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.
Mark your calendars!
Fire on Ice, the competition for the Johnson Cup is Jan 30 an 31 on Lake Phalen in St Paul MN is rapidly approaching. We're publishing a notice of event this afternoon.
The IDNIYRA westerns this weekend, and is threatened by weather.
In order to have a Magic event at Phalen, to really make magic, thru the lens magic, we need to enhance the quality of our event along several fronts.
is it worth the drive to Pepin for some fun? Any chance the guy with the big skeeter in front of the Pickle Factory could get in touch with me.
Coralville Rez froze up 8 inches thick before they dropped the water levels about 10, feet leaving thousands of acres of flood plain sailable just west of I380. Think roller coaster. The access ramps should freeze up this week allowing easy setup with runners. If not, or even so, the wheel package might be wild.
I converted my yoke steering to pedals. My yoke fractured on the outsides of the handle. I have a hybrid DN/Iceflyer boat. It has a DN nose with an Iceflyer sail/forward seat setup. I had a common dn yoke steering handle. I was looking out my window and saw an old 'healthrider exercise machine in the garden and noticed the Pedals! I cut off the pedals and fit them into an isabelle pedal system.I also use bungee cords to make the pedal system spring loaded. When I epoxy the handle back to spec I'll be able to choose the steering I use according to conditions.