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March 15, 2005: 
The club racing scores are now updated thanks to Tim McCormick.



Photo Credit: J. Lenon
Here's a nice shot of the famous UW Memorial Union colorful chairs with the DN fleet in the background taken on Saturday, March 12.

March 14, 2005:
Sunday Racing Report
After a calm start to the day, the wind came up and the club was able to race. Geoff Sobering reports, "....the wind picked up just as people were in the process of packing up. Travis [Berggren] was out (pushing his DN around) on the bay and suddenly starting shooting around.  A bunch of us quickly re-rigged and headed out.  Jerry Simon had most of his boat put away, and was kind enough to drive out on the 4-wheeler and set the course.  I think we did three races each for the DNs and Renegades.  I don't remember the finishes, but Doug Kolner did well in the Renegades; Jerry Ebert won all the DN races (I think), with Peter Lundt close on his heels while Travis and I fought for third place.  There were a couple of
dramatically close Renegade finishes, and one outstanding DN race
where almost the entire fleet rounded the first windward and leeward
mark within a hundred yards of each other (and some much closer!)."

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March 10, 2005:
Nite Nationals Called On for Madison
March 12-13 on Lake Mendota at Warner Beach Landing
Via Fred Miller:
"Hey, I told you not to put the boats away or go anywhere.   The 2005 Nite Nationals are scheduled for this weekend, March 12-13, 2005 on Lake Mendota out of Warner Park. Click the following URL for a map to the park:
http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?email=1&mapdat.  

Racing Takes Priority Over Picnic
Picnic Postponed to weekend of March 19-20
The club decided at last night's meeting to postpone the Ice Picnic until the weekend of March 19-20 so that we can concentrate on club racing. Six Renegades and about 3 DNs sailed Lake Mendota Wednesday out of Warner Beach.

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"The Cruelest Miles" By Gay and Laney Salisbury

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As children, Gay and Laney Salisbury, the youngest of nineteen cousins, romped in Central Park, climbing atop and patting the over-sized statue of a dog that stands there. That statue is of Balto, heroic symbol of all the dogs that participated in the 1925 serum race to Nome. Children were dying of diphtheria there and the serum that could save their lives could only be delivered by dog sled. Of course, at that time, that meant little to these active little girls who grew into equally active young ladies who enjoyed the likes of mountain biking, roller blades and sailing. Both were as curious as they were active, enjoying books and writing, with Laney eventually becoming a wire reporter for Reuters, an international agency, while Gay moved into marketing and publishing. There was little to indicate that far away Alaska would one day draw them both, Gay to stay.   more...


 



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LAKE GOGEBIC -- Recent ice rescue training paid off when two snowmobilers who broke through the ice of Lake Gogebic where pulled from the water in good shape Sunday evening.

Three Ontonagon volunteer firefighters donned wet suits and assisted in the rescue operation.

The Illinois snowmobilers broke through the ice at the northeast end of the lake, near the dam.

The volunteers, as part of a mutual aid agreement, used an ice rescue sled in conjunction with the Gogebic Search and Rescue team.   more...

 



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March 6, 2005:
Update:
 
Skeeters & Nite results now posted. 
Update #2: Renegade Scores are being rechecked and will be reposted soon.


ISA & Renegade Championships Successfully Completed
All Fleets Sailed 3 Races
I'm back home now (quite sunburned and tired out) after a great weekend in Lake Geneva at the ISA & Renegade Championship Regattas. Though winds weren't as high as expected today, they were perfect enough for each fleet to complete two races today in the ever-softening ice. The Renegades were the last to finish in the rotation and we were back in the pits at about 1:30. Thank you to the Lake Geneva Skeeter Ice Boat Club for running such a great regatta under difficult conditions. I'll have full results from scorer Steve Schalk posted soon. I'm also hoping that the many people who were taking photos can email them to me within the coming days.
Results:
A Skeeter: Tom Nichols, New Jersey
B Skeeter: Steve Schalk, Skeeter Ice Boat Club, Lake Geneva, WI
C Skeeter: Skip Stauber
Renegade: Don Anderson, 4LIYC, Madison, Wisconsin
Nite: Lou Lonneke, SIBC, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

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A SNOW SCULPTING PILGRIMAGE

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Slideshow imageEvery year, snow sculptors from the U.S. and Canada travel to northern cities to carve huge works of art. They often depict things such as legends of sea monsters and native spirits. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports, these artists are driven by a shared passion for the outdoors:  more...

Learn more about Gatineau's Winterlude and snow sculptures

 



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March 3 , 2005:
ISA-Renegade Championship Reports
I'll be posting occasional reports from Lake Geneva as time permits on the
Message Board.


March 2 , 2005:
ISA & Renegade Championship Regattas Called On for March 4-6, 2005
Fontana Beach at Lake Geneva Regatta Site
Register at Chuck's on Friday morning, March 4.
DO NOT DRIVE VEHICLES ON THE ICE.
Launch Site Map to Chucks

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UP musher returns to the Iditarod race

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As a rookie in the Iditarod sled dog race last year, Ed Stielstra made two big mistakes.

He ran his sled into some rocks, leaving him with a bum leg. And he pushed so hard his dogs got mad at him.

"I like to find where my weak spots are," said Stielstra, from McMillan in the eastern Upper Peninsula. "Last year, I found out my weak spots are me. I'm too competitive. The Iditarod is not a race you can be competitive in. I was looking at the times and everything and started to amp them up a little bit. I started running in the heat of the day."   more...

 



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Risky ice rescues pricey, recurrent for area agencies

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PhotoEvery winter, emergency rescue crews say it's the same story on Lake Erie.

A dangerous floe strands a number of fishermen on the ice, forcing a risky rescue operation that costs taxpayers thousands.

It happened again Friday, and officials estimate the rescue of about 30 people on the ice off Crane Creek State Park could cost more than $35,000.

"People are going to do what they are going to," said Coast Guard Petty Officer Timothy Robertson.   more...

 



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Hardly over the hill, 94-year-old skier still races

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Lou Batory has found his fountain of youth -- not in liquid form, but in the frozen snow of the northern Lower Peninsula.

Batory is an active, 94-year-old downhill skier.

Born in Hungary, the Glen Arbor resident was sent to boarding school in Sweden as a teenager, where he skied regularly under the eye of Austrian instructors.

Eighty years later, he's still skiing.

"I don't ski with some of the frenzy of when I was younger," Batory said. "But sometimes when I'm out there early in the morning, the hill is perfectly groomed and the sky is a pure, crystal blue, and I look down the hill and -- all sanity goes out the window and I take off flying."   more...

 



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Enjoy Late Season Sledding at Cadillac Area Favorites

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Cadillac Area Deals for Sledders

Cruising AlongThe Cadillac Sands Resort, located in the heart of the Northern Michigan snowbelt and along the shores of Lake Cadillac, is offering snowmobile packages to keep your winter pulse beating. Access to the frozen expanse of Lake Cadillac is just outside your door at the Cadillac Sands Resort. Packages--starting at $495-- including lodging, sled rental and dining discounts are available through March 31.

Great late-season deals are also available at McGuire's Resort in Cadillac.  Contact the resort and ask for the Winter Wonderland Package and enjoy great saving on lodging, meals and local winter activities.  This package, which starts at $99 is good through April 30.   more...

 



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Grand Island is Ideal for Spring Snowmobiling

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Snowmoiling on Grand IslandAs spring approaches, Grand Island Snowmobile Rentals in Munising gears up for great late-season riding. These “turnkey” riding packages include sled rentals, clothing/helmet rentals and lodging packages. A tour guide is also available for single or group tours, which are offered daily.

Looking for something more? Grand Island also offers trail and tailgate cookouts, trailside DJ service and heated warming trailers for groups. It doesn't get much better than that--until you consider the magnificant view.

Located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Grand Island is known for its colorful 200-foot sandstone cliffs and sea caves.  Grand Island Snowmobile Rentals offers tours of the ice caves and ice cliffs when the ice on Lake Superior is safe. The beautiful picturesque Grand Island is part of the Hiawatha National Forest, located ½-mile from Munising in Alger County on the Lake Superior shoreline.   more...

 



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2005 Nite Nationals Called for Lake Mendota
When: February 19-20, 2005
Where: Lake Mendota, Madison, WI

The 2005 Nite Nationals are CALLED ON!!!  Our faithful ice checkers have been in contact with the 4LIYC Nite fleet and determine that Mendota County Park is the place to be. There is 18 - 20" of ice ready for the Nites at the west end of Mendota.  There is an 12" seam just off the landing. However, with a couple of sheets of plywood, which the Madison guys will provide, the seam can be spanned easily.
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February 16, 2004:
NIYA Called ON for Oshkosh, Feb 18-21, 2005

Directions to Launch Site:
Hwy 41 North to 9th Street East into Oshkosh. North on Main across bridge to first right Ceapee east, left onto Rosalia, right on to Wagoo. Waugoo goes directly to lake. Take bridge across crack.   more...


 



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February 14, 2005
WSSA Regatta results and another report
now posted.


Updated 4LIYC racing scores now posted.

We have two regatta reports this morning. The first one is from Geoff Sobering who sailed the DN North Americans at Elk Lake in Traverse City, Michigan. Keith Haas sent a brief report about the WSSA regatta sailed at Green Bay on Sunday.


February 13, 2005:
Lake Monona Racing
Photos and report posted here.

Northwest Ice Yacht Regatta Called On for February 18,19,20, 2005.
Potential sites are Green Bay and Madison. Call the hotline or check the website after 1 PM on Wednesday, February 16 for final confirmation.

B-Skeeters on Geneva Lake
More photos
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Skiing season heats up

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Fifteen-year-old Ashley Sutton said she smiled during her 10th run of the day down Pine Knob's black diamond ski slope "The Wall."

Her zipper thermometer read 42 degrees, she said, warm enough for her to ski in just jeans, a long-sleeve T-shirt and a windbreaker, and winter break had just begun for the Groves High School teenager from Birmingham.

"This is the weather we want," Sutton said. "We're not snowed in. We can go outside. It's a break from school and a break from a regular winter."

Local ski hill staffers are hoping the start of winter break season coupled with moderate temperatures will be a boon for the industry.

"This is pretty much ideal weather," said Mary Dawson, who works in the front office at Pine Knob in Clarkston. "This is the type of weather that makes people go out west to ski."    more...

 



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