Chicky had the nicest looking slush, 4 inches of it, in midcoast Maine on Sunday. All lakes seen west of Rte 1 between Rockport and Damariscotta have snow on ice.
Monday morning there was enough frozen (30 F last night!) ice to stomp on without cracking, an inch or so on 2 1/2-3 inches of slush. By noon we were falling through sometimes. The surface looks nice in the central part of the lake. Monday night 10 degree forecast may not heal up the entire slush pad but likely OK for skating/icecycling and gentle sailing of light boats like Cheapskate. By wednesday likely all solid and ready for possible snow.
Access at public beach OK for carrying down bank, launching ramp was broken up by vehicles Sunday, should heal in a day or two, be wary. Lots of tracks around Southern edge of lake. Lloyd’s beach road opened Monday. By Wednesday should be OK to drive onto and park on ice. Ice reported 18 inches thick. Lloyd will try sailing Tuesday AM, company welcome. Might be good for the annual Chicky baked bean sail by the weekend if not too much snow Wednesday PM. Pretty nice ice in center of lake for short course racing and “reaching around”.
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