Sabattus

With the heavy rain and warm temps overnight, chances are that the lake won’t be fit for sailing tomorrow. We plan on scouting it in the morning and will report back here as soon as possible for sailing on Monday. The rest of the week looks great as temps drop.

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Sabattus

With the heavy rain and warm temps overnight, chances are that the lake won’t be fit for sailing tomorrow. We plan on scouting it in the morning and will report back here as soon as possible for sailing on Monday. The rest of the week looks great as temps drop.

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Ice and Wind

Shall ever the two meet? It’s not often, if ever, you see a wind forecast for 0, but that’s what it is for Sabbattus tomorrow. A second forecast couldn’t quite bring themselves to be so brutally honest, so went with 1mph.But Sunday is still looking good, with a nice wind and a refreshed surface after a spot of rain Saturday.

Speaking of refresher, here’s an ice safety tutorial from Finland, 1968. They used to play this at the movie theaters all winter right after the newsreel, before the main show. In the humble opinion of your reporter, this IS the main show:

https://yle.fi/aihe/artikkeli/2006/10/05/tietoisku-legendaarinen-jaavaroitus?utm_campaign=yleeläväarkisto&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0UNuWst6xCs_4tBkKPIy0d32kCQLA8pWU34R6FuSoNUmRnl_MhwVI-pyc

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Ice Report Roundup

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.

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North of The Border, con’t

“We were not sure if the wind would be good for us today or not. Forecast was not so good, but as I was drinking my coffee and looking at the trees, I noticed some movement. So I went out of the camp, and there was a light breeze coming from the South. I know that a South wind is usually stronger right on the other side of the island in front of my place. That was enough for me to rig the boat, and sail out of the bay on our winter road, which was hard all the way.

We sailed downwind to exit the road, and upwind to come back (!!?? Obviously!!!). No tack. The path is about 20 ft wide, and the plank is 13, if I remember well? Not much place to tack, and no place to head upwind to stop!! But I fixed my hand brake, so it’s a lot easier to stop right where I want. We will fix Frank’s brake tomorrow (I built one for him last summer), just in case!

CIBC were in my mind today! I miss your company to enjoy this great ice! There is a small pressure ridge that we did not cross today, and I was thinking « If you guys was here, we would cross it for sure ». But the ice was so nice on this side… maybe it’s even better on the other side? OK, we will cross it tomorrow!!

The ice was just amazing, grey ice grade 9 and 9+. And the wind was also consistent and steady, strong enough to get many long hikes. Frank and I sailed all afternoon. Boats are still on the ice, for the rest of the week if the actual forecast holds. It is looking very good!!”

And below, one more shot from Wentworth yesterday, enjoying lunch in a sunny lee:

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