Count yourself fortunate if you looked at the Birches web cam yesterday: smooth black ice all the way to Kineo. And if you checked again today, you have my sympathy. It’s all white now. The snow also hit Great Pond, which was looking promising, with about an inch and a half. Dammy got a dusting but it’s just been too warm there to build reliable ice.
What we do know is that Wentworth and Sabbattus have sailable ice. Squam is a bit dodgy still, according to recent reports. If the new ice on the northern half continues to build, that will be something. There’s no other known iceboating ice in Maine, although Rangely was looking good the other day. Anyone want to go check it?
The wind forecast for the entire region is for naught. Not until a little front passes through Saturday, bringing rain, do things look better. Great winds on Sunday at both Wentworth and Sabbattus, and by then there might be other ice as well. Might be good enough for regatta, so stand by.
Here’s Sabbattus today. Lee Spiller and Karin Wilson skated it and give it a four. We know that if you can skate it you can definitely sail it! The launch ramp is tight and smooth. If anyone sees wind here this week, blow your horn!
Thanks to Lee and Karin for the scouting mission today!
Jay Whitehair has his DN set up at Wentworth and will try to sail tomorrow. Join him if you can.