Ice In Mass

No, not en mass, unfortunately. And not in Maine. But good old Quabog Pond is fully locked in with an inch according to Bob Strzelewicz.

Warmer temps in the coming days don’t bode well, but as Bob observes: “at least Mother nature hasn’t forgotten how to make ice!”

Plymouth Pond has come and gone, and it doesn’t look promising in the coming week. Even in Greenville the daytime temps are above freezing for many days.

Meanwhile keep these wise words in mind because we will be sailing soon:

1. When I get to the launch site, I’ll unload everything
quickly, without lots of chatting with other folks.

2. If there’s someone else unloading, I’ll offer to help
with boats, since sometimes two people can
get two boats on the ice faster than they can set up
one boat each.

3. As soon as I’m done unloading, I’ll move my car away
from the launch point/ramp/whatever. THEN I’ll finish
assembling the boat(s). I’ll do this even if I’m one
of the first people at the site.

4. If I see someone who looks new to the ice, I’ll
introduce myself, and mention our club, even if it
means I’ll spend a few minutes less on the ice myself.

5. I’ll ask others about hazards before I hoist my sail.

6. I’ll pause for a moment each time I sail to think
about the risks, about safety, about who’s on the
ice and how safely they seem to handle their boats, etc.

7. I’ll stay “two mistakes away” from danger — my mistake
and the other guy’s.

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