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Check out the Drone Video of Saturday's last race!


Video by:

Kenton Martzke

Lake Geneva Boat Line, Inc.

Here is a link to photos taken of racing and the rest of the boats sailing out of the Delavan Lake Yacht Club on Sunday the 24th.

Password: iceboat (lowercase)

Here is a link to photos taken by George Ciotti during the Regatta.
Great shots of the racers and cruisers sailing off Fontana Beach, January 31st, 2015.



E-mail account is now active.

Matt Mason, a  Lake Geneva Wedding photographer, took some amazing video footage in January 2010 of many of the Boe-Craft owners on Geneva Lake.  The area of sailable ice was small but was sufficient size to make the video.  Enjoy! 

Video is posted on YouTube and on Matt's Website

Bill Boehmke

2013 Regatta Photo Link

Ice Boat Regatta on Lake Geneva 2-16-13 | AS5U2756_HDR

January 30th, 2011
Check out the YouTube video link below.
This was taken by Paul Wood on the second day of Wednesday racing on Delavan.

November 13th, 2017
BoeCraft owner Mike Ortiz is making a permanent move to Colorado and is reluctantly putting his recently refurbished B-Skeeter Icefall up for sale. See the FOR SALE page for many more details.

November 13th, 2017
Dan got plenty of advice on setting up his new boat.

September 5th, 2017
The newest addition to the BoeCraft fleet is a former A-Skeeter SIBC Champion.
Jim Smith (I 34) has purchased Dan Johnson's boat and will be ready to go before we have ice.
The boat originally belonged to Glydwell Gerber. He won the ISA with it in 1969 and 1974. That is Doug Bearder's sail number in the picture. He was the last owner before Dan Johnson.
A little work was needed on the steering and a hole in the deck, but all is complete. (see the Skeeter Haven Page under off season projects for photos.) or use this link:  Skeeter Haven

The other summer project at Skeeter Haven was rebuilding a couple of broken planks. Thanks to Joe Norton for the Sitka Spruce.

September 5th, 2017
Here are some very belated photos from the SIBC Trophy Banquet and the BoeCraft Party to award the Championship Regatta Trophies:

June 2017

April 2017

March 28th, 2017
Here are a couple of photos from Larry Happ from the first day of the BoeCraft Championship Regatta.                        
I will be posting many more on a page labeled 2017 Regatta pictures. You can find the button just above the header picture above.

February 28th, 2017
The 2017 ISA Championship Regatta was sailed at Battle Lake Minnesota February 24th through the 26th.
A total of five B Skeeters raced, three BoeCraft and two Yankees. B and C sail together in the ISA with the fleets alternating sides of the start line for each race. There was a five mile commute from the launch to the good ice of the racing area in the northwest end of Battle Lake. On Friday the 20 to 30 mph winds started slow but built to un-sailable conditions. Everyone made their way back in except Jordan Glaser who seemed to be missing. When we went back out to find him it turned out he was missing some of the weld on his steering fork shaft.

Jay Yaeso and Jim McDonagh on recovery duty.

Saturday the wind cooperated and two light air and two moderate wind races were sailed by the B fleet. Jim McDonagh was in second in the first race when the spar on Puffer exploded in a spectacular manner. With the mast fit only for chowder heating, we were down to four.
Fritz won that first race going away from the rest of us.
In the second and third races the wind was up putting all the equipment to a maximum stress test.
The last race was started in a brief lull in a snow squall. The visibility deteriorated quickly, but with a total of five boats on the race course we stayed safe and just followed Pat Heppert's C skeeter around to the finish.
The snow never really stopped as the wind died and everyone struggled to make the long commute back.
The next morning we had five inches of powdery snow. The plug was pulled early and we loaded up for the ride home.

The Pits - Friday morning

Keith Kennedy with his Yankee and Mark Hancik on the right.

Mark's Yankee early morning.

Pat Heppert's C Skeeter I 291 - He is so fast now we just watch him out front to get a read on wind shifts coming our way.

2017 ISA B Skeeter

Battle Lake, MN. February 24 - 26 2017

ISA B Skeeter










I 564

Steve Schalk







I 228

Fritz Button







L 219

Mark Hancik







L 136

Kieth Kennedy








Jim McDonagh

6.0 DNF

6.0 DNC

6.0 DNC

6.0 DNC



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February 21st, 2017
After finding a dozen skimmed over drain holes in five minutes of checking on Wednesday morning the 8th, we loaded up all the boats hoping for a new deeper temperature shift toward normal.
That did not happen and increasingly warm temperatures have taken out most of the remaining ice.
At this point the Iceboat racing season on Geneva is done.

We will head north for the ISA/NIYA regattas, most likely we will end up in Minnesota.

Fritz reworked the marks with all new blaze orange fabric. we should be able to see them next year.

The transport mode on Geneva this morning was by Kayak. Lunch was done next to the last sunken ice in Fontana at Glenwood Springs in the shadow of the high shoreline that kept the sun off it.

That is the last of the frost leaving the sand on the Fontana Beach at noon today. The 2016-2017 season vaporized.

February 5th, 2017
The BoeCraft Championship Regatta took place on Friday and Saturday February 3rd and 4th, 2017 on the east end of Geneva Lake. We ended up with a crusty sticky surface that required maximum power at all times.
Three races were sailed in winds of 13-18 mph on Friday with a northwest wind that turned sideways a quarter mile off shore making the windward  mark rounding a challenge every time.
Saturday the wind was big and gusty from the south and two races were sailed before pulling the plug for safety concerns. Sticky and gusty are a bad combo.
Sunday dawned with good wind but changes in the ice conditions. The ice was faster and less sticky, but two major cracks opened and built up big lumpy jumps that were impossible to race over. With those cracks taking out the west part of the area, the fishing seemed to have improved enough to take out most of the remaining area. With only a 6/10th mile leg the regatta was called complete and only the DNs raced the small sheet of ice.

Nice view through Jimmy's willow tree.

BoeCraft Championship Regatta

Geneva Lake February 3 - 5

Results are final as of 5pm on 2-5-2017

Rank Boat SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1st Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk 1.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 8.0
2nd Akebono I 270 Rick Pappas 4.0 1.0 7.0 1.0 3.0 16.0
3rd Zephyr III I 24 Bob Mereness 5.0 6.0 2.0 3.0 5.0 21.0
4th Diablo I 237 Casey Schiche 6.0 4.0 3.0 6.0 4.0 23.0
5th Leg Room I 248 Jason Thompson 3.0 10.0 8.0 4.0 1.0 26.0
6th Willow Bender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy 7.0 3.0 10.0 5.0 7.0 32.0
7th Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg 9.0 7.0 6.0 7.0 9.0 38.0
8th Proud Rebel IV I 109 Sparky Lundberg 2.0 9.0 12.0 12.0 6.0 41.0
9th B-Sting II I 228 Fritz Button 11.0 5.0 5.0 11.0 12.0 44.0
10th Black Widow I 808 Kaahlen O'Laughlin 12.0 8.0 9.0 10.0 11.0 50.0
11th Miss Geneva III Z 254 Todd Morgan 10.0 11.0 11.0 9.0 10.0 51.0
12th Happy Hopper I 255 Larry Happ 8.0 12.0 4.0 13.0 15.0 DNC 52.0
13th Ramblin Rebel II I 1109 Cody Heindl 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 8.0 8.0 61.0
14th Mickey Finn I 7 Bob Youngquist 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 14.0 13.0 72.0

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Jason Thompson wins the Jack in the Green Trophy for the last regatta race.

February 2nd, 2017
The slush froze with an extreme texture that grabs the runners, but there was enough wind to offset the drag. Three races were sailed in 12 to 20 mph of breeze. We started right on time at 2 pm and finished covering and packing up for the day as the sun went down. A beautiful afternoon of racing on Geneva Lake.

Boecraft Wednesday Series 2017

Geneva Lake 2-1-2017

Results are provisional as of 8am on 2-2-2017

Rank Boat SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk 1.0 3.0 5.0 9.0 9.0
2nd Zephyr III I 24 Bob Mereness 3.0 5.0 2.0 10.0 10.0
3rd B-Sting II I 228 Fritz Button 2.0 4.0 4.0 10.0 10.0
4th Diablo I 237 Casey Schiche 6.0 1.0 7.0 14.0 14.0
5th WillowBender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy 4.0 10.0 DSQ 1.0 15.0 15.0
6th Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas 5.0 2.0 9.0 16.0 16.0
7th Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg 7.0 6.0 6.0 19.0 19.0
8th Black Widow I 808 Kaahlen O'Laughlin 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 3.0 23.0 23.0
9th Happy Hopper I 255 Larry Happ 8.0 7.0 8.0 23.0 23.0
10th Royal Wulff I 202 Lyle Clayton 9.0 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 29.0 29.0

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January 31st, 2017
Monday night snow and rain yielded less than 3/4" of slush in the racing area. A little test in the gusty winds to check was enough. No more sailing to keep ruts out of tomorrow afternoon's race course.

January 30th, 2017
After a 10 day break of unnaturally spring like weather, the ice stiffened up enough for us to check the ice properly on Delavan and Geneva.
We set up off the Center Street ramp in Lake Geneva on Sunday morning and started the first race of the Championship series at 1:00 pm sharp.
Three races were sailed in increasing breeze, with most the of the last race in the high teens with puffs over twenty.

Boecraft Sunday Series 2017

Geneva Lake 1-29-2017

Rank Boat SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 Total
1st Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk 1.0 1.0   1.0   3.0
2nd B-Sting II I 228 Fritz Button 2.0 2.0   2.0   6.0
3rd Black Widow I 808 Kaahlen O'Laughlin 3.0 3.0   3.0   9.0
4th Happy Hopper I 255 Larry Happ 7.0 DNC 4.0   4.0  15.0
5th Royal Wulff I 202 Lyle Clayton 6.0 DNF 5.0   5.0  16.0
6th Diablo I 237 Casey Schiche 4.0 6.0   7.0

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January 16th, 2017
The east end of Geneva worked out for sailing on Thursday and Friday with a couple of races on Saturday the 14th. The whole area between the narrows and Big Foot Beach proved to be in a solid #8 condition. A two hour walk and thickness check was done on Wednesday afternoon, followed by nearly two hours of slowly sailing the whole area, stopping to check anything that looked questionable.

Made good use of the Boehmke single seat we got for parts to check the new ice slowly.

Eight boats came to the start line on Saturday afternoon. We got one good race in and one really light air challenge.

Boecraft Saturday Series 2017

Geneva Lake 1-14-2017

Boecraft Saturday Series 2017

Rank Boat SailNo HelmName R1 R2 Total Nett
1st Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
2nd B-Sting II I 228 Fritz Button 3.0 2.0 5.0 5.0
2nd On the Rocks VII I 376 Jim Smith 2.0 3.0 5.0 5.0
4th Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg 5.0 4.0 9.0 9.0
5th Happy Hopper I 255 Larry Happ 7.0 5.0 12.0 12.0
6th Zephyr III I 24 Bob Mereness 4.0 9.0 DNF 13.0 13.0
7th Black Widow I 808 Kaahlen O'Laughlin 6.0 9.0 DNF 15.0 15.0
8th Diablo I 237 Casey Schiche 9.0 DNF 9.0 DNF 18.0 18.0

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We pulled off Sunday afternoon avoiding the freezing rain.

January 2nd, 2017
The 2016-2017 season opened at the Grand Slam Regatta on Lake Kegonsa. This regatta is a Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club tradition that goes back decades.

Thanks to the Four Lakes Club and Geoff Sobering for the Drone video.

This is the first time the BoeCraft boats got their own start.
Four boats made the trip and a good time was had by all.
RJ Porter sailed his first race ever and sorted out the weak points in Maverick on the first day.

View from Springer's - Lunch at the Grand Slam Saturday December 31st 2016.

On New Year's Day two races were sailed with just two boats. Runner to runner match racing for both races.
Thanks to the Race Committee for all the hard work.

2016 Grand Slam Regatta - Boecraft
Lake Kegonsa
Rank Boat Class SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total
1st Skating Away II B I 564 Steve Schalk 1.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 8.0
2nd Akebono B I 270 Rick Pappas 2.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 10.0
3rd B-Sting II B I 228 Fritz Button 4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 6.0 DNC 6.0 DNC 25.0
4th Maverick B I 565 R.J. Porter 3.0 6.0 DNF 4.0 4.0 6.0 DNC 6.0 DNC 29.0
5th   C V 66 Bill Dale 5.0 4.0 6.0 DNC 6.0 DNC 6.0 DNC 6.0 DNC 33.0

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