Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sailing on Ice.... 23 degrees here today.

Sailed Gull Lake Today!

It has been 2 years since I've had a chance to get out and ice boat.  The stars aligned today and we had a good time.  Gull Lake Ice Yacht Club was hosting a party.  This is a great group of guys very welcoming.  They had a great set up down at Gull Lake Yacht club with doughnuts, chilli, and hot drinks in their club house.  I can't say enough about what a great club this is.

Today we sailed for about 6 hours.  The wind was gusty and the ice a bit bumpy but very sail-able although a bit scary when hiking.    For those of you who don't know what hiking is.  This is when the wind lift your boat up and tips it to one side.  In wet water sailing it's not to big a deal.  If you hike and tip your boat over you get wet. On an ice boat hiking is fun if you can control it but if you flip over you have a good chance of going to the ER.  The gusts and ice conditions where a bit much for me today.  If the boat hiked up I would hold it for a little while but let out on the sheet line to bring the runner back down.  Check out this video.  FYI the phone survived the crash.



3 comments:

  1. Courageous. It is supposed to get into the 80s in South Carolina this week. 2nd Club racing event this next weekend. Where is my Aloha shirt and shorts?

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  2. 80 sounds great this is the week of he year I would normally be doing bottom paint and waxing but is still to cold here. Truly the latest I have ever ice boated in the season.

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  3. 80 sounds great. This is the week of the year I would normally be doing bottom paint and waxing the hull but it is still to cold here. It is truly the latest I have ever ice boated in the season.

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