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It Takes a Special Type to Iceboat

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ClarkSail reporter Willy Clark recently got his first shot at iceboating when he followed the New England Ice Yachting Association to Squam Lake, New Hampshire for the 2013 Doc Fellows regatta. After a day spent watch the runners go by one thing is clear – it takes a special type to be an iceboater. Below are some of Willy’s thoughts on the matter.

have seen iceboats race a number of times before, but I never really thought much about it until my cousin and close sailing buddy Oliver Moore got hooked into the NEIYA a few winters back. I knew that they were absurdly fast, and I obviously thought they were extremely cool and exciting. However I must admit that I never really thought much about iceboating. This is the way it is for a lot of “soft water” sailors; they are aware of iceboating and that it’s very special in its own way. But that is about the extent of it, and after a day spent in and around the things I think I can explain why – it isn’t really like sailing.  more...


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Skating on Lake Ontario a hardy adventure

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Island resident Kathleen McDonnell skates near Centre Island ferry dock in this file photo.Skating on natural surfaces like Lake Ontario isn't condoned by the city of Toronto, but a few hardy experts won't give up on tradition.

Like Joni Mitchell, many of us wish we had a river to skate away on.

While Toronto’s rivers don’t freeze up well, it still has a few places where people can skate on natural surfaces — though the warm winters and city regulations have conspired to make those opportunities few and far between.  more...




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It Takes a Special Type to Iceboat

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DSC00103ClarkSail reporter Willy Clark recently got his first shot at iceboating when he followed the New England Ice Yachting Association to Squam Lake, New Hampshire for the 2013 Doc Fellows regatta. After a day spent watch the runners go by one thing is clear – it takes a special type to be an iceboater. Below are some of Willy’s thoughts on the matter.

I have seen iceboats race a number of times before, but I never really thought much about it until my cousin and close sailing buddy Oliver Moore got hooked into the NEIYA a few winters back. I knew that they were absurdly fast, and I obviously thought they were extremely cool and exciting. However I must admit that I never really thought much about iceboating. This is the way it is for a lot of “soft water” sailors; they are aware of iceboating and that it’s very special in its own way. But that is about the extent of it, and after a day spent in and around the things I think I can explain why – it isn’t really like sailing. More...



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Ice Climbing in Pure Michigan

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By now, you probably know about a number of activities that can be done in Michigan during the wintertime – skiing, snowboarding, tubing, etc. Another lesser known activity to add to the list is ice climbing. With ice climbing being one of the activities featured in the Pure Michigan winter video series, we spoke with adventurer Lisa Nowak on what ice climbing in Michigan is all about.   more...


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Summer heat could produce more winter snow in Great Lakes region

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The record high temperatures this summer could mean some Great Lakes coastal residents will get buried in snow this winter.

“There’s certainly a lot of evidence to suggest that we will go into this fall with warmer than normal lake temperatures,” said Jeff Andresen, state climatologist for Michigan. “That could lead to an increase in the amount of lake-effect precipitation we see, but it isn’t certain.”

Lake-effect snow happens when cold dry air that moves south over Canada meets the warm waters of the Great Lakes, Andresen said.  more...



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Sailing On Ice? Yeah, That's A Sport.

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 Come Sail Away: Retired high school science teacher — and adrenaline junkie — Andy Sajor rides his ice boat on a frozen Lake Champlain in New York. Perfect ice sailing conditions call for cold temperatures, a strong breeze and a thick sheet of ice — but not too much snow.


The minute I learned that ice sailing was an actual sport, I wanted to give it a try. I watched YouTube videos of wooden boats with big white sails zooming across the ice on steel runners. It seemed like such a rush: Imagine racing over a frozen lake on a wind-powered sled, hitting speeds that top 40 miles an hour.

So I was delighted when Andy Sajor, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., offered to let me hitch a ride over an icy Lake Champlain. The 13th largest lake in the country, Champlain sits between upstate New York and Vermont and has emerged as one of the best ice sailing venues in the U.S.

We meet at Chazy Landing on the New York side of Lake Champlain, 12 miles from the Canadian border. It's bright and windy. The ice stretches for miles, dotted by camps of shanties set up by ice fisherman. I'm bundled up in four layers of winter clothing. Sajor hands me a crash helmet and ski goggles.  more...



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Coast Guard warns of unsafe ice on Lake Superior

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The U.S. Coast Guard Station Duluth warned the public of unsafe ice Sunday.

“Ice conditions are deteriorating rapidly. Major wet cracks and ice breaks have been recognized the last few days,” Boatswains Mate Third Class Matthew Murphy said. “With forecasted temps climbing to the high 30s, this will only accelerate weakening ice.”

Warm weather and shifting winds have combined to create extremely hazardous ice on the St. Louis River, according to the Coast Guard.  more...



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Islanders rhythm upset without Lake Superior ice road

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A warm winter is keeping the ferry running between Madeline Island and Bayfield ... much to the chagrin of islanders.

The ice road is all people talk about these days at the Beach Club on Madeline Island. Leslie Mack knows. She goes there during happy hour.

"You know, it's 'What have you heard? What have you heard? Is there any chance we might get an ice road? Who went through the ice?' We've had one snowmobile go through already," she says. More...



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GREAT LAKES: Anglers best to stick to protected areas

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Warm daytime temperatures have eroded ice this week on an already unstable Green Bay system, and anglers are urged to stick to protected bays and harbors or stop at bayside bait and tackle shops for the latest updates on offshore areas to avoid.On Tuesday, fishermen were reporting 5 to 10 inches of ice in many areas, including along the east shore and on up to southern Door County. However, there is a large section of open water, some very thin areas that recently froze over and numerous cracks to be aware of.  more...


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Ice boaters in Loveland seek adrenaline, speed, thrills

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On a day that wind speeds reached nearly 30 mph, biting gusts roared like a lion across Boedecker Lake, announcing a coming storm.

The conditions turned the lake into an isolated ice desert. They also prompted Loveland resident Rick Hypes to rush there with a smile -- a big smile -- and a specially designed ice boat.

"It's exactly like sailing on the ice," Hypes said. "But it's colder and faster ... I describe it as a four- or five-senses sport."

The appeal of sitting on a small craft outfitted with three large blades and a sail, steering with your feet and zipping across the ice without brakes, powered only by wind gusts, is difficult to explain without experiencing it. But Hypes chooses a few words: adrenaline, speed, thrill.

"It's the allure of being powered by nature," added fellow ice boater Dan Kellogg, also a Loveland resident.

Ice boating can be traced back thousands of years as a form of transportation in Scandinavia, and it spread to the United States with immigrants in the 1800s.  more...



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Smooth sailing on the ice

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Mark Simon of Athens rigs up his iceboat before taking it out Tuesday on frozen Goguac Lake.The boat, which can hit speeds of up to 60 mph, was built out of wood paneling by Simon’s father in 1959.  more...


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Ice boating catches on in High Country

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DILLON - At the Dillon Marina, the boats are in dry dock, wearing their white winter plastic coats and an 8-inch layer of ice now covers the Reservoir. But Dan Burnett's short and sweet sailing season has just started.

"Lake Dillon gets between a week and two weeks of good ice boating," said Burnett.

He's one of a few who raise their sails after the snow falls, taking part in a unique high adrenaline winter sport called ice sailing.   more...



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2011 DN Great Western

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The Great Western Challenge is the official start to the Iceboating season for those of us in the USA.  It has grown in popularity and this year over 75 Iceboats gathered in a remote Minnesota town called Ashby, which has Lake Christina.  The lake is round, about 2 miles by 2 miles and the ice was nearly flawless! 

For those of us from Toledo, we started chatting this event up after we made the trek to Lake Sturgeon in 2010.  The message we brought back was the fun involved in having an informal gathering and the ability to get some early season practice in before the lakes & bays freeze around our home waters.  Last year 3 of us went from Toledo.  This year 7 (one by way of Kansas City). more...



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Boating: Ice boating helps sailors get through winter

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 As the season draws to an end, boaters find themselves with the age-old question of how to get through the long, cold Maine winter.

Some enjoy winter sports like skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling. Many will spend the off-season on boat improvement projects. Others will go south and charter a boat for a week or two. The really lucky ones take their own boats south and spend the winter where it's warm.

Then there's a group of die-hard adventurers who will be looking for every opportunity to sail right here this winter. Members of the Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club (CIBC), based in Rockport, and ice boating enthusiasts across New England know that sailing can be just as fun -- maybe even more so -- on "hard water."   more...



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