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Great Pond Done

The low temps last night did more harm than good. Healed cracks opened up, some forming the start of pressure ridges. There was open water where there was none yesterday. All boats are off the ice. Nonetheless, there was fine … Continue reading

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Great Pond 3/21

A good iceboat racer will attempt to learn something from every race. A touring iceboater should do the same, especially with predicting conditions. Today we learned that even after a fifty degree day with a soft rain falling on spring … Continue reading

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Sailing Possibities

Here’s a shot from yesterday at Pushaw. Bob Lombardo reports opening leads and pressure ridges developing but the surface keeps getting better. We’re hoping for a similar surface at Great Pond without the hazzards for this weekend and into Monday. … Continue reading

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Plank Jacks

DN sailors need not pay any attention to this post unless you’d like to do a bit of eye rolling. There’s no way around it: big boats are heavy. In a fresh breeze on a big lake there’s no place … Continue reading

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Great Pond Great

Great Pond is one of the three fabulous lakes in Maine that iceboaters cherish. All three have their times and attractions. Damariscotta has it’s intimate charm, Pushaw it’s great north south orientation, but Great Pond is just, well, great. The … Continue reading

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correction

The launch is off Rt. 27, NOT 24. Thanks to Jimi for picking up on this.

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Great Pond ON

Jim Gagnon had a good look this morning and reports grade 6 surface, launch tight to the shore. There is 4″ of good ice over an inch of slush over a lot more ice. There was no evidence of this … Continue reading

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