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DN North American Championship Regatta

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DN North American Championship Regatta
Feb. 12-13, 2005
Elk Lake, Traverse City, MI


Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005
Via Geoff Sobering:

The first day of the North Americans was great!  Winds started out in
the 11-13 knot range with temps right around 30.  The ice was hard and
covered with about 1/2 of light snow; the bumps weren't bad.  The wind
varied in strength and shifted over the day, but luckily it seemed that
the Silver fleet always started on the up-cycle, and we never had to
sail in the really light air the Gold fleet had for a couple of laps.
As the day progressed and the temperature rose, the ice got a bit soft
and some sailors switched to 100 degree runners.

Instead of three small fleets the RC decided on two larger ones, so
for the first time (and not to be repeated soon) I sailed the North
Americans in the Silver fleet.
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February 11, 2005:
4LIYC Club Racing Called On for February 12-13
Olin Park Landing on Lake Monona
Lake Monona was scouted on foot and ATV today by the ice checking committee. There is 2" of light, fluffy snow over 12-18 inches of hard, bumpy ice. First race commences at 10:00 AM.

Ice checkers Greg Simon and Paul Krueger demonstrate the ice
depth while Byron Tetzlaff and Jerry Simon give the thumbs up 
to club racing.



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Outdoor Winter Activities Burn More Calories

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Ski_27_BackPackKid.jpgJust because the ground is blanketed in snow, doesn’t mean it’s time to give up on your aerobic routine. It’s this hibernating lifestyle that contributes to weight gain during the colder months. This year, why not take winter by storm and learn how to enjoy and benefit from Michigan’s recreational offerings.

Exercising outside in the winter actually helps you burn more calories, because your immune system is working extra hard to keep your body warm while maintaining an elevated heart rate consistent with cardiovascular activity.

Cross-country skiing is one of the most complete cardiovascular sports. You basically work every inch of your body without having to relinquish the heavy poundage from other exercises. A 130 pound person can burn 472 calories in an hour while cross country skiing.  more...

 



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Big Snow Country

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Big Snow Country

Ski three great resorts--Big Powderhorn Mountain, Blackjack Resort and Indianhead Mountain--in Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula the "Ski Mecca of the Midwest."  With more than 16 feet of snow each season you can ski until April.  Our Hill Hopper Ticket lets you ski and ride all three mountains for one LOW PRICE.  Big Snow Country--BIG snow, BIG variety, BIG value.   more...

 



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WSSA Championship Regatta Called ON
The WSSA Annual Championship is called on for this weekend February 12th and 13th. The site will be Green Bay, Wisconsin with the first race scheduled for 11:00 am on Saturday February 12th. Registration will be on the ice, all competitors must be members in good standing of the WSSA. For launch site and hotel information call after 1:00 pm on Thursday February 10th at either (414) 520-1190 or (414) 559-6503.


Northwest Ice Yacht Regatta Postponed 
until February 18,19,20, 2005.
The ice in all potential locations is considered too rough for a regatta. Call the hotline or check the website on Sunday, February 13, after 1:00 for the next update.

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Shanty town means work for everyone

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PhotoAs the ice forms around Rattlesnake and the Bass Islands, so does a small community.

It's time for ice fishing on Lake Erie and the ice shanty community has taken shape along with the ice.

"When the ice is in, the whole mood over here is better," says Larry Knaser, longtime Put-in-Bay resident and veteran ice fisherman. "When we have ice, everybody has something to do."

Temperatures that stayed steadily below freezing during January provided a foundation for ice fisherman to enjoy their sport, but with temperatures expected to reach near 50 this week, avid sportsmen have been attempting to log all the time they can on the ice.   more...

 



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Photo Credits: Todd Knopp

February 7, 2005:
WSSA Regatta Tentatively Called On

The WSSA annual championship is tentatively scheduled for February 12th & 13th. The NIYA will take priority however if for some reason they postpone the WSSA will make every attempt to sail their regatta. Call after 12:00pm on Thursday February 10 at either (414) 520-1190 or (414) 559-6503 for additional information.


Sterns and Boe-Skeeters at Fond Du Lac
Update: Photos now posted!

Keith Haas emails: 
"What a great weekend we had in Fond du Lac. In addition to 4 "A" Class stern steerers Marv Luck had out a stern steerer with side by side buckets and capacity for 4 people and the Boe skeeters Bada Boom and Bada Bing made their debut. "Flying Dutchman", "The Johnson "A", "Michigander" (a.k.a. Eclipse) and "Taku". Eric Schloemer has done a beautiful job on the Taku. The A fleet is alive and well.

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Hunting and fishing license fees increase

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Under a new fee structure for the 2005 license year, most resident hunting and fishing licenses will increase $1 when they go on sale March 1 and nonresident licenses will increase by $4, the Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday.

The DNR approved a revised fee structure at the monthly meeting of the state Natural Resources Commission.   more...

 



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White Pine's a go, snow or no

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MANCELONA -- The 29th annual White Pine Stampede, one of the country's biggest cross-country ski races, will go off as planned Saturday. But because of poor snow conditions in an unusually mild northern Michigan winter, the 50-kilometer course will be reduced to about 40K, and the 20K and 10K courses each will be cut by a kilometer.

"Wednesday, I wouldn't even have guaranteed you that we could have made it that long," said race chairman Jack McKaig. "The weather forecast is for more warm weather. We're going to have a race, but the trail will be pretty rough. I wouldn't tell anybody to bring the new skis they got for Christmas."  more...

 



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Drive Your Own Dog Sled Team in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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Triple Creek Kennels
Buck Sporting Lodge
E-5372 Highway M-94
Town of Forest Lake
Munising, MI 49862
1-800-DOGSLED (outside Michigan)
1-906-439-5242 (in Michigan)

DOG SLED TRIPS
Drive Your Own Dog Sled Team in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Enjoy the Ultimate Wilderness Experience

Our winter dogsledding packages include a 2 hour, 1 day, 2 day, and 2 to 5 day guided trips, with your option of driving or riding your own dog sled team. With an average of more than 200 inches of snow, the trails are always in great condition. Our dog sled rides are tailored to groupssled dogs in the upper peninsula of michigan as small as 2 to 12 and also include lodging and meals. The lodge can hold up to 24 people.

At the Buck Sporting Lodge and Tripple Creek Kennel we provide you with the opportunity to drive your own team. You will learn all aspects of mushing, including commands, braking, steering the sled and dog care. You'll find you and your dogs become one unit and the feeling is incredible. Some guests prefer to take on the complete care of their personal team during the trip, while others are happy to simply run the dogs and let the guides take care of the rest.   more...

 



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Dogsled duo find fun in snow

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ImageADRIAN -- When Phil Nino looks out the window in the morning, he is happy when he sees a sea of soft powder. What some people only see as a hassle, Nino sees as a gateway to his favorite hobby.

So do his 22 Siberian huskies, which range in age from pups to 13 years old.

"We are really glad when it snows," Nino said. "We get used to the cold."

Adrian residents Nino and his wife, Sherry, train racing sled dogs and have competed in races in various states for the past 27 years. Referred to as mushers in the sled dog world, the Ninos said they plan to pursue their hobby for years to come.

During the day, Phil teaches Spanish at Blissfield High School, and Sherry is a fraternal director for Gleaner Life Insurance Society in Adrian. Evenings and weekends are usually dedicated to "this crazy sport" of training or racing their sled dogs, Sherry said.

"I am the trainer, and Sherry is the pit crew," Phil said with a smile.   more...

 



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Holes In Ice

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by Bob Dill

There are two classes of open water features in ice. Holes are formed by either delayed freezing or remelting of part of an ice sheet. Cracks form from stresses caused by temperature change or wind. Holes constitute a significant hazard for iceboaters. A better understanding of their origin will make it easier to stay out of them. There are at least 9 fairly distinct types of holes. I have named them as follows (listed in rough order of commonness for ice boaters on northern Vermont ice).
  • Thawed Pressure ridges
  • Warm Water Holes
  • Gas Holes
  • Drain Holes
  • Lake Shore Holes
  • Reef Holes
  • Man made Holes
  • Current Holes
  • Spring Holes

The following is the first in a series of articles about holes. This article covers warm water holes and gas holes. Both are common early ice holes.

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High and Dry Ice Boating

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From the Blade Runner Newsletter
Winter 2003


One of the most powerful forces of nature, ranking right up there with gravity, atom splitting, and the unknown powers that always make a buttered piece of bread fall buttered side down on a floor, is the force of attraction between an ice boat and open water.

Though I hesitate to use the term "global warming", it can not be argued that we are definitely experienced a warming trend the past several years. This in turn means that our sport has suffered in its search for sailable ice. The 4LIYC always tries to pick out safe ice on which to conduct our racing activities, but lately it seems that in order to get any sailing in we must contend with thin ice and/or areas of open water on the lake.

This requires increased awareness on everyone’s part. Not only is sailing into open water dangerous, the publicity and the involvement of police or fire rescue units, (whether warranted or not), is not good for our sport.   more...

 



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February 2, 2005:
Kites On Ice at Memorial Union, Feb. 5-6
If there is no ice boating this weekend, make plans to attend one of America's premiere kite festivals, founded by Kite Aerial Photographer Craig Wilson, at the UW Memorial Union. Kites On Ice website.

Forecast is Looking Favorable
Geoff Sobering notes that WKOW-TV's forecast summary reads "With recent lows in the 30s, and highs in the days ahead soaring into the 40s, we're starting to see some rapid melting of the snow and ice covering Southern Wisconsin."

Byron Tetzlaff reports on Boat Night at the Nordhaus Shop.   more...

Photos ©Craig Wilson

http://www.madisonfestivals.com/kites/index.php

 

 

 



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Snowmobilers go through ice

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INVERNESS TOWNSHIP - Two snowmobilers are lucky to be alive after their machines went into open water on Mullett Lake near the mouth of the Cheboygan River.

The two men had to battle their way back to shore and break into an unoccupied house to spend the night before they were able to contact authorities the following morning.

William Lansberry, 26, of Highland, Mich., and Mark Cote, 36, of Fenton, Mich., were driving their snowmobiles across the lake about 1:30 a.m. Sunday when they encountered open water about 300 feet to 400 feet offshore, according to Charles Beckwith, crash reconstructionist for the Cheboygan County Sheriff's Department.   more...


 



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