The Maine Championship will run on DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME. “Spring Forward” and set your clocks ahead. It was 30F in the sun here Saturday despite near zero temp.
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Half-thawed fingers don’t type well; eyes blurred from frozen tears won’t focus on the keyboard. But with thirty boats on the ice, there were a handful prepared to challenge the 20-30kt winds in four degrees above zero. Thankfully, it was clear, for when the sun shines all is forgiven. Sailing these conditions in gloomy overcast would probably have been unbearable. As it was, the best fun was to sail dead downwind to the far side of the lake at true wind speed, sun full on the face and feeling no wind at all.
Then, as long as you could manage to round up along the lee shore, it wasn’t such a chore to beat back upwind, close-haul and pinching. A few of these and then a warm-up and some socializing in the clubhouse made for a fine day on the ice.
Tomorrow’s wind and temps are forecast to be tamer, and then more so on Monday. There is a small murrmer of shifting to Pushaw for Monday as the initial reports of lousy ice have been de-bunked. We haven’t sailed this lake this year, so really should make the effort.
Thanks, as always, to David Lampton for opening up the clubhouse and welcoming all the traffic and trailers. We wouldn’t have survived the day without it!
Bob Lombardo and friends have been skating Pushaw. Here is today’s photo:
Some of us will be going up there Saturday morning, using Gould’s Landing at the south end of the lake. the skaters report lovely ice, but the lake is so large, they can’t make claims for the whole area, so caution will be the order of the day. Winds WNW in the high teens, so storms sails will be a good idea. The skaters will plant a car at the south end, and launch from the north for a one-way downwind skate.
The lake is easily accessed from interstate 95. Here is the map. It’s a good idea to bring a copy.
Since there is talk of going to South Twin for Sunday and possibly Monday, one could stay over in the Bangor area and make a shorter leg up to South Twin.
Lake Damariscotta Sunday. Launch at Damariscotta Lake Farm. Skipper’s meeting PROPMTLY at 11:00, first flag at 11:30. Conditions are nice, weather should be excellent.
Jacques Charbonneau reports that Memphramagog is looking very good. Launch from the boat club at Magog and watch out for the ice fishermen.
Ramblin Roger and Paul have finally left Moosehead due to poor surface recovery after the snow/warm spell. They arrived at South Twin after dark, and by flashlight determined that most of the snow had blown clear. The ice under was dry, so no snow was left stuck in puddles to form slush pits. You might want to consider, however, that there is virtually no light pollution in that part of the Maine woods, so all we know is what can be seen by the beam of a flashlight. That said, they will rig in the morning and see what’s what. We’ll post their observations here. Sunday could be a stellar day there, with moderating wind and full sun.
Damariscotta Lake was smooth today, with some potential shell ice. There were still a few inches of slush left to freeze but that will happen by the morning, and certainly for Saturday. There’s not much wind forecast for tomorrow anyway. Saturday will be a full lake breeze.
We’ll inspect Dammy in the morning, and post Roger’s report when it comes in.
Lincoln Davis Trophy (enlarged)
Still not able to include photo):
This is a preliminary announcement for the 2017 Maine State Championships. Preliminary for your planning purposes, and preliminary for weather and ice location reasons.