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Erie Yacht Club

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resque Isle Bay is the home and safe harbor of the Erie Yacht Club. It is a commonly held opinion that the EYC is one of the finest and friendliest privately owned clubs on the Great Lakes. Chartered in 1895, our membership of 1000+ is committed to improving the yachting and boating facilities of the Erie Yacht Club and the Erie Harbor. The EYC has a tradition of hosting events such as the Lake Erie Interclub Race, MS Regatta, I-LYA Jr. Traveler Series and the Trans Erie Race.

We are most proud of the Reyburn Sailing School, now in its sixth decade of teaching juniors and adults sailing and water safety. The Erie Yacht club offers a full service boating facility. Fuel, boat storage, haul out, fleet racing, junior and adult sailing lessons, fine dining and catering are available under the care of a friendly and professional staff.   more...

 



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Make it fun, kids will ski

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In an era of video games, dozens of cable television channels and home computers, it can be hard to persuade kids to leave the comfort of a virtual ski slope for the cold reality of a Michigan winter outdoors.

"Some kids would rather stay home and ski inside," said Kurt Payne, an instructor at the Mt. Holly downhill ski area. "They need to want to get out and ski on a real hill. Sometimes you get kids who aren't as excited about it as Mom and Dad are."

A lot of youngsters are excited about snowboarding, though.

"I've been boarding 15 years, but I didn't put on skis for the first time until three years ago," said Payne, 30. "I started skiing because of the opportunity to race. But from what I'm seeing, it's starting to balance back out again. Snowboards were growing like crazy until a couple of years ago, but now a lot of kids are both boarders and skiers. The new parabolic skis really made a difference because they made skiing a lot easier."  more...

 



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Winter pastime keeps couple busy year-round

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ADRIAN -- 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.

"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 thoroughly enjoy this unusual hobby and plan to pursue it 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.    more...

 



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Canadian Hypothermia Expert Demonstrates Self Rescue

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reprinted from www.iceboat.org

EXN.ca - Video

I saw the link to this on Minnesota iceboating.net. I urge all of you to watch this video because it could help you to survive falling through the ice.



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Thin ice a danger for anglers, snowmobilers

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In Michigan's winter wonderland, beauty can be deceptively deadly.

No more so than this week, when rising and falling temperatures mean caution is needed when anglers and snowmobilers venture out on the ice.

Lake ice now is covered with snow and slush. Both serve as insulation from the cold, allowing the ice to melt.

"We had five snowmobilers go through the ice and die in 2003," said Lt. Creig Grey, with the DNR Law Division. "What we had that year was good snow cover and a warm snap. The ice melted out from underneath the snow."

Five people dying from their machines breaking through the ice is unusually high, according to Grey. Two or three is not uncommon.   more...

 



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2005 Northern Michigan & Leelanau County Ski & Snow Report

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February Celebrations

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Zehnder's SnowfestMichigan salutes the season with some of the most fascinating activities. You'll find fairy tales, horse-drawn sleighs, culture, ice carving, parades, carnivals, fishing derbies and volleyball. Michigan celebrations are awesome all season long. more...

 

 

 

 

 

 



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"Five-Star Wilderness"

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SnowshoeingFrom Mackinac Island and the Soo Locks, to the Porcupine Mountains and Isle Royale, you'll be amazed by the things to do and see in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It's a place of spectacular natural beauty, countless attractions and endless activities.

Winter just may be the best time to visit Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Most ski resorts are open by Thanksgiving, with modern snowmaking equipment lending a helping hand to Mother Nature's abundant supply. Resorts near Lake Superior are also assisted by the lake herself, with lake-effect snows bringing big fat flakes perfect for winter sports. Annual snowfall averages from 60 to 200 inches, plenty of snow for winter sports.

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U.P. is site of new snowboarding video

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LAC LA BELLE, Mich. -- Filming is expected to wrap today for a snowboarding video being shot in the Upper Peninsula.

"It's got some cool terrain. I never thought you guys had this kind of snow up here. It's really fun," said professional snowboarder Dirk Dye, who also co-founded ARREX, the California production company that shot the footage.

The video from the Keweenaw Peninsula's Mt. Bohemia is part of a snowboarding movie series that includes clips from Utah, Oregon, Idaho and Japan. The video is to come out in the fall.   more...

 



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DN Worlds - Geoff Sobering's Journey to the Golds

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Photo Credits: Tim McCormick

January 23, 2005:

We all know how it all turned out, but the end-result didn't look so
certain just a few days ago.

My earlier narrative left off Tuesday evening with the prophetic words
"the flurries [have] started.  Radar says there's more coming...".

Tuesday afternoon I got e-mail from Debbie Whitehorse letting me know that the 4-Lakes Club was gearing up to help the Gold-Cup come to Madison if necessary.  I talked with Jerry Simon about his scouting of Mendota and it sounded like it would be a possible place to race.  In the evening, there was a party at Fratello's (Fox River Brewing).  Ron Sherry brought some videos, including an incredible one called "Gods of Speed" about the 2003 European Championship.  This has to be one of the best pieces of film I've ever seen about iceboating.  While we were watching videos and kibitzing about iceboating the snow started in earnest.  By the time we headed back to the hotel it was coming down pretty hard and blowing almost horizontally at times.  more...

 


 



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DN World Championship Regatta

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Lake Mendota
Warner Beach Landing, Madison, WI, USA
January 20-21, 2005

DN Worlds Top 5 Finishers
For Complete Regatta Results
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DN World Gold Cup Championship

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Photo Credits: Allen Penticoff
Friday, January 21, 2005



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Minnesota's Bluegill & Crappie Honeyholes

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Ice-fishing guru Dave Genz knows a thing or two about catching big panfish in our state. And now, he's even giving up some of his hotspots!

You walk into the bait shop, kick the snow off your boots, look over and spot two guys huddled in the corner - and they're whispering. One guy has a serious look on his face as he listens intently to the other. You mosey in closer to hear the conversation and the guy listening taps the other guy on the shoulder and points your way. They split up and head for the door. Obviously they were discussing a lake where the panfish were huge and the bite was hot.

Everybody tries to keep the hotspots a secret, but it never happens. Someone discovers that honeyhole and just can't help but tell a friend, who tells a friend, who tells a friend . . .

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Angler out in cold after theft of ice house

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WASECA, Minn.— The search is on for a stolen ice house, and it's a really nice one as these things go.

Authorities in Waseca County are on the lookout for the $4,000 house built for ice fishing that went missing from Clear Lake recently.

"This is the first I can recall happening in many years around here," said Chief Deputy Brad Milbrath of the Waseca County Sheriff's Office. Wascea is about 60 miles south of Minneapolis.

When the thousands of Minnesota lakes freeze over each year, communities of ice fishing houses crop up. They give hearty anglers shelter from the cold as they pursue their winter catch.   more...

 



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Little equipment, lots of care

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In the middle of January, the majority of Hoosier anglers are more concerned with professional football or high school basketball than catching fish. However, for a select group of hardy fisherman, the frigid cold days of mid-winter signal the beginning of an entirely different fishing season. Once local waterways are locked solid in the harsh grip of winter, the ice fishermen grab their gear and head out into the white vastness.

Fishing in midwinter is not for the ill prepared or faint of heart. Ice fishing offers plenty of discomfort and even potential danger, but for those who properly prepare for time on the ice, it can be one of the most rewarding and productive ways to spend a winter afternoon.

Ice fishing is not especially equipment-intensive. The actual fishing gear is very simple and almost primitive. The majority of the ice fisherman's kit is geared toward making time on the ice more comfortable.   more...

 



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