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 on: April 26, 2018, 05:05:34 PM 
Started by Daniel Hearn - Last post by Daniel Hearn
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 on: March 17, 2018, 08:19:46 AM 
Started by RANDY ROGOSKI - Last post by RANDY ROGOSKI
Houghton Lake got 4 inches of snow last night! 

Snow and wind trashed Houghton. It’s 2-3” of Styrofoam snow with some drifts to 7”. Higgins lake is worse. Elk Lake which has a little less snow but won’t be sailable this weekend (March 17 & 18).

Hope for a little rain and warm, sunny days and we might get lucky next weekend.

From the ever vigilant GTIYC ice scouts.

 on: March 15, 2018, 06:58:47 PM 
Started by RANDY ROGOSKI - Last post by RANDY ROGOSKI
Snow on top of hard ice, healed drain holes, bright spring sun, pleasant temperatures, low humidity — spring sailing at its finest.

Sounds like ideal conditions for a launch site party, the kind of day where many are content the sailing not interfere too much with fun at the grill.

“Conditions look good for sailing Houghton Lake this coming weekend. It’s reported to have about 16” of ice, the old drain holes all appear to have healed up, there is about 1” of somewhat stiff snow covering most of the lake. With the sunshine and above freezing daytime temps both days it should soften up.
The wind is forecast to be 5-10 mph both days. The launch site we’ll be using is the DNR site on old 27 just north of M-55. Hope a bunch of you show up! (emphasis provided),”
said Bob Gray, DN US 65, Grand Traverse IYC at 5:10 pm March 15.

“Just got back (from Houghton Lake), hard black ice, relatively smooth , under 90% 1 inch snow, somewhat (like Styrofoam), but boats would sail nicely.” This remark was reported Wednesday evening by Skip Stauber of GTIYC, who sails the yellow bubble-boat Skeeter named Rush.

Sunshine is in the forecast Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is now 12 hours of day light, the sun will soften the snow and vaporize it, even if the temperature is below freezing during the day.

Overnight low temperature forecast at Houghton Lake is low 20s.

The temperature high for those days will push or exceed 40 degrees. Daytime humidity should fluctuate around 50 percent. Low humidity keeps melting ice firm; it sublimates directly to water vapor. The benefit of snow cover is that it insolates the ice from the sun’s ultraviolet energy, reflecting it rather than absorbing it. The sun weakens black ice as it drills pin holes, a process known as honeycombing.

Our local ice contact at Houghton Lake provided a general description similar to Bob Gray’s summary of Houghton Lake’s ice. This ice scout, a newspaper reporter and ice fisherman, shared his first hand observations with me made from the DNR launch on the eastern side of the lake, where there is plenty of ice at the launch. That launch is on the way to Roscommon County airport from Prudenville. Gray did not say he was at our usual west launch, but with the overnight low temperatures lately, I concur that that is the place to launch

Bob Gray is a retired military aviator then airline captain who also likely consults an aviation weather web site. The aviation site I surf forecasts wind maximums of 6 mph Saturday, and 8 mph Sunday.

My view is safe ice, ready access, and beautiful spring weather make a gamble on the wind a good bet.

Randy Rogoski, DN US 4192,
A past Central Region rear commodore

 on: March 15, 2018, 07:43:41 AM 
Started by DN 5449 - Last post by DN 5449
Don,t put your gear away yet,Canada is a vast land with still a lot of Winter left.Heck I have iceboated into May on some years.We are still planing on putting on the Canadian DN Championship.Ice scouters will be out in earnest trying to find ice,there is still 30" of it here in ThunderBay just waiting to be exposed.So be on notice for further announcements.

 on: March 08, 2018, 06:09:20 AM 
Started by US5430 - Last post by US5430
Although you may be ready for a Regatta,  once again the ice is not. The Centrals remain under postponement.

Bill Cutting

 on: March 07, 2018, 05:35:23 PM 
Started by Bob Gray - Last post by keukaflyer
Thanks for sharing Eric.

 on: March 07, 2018, 03:25:53 PM 
Started by Bob Gray - Last post by eric_anderson
I don't want to speak for Dave, but I have torn the plank off 3 times in 12 years.  Once was a problem with the system that I did not realize I had,  Basically I built a new plank and the press nut had a huge burr on it that striped the thread off the bolt and it released in a hard gybe.

I tore it off once in an epic  hard spin/flip when we probably should not have been sailing and once when I hit a chunk of ice frozen onto the surface the runner did not make it over.  In all cases I was able to immediately reset the plank and sail off.  depending on exactly where the bolts shear off, you may be able to unscrew  them out by hand, or you can use a screw driver to scratch a little slot in the bolt  piece left in the nut and turn it out if it breaks off flush with the nut.
I carry spare balls and bolts because you will never find the balls again.  One thing to keep in mind is that if one side breaks loose, it twists the other side off also so you always need to replace both sides.

 on: March 06, 2018, 08:25:38 AM 
Started by Bob Gray - Last post by keukaflyer
Eric, have you or Dave had any situations where you have torn the plank off in this manner?  If so, did everything come off clean as it should?

 on: March 05, 2018, 08:26:59 PM 
Started by US5430 - Last post by US5430
The ice in Northern Michigan is still very sailable. Elk Lake was sailed out of Whitewater Park this weekend with very favorable reviews. If we survive a potential weather system over the next couple days The Centrals will be on. More info to Follow. Keep your fingers crossed.

Think Ice

Bill Cutting

 on: March 04, 2018, 08:54:10 AM 
Started by US 5432 - Last post by US 5432
Ron Sherry (US-44) just won the European Championships. Chris Berger (US-5166) finished 7th!

The regatta was held on Lake Wielimie near Szczecinek, Poland.

Just when many thought the Pols had taken over the sport these guys show the US remains a force to be reckoned with. Congratulations to both.

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