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.


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.


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!

Sailcrafters hosts Tonka Swap Meet

Many thanks to Sailcrafters and Tim Carlson for hosting the annual iceboat swap meet. We had over 50 sailors making this years event as big as ever. Special thanks to Tim for opening his shop and for providing food and beverage. Don't hesitate to call Tim ((952) 540-7474) if you need a sailmaker, need repairs to your hull or have a rigging issue. He is a one stop shop and can do it all.

Next event on your calendar is the Great Western Challenge, the first weekend in December..

Tonka Swap Meet Saturday, November 7, 2015

Tonka Swap Meet: Sailcrafters is holding its annual iceboat swap meet at its loft on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 10am -1 pm, 7450 Oxford Street, St. Louis Park, MN.
Bring stuff you want to sell and bring your checkbook for the gear you want to buy.
Don't forget to thank Tim for graciously hosting the vent. Think Ice!

DN Mast, two planks for sale

Everything is sold.

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