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Angling ice capades

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The sun climbed into the sky like a stranger eager to meet our acquaintance.

Forgoing introductions, it crested the purple expanse of Lake Michigan and flooded our world with a double dose of brilliance.

Water reflects light in all conditions. But for extreme brightness, it's hard to beat a frozen lake with snowy borders.

Bill Hegyi and I squinted across the still surface of McKinley Marina. Wooden pilings jutted from the golden-hued ice, rusted sea walls abutted drifts of white.  more...



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Chicagoans travel far afield for winter sports

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Beyond the usual winter sun and ski destinations are more obscure spots offering offbeat cold-weather ventures.

Bob Cave, a 58-year-old lumber salesman who lives in west suburban St. Charles, spends weekends searching for frozen lakes to set down his ice boat. His favorite destination is Lake Geneva, but when the ice is too thin or the snow too thick there, he'll travel as far as Montreal or Lake Champlain, N.Y.   more...



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Day fishing on Saginaw Bay suddenly turned dangerous

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By SARAH REID

We were only a quarter of a mile from shore when four of my fellow anglers and I broke through.

We were about 2.5 miles from where we were fishing and about 2 miles from our car location on Fish Point in Tuscola County.

It was last Sunday, Jan. 31. We try to get out fishing every Sunday.

The five of us were heading back to shore around 4 p.m., making sure we would be in before it got dark. We were coming in the same way we went out, the way we figured would be safest, but when you are dealing with Mother Nature, nothing is a guarantee.   more...


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DNR: Anglers should use caution on Michigan's inland lakes as ice continues to build

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Ice continues to build, especially on most of Michigan's inland lakes, but anglers are still urged to use caution, the state Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday.

Anglers are advised to avoid pressure cracks because many of them had open water less than a week ago, and ice at river mouths and on creeks is unsafe, the DNR said in its weekly recreational fishing report.  more...


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Ice boating a fast-moving winter sport

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Ice boating is not for everyone, but for those who are consumed with one of winter's oldest pastimes, the ice boating season is as important as a tip-up on a frozen lake or a small game hunt in the backwoods.

Last weekend, the 2010 Central Lakes Regional Ice Boating Championships were held at Boyne City on Lake Charlevoix, and many local ice boaters brought trophy hardware back home to Southeast Michigan.

In the top division, the DN Class Gold Fleet, Matt Struble, a former Wixom resident who recently moved to San Diego, took first place. Struble, the defending World Champion, took two first-place and one second-place finish in the three Central Lakes Regional races.   more...


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Ohio man's need for speed takes him across ice

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Imagine yourself on a frosty winter afternoon, launched like a pebble from a slingshot at 60 mph and skimming just inches above the ice on Maumee Bay or some other suitably frozen body of water.

Hear the moan and hum of the wind in a sail and rigging, the hiss and clack of stainless runners gliding and bumping across the ice at breakneck speed _ it's a kick. It's iceboating.

It is why 35-year-old Aaron Stange of Toledo has been involved in this unusual winter sport since childhood. more...



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The Winter Olympics are less than 2 weeks away…

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… and 3 hopeful skiers from New Zealand have already arrived.

Jossi Wells, a freeskier who will be challenging the world’s best in the men’s skiing slopestyle; his brother Byron, who will be competing in the superpipe event, and Shelley Gotlieb, currently ranking 6th in the world in women’s snowboarding, and who will be competing in the women’s snowboard slopestyle. All 3 skiers are Cardrona Alpine Resort team athletes from South Island, New Zealand.



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2 extreme sports in one breathtaking jump:

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Erik Roner has been a professional skier and avid BASE jumper for the past 6 years. He’s been published in over 30 different magazines world-wide, starred in over 10 major ski films, participated in numerous TV shows on Discovery, National Geographic, NBC, Showtime, FUEL TV and others. Each winter he travels the world and films a progressive big mountain ski segment with Teton Gravity Research from which the following video comes from (TheErikRoner):  more...


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U.S. Coast Guard cutters ram away at heaped-up ice

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Five U.S. Coast Guard cutters worked together last week to push through miles of broken pieces of ice piled in heaps from shore to international shore on the icy St. Clair River.   more...


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Iceboating on the Navesink River is fast fun in winter

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When the temperature dips, one group of sailors turn to their favorite winter pastime — iceboating.

While northern lakes are a natural for the sport, a center for this exciting brand of boating is on the Navesink River in Red Bank, the home of the North Jersey Iceboat and Yacht Club.

The word “exciting” is not used lightly, because these craft, catching the wind in their sails and skimming on metal runners across the “hard water,” can hit 100 mph, and even the antique versions go 60 or 70 mph.

“If you don’t mind the cold and want to get out of the house in the winter, it’s fun,” said club commodore Dan Vought. Obviously, some like-minded iceboaters thought so, too, more than a century ago when they formed the club, back in 1880.  more...


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Ships clogged in ice, tonnage way down, 13 ships to winter in Twin Ports

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The Duluth Seaway Port Authority says as the recession hammered construction, auto, steel and appliance industries, so it hammered port trade. Mike Simonson reports from Superior.

As we reported last week, iron ore shipments are down to levels not seen since the Great Depression year of 1938, down 57% from last year in the Twin Ports. Coal is down 17%, other commodities like limestone, cement and salt down 21%. Only grain is up, increasing 32% in 2009.  more...



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Coast Guard prepares for Great Lakes icebreaking

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The U.S. Coast Guard is preparing for the 2009-2010 Great Lakes icebreaking season. The Coast Guard's icebreaking work is designed to help clear the way for commercial vessels on the Great Lakes as well as help the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with flood mitigation efforts in the region.   more...

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Jim Gluek Joins Melges

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Via Melges Ice Boating: "Melges is very pleased to announce that the Zenda, Wisconsin based organization is ready to be able to be able to help the iceboating and land-sailing community of sailors with new sails, battens, covers and other racing materials. With the addition of Jim Gluek the Melges Team is now fully geared toward being able to service your iceboating needs. Jim is an excellent ice boater with the eagerness to help customers enjoy the sport further. His expertise in sailmaking is a wonderful addition to the Melges Team."   more...

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Simon to Present Slide

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Jerry Simon, one of the eldest active sailing members of the 4LIYC, will be presenting a slide show at the next club meeting, Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at Glass Nickel Pizza. The meeting starts at 7:30 but come early and enjoy the best pizza and pasta in Madison. See you there!   more...

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The fishing and ski report

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Freeze-up may be imminent toward the end of the week. With highs in the 20s from Wednesday on, open-water fishing may end, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said.   more...



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