We all know the challenge of time, place and conditions that can make or break a day on the ice. They are the elements we live and die by for six months of the year. Yesterday was close, but like the last attempt at Mille 100 on Moosehead, here again was too much wind. Today the wind came up with the sun, the race started close to on time, and we had three fantastic and very competitive 13 mile laps before having to stop for a man overboard. One of our more experienced sailors, in a DN, failed to see the open water near the leeward mark. Lesson (1) here is sit up and look out. Lesson (2) is wear ice picks. He could not get out of the water without help from another sailor using his halyard as a throw rope.
By the time he was bundled off in dry clothes in an ATV and the boat pulled out of the water it was fifty degrees. The ice had softened considerably so the race was called off. The standings at the end of three laps:
1. Bill Buchholz C skeeter W-2
2. George Nyessen A skeeter Bad Boy
3. Denis Guertin C Skeeter W-10
4. Jim Gagnon C skeeter W-5
5. Curtis Rindlaub C skeeter INDIGO
6. Frank Henault C skeeter W-11
7. Milo Fleming DN 3314
8. Tony Bosco A skeeter DNF: mast down
Unless we get stellar conditions up north or in Quebec the Mille 100 trophy will stay with Denis for yet another year.