Sailable Ice on Megunticook Sunday Feb 7

Jory skated and Lloyd ice bicycled much of the lake early Sunday. As noted earlier the recent snow storm wetted out on arrival. The result is about 5 inches of pebbly snow/black ice, good skating and very sailable. This sometimes has a moist mushy snow ice/ black ice junction and in the few areas of remaining snow slush pits remain insulated from the cold night air. There is still an ample black ice under the slush. The only real hazard found is the old pressure ridge on the far side of the “broads where we sailed before the snow. The pressure ridge has subsided into black open pools. We will put out a line of small red buoys marking this tomorrow. We did not venture beyond the old ridge and very thin snow ice so the whole NE side of the lake along Rte 52 is unknown. The “Northwest Passage” ( hard left beyond the launch site) is in fine shape but the small channels at the end look treacherous. The wind was light to none Sunday morning as forecast. It supposed to be in the teens and “Blustery” NE Monday with snow likely coming in late afternoon. Since no one else could be found Sunday AM who wanted to sail it was not sailed alone. We hope a few folks will show up for a vigorous sail Monday.

Your scribe was tempted to put his boat together and leave it over night in “Davy Jones Locker across from the Rte 105 Bog Bridge landing just North of Camden. Davy’s locker is one big slush pit, not hospitable. The launch site has plowed snow banks to climb over but is otherwise just fine.


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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