To all the users who tried to register

I'm sorry.

The user registration has been effectively broken for the last couple of, well years..

I have 8596 messages about users trying to register for the site..

of which four, maybe are valid...

So today I installed the captcha to help with the spam problem.

If someone registered and hasn't been 'approved' just send me another email and I'll activate it right away..

sorry for the confusion and frustration.

Lake Riley Windsock Cam 2010

Got ICE! No snow, no snow, no snow...

Otter Tail Lake Ice

This photo was taken the morning of 11 26 2010 by the Corner Store on the west end of Otter Tail Lake :) If the temps stay down it should be ready for sailing on Sunday or Monday!!

looking for a DN Boom

I'm looking for a DN Boom, used might be fine, contact the icemaker at mark (at)



Are we sailing this Thanksgiving weekend?
I am packed and ready to travel.

DN 5432

Sailing today in Thunder Bay

2.5-3" of ice all over the lake.1/2" patches of light snow.very nice day but the winds were really light

Some Ice forming on Dead Lake

the was the morning of 11 20 2010


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.

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.

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

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