Sailing Before The Storm 1/19

Way to go, guys! Bryce Geele sent in this report:

“After some volunteer work this morning, then some preparations for the storm at our place in Nobleboro, I headed down the East Pond Road a little after noon, intending to go home to Thomaston for lunch and maybe a snooze on the couch in front of the wood stove. On a whim when I got to Rt One, I took a short detour over to the Vannah Rd. There were a couple of vehicles at the landing, and two familiar sails across the lake. Fast food at the little store in Nobleboro village, a quick trip back up the East Pond Road to pick up my Cheapskate, and I was sailing by about 1:30. We had light but very sailable air for the hour and a half or so that I was there. Bob MacEwen said that he and Tony and Joel had had good moderate air since they arrived soon after 10am until just before I got there. They were taking turns in the two boats. There was nearly as much bare ice as earlier in the week. I didn’t think about pix till we were back at the pits.”

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J14 FOR SALE

On Long Island:

An original Orient Ice Yacht Club built J14 now for sale. Complete boat with original Sarns J14 runners. Doyle/Boston original sail, Sitka Spruce plank, Sarns chocks, Harken blocks. This boat has very few hours use and is set to go. Car top boat, easy set up and comfortable to sail. $4500. Contact for seller, Mike Acebo, macebo at me dot com.

These boats have a great record of build quality and structural integrity. They are sailed by CT Ice Yacht Club Members, Orient Ice Yacht Club, Lake Ronkonkoma Ice Yacht Club, Groups in Michigan and upState NY. There are over 250, J14s sailing today.

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The Past Two Days, 1/16 & 17

Wednesday found us on a remarkable plate of ice on Jordan Bay, Lake Sebago. The photos posted leading up to that day say it all. It did get a bit thinner beyond the ice junction, so we set up a windward mark there and a bottom mark near the pits. Not the most judicious placement considering all the skaters and the fleet of steel cheapskates. Thankfully there were no incidents, incredible considering the intensity of the racing. Your editor lost a place more than once while rounding the outside of the FerroCheapies while our Canadian Competitor rounded inside. But space was limited so you work with what you’re given. The SW wind was perfectly consistent, straight as an arrow coming right up the bay. That wind is often like that, and a welcome respite from the shifty-gusty NW we usually have. All it needs is a nice fetch.

Note the boom box on “Lone Eagle”. We counted nine of these boats from Bridgeton, They’ve been building and sailing them for over ten years, and the design is always evolving. We were assured, however, it will never evolve past $100.oo in materials! We hope to meet them again someday and shoot some video. Think Shriners on Ice.

Dave Fortier’s new ride. He said he actually got it to go to windward. Note the hockey skate welded to a top plate for a steering runner. The edge was re-ground to a vee.

Below, sunset on a magical plate.

Meanwhile back on Damariscotta on Wednesday Bill Bunting had this report:
“We had delightful Spring-like sailing on Dammy from the Vannah Rd. landing, with one Cheapskate, three DNs, one Whizz, one Nite. The SW wind was erratic all day, varying between strong puffs and intermediary lulls, the latter requiring deft dodging to avoid the styrofoam patches. By mid-afternoon the styrofoam had softened sufficiently to almost become a non-issue. It will refreeze tonight, and will be a factor in the 5 to 15 mph NW winds forecast for Thursday. The acreage of clear fast ice increases the further out one sails from the pits. A pressure ridge is visible to the north, but there is an ample-sized plate to enjoy without confronting it. The stream at the eastern side of the pits is very open, and one should take care to avoid sand tracked on the ice by motor vehicles”

With the wind forecast much better on Dammy the club decided to abandon the perfect ice of Sebago and get a reality check. Today we crossed the pressure ridge and beat through the narrows into the north end. All the way across to the west side of the broads it was nothing but grade 2. Not even a glossy break now and again to relieve the bashing and crashing of rough frozen slush and snow scabs. The NW wind held fine for a deep run back south, through the narrow door at the end of the ridge, and more long laps around the north and south islands. There was a mark added at the bottom of Deep Cove, just to make things even more interesting. Many of you guys have really improved your game, so the racing became anything but predictable, which is what makes it so much fun.

There was a curious mark on the ice: how cold was it? It was so cold that Wolfie had his wife drive their car way out on the lake so he could take a break every now and then. She had the heat blasting, and it was great fun using her as mark on the downwind run and seeing Wolfie’s DN moored up alongside the car with him inside waving to us.

Big storm coming, time to lick your wounds. Boats have been driven hard these past four days of sailing. Surely something seeks attention.

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Sailing Tomorrow

For those who’d like to stay close to home on a known plate tomorrow, there will be a few folks sailing from Vannah Rd.

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Sebago Report

Lee sent this picture from today looking north into Jordan Bay.

And Steve Madden and Ramblin Roger sailed it today and found a healed pressure ridge, or maybe an ice junction, about 3/4 mile from the pits. A skater they met there drilled a few holes on the other side of the ridge and found 2″. On the thick side of the ridge there was 3-5″ reported. Sail heads up!

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Sebago Now

From Pat Keeley, looking south towards Frye Island:

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Noerthwest Regatta

Is there anybody on the east coast interested in going to the Northwest? This weekend, Friday through Sunday, Lake Pepin, Wisconsin. Let’s double up trailer, roof rack, whatever. Call Bill 207 975 6980

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