Lake Farm at the North End of Damariscotta Lake
Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club
by Bob MacEwen
22h ago
Well things didn’t workout as planned today. Ten boats showed up to sail. There was plenty of wind and, at times, way too much. Combine that with skim ice over the areas where the snow drifts had melted into puddles and you have some hairy sailing because either your rear runners would break loose from the ice and the boat would skid sideways or your steering runner wouldn’t bite so you couldn’t turn while you were barreling towards shore. The forecast called for the wind gusts to slowly drop but I saw no sign of that happening while I was there. Most of the boats went out several times to see ..read more
Visit website
China Lake
Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club
by billbuchholz
22h ago
This is a big lake, centrally located, with three launch ramps. Why it hasn’t been on the CIBC radar for all these years is a mystery. There is a round part, roughy two miles across, and then a long skinny part six miles long. A lovely narrows with a picnic area connects the two. W-10 and W-2 did the whole lake today, top to bottom and side to side. And then did it again just to be sure. With winds blowing twenty gusting to thirty it was quick work. There are four pressure ridges: sail over or around, and one at the very top near China village that we could not cross. So that previous claim i ..read more
Visit website
Northwest Regatta
Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club
by billbuchholz
1d ago
After day one at the Northwest, Paul Chamberland and Jeff Roseberry are in 4th and 5th place, respectively in the DN fleet. There are stern steer steerers, A Skeeters, and everything in between at this historic regatta, last held in 2019. The rest of the Eastern contingent must be keeping their powder dry for the North Americans, due to start Monday. See www.iceboat.org for standings and more info, and we’ll see you on the ice at Dammy today ..read more
Visit website
Lake Farm Looking Good for tomorrow
Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club
by rgmacewen
2d ago
The photo below was taken by Ralph Ferguson at the Lake Farm launch on Damariscotta Lake around noon today. It looks like most of snow drifts are wetted out and should freeze up overnight. The forecast is for sunshine with 4-15 mph NW winds and up to 25 mph gusts. I am planning to be at Lake Farm by 10:00. Hope to see everyone there ..read more
Visit website
Test
Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club
by rgmacewen
2d ago
Sailing at Lake Farm on Saturday?? Watch this space “Resist much, obey little.” Walt Whitman ..read more
Visit website
Toddy Pond 2/20
Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club
by billbuchholz
4d ago
Milo Fleming reports from Toddy Pond yesterday: Toddy Pond was the place to be today. Four DNs, two Cheapskates, a Mini Skeeter, and Michael Young’s new Pocket Skeeter sailed until the sun began to touch the treeline. Most of the group stayed on the north end of the plate, wary of the scattered pressure ridges on the south end. 8-17 knots of wind making the multitude of left turns a blast and turning the few remaining snow drifts back to powder. Henry Kavle, a newbie in a restored DN, was passing people just after lunchtime on his first day. Impressive to say the least. Michael Young’s new c ..read more
Visit website
Sailing Tomorrow
Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club
by billbuchholz
5d ago
Boats will be at Damariscotta Lake farm and Toddy Pond tomorrow ..read more
Visit website
Ice Wrap-up
Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club
by billbuchholz
6d ago
Branch Lake and Graham Lake are both a bust. Branch is bisected by a pressure ridge and the narrows are open, and Graham is teeth rattling rough. The best bet for fun sailing tomorrow is Toddy Pond. The snow is minimal, the surface is good, access is great. There are three things happening there tomorrow: Fred Wardwell’s Renegade FroJoy will be back on the ice under the capable skippership of Terry Bloom. Second, we have a woman by the name of Kathie MacMahon who’d like to learn about the sport and maybe take a boat for a spin, and then we have Henry Kavle of Limestone (of all places) who has ..read more
Visit website
Damariscotta Lake Today
Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club
by billbuchholz
1w ago
From Bob MacEwan: Today was a stellar day on Damariscotta Lake with at least ten boats setting up at the Lake Farm for a day of sailing. I was worried that the lake would be crowded with fisherman because this is the free fishing weekend in Maine. But there wasn’t anymore than the usual number of fishing shelters and tip ups on the lake with plenty of room to enjoy the brisk southwest winds and sunshine on a classic February blue sky day. The wind was mostly calm while we were setting up and you could feel the warmth of the sun as you worked to get your boat ready to go. There were two skeeter ..read more
Visit website
Branch Lake ON!
Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club
by billbuchholz
1w ago
Scout Jim Turner confirms that the launch at Branch Lake is clear with a nice ramp, and that the little snow will mostly blow away in the strong winds tomorrow. As far as we know, this will be the first iceboats on this particular lake. We’ll either find out why or discover a hidden treasure. Remember scratch racing at Toddy Pond tomorrow. Might be more slide and skid than scratch racing given the wind forecast. But what fun ..read more
Visit website

Follow Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club on FeedSpot

Continue with Google
Continue with Apple
OR