It has been a great winter for iceboating! Everywhere but the Hudson Valley.....
Bill Buchholz and crew have been sailing most all winter up in Maine They have it dialed in with car top-able boats and many venues to sail. All winter.
Meanwhile the Midwest has had some great sailing, including the dn world championships
and North American championship racing.
Today, in March, I saw my first rigged stern steerer on ice here! Just returned from 2 weeks in Australia & New Zealand and discovered we have some late season sailing happening. Reid B. set up Vixen on Copake Lake - largest lake in Columbia County , NY.
We have had good cold this winter, but ill-timed storms and warm spells have spoiled safe ice formation. There was a short window of sailing to the south, the first weekend of February. Brett sailed Genevivie for a day or 2 on Orange Lake, but that was cut short with warm temperatures.
Here we are, the first week of March. The Hudson is free of ice; Tivoli Bay is mostly open. Copake is frozen over and we are looking at several days of single digit temperatures this week, along with a minor storm. Next weekend (March 9-10) may shape up to be great. Stay Tuned...
|Sunday, March 3. No wind in the afternoon. |
Nice to be on the ice after 101 degrees in Melbourne just 48 hours earlier.
|Reid chases a teasing breeze. 2 days earlier he gave many rides to friends and lake residents.|
It was noted that locals hadn't seen an iceboat on the lake in over 50 years.
|Next weekend will be awesome!|