End of Season on Damariscotta Monday Mar 13

The Whizzes, racing DN’s, freight train trailers, and most distant out of towners were gone leaving the faithful to enjoy light air and civilized temperatures for a change. We wore out the nice stretch of ice in the center of the lake. Tom Nichols demonstrated amazing light air performance in his black carbon skeeter. At the other end of the ice yacht spectrum Bryce Geeley got some serious time in on his brand new Cheapskate launched just Sunday in heavy air. Note the vintage wood spars and Sailfish, not Sunfish sail. These are from the 1950’s courtesy of Fred Wardwell. The sail bears the prestigious label of Ratsy and Lapthorne, New York, sailmakers to dicriminating yachtsmen of that era. Bryce did yeoman work, we ground runners at Iceboat Central Friday, and aligned runners that afternoon. He gave the whole thing a solitary coat of varnish Saturday and was on the ice Sunday. His workmanship is first class. He sailed all day Monday and was last man standing reaching around in front of the pits as everyone else was packing up. Another one hooked.

John Eastman had two boats going all day, Gambit and Mead, with, by his count, four new souls addicted to the sport. He also gets honorable mention for keeping the launch ramp open all weekend chain sawing and chopping and moving at least a ton of ice that kept expanding and crawling up the shore and helping folks with trailers etc. in the limited space ashore.

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