Today was a mixed day.
We got our mini-qualifier in today. There was some wind in the morning and we got the qualifier in. By the time the line was reset, and scored the barts figured out, and then the gold fleet lined up.. the wind had died.
It came up later with a 90deg shift and the course was reset but then it died again.
At 4:09 the P.R.O abandoned the racing. Of course when I got into the launch the wind had come up and I dumped my gear and had to go back out.
Word is we have about 60 boats. we are going with two fleets.
We got to the launch site today at 9:00am and a few of the competitors had already arrived. It was great to see everybody, and those that came thru sault ste. marie said the drive was great. There was also a full moon so it must have been nice.. even though it was long, and it sounds like you had to do a little fuel management.
What a great day!
We went for a great ride today out on Thunder Bay, Lake Superior.
We got into Thunder Bay around Noon.
Sunny blue skies and a huge sheet of sailable ice greeted us.
We met up with my friend, Dale Shymko who had a map to the public launch site all ready for us. We got down there checked the ice, and there is miles and miles of it.. Dale had his DN on his truck and had been sailing all day yesterday.
What is the closest ice to the twin cities MSP? I Want to do some sailing this week and want to know how far I have to drive.
I just looked back at the first photo I posted here, compared with the shots from Fire on Ice last weekend...
I am nearly finished with a DN. I am looking for a used sail.
I live in Red Wing, MN.
A question. How wide should the groove be to complete the sail track?
Light winds made for some pushing Saturday, but a number of racers got around the track in good time.
Light wind and cold temps kept the track quiet until afternoon. Three boats setup and sailed, with a fourth arriving as the sun was setting.
Winds and the temperature are forecast to build through the morning, so Saturday's racing looks to be exciting.
In addition to my youtube videos for my Arrow, you are also welcome to view my Dragonfly Ice Sled. Directions: youtube.com, search for lotawana dragonfly. Ice taxi, anyone?
Notice of Exhibition Race
World Ice Racing Circuit
Fire on Ice at Lake Phalen,
Presented by Great Clips®
A Saint Paul Winter Carnival Event.
Saturday January 30th
SAILING HAS IMPROVED.SNOW HAS REDUCED TO ISOLATED WET DRIFTS.TOADAYS 9MPH WIND WAS AMPLE FOR ENJOYABLE NON-STOP BOATING.THE WIND FORECAST FOR THIS WEEKEND IS LIGHT,MAJOR HIGH PRESSURE TOMORROW,SAT. WIND FORECAST 5-10,HIGH END OF THIS WOULD DO.ICE IS 10",NOTHING OPEN.SOME RANDOM ROUGH,REFROZEN SEAMS.AREA GOOD FOR TOURING, OK FOR SCRUB RACING.
present condition:8"black ice,5" blowing snow. sailed sun.,mon,tues.on clear ice w/ hoar frost,wed-no wind.this is the central illinois (LAKE SPRINGFIELD)report for 1/7/2010.