February 12: Went out to Long Pond Lakeville, Mass, for a rowdy day. Some pretty rough ice and plenty of wind to power through it, and there were patches of good ice too. Great to see some old pals and meet some new ones, a great day on the ice.
January 25: This is a pretty challenging season. Good ice early on but four snowstorms in succession and not very many people are sailing. I got out on Gt Sacandaga once but since then, there's not much ice around.
December 26: there has been sailing all over the northeast. Beautiful black ice. The weather forecast says it's coming to an end today. So those of us who have been buried under holiday obligations will now be buried under the white stuff.
November 18, 2010: Ice is a wonderful thing. We should all give thanks.
Happy new season! The 2010-2011 season of solidified water begins!
February 19: Saratoga got the Tuesday storm, so it's snowed out.
February 13: You may have noticed that this page is pretty inactive. I'm not checking Saratoga Lake this season. I'm too busy! A lot of work and other projects have been taking all of my time. Sorry, maybe next year.
Saturday December 19: There is ice everywhere to the north. There is sailing today in Maine, NH, but I'm too busy to let myself get excited. I'm slaving away at work and projects till January 11th. So call the hotline, check your lake with a friend, sail fast, sail safely. have fun. I'll be with you soon. Check Black Ice for club info.
Thursday September 17: Happy new season! Let's start off 2009--2010 by announcing the New England Ice Yacht Club's annual luncheon, swap meet, and club meeting at the Doubletree Hotel, 5400 Computer Drive, Westborough, Mass. Saturday, November 7th!
Thursday March 19: Malletts Bay was fun. Must have been 60 boats there, all sizes. The ice lasted till about 2 in the afternoon. There are people talking about sailing this weekend, after two weeks of spring weather the ice is still holding up. It's been a good season.Thanks to all the guys who hosted their local lakes for us, checked the ice and reported. And did all the things that have to be done to keep the club running.
Thursday March 12: I'm thinking about going to Malletts Bay on Saturday. They say the ice is good and the wind looks perfect for all of New England that day. I should probably do some sharpening tomorrow.
Monday March 9: I just ran across Ron Sherry's excellent new site. Pretty concentrated DN iceboat information from the North American champ. http://elklakeiceboating.com/c2.html
Saturday March 7: Saratoga Lake is greyed out and flat as a pancake. Joe at the South Shore Marina claims that there's 22 inches of ice. I don't know if it will survive this melt, but at the moment Saratoga is frozen tight to the edge, and maybe it will be sailable when it gets cold next week. Joe says he can widen the access for trailers if needed. Call South Shore Marina at 518-584-9125 for info.
Thursday March 5: The meltout and refreeze came, but something came up last weekend and I missed the fun. I'm looking for some ice for this weekend but all I see is more melt. Meanwhile the Black Ice newsletter of the NEIYA has been revamped, check the progress at Black Ice.
Wednesday Feb 25: I'm taking Billy's suggestion and heading to Webster tomorrow. See you on the ice. Put-in is at 395 exit 1.
Tuesday Feb 24: Almost went to Webster today. I have too much work. There is a group of DNers out of Kingston that I hope to catch up with Saturday. Saratoga continues to be snowed out.
Saturday Feb 21: Drove Cathy down to JFK today, tomorrow is all clear. But it's snowing tomorrow at Webster and Saratoga too.
Friday Feb 13: After a major melt this week ice is tightening up all over new England. Call the hotline and see where the action is. Hmmm. I should check Saratoga, Athens is gone for the season.
Sunday Feb 8: It was a wild day yesterday at Athens. Plenty of power, plenty of ice, sailing with all the big stern steerers. The Hudson River group makes quite a scene when it sets up in Athens, it's really a festival not to be missed. There were also some big boats up from NJ, sailors from Canada and all over New England.
Friday Feb 6: Southern New England is snowed out. It looks like Athens is the place for sailing this weekend. Saturday is calling for 7 to 15 from the south. See you there!
Tuesday, February 3: The big snow scare has blown over in this area at least, maybe we'll have some local sailing this weekend.
Friday, Jan 30: One destination for tomorrow is Long Pond Lakeville/Freetown over by Fall River MA. Long Pond Harwich on the Cape is also a good bet. Call the hotline Friday night and get on the ice.
Thursday, Jan 29: I think the whole of northern New England is snowed out. In the south things are better. Redbank? Bantam? These lakes could be wet-out and ready to go for Saturday or Sunday. According to Jeff Brown, over by the cape conditions are good.
Monday Jan 26: Negative on Lake George. I called Duffy's Tavern, it overlooks the lake, and they say the lake is snowcovered with lots of snowmobile ruts, no ice showing. It was probably an old picture in the Sunday paper. I think the only ice in the northeast is out on the Cape. Let's hope they get rain on Wednesday.
Sunday Jan 25: I almost drove to the cape this weekend. They have good conditions over there. But it's a four hour drive and urgent projects and commitments at home edged out the pull toward the ice. Then this morning in the Sunday paper is a big picture of an immaculate ice surface on Lake George. It's an hour's drive and it looks fantastic.
Friday, Jan 16: Dan Guido reports that Otsego Lake is building black ice. In Cooperstown, 90 minutes from Albany.
Tomorrow it's going to be very cold with winds in the 7 to 8 range. Sunday looks better for wind but it's going to snow starting Saturday night. Now the latest report is that Otsego is rough with snow hummocks and not worth the drive.
Friday, Jan 9: There must have been 25 boats on Webster today. Big boats, DNs, and Freeskates all had a blast. The wind built through the day and by mid-afternoon you really had your hands full.
Thursday, Jan 8: Webster is still good according to local sailors, and the windcaster says that Friday would be a very nice day to go sailing. Sunny, high of 26, winds... pretty rowdy, 13 to 18 with gusts to 30. It's two hours from Albany.
Tuesday January 6: Bob S. from the Webster Mass area called last night. He says that Webster Lake (Lake Chaubunagungamaug) is heaven on ice. He and Billy Bluefeather checked every bay and found a consistent 4 inches of black, rated 9.5. South of Worcester Mass near the Conn border. I have to work.
Saturday January 3: Dan Guido , Bob Elison, and I sailed Canadarago Lake south of Richfield Springs in central NY. New black ice with 90 percent snow coverage, less than an inch of powder. The ice was four inches thick, and there were some obvious working ridges that got slushy late in the day. We had a big plate to work with and it was blowing 20+ so it was a blast, my first time out this season.
Friday January 2: Canadarago looks like the destination for tomorrow. Good breezes, Dan G. and Bob Ellison sailed it today. Be careful everyone, picks, cleats, throwline, good sense.
January 1: Happy New Year!
December 31: Snowing at the moment. They're saying the lake is getting 2 to 4 inches.
December 29: Both Saratoga Lake and Round Lake are snapped over, snowed on, and greyed out with rain pretty as a picture. All we need now is some cold nights.
The Hudson River Ice Yacht Club plans to have an outdoor display of up to 12 Hudson River Ice Yachts dating from the late 1800s in front of the Presidential Library. Included in the exhibit will be world-championship winning ice yachts owned by John A. Roosevelt and his Hyde Park neighbor, Col. Archibald Rogers. Ice Yacht Club members will be on-hand each day to talk about their boats, their sport and the history of ice yachting on the Hudson.
December 14: Round Lake is almost completely skinned over, so it's coming along. The lake is high, flooding the little parking area at the "launch." The high water level may make it a bit harder to get traction and space to get back up the hill to the road.
December 11, 2008: First post of the 2008-2009 season! I've been busy and sick by turns, late getting to this.
Give me a call if you're sailing in the Albany area. 518-436-9498
March 31, Monday: the snow missed Burlington and points north, but there was no wind this weekend, at least not enough to drive three hours for. I think this is about it for the season. Warm temps are wrecking the hardwater playground. Time to think about rowing.
March 28, Friday: We got 4 inches of wet snow this morning. I was thinking about Canadarago for tomorrow, but they've got snow too. Another Friday storm.
March 25, Tuesday: Sunapee was fun on Saturday. 30 boats were sailing on Sunapee's almost 9 miles with no ridges. Gusty winds got rowdy at times, stressing the gear. Henry Capotosto's boom exploded and he had a pretty long walk back to the beach. I think the lake is still being sailed. I've put in a post about Canadarago, I'll post when I find out about it.
March 20, Thursday: Sunapee in NH may be the destination for Saturday.
March 18, Tuesday: Monday on Canadarago was a great day of sailing. It was Frank Wall and I, with Dan Guido showing up later. Pretty crunchy surface, frozen slush with a bit of snow, but it was cold all day and stayed hard and sailable with plenty of wind.
March 16, Sunday: The Friday snows ruined Sunapee for the weekend. Danny Guido says that Canadarago is good in the Cooperstown area, so I may head out there tomorrow.
March 14, Friday: Sunapee in NH is the destination this weekend. Saratoga's surface never got better from the last snow.
February 23, Saturday: It snowed yesterday, breaks my heart. Conditions had finally materialized on Saratoga Lake and we had a great day sailing on Thursday. On Friday the lake was completely snowed out.
February 20, Wednesday: Saratoga is good. The recent rain, melt, and freeze has flattened Saratoga Lake to a sailable surface. There is a quarter inch of snow, but half the ice is blown clean, some patches of shell, I'd give it a 6.5. Scott and l will be sailing from Fitch Road tomorrow mid-morning.
February 15: Saratoga is snowed out. There's crust over 1 to 3 inches of snow and slush, a real mess. But the ice is thick, I measured 17 inches, so we may get conditions yet. I'm going to try Webster Mass tomorrrow.
February 11: Monday. Saratoga is covered with 2 inches of snow. Not crusty snow or styrofoam, just snow, with no clear areas. It's technically sailable with snow plates I suppose, but it would be slow. Melt at the Mangino's put-in is completely healed.
February 7: We've had a lot of warm rain and then snow. It's not getting really cold until Sunday and Monday. So I'm a little skeptical about local ice for this weekend. Monday maybe.
February 4: The problem with checking ice on the way to work is that you may come across good sailing conditions and still have to go to work. Saratoga looks good today, and we're on the verge of a meltout. I should be sailing today. I checked at the Mangino's put-in at the bottom of the lake.
February 1: Checked the ice on Saratoga at the Mangino's Restaurant put-in, and it looks great. The put-in is not great, it's narrow, no turn-around. You can't back a trailer down to the ice. It's park-pretty-close and carry.
January 28: Went to Winnipesaukee in NH for the weekend. I raced on Saturday, got my butt kicked in more ways than one, and then slammed around the lake for a while on Sunday in the falling snow, yaahoo!
January 25: Going up to try sailing Saratoga this afternoon, putting in at Mannings Cove. (don't try it, the police will ticket your car)
January 24: Round Lake has 8 or 9 inches of ice, but has some dense snowcover which has been made into hard ruts by plows making racetracks for ATVs and motorcycles, forget it.
January 14: Haven't been up to the lakes lately, but I'm sure there's no ice because of the big meltout. There was some sailing last weekend on Winnepesaukee in NH and on Webster in MA -- cautious sailing, planking on, etc. Now we have had another snowstorm hittting Vermont and northern NH, western Mass. Not so bad around here, just an inch or so, and now rain. But then it's going to get cold! Hope springs eternal.
January 7: A good time was had by all at Norton on Saturday. Big turn out.
January 4: Sailing this weekend -- conditions are good at Norton Lake south of Boston.
January 2: Season in a nutshell: We had a promise of early ice in December, then five major snow storms -- storms that involved the whole northeast.
December 21: Round Lake has wet out nicely and would be rutless and sailable if it would get cold for a couple of nights, but that's not going to happen. We've got warm rain coming and that will flatten everything then it's going to be cold next week.
December 17: We are hopelessly socked in, maybe 20 inches of snow has fallen in some areas. So the shallow lakes are out, but lakes that hadn't snapped over are still in play.
December 12: There was sailing last weekend, but I had stuff to do. Now we're having a bit of a rainy meltout in New England. Round Lake is completely frozen, but there is a lot of water on top. We're supposed to get some snow tomorrow, so maybe it will all wet out and make a nice combination of old and new ice and black and snow ice with no ridges developing. We'll see.
December 6: Went to Round Lake today, it's not there yet. There's no traffic on the lake, some areas of walkable but also areas of thin skim. I'll check again early next week, but it looks like there is going to be sailing on Quabog near Sturbridge in MA this weekend. I can't go, but this looks like the first sail of the season. Call the hotline for latest info: 508-481-1011.
November 29: Go here for "Black Ice" the newsletter for the New England Ice Yacht Association. There is ice out west, Wisconsin and Montana. In fact the Western Championships are scheduled for he weekend of Dec 8. Some ice is reported in Canada too. Be patient, it will come...
October 24: Welcome to the 2007-08 iceboating season! The NEIYA swapmeet, banquet, business meeting, and awards ceremony is going to be held Saturday November 10 from 9am to 3pm with the lunch starting at noon.
IF ANYONE KNOWS HOW TO GET ACCESS TO SARATOGA LAKE, PLEASE POST AND LET ME KNOW. AT THIS TIME I KNOW OF NO WAY FOR A LARGER NUMBER OF ICEBOATS TO GET ONTO SARATOGA LAKE. (see next note)
August 15: There may be some progress on the access issue. A new "Saratoga Park" is being planned at the site of the old Waterfront Restaurant. It's at the north end of the lake, but it will be on the lake side of the bridge.
2007--2008 season above
2006--2007 season below
Tuesday, Mar 27: Even the guys in Maine are hanging up their boats, though there is a report that Chicky was sailed yesterday. The Montreal group reports that they're still sailing. Memphremagog is a possible destination, plenty of wind tomorrow.
Monday, Mar 19: Just as all the lakes were flattening out and freezing, we get 16 inches of snow on a Friday. What a season. The storm affected most of New England but the Maine group is reporting lovely conditions on Megunticook. Just above Chickawaukee, it's a 6 hour drive.
Thursday, Mar 15: Saratoga is flattened out from the rain, the ice is still tight to the shore. We have some cold nights coming up but I doubt that it will be enough to heal all the drain holes, tighten up the slush, etc.
Thursday, Mar 8: Webster Pond is being sailed. May be a good Saturday destination. Wallenpaupack (PA) is also being sailed.
Monday, Mar 5: Webster (Chabunagungamaug) was sailed Sunday. Roger L. reports the surface is pretty crappy, but sailable. Tomorrow is too cold and windy, maybe Wednesday.
Saturday, Mar 3: Pretty sure Champlain got hit with the Thursday night snow storm. There is a chance of some sailing Sunday, at Webster Pond or Lake Massabesic in NH. Looks like good wind on Sunday.
Wednesday, Feb 28: The Nordic Skater site reports good black ice on Champlain below Essex, Charlotte. Safari to Button Bay?
Tuesday, Feb 27: I found out that there was some good sailing on Saturday, Webster Pond in Mass. Not enough breeze on Sunday, and now there is no wind in all of New England for a few days.
Friday, Feb 23: Lake George got four inches of new snow last night, Round and Saratoga are also snowed out. High winds are forecast for tomorrow. Sunday looks good if we can find ice.
Monday, Feb 12: Round and Saratoga are still snowed out but Lake George is sailable. Scott J and I sailed Saturday in puffy and changing winds. The air was good but it came and went. There are clear areas out from the village beach, 70% 1 inch snow cover with occasional 4" drifts. The Lake George ice is thick enough to drive onto.
Friday, February 9: I hear that Lake George is good, the snow is blown off. I'll be there Saturday morning, the forecast is for 7 to 14 building.
Thursday, February 8: Long Pond Lakeville was great yesterday. A little heavy, gusting to 25-30, but the ice was fine and six or eight of us had a pretty good time. This weekend there will be a big NEIYA regatta there.
Tuesday, February 6: Saturday it looked like snow up north, nothing on the hotline so I called Roger L. who said that Billy B. was sailing Quabog Pond (above Sturbridge MA) so I packed up and went over. It's 2 hours exactly to the lake. Quabog had 2.5 inches of snow, more than I expected, but there was tons of wind so we had a great time. Now the destination is Long Pond Lakeville, might go tomorrow.
Friday, January 26: On Saratoga, see above. Round Lake is good though. 4 inches of smooth black with one inch of snow. It hasn't been checked carefully, these notes are from me walking the west side of the lake and talking to fishermen, but I would guess that's it's all good (take care). Andy Hudson and company sailed it a week ago.
Monday, January 22: I would have tried Round Lake if I could have got out of commitments yesterday. Now I see that the New England group is sailing Quabog Pond, in MA above Sturbridge.
Friday, January 19: Saratoga is completely frozen, but no one is on it, nor should they be. Round Lake has two inches of lovely black ice, half inch of snow, with some brave fishermen trying it out today. We will be having some cold nights soon (21 tonight, 10 Saturday, 9 Sunday), if the snow holds off we will have some local sailing. High winds forecasted for Saturday. That's ok, everythings skinned over, the wind will maybe sublimate some snow.
January 18: Dan G says Canadarago near Cooperstown NY has two inches of smooth black ice today. This may be a weekend destination. Dan will try to sail tomorrow, he's not the kind of guy to do anything reckless. By Friday who knows?
January 16: Seems like the water in our little ponds like Round Lake is ready to jump to ice. It's cold, it's done all the convecting it's going to do, and if it gets a little snow on it that will help. What you need is a night like tonight (3 degrees) and the lake will snap over and then start building. Let's hope. Wednesday night is going to be better, cold and calm, so what's left of the lakes will surely go then. There's also Long Pond in the Grafton Lakes on rte 2 out of Troy.
January 12: Danny Guido just posted from the Cooperstown NY area. I don't think he'd mind if you called him to check the latest conditions.
January 10: It's getting cold. I may go up to Maine on the weekend. Plymouth Pond, only ice in the east. Access Rte 7 South of Newport a few miles. Rte 7 runs right beside the lake about 50 feet from the ice at the public launch pad.
December 12, 2006(!): It's in the 40s today, upstate NY has all open water in the middle of December.
March 16: I thought the season was over with Lloyd posting that midcoast ice was out, etc. But no! the skeeter guys are having a regatta in Burlington this weekend. Malletts Bay?
March 14: I'm done. The guys had a good time up at Wentworth in NH last weekend but it's over for me. The ice is too spooky. Usually we have lakes like parking lots this time of the year, but not this season.
March 6: At 5:00 Saturday morning I called the hotline and Paul G. and Jeff S. changed my mind about Malletts Bay and we went to Webster for a terrific day of sailing. Thanks to you hotline volunteers!
March 3: Terrific day sailing at Webster Wednesday! Good group, great seeing everybody and meeting some new sailors. Now I'm looking at Malletts Bay for Saturday, Scott Meyer and I may go up.
February 28: Conditions look good at Webster Pond tomorrow, out by where MA, RI, and CT converge. Thanks to Roger and Bob for the report.
February 27: I trekked out to Sunapee for the Wayne Fortier memorial gathering on Saturday. Forecast called for snow and fluky winds so I didn't even take my boat. It was the most extreme brunch I've ever been to (gusty winds, snow, temps in the teens). Good to see everyone, thanks to the CIBC for hosting. It's great to be a part of this group.
February 24: As it turned out, it was too windy to sail Bantam on Friday. I would have needed a storm sail. Destination is for Sunapee tomorrow, though sailing conditions don't look good.
February 23: Pleasant sail on Round Lake this morning. No one there, I was careful. The wind came up, light, I had a few nice runs. this was my first sail of the season so I really enjoyed it.
February 20: This is a sad day in New England. At Sunapee yesterday there was a collision. This is the report from the Manchester (NH) Union Leader. I don't have any other details. My heart goes out to the Fortier families, and here's hoping for a quick recovery for Dave.
Ice boat collision kills sailor on Sunapee
February 19: I think I'm going to try Saratoga tomorrow, Monday. Should be good, they're calling for 10 mph. The Lake has had a few nights of cold, and it's flattened out from top to bottom, which means five miles of sailing without ridges. If the South Shore Marina isn't open I'll go down the road to Round Lake. I haven't checked either lake, so take care.
February 16: Saratoga looks beautiful. a good layer of flattened out snow ice with no ridges. It's punky this afternoon, it's 58 degrees today, but it's set up for the freeze tomorrow night. There are some walkers on the lake, and one shanty on the south end. I wouldn't venture out today, that's for sure, but if it doesn't snow, with the cold coming this week we may have the whole lake to sail.
February 9: Despite a few cold nights, the lake seems to have broken up. How much open water there is I haven't checked, but according to this morning's paper conditions are not good.
February 2: According to Karl, who lives on the lake, it's looking like March at Saratoga. The lake has a wet surface, occasional fishermen can be seen. A few cold nights could do wonders.
January 6: A note from Dave Fortier from Chickawaukee in the Camden area of Maine:
December 22: Saratoga Lake is unsailable as of today. Thin ice covered with two inches of styrofoam means that the lake has some thawing and freezing to do before it gets good. I will keep you posted.
November 15: It was a great day for the meeting and swap meet over at the Westborough Windham. Good to see everyone. Officers were elected, Luke turned over the commodoreship to Eben Whitcomb, and the vice-commodore is Steve Lamb. One thing that has changed is the tune-up event is going to be held off the ice, at Steve's shop. This is a good idea because the problem was, if there is ice, who wants to stand around talking? or like last year, the event ends up being skipped because of conditions. Pretty sure it's December 17, but let me confirm.
October 17, 2005: The New England club's swap meet is coming up. Basically a bunch of guys standing around in a motel parking lot looking at iceboats and iceboat parts for sale, the NEIYA Swap Meet and Awards Banquet is a good place to learn a bit about the sport of iceboating, and meet the people who are doing it. I recommend it. If anyone from the Albany area wants to go give me a call at 518-436-9498 or post me.
Announcement from Jeff Soderholm:
New England Ice Yacht Association Annual Meeting/Swap Meet & Awards Banquet Saturday Nov 12th. Location: Windham Westborough at junction of Rt 495 and rt 9 west in Westborough MA
Anyone who may be lurking out there in the New England Area who is interested in getting started or finding out more about the sport of iceboating this is your opportunity to come check out or even buy some iceboating equipment and meet some of the people from your area involved in the sport. The swap meet starts outside in the rear of the Wyndam approximately 10-10:30am.
Start of notes concerning the 2005-2006 season
Saturday March 19, 2005: Strange but true, there's still ice on South Watuppa in Fall River MA. It only lasts till noon on a day like today, but even with temps in the 50s there's good sailing in the morning.
February 19: Middle of the season and I haven't been writing much here. The reason is I'm completely inundated by work. This has got to change.
February 4: The commodore has called the New England's for Sebago, so I'm heading up there in the morning.
February 3: Pretty sure the safari is to Sebago Lake in south western Maine this weekend. Only 4.5 hours from Albany. Nason's Beach on the west side of the lake, take 90 to 495 to 95 to exit 7, 114 north through Goreham, Nason's Beach is on the right. Check back tomorrow for confirmation.
January 31: Word is that Sebago in Maine is very nice. I hope conditions hold for the weekend. Nason's Beach is 4.5 hours from Albany.
January 24: Saratoga is completely snowed out until further notice. 10 inches?
January 21: At the south end of the lake it looks sailable. There is only an inch or so of snowcover, but it's denser now. At Manning Cove drifting has occurred with snow hummocks 5 inches high, at least on the west side of the lake.
January 20: Saratoga received 1-2 inches of flufffy snow last night. So, the ice is great, but there's some snowcover, soon to be rutted by snowmobiles. I'll check again tomorrow.
January 18: Saratoga was sailed Sunday and Monday.
January 16: Saratoga Lake surface is a 8.5, with large areas of 9.5.
January 15: Saturday, sailed Round Lake today. The rain has smoothed it out pretty well. Saratoga is also good with no ridges yet. I'll be sailing there tomorrow, (Sunday) from the South Shore Marina, the wind is supposed to be better.
January 9: Albany area lakes are completely snowed in. Warm temps this week may improve the situation.Still no ice at all on Lake George.
January 5, 2005: Round Lake is good! Saratoga Lake still looks a little spooky, and the put-in is still posted no trespassing. This is ironic, Saratoga has invited me to be a part of their winter fest, set up a boat and hand out info, etc, meanwhile you can't even legally get onto the lake. Round Lake on the other hand has 7 inches and easier access. It's a bit punky around the edges from the rains, but that will tighten up.
January 4, 2005: Happy New Year! Well the New England group had a nice weekend of sailing over on Quabog Pond, just off the Mass Pike almost to Worcester. Around here there's nothing. Freakish warm weather has us melted for the most part. New England is calling a regatta for this weekend. I'll probably go wherever they decide to have it. Check the hotline, 508-481-1011.
December 27: "DN60 Ice Boat: EC, must see, $2600 Schenectady, NY (518) 374-1097 Ted Clements." Scott Meyer found this in the Want Ad Digest. I've seen the boat, this is a pretty nice outfit.
December 23: Karl Avenarius says that Saratoga Lake froze completely on the 21st. Karl also says that the owners of the property at the Manning Cove put-in want to get rid of the access. Glad to hear that arrangements will be made nearby at Karl's frontage. This is good news, it would be a shame to lose access to the most interesting ice plate on the lake. It's still a shame to lose the convenience of the Manning Cove fishing access. It's wierd that a lake this big has no public access for masted boats.
December 18: The south end of Saratoga Lake has snapped across beautifully. At Manning Cove there's quite a bit of open water but the lake is mostly ice covered, looks good.
December 6: This is a great bargain! Paul Gervais writes: <I have a Gougeon wedge style DN boat for sale with wood /glass mast, ash plank,3/16 insert runners ,aluminum boom, harken blocks , tapered sheet etc. This was my spare boat max cockpit, 19" wide hull in good condition with Shore wide range sail and foam battens. Asking $1500.00 located in VT . If interested e-mail me @ firstname.lastname@example.org>
November 24: Steve Duhamel has a new shipment of 1D sails. "Power, F Speed, Speed and Full Power sail along with some German Chocks." He's also taking orders for storm sails.Speaking of storm sails, at the Winnie The Hard Way event, it was blowing 30+, so it was ill advised for anyone to go with a full sail. That's my boat third from the left, full sail. The only way I could stay in control on the way back from Center Harbor was to head directly downwind and sheet in. Lucky the wind was pretty much aligned with the course.
November 23 posting: The swapmeet has come and gone. Steve Duhamel remembered to bring me the Estonian ski masks, he just gave them to me and said, "you and your wife have a nice time tonight." I picked up my new mast from Jeff Kent so I may be a little faster this season. Steve sold me a cover for it and I was all set.
October 19 posting: There's a chill in the air, I got the NEIYA newsletter about the November swapmeet. The madness begins. Also in the newsletter was Jeff Brown's account of the Winnepesaukee expedition last spring. A very nice writeup Jeff, and I'm so glad to have been there, but sometimes I think that wewere a bit out of our minds -- going so fast over rough and unsurveyed ice.
September 29, 2004: The Hudson River group says, "A DN is available as part of a silent auction in Germantown this weekend."
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March 29 posting: "Spring Cookout and Skate Evaluation Event At Composite Solutions Inc." Steve Duhamel posted a message about this event to the New England forum. Get Lunch, get your runners evaluated, and get a tour of Composite Solutions. Sounds good to me. Here's more of Steve's message:
March 24 posting: Just read Jeff Soderholm's post about ice in New England for this weekend. I'm sure there is good sailing this weekend somewhere, but I'm done, don't tempt me. Maybe if our own Saratoga Lake turned up good I'd put the boat together one more time. It's been a great season and it's a great group, see you in the fall.
March 18 posting: There will be a gathering at Burlington Saturday and Sunday. The Easterns Regatta will be held on lake Champlain launching from Perkins Pier right downtown.
March 13 posting: The Spring Frolic at Winnie in NH was a great day of sailing. Many thanks to Jeff Brown who stepped up to organize this particular Hard Way safari. I figure it was a fifty mile treck altogether. I arrived a bit late, glad that the group didn't leave before I got set up. It was howling, and sailors were waiting around for the wind to die down.
March 11 posting: Watching the Wolfeboro NH forecasts it looks like good wind on Saturday, but they're calling for 2 to 4 inches of snow tomorrow. Time will tell.
March 3 posting: The ice on the ponds along the southern shore of New England is either gone, unsafe, or so rotten around the edges you can't get onto the plate. Now we wait through this heatwave and hope for some wetting out of the snow on the northern lakes.
February 26 posting: Webster is still good (great yesterday -- yeehaa!), but may not last til the weekend. The Hudson River group is also sailing, click the button on the right. This is late season sailing, take special care.
February 23 posting: Check this link and this for news from the North Americans regatta in Sandusky OH.
February 21 posting: Saturday got rained out at Webster, going to try Sunday.
February 19 posting: Roger Livingston reports that Webster Lake (lake Chaubunagungamaug) should be good for the weekend. Two hours from Albany, take the Mass pike to Worcester, south on 395 to exit 1. At the end of the ramp take a left. Go under the bridge and take another left as if you were going back on 395. The launch site is along this road. Check the windmaps, forecasts.
February 16 posting: Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Rich Crucet!
February 13 posting: Easterns are cancelled, but southern New England is still the place for ice. Saturday is going to be 15 to 20 diminishing to 10 to 15 according to windcaster. As of now I'm going to Watuppa.
February 12 posting: NEIYA is holding the Easterns at South Watuppa Lake this weekend if everyting goes well. It's near Westport Mass about 3.5 hours drive from Albany. Check the NEIYA site for directions. Call the hotline for last minute info.
February 10 posting: Redbank NJ was good this weekend but the wind was pretty rough. We took two boats down yesterday, Monday, and it was still very puffy. Warm too. The ice was deteriorating before our eyes. After lunch what had been little cracks were now dangerous seams. I know, I sailed into one of them (crash ...splinter). Gerald Kufner also found some thin ice that day.
February 6 posting: Snowstorms Tuesday and Friday have New England ice looking pretty dismal. Of course Saratoga is completely and irrevocably buried, Vermont is not reporting any ice, the only ice I see is on Long Island, and maybe the coastal lakes below Boston on Sunday and Monday. Also check Redbank NJ. Here's the Long Island hotline: (631) 475-7747
February 1 posting: Went to Sebago Lake in Southern Maine Friday and Saturday. Hard to imagine bigger or better ice, fabulous. Only 4.5 hours from Albany. Nason's Beach on the west side of the lake, take 90 to 495 to 95 to exit 7, 114 north through Goreham, Nason's Beach is on the right.
January 28 posting: We got a good 8 inches of powder in Albany, probably more at Saratoga Lake. According to the snow coverage map the storm missed the eastern coastal area of New England, from the Cape to Maine. I guess I'll be driving east this weekend. The VT hotline says that they also got 3 to 5 inches on Champlain.
January 27 posting: Snow tonight, here and to the south, not good for the Hudson Valley.
January 26 posting: Saratoga Lake is covered with 1 to 3 inches of dense snow, drifted and rutted. Unsailable.
January 9 posting: The Saratoga Lake Ice Report is signing off for a couple of weeks. Be back on the 24th.
January 8 posting: Dan Johnsen is resting and healing after surgery on his legs December 31. Dan sailed his DN into an open seam on Saratoga Lake about a mile from shore, pretty much wrecking his boat and breaking both of his legs.
January 6 posting: Saratoga has an inch of snow, a half inch of ice crust, and more snow on top. We wouldneed a major thaw to get this lake back into shape. Other lakes in our area are probably the same, but there are lakes which haven't frozen yet which may be coming in, lake George, the Champlain bays.
January 5th posting: Saratoga got about 3 inches of wet snow last night, so I'd say no sailing for a couple of days. the lake was wet, and the snow is already grayed out, so with the cold that's coming we may be good to go by the weekend. I'm not sailing for a while, I promised Cathy I'd go someplace warm this winter. Be back on Jan 23. Call the Marina at 518-584-9125. Or the New England hotline at 508-481-1011.
January 3rd posting: Saratoga Lake received a ton of rain today, it's wet and the snow ice near the shore is slushy. I walked out to the black ice and it's still 5 inches. There is some cold coming in, and that may leave the snow ice rough, but I think the black ice will keep its surface. Sailing now while it's wet would be very dangerous because the seam would be almost invisible.
January 2nd posting: 70% chance of rain and temps in the 50s are forecast for Saturday. Wind is 10 to 15 though.
December 30: Tony at the marina says that no one sailed today because of the rain but that the ice is still good. There are some snow showers in the forecast but nothing serious. Tomorrow sounds perfect, 10-15.
December 28: Saratoga is good. Miles of smooth black ice. Sailed Saturday, light but we got some rides. Today the breeze didn't fill in, but the ice stayed hard. Watch for a breeze coming through because we've got ice.
December 26: Saratoga looks good. Some bumps, some 1/4 inch shell, but good thickness, and better after tonight's 18 degrees. The lake has not been thoroughly checked, proceed with caution! Wind is only 5-10 for tomorrow, better on Sunday.
December 23: Happy holidays everyone!
December 22 posting: Went up to Saratoga this morning. After a very limited survey on foot, I have to say it looks good. A dusting of snow on 6 or 7 inches of ice. This is the first day the fishermen are out according to some locals, and one contact I called whose house overlooks the lake says that there is no open water in sight. Take care, this is a spooky lake early in the season.
December 21 posting: Appreciate eveyone's reports of sailing on Quaboag in Mass this weekend, I've had the flu.
December 13 posting: Saratoga has a bit of ice in bays and near the shore, perhaps 5%.
November 20 posting: The Jamboree was teriffic. Jeff Kent and Henry Bossett were there. Jan Gougeon, Ron Sherry and Paul Goodwin came over from Michigan. Dan Clapp was there from NJ, Vermont's Bob Dill,Lloyd Roberts from Maine. Very interesting. Jon Hix and Dick Price deserve high praise for putting together a fantastic event.
November 5 posting: The NEIYA meeting and swap was well attended -- awards were presented, appreciations expressed, officers were elected, class issues were discussed, and stuff was bought and sold out in the parking lot. Issues included runner limitation, Optimist class youth sailing, ways to grow the membership.
October 28 posting: The NEIYA swapmeet, meeting, and banquet is this weekend in central Mass, Saturday November 1. Go to the NEIYA site for directions. I'll be driving from Albany if anyone wants a lift. 518-436-9498
May 23: Jon Hix and Dick Price are kicking off the '03/'04 season with the announcement of the second Iceboat Jamboree in Saratoga Springs. Here's Jon's announcement:
THE SECOND ICEBOAT JAMBOREE November 14-16th Gideon Putnam Hotel, Saratoga Springs,NY.
Thursday March 27: Summing up the season, '02-03 was a fabulous, epic winter. . A good iceboating season, but not locally. Lots of ice but also lots of snow. Lake George was the closest good sailing we had, and it was good for a few weeks. I sailed on Misissquois, the very top of Champlain, Norton and Watuppa on the eastern Mass coast, and had a great day on Bantam early this month. The best thing that happened locally is that we have a couple of new sailors, Ted Clements and Barry Maisel, welcome! Have a great summer everyone, grease your runners, talk to you in the fall.
Friday March 14: As we speak, the skeeters are racing at Champlain near Burlington. And the Eastern Regional DN Championships are in the same general area. Call the hotlines for info.
Tuesday March 11: Big iceboating party on Champlain near Burlington this weekend. I have to work, can't go. Check the hotlines.
Sunday March 9: The cold continues! Dan Guido reports Otesgo os good. And Jon Hix says that the snow on Bantam is completely wet out, ready for tonight's freeze. Round Lake may be also tightened up again by tomorrow.
Friday March 7: Bantam was great on Tuesday! But then got 6 to 8 nches.
Monday, March 3: We got rain and then a hard freeze, but according to Karl Avenarius it wasn't enough toflatten our lake.
Sunday, March 2: Saratoga is still covered with four inches of snow, ruts, etc. Maybe conditions will improve if we get more rain than snow today.
Thursday, February 27: Good reports are coming in from all over. The Hudson is good, Bantam is good I hear from Jon Hix. Thinking of going down to Lake Mahopac tomorrow. The breeze is on the coast. I saw some pix of Watuppa in eastern Mass, and the ice is beautiful -- looks like they will have a breeze tomorrow, too.
Friday, February 21: Saratoga is snowcovered, unsailable.
Friday, February 14: Happy Valentine's Day!
Wednesday, February 12: A few of us are going down to Rhinebeck to sail with the Hudson River club tomorrow, launching from the Rhinebeck town dock at Rhinecliff NY. For the latest condition report hit the HRIYC button at right.
Monday, February 10: Button Bay on Champlain is good I hear. And the HRIYC has boats on the Hudson near Rhinecliff, follow the Hudson River button at right.
Friday, February 7: Scott and I had a safari to Lake George planned for today but it got too calm and snowy. Thursday was the day to be sailing, I had to work. Saturday looks good for wind if we can find some ice without snow on it. Got to sail it when you got it.
Tuesday, February 4: Here's a report from the Plattsburg local paper on the DN world championships.
Friday, January 31: The North American and World Championship DN regattas start this weekend,Champlain at Valcour below Plattsburg. Click the IDNIYRA button at right for latest info.
Friday, January 24: Follow the "Hudson River IYC" button at right for more info on the Van Nostrand Cup challenge.
Sunday, January 19: Ice close to Albany! Ted Clements called last night, Lake George has snapped over. He says the entire lake has skatable black ice measuring 7 inches in the middle of the lake. We will be launching today at the souhernmost tip of the lake at Million Dollar Beach.
January 17 posting: I'm thinking Pocotopaug in Conn. tomorrow. Looks like there will be wind, there's an otherwise pretty quiet weekend wind forecast. I'll try to get someone to go with me, see you there! Call Dave Burnham 860-267-3590 for up to date info.
January 16 posting: Saratoga is a mess. Yes there's ice but also tons of snow and snowmobile ruts.
January 13 posting: Didn't sail again this weekend, but now the ice is getting good across southern New England. A Wednesday trip to Norton res (way the hell) over below Boston is shaping up.
January 10 posting: Saratoga is completely buried of course, as is the whole northeast from Conn to Montreal. The Vermont hotline is saying something about a Champlain bay on North Hero island, may be sailable this weekend. Check the VT hotline Friday night 802-985-1469.
January 3 posting: All the warm rain had set Saratoga up for a good surface, but now the snow has put us out of business again.
December 30 posting: The NEIYRA Tuneup is postponed till New Years Day. Call the hotline Tuesday night at (508) 481-1011 for the latest news on location.
December 27 posting: The NEIYRA Tune-up has been postponed til Sunday. But... the Canadian Nationals are going to be held tomorrow on Missisquois Bay, just across the Vermont line, the northern tip of Champlain. Phillipsburg is the launch site.
December 26 posting: Merry Christmas! We got 24 inches at my house. Will the New England group find ice for their Tune-up event this weekend? Call the hotline at (508) 481-1011.
December 16 posting: Temperatures are going down this afternoon, and Saratoga and Round lakes are ready for a freeze. The lakes are flattened out sheets of dark slush at the moment, so there's hope for good sailing if it stays cold. Watch this space.
December12 posting: Thanks to last night's snowfall, we're socked in with 8 inches of wet snow, but it may have been our private little storm. North, south, and east of us got much less. In any case it looks like a snowcovered, mild and sloppy weekend in our area.
December11 posting: Jack Erikson reports good sailing on Otter Pond, and Jon Hix says sailing is good on Wentworth, both in NH. The Linc Davis regatta may be held this weekend in Maine. Call the number below for info.
December 6 posting: It looks to me like there is sailing in New England this weekend, you just have to drive to Maine. Call the Chickawaukee Iceboaters Club hotline at 207-596-0664.
December 5 posting: Stephen Wilson reports that Albany's own Watervleit Reservoir has skinned over and is building! Dan Guido says that Young's lake had 3 inches of black on Monday, so the Cooperstown guys expect to sail this weekend. Check NEIYRA ice reports Dan will probably post there.
November 11 posting: The Westboro swapmeet was a great success. There must have been 60 people there, beautiful day, breezy enough to power the "blo-karts" around the parking lot. Here's some news, we have a new sailor in the area. I met Barry Maisel from Saratoga at the swap and watched him buy a DN. The more the merrier. All we need now is ice.
October 9th posting: The New England Ice Yacht Association will have its annual meeting and swapmeet at the usual place in Westboro Mass. Saturday, November 9nd. At 12:00 there will be a buffet lunch, the swapmeet is in the parking lot before, during, and after. I've found some great bargains there.
Sept 16, 2002 posting: Ice Boat Swap Meet Unplugged
On Saturday, April 27th, The Hudson River Ice Yacht Club's spring member's dinner will feature iceboating action from 100 years ago. It's not a public dinner but you may be able to beg a seat. Go to the HRIYC site for details.
Monday March 18 -- I have to hand it to the Maine group, here's a note from Lloyd Roberts.
Tuesday March 12 -- It's over. The ice is out. I sailed Canadarago on Friday, Dan said that they sailed it on Saturday and pulled everything off on Sunday. Canadarago was the last ice in the area as far as I know. They say that Moosehead Lake in Maine is fabulous, and there's still sailing in Ottawa. Anybody want to go to a Moosehead Frolic? Maybe it's not over.
Tuesday March 5 -- Back from vacation, we had a great time resting, touring around mid-coast Maine, and sailing on the fabulous ice of Chickawaukee Lake. Meanwhile the ice is out at Saratoga. Karl said he caught a glimpse of a boat on the lake a few weeks back, but no one I know sailed Saratoga this winter.
Thursday, Feb 14 -- Happy Valentines Day! I was up at Saratoga Lake today, looks good. Call Karl Avenarius for confirmation, 518-587-5316. The Saratoga Lake Ice Report is going on vacation for a couple of weeks, Cathy and I are going to Maine for some rest and relaxation, and maybe some sailing. See you when I get back.
Monday, Feb 11 -- A report from Alan Crawford: "The rain yesterday has made a mess of Saratoga Lake. We received 1+ inches of snow early this morning; snow was still falling when I left for work. Large areas of slush. There is still open water near Snake Hill / center of lake but closer to the East shore. If it gets cold, the lake may return to the conditions you report below."
Saturday, February 9 -- We've got ice at Saratoga!! Good wind tomorrow, Saratoga is finally fit to sail. There's some open water over in the deeper area by Snake Hill, but the where we usually sail, from Manning's Cove clear to the south shore looks good. The fishermen I talked to were drilling eight inches of ice.
Wednesday, Feb 6 -- Cathy and I plan to go to Bantam on Friday if conditions hold.
February 3 -- Tom White called, so I met him at Long Pond Grafton -- beautiful ice, tons of breeze. Dan Guido reports that Canadarago is good out by Cooperstown. Jon Hix says that Bantam is good in CT. Jeff Soderholm reports that Quabog is good in MA. Call me if you want to safari.
February 2 -- Alan Crawford reports that Saratoga still has open water in the center. Scott and I sailed at Long Pond Grafton Lakes. Great ice, sailed the whole lake, no ridges or open areas.
February 1 -- Karl Avenarius reports that Saratoga looks good but says the surface is really a crust with snow underneath. Karl also sees several spooky dark spots out in the lake, so Saratoga remains unsailable.
January 31 -- Snowed less than a couple of inches so far in Albany. Check out Long Pond in Grafton, eight inches of ice according to the fishermen. It's supposed to rain tomorrow and then freeze. Long Pond is a possible destination for Saturday, you never know.
January 25 -- The weekend sure looks good for air -- ice is another matter.
January 21 -- Alan Crawford reports, "Saratoga Lake is still looking pretty dismal. Still a big patch of open water around the Kaydeross extending mid-lake plus big areas in center directly out from the sailing club and towards Snake Hill." Thanks Alan.
January 18 -- The New England regatta has been postponed. Bantam is going to be a madhouse on Saturday, and Webster lake below Worcester MA is also good. Hope you get some good rides this weekend.
January 17 -- Karl Avenarius reports that Saratoga is unsailable with an inch of snow and a lot of open water over by Snake Hill and several holes around the launch site. Dan Guido reports that Canadarago got three inches of snow last night. Meanwhile Jon, Rich, and Fred have been sailing on Bantam all week.
January 14 -- Looked at Round and Saratoga this morning. Good news is they're all flattened out, bad news is there's a lot of open water showing. Tom White had the idea to try sailing Long Pond in Grafton. It's up in the hills a bit and is plenty safe, 8 inches thick, but it's NOT quite flattened out with patches of snow and crust. Time will tell.
January 11 -- Looks pretty grim for the weekend, everything is either socked in or melted out unless you want to drive to Maine. Call the hotlines, there may be some ice somewhere.
January 7 -- Got snow last night, 16 inches so far. Under the snow, Saratoga still is punky and gray. Before the snow Round Lake (3/4 mile diameter pond four miles south of Saratoga Lake on Rte 9) was good, beautiful ice, but no wind this weekend.
January 4 -- A report from Alan Crawford: "I drove the length of Saratoga Lake on 9P this morning on my way to work. No ice except in Fish Creek (North end at the 9P bridge) and in Shadow Bay (North of Snake Hill - East side). Too much wind. Once the wind stops blowing (tonight?) my guess is that the lake will begin to freeze.
January 2, 2002 -- Happy New Year! We've been sailing on Watervleit Res. close to home here, beautiful ice but difficult access. Alan Crawford posted that Round Lake is skinned over, that's the next possibility locally.
December 29 -- The season is here. Reports are coming in from ME, NH, and VT. More interesting to us down here is Young's Lake over by Cooperstown. Danny Guido says they're sailing this weekend.
December 28 -- From Dan Guido, Cooperstown NY area:"Youngs Lake 3 miles east of Richfield Springs on Rt 20 has 3 inches of black. Just punched a hole at 4 pm. We will be there Fri 12 noon. I don't know if I should post on New England site with lake effect snow coming Saturday."
December 27 There is no ice at Saratoga Lake. Best thing I've heard for this weekend is Roger Livingston's report that there's a chance for sailing on Monomonack Lake on the Mass/NH border.
December 21 -- no ice, no winter in sight! There is no ice yet in New England or the Montreal area. It hasn't been cold and this week is not helping. Last year we sailed Saratoga on the 26 of December. While you're waiting for the lakes to freeze check out Lloyd Robert's notes on the Jamboree. A lot of good information.
November 15, 2001 -- The Iceboat Jamboree was a huge success. I'm writing up my notes, follow the link if you're curious.
November 1, 2001, The season begins with the NEIYA banquet and swapmeet this weekend in Westborough Mass Saturday November 3, at the Windham Westborough at the intersection of Rt. 495 and Rt. 9, one exit north of the Mass Pike. Then next weekend is the Iceboat jamboree at Saratoga Spa State Park, Gideon Putnam Hotel. See the above link for details.
The new NEIYA hotline number is 508-481-1011. The new number will handle four incoming calls at once and will allow reports from diferent individual clubs from the whole area. The new Commodore of the New England group, Gregory Cornelius, tells me that he would like to include Saratoga in the New England Ice Yacht Assn's sailing area. So if we have good conditions, there may be some more activity on our lake.
Get your gear right, maybe see you on the ice next month. Check back here for news of the NEIYA tune-up day, and what happened at the jamboree.