Loring Landsailing 2020 Update

What was once the officers quarters on the old Loring Air Force base is now The Bunker Inn. They have generously offered to give all land sailors a special rate of $50.00 per night for the weekend of
September 12. When you book, just be sure to tell them why you’re there. Most rooms are singles and share a common bathroom with one other room, but there are a few with private baths.
THE BUNKER INN – Loring Industrieswww.loringind.com › thebunkerinn
There is a fully equipped common kitchen and dining table, including a fully stocked spice rack. We’re not sure yet how this will work in these viral times, but are we here to eat or are we here to sail?

Speaking of sailing, some folks have said they’d love to come but don’t have a boat. Below we offer one simple solution with the caveat: it’s not whether you win or loose, but how you trim the cut of your jib:

The most recent R&D expedition found your intrepid scout with a flat tire on the land yacht. A quick trip to the base mechanic filled the tire, with no thought of why it might have gone flat. Back at the runway the boat was set up a second time, shoved off, jumped in, and sheeted. Ahead lay the wonderful runways and a brisk NE breeze, but at the first tack the leeward tire whumped. The air was gone.

But the day was not wasted. I found an excellent spot for the pit area and had a nice chat with the base manager. All systems are a go at this point. We now know that the village of Limestone is not an option for dinners; that will be happening in Caribou.

If you notice, the reflection in the window is the big Arch Hangar. We will be setting up on the apron between that and the building in the photo. Unfortunately we will have no access to inside space. There will be a porta-potti, and hopefully electricity, (and an air compressor!) but it will be like setting up a regatta on the ice, basically. There will be a table and a tent where you will sign in and register. A map will be forthcoming because you will get lost without one. Ask me how I know.

See you in September!

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2 Responses to Loring Landsailing 2020 Update

  1. Breck Holladay says:

    Does anyone have drawings or details on fitting wheels on the chocks?

  2. Henry Capotosto says:

    Hi Bill, Thanks for being our intrepid scout and scribe. It sounds like a unique sailing experience is taking shape. No land yacht owner am I, but I would love to join in on the activities. Just being there sounds like breaching a new frontier. As a kid In the dark days of the Cold War I often wondered what it would be like if the B-52’s ever had to roar into the night from such cold and isolated place as Loring AFB. It was unsettling to a young boy to be sure. What a dichotomy to think of now frolicking on those same never ending runways and bunking in at the Officers Quarters.Haah! As for generator(s), I have 4500 & 5500 watt units. Happy to offer either or both. Also have a wheeled air compressor for use in the pits. Can’t wait.to hear more about this adventure.

    On Fri, Jul 17, 2020, 7:55 PM Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club wrote:

    > billbuchholz posted: “What was once the officers quarters on the old > Loring Air Force base is now The Bunker Inn. They have generously offered > to give all land sailors a special rate of $50.00 per night for the weekend > of September 12. When you book, just be sure to tell them ” >

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