ropes in the general area of Mankato. I have small and big boat water sailing experience but understand that ice boating is a different beast. Anybody out there able to help?


DN for sale

DN iceboat, fully refurbished, a Turner design. Okoume mahogany veneer and marine varnished. New sail & sail bag, one extra plank. Alum mast. Fitted cover.
Nearly all hardware is new.
$1500 firm.

Lake Minnetonka area. Contact me at, I can send pictures on request.

The Great Western Challenge Regatta is called on.

4 Dec 2015 10:00 am

PRIMARY LOCATION IS Ashby, Minnesota (Lake Christina)
Lodging is in Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Host: Minnesota Ice Sailing Association
Location: Lake Christina, Minnesota
Launch Site: 1/2 mile East of Mile Marker 8
Date: Friday, December 4 - Sunday December 6, 2015
Same format as always.
Scrub Racing on Friday (always the best day)
Racing Starting at 11:00am on Saturday
Racing Starting at 10:00am on Sunday
Questions you can call JD at six one two 840-9855

As always please take responsibility for safe sailing and Ice checking. Hazzards do exist.

Lodging in Fergus Falls

NIA new course changes

If anyone is in the Madison area this Wednesday eve, this would be informative.
Please join us at the next 4LIYC meeting where National Iceboat Authority member, Tim McCormick, will discuss the DARLING MARK and INLINE courses. All area iceboat clubs and racing enthusiasts are invited to attend. We meet downstairs at Angelo's Italian Restaurant at 6:30 PM.

Ready for ice

Drifter is finally back together and ready for ice. Brand new 12" wide foam/carbon mast, larger halyards on both masts, new flatter Henry Bossett sail (wife says it looks like a tarp), two sets of basswood/carbon battens, springboard stretched 1 foot longer, larger forestay, new billet aluminum chocks, revised boom. Faster or slower yet? Only time will tell. Last year it was just a boat, now it's a "program"?? Looking forward to a great El Nino year!
Drifter new 12

Christina is perfect again

Christina is perfect again

Primary site of the western challenge is lake Christina in ashby,mn. Lodging in Alexandria, mn. Details to follow.

We have a possible snow event on Monday. Next update on Tuesday. Backup site: Thunderbay

Christina ice conditions

See replies for current conditions.

I got two Rocket Masts for sale

I have two rocket masts.


I looking to sell both of mine to finance a new mast from Ronny.

One has never been used. Although it needs the hound glued in it. I always raced with the other one.

One has been cut down and is about 4 or 5 inches shorter than the regular rocket. Makes it fits inside an E350 with a little room to spare. It's also had a little fairing and paint.

Great western challenge

22 Nov 2015 1:58 am

The western challenge is 13 days away. Lake Christina is now ice. We plan to sail Thanksgiving weekend and will post a report after the weekend.



Christina is frozen. Plan to sail Friday after turkey day. Remember ice has had know one on it at this time.


DN for sale

DN, complete and in good shape.
Stripper mast, nice sail, 1/4" insert type runners.
Mike 952-221-7387

**FREE** Antiqe Stern Steerer

3 baskets, gaff rigged, 2 suits of Egyptian cotton sails (250 sq/ft), runners, etc. mostly complete. Mostly in good shape. Moderate project with lots of neat hardware.
Free, lost its storage and its too cool to cut up and burn.
Can email or text pictures
Mike 952-221-7387

1D Sail

Power Gold, built last year, lightly used, 1st at DN GC
Battens not included-
$700 firm

Contact T at 401 258 6230 or


PLANK FOR SALE- CSI / Kent Available in New England or can deliver to Western Challenge

Cedar and glass, minimum weight, Struble chocks modified for Kent stiffeners- deflects 1 3/8″ (34mm) with 180 lb weight.

Can be sanded down to increase deflection or add glass to stiffen as needed.


Contact me for pics and/or details- THINK ICE! T

James “T” Thieler DN US 5224

401 258 6230

First Ice! And the winner is...

According to the Finnish Facebook page they have ice!
"Cara Vlada and Johnny just came back from the ice. Currently we have 11-12 cm hard ice."
They plan to sail in Säräisniemi, Vaala, Lake Oulunjärvi next weekend.

It is hard to believe but last year we too sailed the weekend of Nov 15, on Christina.
Think Ice!

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