It Takes a Special Type to Iceboat
- Editor H2ONotes [ 3/8/2013 - 05:35 ] #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...
Sailing SNOW Wind
Skating on Lake Ontario a hardy adventure
- Editor H2ONotes [ 2/15/2013 - 06:01 ] #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...
It Takes a Special Type to Iceboat
- Editor H2ONotes [ 2/5/2013 - 05:56 ] #
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
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 SNOW Wind
Ice Climbing in Pure Michigan
- Editor H2ONotes [ 2/4/2013 - 06:15 ] #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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- Editor H2ONotes [ 9/4/2012 - 07:25 ] #All your favorite H2Onotes articles are now available on Facebook. Get all
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Summer heat could produce more winter snow in Great Lakes region
- Editor H2ONotes [ 8/14/2012 - 07:02 ] #
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
Lake-effect snow happens when cold dry air that moves south over Canada meets the warm waters of the Great Lakes, Andresen said. more...
Sailing On Ice? Yeah, That's A Sport.
- Editor H2ONotes [ 2/29/2012 - 05:42 ] #
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.
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.
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
- Editor H2ONotes [ 2/21/2012 - 07:01 ] #
The U.S. Coast Guard Station Duluth warned the public of unsafe ice Sunday.
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...
Islanders rhythm upset without Lake Superior ice road
- Editor H2ONotes [ 2/13/2012 - 06:32 ] #
A warm winter is keeping the ferry running between Madeline Island and Bayfield ... much to the chagrin of islanders.
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.
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...
GREAT LAKES: Anglers best to stick to protected areas
- Editor H2ONotes [ 2/6/2012 - 10:18 ] #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
- Editor H2ONotes [ 2/6/2012 - 10:16 ] #
On a day that wind speeds reached nearly 30 mph,
biting gusts roared like a lion across Boedecker Lake, announcing a
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,
"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...
Smooth sailing on the ice
- Editor H2ONotes [ 2/6/2012 - 10:14 ] #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...
Ice boating catches on in High Country
- Editor H2ONotes [ 1/9/2012 - 08:05 ] #
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...
2011 DN Great Western
- Editor H2ONotes [ 12/5/2011 - 11:30 ] #
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
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
- Editor H2ONotes [ 10/3/2011 - 09:32 ] #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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