Iceboating Class

As careful readers of these posts will know, high school freshman Milo Fleming has convinced his school authorities to accept iceboating as a sanctioned sport. With that in mind, school was ON today at Great Pond.
The morning session was Cruising Class. Such skills as pressure ridge scouting and crossing, racing around islands and finding an appropriate spot for lunch were covered. We also were sure to include exploring abandoned buildings along shore:

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Don’t let this patch of snow fool you, the rest of the plate looks about like this:

Afternoon session was all racing. The DN guys took him on to the course for training in starts, mark rounding, and standing around. They didn’t get into the driving a thousand miles to a regatta section yet as he doesn’t have a drivers license, but that’s on the cirricullum! All very important DN racing skills.

Light air for a day or two. Lick your wounds, stone your runners and come out sailing!

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5 Responses to Iceboating Class

  1. Ben Raynes says:

    Milo Fleming, nicely done. Way to play the system!

  2. Andrew Donovan says:

    Hi Bill. A quick update from Sabattus. My 12 and 16 year old daughters took the day off from school today. Not an official sport but they have mastered hookie.

    This was the girls first time. Learned how set up and breakdown the gambit. Had the whole lake to ourselves. Saw a few ice fishemen. And one gentleman on skies being pulled around by a parachute.

    Ice was decent with a few small snow patches.

    Just thought you should know. Hopefully catch up with your group later in the week.

    Thank you, Andy Donovan

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  3. Jim Macdonald says:

    This pandemic is a rare and wonderful time for curious young minds to learn outside of the confines of a temperature static highly structured classroom or zoomroom… Kudos to that young man! Dorothy and I visited an outdoor learning school for 6-10 year olds in Freeport where the class is a quarter mile in to the woods next to a small pond. Skating is part of the everyday program. Learning happens!

  4. Eddie Zelonish says:

    My lease was too short to join the class but I did break some rules. I sailed 30 miles solo hit 30 mph learned to jibe.

    On Mon, Jan 25, 2021, 6:09 PM Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club wrote:

    > billbuchholz posted: “As careful readers of these posts will know, high > school freshman Milo Fleming has convinced his school authorities to accept > iceboating as a sanctioned sport. With that in mind, school was ON today at > Great Pond. The morning session was Cruising Class. S” >

  5. Andy haslam says:

    Congratulations Milo and welcome to Ice boat learning.Andy Haslam

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