Damariscotta, the ice that got left behind

Three of us sailed Dammy Friday Jan 31, Doug Raymond, Bill Bunting and your scribe. The ice was definitely bumpy but the bumps seemed less obnoxious than two days ago on Chickawaukee, they must have sublimed (evaporated, solid to gas). The forecast heavy air came in predawn and wind was pleasant and decreasing as the day progressed. Doug found that driving his DN hard was unpleasant in the morning. By afternoon there were down periods of light to little air. We had a fine time weaving about to stay on smooth patches. We have raced on worse in past years. It is sailable and we will return Saturday. “Damariscotta Farm” is not labeled as such any more, it is a meadow edged with cabins with a sign “Damariscotta Watershed Association”. The meadow is about 50 yards West of the intersection of Rte 32 and Rte 126 on the NW edge of “great bay”, the largest body of water on the lake. You can see the ice from the road.

If you don’t want to drive 6+ hours to Plattsburgh and would rather sail than twiddle your thumbs come join us. We will give you a sail in CIBC’s economy iceboat project “Cheapskate”, a “Sunfish” rig on a minimum lumber yard frame, it works and is fun.

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About Lloyd Roberts

Long time ice boater. Creator of the Gambit and Cheapskate boats. Author of the first definitive book on ice boating "Think Ice"One of the original members of the Chickawaukie ice boat club in Maine. Lloyd also lives on Chickawaukie and has played launch host to countless ice boaters over the years.
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