Bill Bunting brought to our attention that this excellent video shot by Frank Henault on Damariscotta last winter was not easily accessed on the web site. It’s there now, and is just the thing to cure the blues on those long hot days of summer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?
The America’s Cup trials are under way in Bermuda. The competition is very tight, the broadcast graphics amazing, and it’s just like watching a match race of relatively slow iceboats. In spite of the tame thirty to forty mph speeds it is still thrilling, with whiplash inducing g-force rounding the windward mark and a drag race reach to the finish for the final leg. The boat design has become fairly uniform throughout the fleet, but the Kiwis have introduced what might be game changing innovation. The guys who crank the hydraulic pumps that power the winches on that boat are down low pedaling, instead of up high cranking with their arms. The aerodynamic benefit is obvious just by looking at the profile, and the extra power from the legs may prove to be significant. That said, they were beat by the Japanese yesterday…See it on NBCSN.
The Four Lakes Iceboat Club website has been made over to a wordpress format, just like ours. It now allows you to receive post to your e-mail inbox. This site is hands down the best: history, stuff for sale, breaking news and links to the entire iceboating world. Thanks Deb, for all you do, done with grace and style! www.iceboat.org