LATE BREAKING NEWS:

Can’t win ’em all. All that ice on Jordan Bay and no boats in sight. Tom Childs told us about it and Lee Spiller sent this tonight, reporting 4″. An inch of snow is forecast for tonight, then full sun with a nice breeze Tuesday. Any takers?

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All Kinds of Action

Long Pond Lakeville had boats yesterday and today, Webster has been scouted and maybe sailed today, There are A Skeeter bubble boats on Bantam Lake, and Leavitts Bay on Winnipesaukee was toured and explored Saturday while the DN’s held the Doc Fellows Regatta. It was very windy, so the race was called off after Oliver Moore spun out at the leeward mark and broke his collarbone. We wish him a speedy recovery in time for the worlds.

Meanwhile, it’s been a quiet week in Maine. All we could find worth sailing was Walker Pond. Not that there’s anything wrong with Walker! it looks as good as Winnie: a lovely sheet of hard black ice plagued with thin wind packed drifts. While the buckets of wind on Winnie worked wonders for those smart enough to show up there yesterday, we had a light sou’wester today with just enough oomph to keep you going. And Walker Pond is the only sailing venue I’ve ever seen with bleachers.

You can see how steep the approach is; the wooden structure in the foreground is the top of the bleachers. They cling to the cliff all the way to the ice. Imagine having the leeward mark right off the beach here? It’s a long way from everywhere (except Larry and Kevin’s) but it would be worth it just for the view.

Tom Childs just sent in this report of his Sebago scouting today:

Lower bay of Sebago is well-covered with ice. The shore-line area is very rough, but 3” thick according to the anglers who dare to go on it. There is a rough swath crossing the middle of the bay where the wind had broken up the ice, which re-froze. Further out, there is fresh ice…no telling how thick. This is deserving of further investigation! Probably sailable in a day or so.

Jordan bay is frozen all the way to Raymond Neck, there is NO activity on this part of the lake – no telling how thick the ice is! CAN WE GET SOMEONE TO CHECK THIS TOMORROW AND REPORT BACK? THANKS!

Nason’s Beach is wide-open water as far as the eye can see.

Lastly, we hear from Damariscotta that it’s afoul with trucks, shacks and ATV’s. Must mean the ice is good, but it’ll take a lot of weather to clean up the surface.

Thanks so much to Kevin and Larry for keeping this pond on our radar. You know it’s the only decent ice around when you see Bob and Karl skating. Earlier they had been skating a narrow river in the woods which was magical except for getting the occasional stick fetched up in the skate and ducking under low hanging branches. They were all smiles on Walker in spite of the snow. As a matter of fact, so were Kevin, Larry and your correspondent.

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Jordan Bay

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Walker Pond Looks Possible

Kevin Grindle sent this report, along with the photos:

Larry and I plowed the ramp this morning and had a quick look at the plate of black ice on the lower third of the pond. Thickness is in the 4-5” range with a thin layer of snow cover. A fair amount of ice is showing through the snow. Bright sun and no wind this morning so the showing black ice might melt down the snow. The scramble is on to have boats on ice tomorrow but I want to stress the point that Walker can not be trusted. Being spring fed and subject to crazy wind she is notorious for thin spots and non consistent ice. A couple of test holes off the ramp don’t represent the entire pond. Please come prepared to ice check before sailing. The more the merrier. The ice fishermen are working onto the pond from the Town landing and should have some input as to how things are looking up there. I will post info as it comes in.

Kevin

This looks a lot better than what we have around here, so after many yeas of promising Kevin that we’d come sail with him, it looks like tomorrow might just be the day. The wind forecast looks strong enough to blow through the snow drifts.

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Doc Fellows Saturday on Winnipesaukee

Doc Fellows Regatta ON

by Oliver Moore Regatta Chairman

We are going to attempt to sail the Doc Fellows regatta this Saturday, Jan 8th, out of Leavitt Park on the northern end of Lake Winnipesaukee. The launch site address is:

Leavitt Park
50 Leavitt Park Rd
Meredith NH 03253

We will have a skippers meeting at 10 am in the pits at the beach. We will attempt to get at least a 3 race regatta in on Saturday and if we can’t we will try again Sunday.

Any and all club member DNs are welcome to participate in the racing. Also if any others want to race we are happy to drop flags for any other class with 3 or more boats.

It sounds like there will also be a kitewing demo being run out of the same beach. It sounds like there is about 4″ of ice stretching all the way down Bear Island and the pictures are pretty stunning. Plenty of room for cruising and racing alike.

See you there!

Oliver

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Sebago, Jordan Bay update Jan 8

Jordan Bay now caught, but windy forecast Friday.

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Pump House Bay Sebago- Follow Up

Thursday AM Jan 8 Ramblin Roger reports that the 1 inch ice we saw there is all stacked up on the beach. A new band extending maybe 200 yards out has formed, not quite World’s course, with visible outer band of new trash. If the new band gets thick enough to support people they will be there ice fishing. Roger has gone on to Winny.


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