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sailing 12/12 and or 13

since so warm mpls. back to christina. one day trip? sat or/and sun? meyer

Lake Ida Ice Alexandria

I took this in-air photo on December 4, 2019. Ida has been making smooth seamless ice for about a week now with no heaves or fracture joints that I can see from shore. Obviously currently snow-free.

Waiting for wind.

Lake MacBride: currently all clear of crust and snow so it's fast, but bumpy. An incredible 18" thick!

2018 Western Challenge Sunday & results

10 am start time for Sunday.
3 races in each fleet.

DN Western Regional Championship January 13-14, 2018

To paraphrase Yogi Berra; " It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future!"

The current storm heading our way is a concern. Will it be rain or snow or miss us altogether. Who knows. As a result, it looks like we may need to wait until Thursday, and maybe even Friday noon, before Western Region Commodore Dan Hearn is able to make a regatta decision. Stay tuned!

Think Ice!

"Faster and Faster" The Lowly Iceboat

"Today it's time of glory is past and forgotten"

Check out the first minute of this:

Canadian Nationals: Drone Video

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.

Thunder Bay Ice

Almost every lake right now is picture perfect.

White Fish today

A perfect 10, ice and weather.

SE Iowa

Lake MacBride 8" thick, no snow, a near 10. I've learned to hold off when the temps are below zero. The Coralville Reservoir left behind 50 yards of sheet ice when it dropped, making access problematic. Might be good for Nordic skating until the wind picks up.

Summertime fast sailing...

What's an iceboater to do when the lakes melt?

You could get a foiling Moth or catamaran, but for a bunch less $$$ you can hit a local parking lot in a blokart like Jim Nordhaus (US-5566) and I did a few weeks ago:

For Sale - angles and insert runners

For Sale - angles and insert runners

1.) I have a really nice set of angled slush runners for sale with carrying bag. The bodies are birch veneer and the angles are stainless. They are pretty light, sides weigh about 4.5 lbs and steering 5 lbs. No nicks on the steel. I am located in Minneapolis and am willing to ship, CONUS only. $500

I'm gonna try Central Minnesota today (Wed)

I'm planning on sailing Grand Lake (between St. Cloud and Cold Spring) on New Years Eve day. No snow last weekend this far Up North in Minnesota. I don't care if I can't use my insert runners, because I haven't bothered to make any. Barely an inch of snow this past Sunday on some pretty good ice in my opinion. Looks like anything South of that got a few inches. No where near 9.95 on the ice scale. Guessing around a 3 or 4. Forecast is temp in double digits and the same for the wind.

But what do I know? I'm going sailing. I love America.

-Randall US4470 (not current)

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