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Winter arrives in Thunder Bay

2" of snow last night.Good news is it came before the lake frooze.More good news getting clear and cold this week.

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5449 ready to go

Just finished applying decals

What do you do when the ice is gone?

You add wheels and now its a land yacht! I used 3 kids bikes with 12" wheels. It goes about 20-25mph on blacktop road. I have a 6.2 and a 7.4 sail. I put a rear bike wheel on the front so I could use the coaster brake for slowing & parking.

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Tonka on March 22, 2010

For Hutt, this is how he ended his season. For the 8 or so others it was a great warm soft ice day in up to 20MPH gusts. I only flipped twice causing a bend in both directions of my mast tang!
For me until next december!

I said, "Kid, it's ripping out there, take my boat and go TURN IT ON...."

this is a work in progress, more to come...

I went out for a couple of rips, tuning the 38 boat, thinking the sail is really flat for sticky slush, and coming out from under the weather shore, she was really unresponsive, almost standing still, and then I hooked the first gust....

Day 3 :: Done

Sunset of the RegattaHeading home now, on the North Shore..

It was the ground hog day regatta. Friday we went out around 9:30 and waited till after 5:30pm.. then the light & variable breeze finally produced enough breeze out of the SW to set a line and a top mark. We started a race! You couldn't tell from the start line, but the breeze came in on the lake side. Many on the shore side starting line either noticed and tacked, or got barted.

Day 2 :: Half way there

We got in 3 gold and 3 silver today.... no wind till around 2:00pm. Right after the Thunder Bay Yacht Club came out to the pit area and delivered hot dogs to the fleet, the fleet did a 180 on the course and moved to the other end. The wind freshened up and the gold-silver-gold races were good. Plenty of pressure. About the time the second silver went down it was starting to lighten up. The third gold was at minimum wind and the top guy just got his lap in before the timelimit. The third silver for the day was light too.

MVP goes to TBYC

leaving to go to the launch site. Bright Sunny morning and the flags are moving up on the hill.

Racing starts at 10:00am.

The Thunder Bay Yacht Club (TBYC), I think, is going to have a hotdog lunch out on the ice today. It should be a surprise for the athletes. They also worked really hard to find a member with a quad-wheeler, and it is going to be at the launch this morning. So the MVP goes to TBYC

Day 1 :: Redux

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.

ThunderBay Rock And Roll


IceWe are heading down to the ice and opening ceremonies. It looks like there is some breeze up on the hill. I think we are going racing today! Light wind was forecast..

Word is we have about 60 boats. we are going with two fleets.

Today was great.

East CoastersWe 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.

Iceboating on Lake Superior


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.

Only adds 6hrs to go over the top.. Wierd..

Strange.. going over the top of Lake Superior only adds six hours to the drive time to Torch Lake, Mi.

closest sailable ice to twin cities?

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.

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