Cheap Thrills for Easter

Your reporter missed all the company and big blasts of wind Easter morning due to Easter entanglement with a holiday dinner which Ramblin Roger came to. We were released from company around 3 and were on the ice by 4. The 20 plus boats were gone, most of the wind was gone, and we enjoyed a somewhat local Ramblin sundown cruise sailing back to the pits about 6, very pleasant.

Cheapskate newbie Ted Silar had been disappointed in his CS. He had a sail that appeared to have been tightened up with a hot iron, very flat indeed. It did not work, period. Flatness does not seem to improve CS windward or any other direction performance in Cheapskate. I loaned him my original very baggy sail. Instant transformation. He and Bob MacEwan, no longer a CS newbie, vanished off into an early snow squall and blew the whole length of the lake, five minutes to the narrows according to Bob, with more wind at the other end. The return trip involved a lot of hiking, a blast for both of them. Ted was totally carried away and claims he sailed all day for 7 hours. He has sailed all his life but nothing compared to this. When I talked to him Easter evening he was still all wound up. Likewise a call to Bob got a similar response.

I did point out that perhaps flying around at red line in a white out was not a great idea. They did sound thoughtful. The late Mark came to his tragic end in similar conditions on Chicky a few years ago sailing alone and unseen into marked open water.


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