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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! 

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

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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.



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Still July 27th
The standard 64 clamp cockpit gluing shot:
July 27th, 2014
The deck is on. Still a lot to go but it really looks like a boat now.
Lots of pictures on the Skeeter Haven Page.
July 1st 2014
Shaping and topside construction proceeding.





JUNE 29th 2014
The sides went on Friday the 27th thanks to the helpers.


Clamps off and some shaping started 6-28. More pictures on the Skeeter Haven Page.


JUNE 23rd 2014
The newest Boecraft is taking shape. Here are a few photos. For a lot more see the Skeeter Haven page in Off-Season Projects.




2014 SIBC & Boe-Craft Banquet
Here are a Few Very late photos from the Banquet held on April 5th, 2014.


Jimmy McAvoy was most improved again!




LAST SAIL TO GENEVA FOR THE SEASON:
Popeye's, Geneva Inn, Pier 290, Chuck's







2014 ISA Flushed by Thursday night downpour.
When the water drained through it cut runner swallowing holes at the crack intersections. Done for this season!


2014 ISA Regatta is on for Green Lake



Meanwhile - at Geneva Lake
The Boecraft Fleet who stayed at home got some breakfast cruising on Saturday and a lot of ice time.
March 17th, 2014
The 2014 Northwestern Ice-Yachting Association Regatta was completed on Sunday March 16th.
Six Boecraft and Two Yankee B Division Skeeters sailed for the B-Skeeter Trophy.
Winds were gusty and steadily increasing on Friday with temperatures over 40 creating soft and sticky conditions. Only one B race was held before the wind went to 30mph and races were abandoned for the day.
Mark Hancik in the world's fastest Yankee took the first race going away. He managed to avoid every wind hole that caught out everyone else. Peter Vandevelde showed his consistent speed in slush conditions again to take Second.
Jimmy had the leeward cone jump right out in front of him and he just couldn't avoid it!

All Photos Courtesy of Tim Bryden


Saturday brought light wind allowing only the first race - NIYA Class E - the A skeeters, to finish, and not all finished within a half hour of the leader. 
No wind for the rest of the day meant the fleet could tow in and have a great cookout put on by the Green Lake IceYacht Club.

Sunday brought 10 degrees and plenty of wind. Two races were held for the B Skeeters. The ice was hard and a little bumpy but plenty fast. The first race went to the NIYA race Committee chairman, with Jimmy McAvoy taking second to create a tie for first going into the last race.
The third race was dominated by Fritz Button in the newest Boecraft, while Hancik and Schalk fought to break the tie. At the end Troy Soberg caught and passed Mark for third place and the final positions were set.


2014 NIYA B Skeeter

March 14 - 16 Green Lake Wisconsin

Results are final as of 3:00 pm on March 16th

Rank Class SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 Total
1st B I 564 Steve Schalk 3 1 2 6.0
2nd B 219 Mark Hancik 1 3 4 8.0
3rd B I 228 Fritz Button 5 4 1 10.0
4th B Z 402 Peter Vandervelde 2 6 6 14.0
5th B I 112 Jim McAvoy DSQ 2 5 16.0
6th B I 140 Troy Soberg DNC 5 3 17.0
7th B 401 Jeff Smith 4 DNC DNC 22.0
8th B Z 254 Todd Morgan DNF DNC DNC 27.0

 

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MARCH 9TH, 2014
THE NIYA CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA IS ON FOR MARCH 14TH, 15TH, AND 16TH 2014
THE PRIMARY SITE IS GREEN LAKE WISCONSIN


February 17th, 2014
The only iceboating activities since the last update have been repair work and telling stories at Wednesday Lunches.
Mike Ortiz will be ready to go with a revised springboard when we finally get a thaw.
The Miss Geneva will be ready to head back to Green Lake this week with a major internal rebuild, new bottom, new steering cables and hardware, new framing stays, and new side stays.
We continue to get hammered by repeated snow build-up. We have a lot of ice under the snow so there is still hope for spring sailing.

Here is a little bit of history while we are waiting. The image below is the first season of B skeeters racing as a separate start and actual championship in the Skeeter Iceboat Club. The year was 1964. Four of the seven boats in the championship series are still in service today.


More History in the coming days as there are not many options in North America. Maybe we head to Canyon Ferry. It looks Like their snow is melting.




January 20th, 2014
After 4 days of cruising on partially snow covered ice with a bit of a rough surface, we are on hold waiting for a thaw. The small, almost daily snowfalls have added up to enough to create drifts. The drifts have now gotten pretty hard.
Any sailing is better than none however and most took advantage of the opportunity. There were 11 different Boecrafts sailing on Geneva Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
It was possible to sail from Williams bay nearly to Linn Pier and from Fontana up to the Conference Point to Chicago Club Heave/Seam.


The NIYA Regatta and ISA are postponed. There is no known race ready ice in North America right now, but we have less snow cover than any other NIYA site, so a meltdown would probably clear Geneva first.
Make and Mend time for a couple of weeks.

January 14th, 2014
The snow did not happen and the trapped water in the shell ice has frozen solid to the ice underneath. We have a good chance now.

January 13th, 2014
The 2014 Northwestern Yachting Association Championship Regatta is on for Friday January 17th.
The bad news is that the weather forecast, if it is anywhere close to accurate, will result in a postponement.

To top off the bad news, Geneva is 70 to 80 percent shell ice and will also get snow cover from this storm.

Todd Morgan, Peter Vandervelde and Troy Soberg got to sail at Green lake before the shell ice and wind got too bad on Sunday.
The Miss Geneva is now due for a nose job, and it looks like Troy will need to go back to Green Lake and dig his boat out of a snow drift.
New Year's Eve Day - 1 PM Ice Report from Bob Mereness:
No more Text Required.

East to West

Pier 290 to Cedar Point

Conference Point and South

Fontana End

Kinda Messy West to East
It has also been snowing steadily since shortly after these were taken - Maybe the snow will sink this mess.
December 25th, 2013
All strung up and no place to go. The West end of Geneva from just West of Linn Pier all the way to Fontana is still open and nearly ready to freeze. We wait and hope. Hope of course is not a strategy, but Mother Nature is not in our control.

The boom and blocks above are newly constructed for a new BoeCraft to be built next summer. The weather delay is moving things ahead of plan.
More info and pictures on the Skeeter Haven page.

December 23rd, 2013

New runners for Bee Sting II complete. Lined up on the plank today - ready to go!
December 13, 2013
Test sail on Lake Como on Thursday the 12th was successful in that it was possible to get a good ride in the 15 to 25 mph winds. Bad news was the crusty snow was so stiff that every tack slowed the boats down from 40 to 15 mph.
With snow on the way there was no point in staying at Como.
December 7th, 2013
Specification revised at the annual meeting to clarify the construction material of these boats as WOOD.
See Organization & Tech Data Page for full Specification.

December 2nd, 2013
Como had three inches of ice on the last areas (and holes) to freeze on Sunday afternoon under a bright sun and 43 degrees - no wind.
Delavan froze beautifully last Thursday night and is now wide open again.
The nice cold temperatures on their way starting Thursday should get us on the ice late this week or early next.

December 1st, 2013
Plank and boom painted. Upholstery underway. Ready for the Ice by the weekend.

More pictures on the Button shop page.

November 14th, 2013



November 13, 2013

Last Paint goes on this afternoon. This is intermediate coat.


November 3, 2013 

First varnish coat



October 30, 2013

Structure is all complete. Finishing the cosmetics next. More pictures on Button Shop page.


October 22, 2013

Work continues on Fritz's new hull as the deck goes on and the cockpit gets laminated to 1/2" thick.



See the off season projects page - Button Shop for more photos.


October 5, 2013

There has been a good deal of building activity this summer and fall with some projects completed and others still underway.
 
Sparky is building a mast and plank for Cody so every component on his boat will be new construction for the upcoming season.

Burly needed some work on his mast and plank. The cracks in the mast have been epoxied and reinforced with glass. We will find out if it is successful as soon as the season starts. The plank was cracked nearly through the top board at the hull to plank interface, as well as through the bolt holes. The repair to that should be bulletproof. Pictures of those projects are on the Skeeter Haven page.

Fritz button has been constructing a new hull from the lofting taken from Skating Away II. The spruce and plywood came from McCormick's, and nearly all hardware is newly made. Carl Bergersen contributed a new mast step cup that would otherwise have been unobtainable. The process has been useful in finding and correcting every error in my bulkhead drawings.
The results look great. The springboard was fit on yesterday, so a lot of finish sanding to go before putting on the deck and bottom.
A new page has been added for the Button Shop, with lots of construction pictures.



March 21, 2013

The 100th anniversary Northwestern Ice Yachting Association Championship Regatta was held on Green Lake Wisconsin March 15th, 16th & 17th  2013.

The photo below is by Gretchen Dorian. She will have DVDs of her photos available for sale. They can be viewed on her website. http://gretchendorian.com

 

This was the first time the B-Skeeters had a separate starting place in the rotation. Eight boats registered and seven competed. The Geneva Boats were joined by two enthusiastic and competitive Green Lake boats.

Todd Morgan sailed his father Franklin (Hink) Morgan’s Miss Geneva III. Peter Vendervelde sailed the former green snowflake formerly owned by Fred Doolittle.

Hink Morgan was a major player in the NIYA, sailing Ferdinand the Bull in Class A and winning numerous times. He was also well known for his wit and especially for his chowder. This regatta marked a first return for the Morgan family to the NIYA. The BoeCraft fleet included not only Todd his son, but Troy Soberg and Kaahlen O’Laughlin, his Grandsons.

The winds forecast for the three days were a significant challenge. Each was predicted to have a little wind in the morning, followed by an entire mid-day of nothing, with wind returning about 3 to 4 pm. The little light precip on Friday did not look like a problem. The plan was to sail right to dark with the last start at 6:30 pm ½ hour before sunset. That actually happened on both Friday and Saturday, and allowed three of the five fleets to have the three races needed for a regatta in by 7:40 pm. The 2 inches of snow on Friday night did not stop the plan, but did make for sticky tricky sailing on Saturday. Sunday dawned very cold with crusty snow in the pits, but the wind denied the forecast and gave us a steady 12 to 15 mph that allowed for great racing right up until the 1:00 pm cut off.

The DN’s got in all 5 races, and all the other fleets got in 4 plus the Free For All race to complete a great regatta in which we had the maximum time on the ice in the last 30 years.

The Boecraft races were sailed after 4 pm Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon, with Sunday starting right on time at 9:30 am with the last race at noon on Sunday.

The first race started in slushy snow and drizzle that turned into a downpour. Peter Vendervelde sailed very steady and consistent and held the lead basically the whole way. Kaahlen was close but could not catch him. Visibility was non-existent, but with the fleet spread out there were no issues and everyone got in safely.  Troy and I proved that getting out of the boat to push back to speed only works if everyone does it.

Saturday’s race was made more challenging by 40 to 50 degree shifts and spots of no velocity. Kaahlen led the whole race but got caught at the last weather mark.

 

Sunday was about as much fun as it gets in sailing these boats. After a bit of patience off the start to get rolling, the boats could be sailed all the way around the course with the windward runner just tapping the ice with the amount of hike controlled by steering with the sheet all the way in. Troy led to the first windward mark in both races and finished second both times. Kaahlen gave Troy a run on the first race but settled for 3rd in both. Peter sailed a very consistent 4th. Jimmy wore himself out on Saturday sailing about 50 miles while the other fleets were sailing, and had a hard time trimming in the bigger breeze on Sunday.

2013 Northwest Regatta B Skeeter

Green Lake Wisconsin March 15 - 17

Results are final as of 9:29 on March 20, 2013

Rank Class SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1st B I 564 Steve Schalk 3 1 1 1 6.0
2nd B I 808 Kaahlen O-laughlin 2 2 3 3 10.0
3rd B I 140 Troy Soberg 5 3 2 2 12.0
4th B Z 402 Peter Vandervelde 1 4 4 4 13.0
5th B I 112 James McAvoy 4 5 5 5 19.0
6th B Z 254 Todd Morgan 7 DNF 6 DNF 31.0
7th B I 228 Fritz Button 6 DNF DNC DNC 33.0
8th B I 376 Burly Brellenthin DNC DNC DNC DNC 36.0

 

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February 17th 2013
The second day of the Boecraft regatta was completed on Saturday with three races in the morning. In the afternoon SIBC races were sailed alternating with the DN fleet. Shifty wind direction and lots of velocity changes made every race interesting. The younger guys started to pick it up as the old guys tired out. Troy had his best finishes ever and Jimmy Mac won his first race on Saturday afternoon.
Sunday's prediction of light and variable wind was accurate all the way to 3:45 pm so no race course could be set up.
The hot soup, salsa, taco dip, Guacamole and beverages were a hit with everyone as the day turned into a warm and sunny beach party.
Thanks to Pam, Mary Jane, Jessica and Natalie for making it happen.

2013 Boecraft Championship Regatta

Geneva Lake 2-15 & 16 2013

Rank Boat SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total
1st Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 6.0
2nd IceCap I 326 Britt Isham 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 5.0 3.0 16.0
3rd Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg 8.0 6.0 5.0 3.0 2.0 2.0 26.0
4th Willow Bender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy 9.0 10.0 4.0 7.0 3.0 4.0 37.0
5th Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas 6.0 4.0 10.0 6.0 7.0 6.0 39.0
5th Diablo I 237 Casey Schiche 4.0 5.0 6.0 9.0 4.0 11.0 39.0
7th Ramblin Rebel I 1109 Cody Heindl 5.0 8.0 3.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 40.0
8th Proud Rebel IV I 109 Spark Lundberg 7.0 7.0 9.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 41.0
9th Zephyr III I 24 Bob Mereness 3.0 3.0 8.0 10.0 10.0 9.0 43.0
10th B-Sting I 228 Fritz Button 10.0 9.0 7.0 4.0 9.0 5.0 44.0
11th Mickey Finn I 7 Bob Youngquist 12.0 DNC 11.0 11.0 12.0 DNC 11.0 10.0 67.0

 

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The Saturday morning races count towards the SIBC Saturday morning series for the Kaye Trophy. Results below.

2013 Boecraft Saturday AM Series

Como 12-29 -2012 Geneva 2-16-2013

Results are final as of 16:43 on March 19, 2013

Rank Boat SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1st Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk (1.0) (1.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 6.0 4.0
2nd Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg (8.0) 5.0 (6.0) 3.0 2.0 2.0 26.0 12.0
3rd Proud Rebel IV I 109 Sparky Lundberg 3.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 (6.0) (7.0) 28.0 15.0
4th Halloweenie I 744 Dan Janikowski 2.0 2.0 2.0 (12.0 DNS) (12.0 DNS) 12.0 DNS 42.0 18.0
5th Willow Bender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy (9.0) 6.0 (8.0) 7.0 3.0 4.0 37.0 20.0
5th Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas 5.0 (7.0) 3.0 6.0 (7.0) 6.0 34.0 20.0
7th Diablo I 237 Casey Schiche 4.0 4.0 (12.0 DSQ) 9.0 4.0 (11.0) 44.0 21.0
8th Ice Cap I 326 Britt Isham (12.0 DNS) (12.0 DNS) 12.0 DNS 2.0 5.0 3.0 46.0 22.0
9th Ramblin Rebel Too I 1109 Cody Heindl 6.0 (9.0) 7.0 (8.0) 8.0 8.0 46.0 29.0
9th Zephyr III I 24 Bob Mereness 7.0 8.0 5.0 (10.0) (10.0) 9.0 49.0 29.0
11th B-Sting I 228 Fritz Button (12.0 DNS) (12.0 DNS) 12.0 DNS 4.0 9.0 5.0 54.0 30.0
12th Mickey Finn I 7 Bob Youngquist (12.0 DNS) (12.0 DNS) 12.0 DNS 12.0 DNS 11.0 10.0 69.0 45.0



Saturday Afternoon results for the Boehmke Trophy are below:

2013 Boecraft Saturday PM Series

Geneva 2-16-2013

2013 Boecraft Saturday PM Series

Sailed: 3, Discards: 1, To count: 2, Entries: 8, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Boat SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk 2.0 1.0 (3.0) 6.0 3.0
2nd Willow Bender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy 1.0 3.0 (6.0) 10.0 4.0
3rd Ice Cap I 326 Britt Isham 3.0 2.0 (8.0 DNC) 13.0 5.0
4th Proud Rebel IV I 109 Sparky Lundberg (7.0) 5.0 1.0 13.0 6.0
5th Black Widow I 808 Kaahlen O'Laughlin 4.0 4.0 (5.0) 13.0 8.0
6th Zephyr III I 24 Bob Mereness (8.0) 8.0 RAF 2.0 18.0 10.0
6th Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg (6.0) 6.0 4.0 16.0 10.0
8th Ramblin Rebel Too I 1109 Cody Heindl 5.0 (8.0 DNC) 8.0 DNC 21.0 13.0




February 15th 2013
The First Day of the 2013 Boecraft Championship was sailed on Geneva Lake in a variable Northwest wind. Three more races are scheduled for Saturday and one on Sunday to complete a 7 race Championship
.


January 21st, 2013
The 2013 ISA Championship  Regatta is in the books. The B skeeter fleet served as the canaries in the coal mine as the first start on Friday morning. We started in 20-25 mph, but it went up from there at the first mark rounding. We had to handle gusts well into the 30's during the last 3 laps of the 4 lap race.
Handling was an issue as the boats blew sideways on all three runners in the big puffs. Rounding the windward mark was a huge rush in the big breeze. Rounding the leward mark was just as much of an adrenalin shot because there was no certainty that the boat would turn. Steering runners at full left lock sliding straight for the safety zone were a common occurance.
In the really big wind the lower power of the Yankee rig and Mark Hancik's sailing skill gave him the first win by a Yankee over the Boecrafts in the West.
No other fleet considered a race start as the wind continued to build on Friday.


photo by Lottery Ticket on Flickr

 Saturday a window in the morning  was predicted at sailable velocities, before becoming a repeat of Friday. An 8:30 start was set to take advantage. The forecast turned out happily to be as far off as the day before was right on. It was an absolutely ideal sunny and warm day of sailing in 14 to 16 mph with a few gusts around 20.
Every fleet sailed the maximum number of races in perfect conditions, and there was time left for scrub racing and beers at Springers before sailing back to the pits at Quam road.
In the first race the higher power of the Boecraft moved Mark in the Yankee back to third, with Sparky taking second. Unfortunately for Cody, his run of bad luck or perhaps his last component still made of over weathered spruce resulted in a mast explosion just before he got to the windward mark on the starboard layline.
Cody was ok, but the old Ramblin mast was toast and left a debris trail past the mark.
We were able to sail our 3rd race of the day, and 4th regatta race in about the lowest velocity of the event. Kaahlen got moving again after a pulley location tune-up and took second in the last race
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photo by Captain Craig - the Kite photo Master


We all took our spars down anticipating a big WNW blow overnight. This time the forecasters were right and some sustained 50mph plus winds blew through in the evening. A fisherman trying to get back to the launch ramp hugging the shoreline on his ATV was surprised to report a 35 foot box trailer go past him at 40 mph heading southeast.
When we got back in the morning hoping to get our last race in, we found Jimmy's trailer missing. After a walk of a little less than 2 miles, it was spotted on the last point about 200 yards from turning the corner. Old Glory was still proudly flying from the flag pole. We pushed  it a quarter mile back to Bob Kau's big skeeter trailer and waited for the ATV. While we were waiting the race committee found at least one barely visible 10 foot diameter open drain hole. It had been cut around a spot where a fishing shanty had been. Since the holes were impossible to see until right on them, and the number was unknown, the regatta was wrapped up right then.
Jimmy has for sure the fastest trailer in the fleet, and also got the best photo op. Cody almost certainly has a lock on the Dust Pan award. The ISA is complete for the first time since 2008 in the West and the Boecraft Fleet has the trophy back.

2013 ISA B-Skeeter

Madison, Wi

Results are final as of 10:38 on January 21, 2013

Overall

Sailed: 4, Discards: 0, To count: 4, Entries: 7, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1st I 564 Steve Schalk 2.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 5.0
2nd I 109 Spark Lundberg 4.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 11.0
3rd L 219 Mark Hancik 1.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 11.0
4th I 112 Jim MacAvoy 3.0 5.0 4.0 6.0 18.0
5th I 114 Rick Pappas 6.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 20.0
6th I 808 Kaahlen Olaughlin 8.0 DNC 6.0 6.0 2.0 22.0
7th I 1109 Cody Heindl 5.0 8.0 DNF 8.0 DNC 8.0 DNC 29.0

January 18 - 20

Lake Kegonsa
January 18 - 20

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January 6th 2013
No races on Saturday the 5th. The entire lake was pretty evenly spaced with tip-ups due to a fishing tournament. Many cruising boats showed up, many appeared to have had no prior experience. Watching from shore was the safest place.
On Sunday the 6th, the best race area was open and 5 races were held in 10 to 15 mph of wind, with some much higher gusts in the third race.
Dan prevented a series sweep in the second race. Cody got faster and took two seconds just before blowing up his runner plank.
Another great day of racing on the half mile six lap northwest wind course on Como
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THE VIDEO LINK BELOW IS THE FIRST LEWARD MARK ROUNDING OF THE FIRST RACE OF THE DAY.  Video by Mark VanDeBogert

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SUNDAY RAW RACE RESULTS:
 RACE 1        RACE 2        RACE 3        RACE 4       RACE 5
    564                744               564                564           564
    744                564               1109            1109           114
    561                1109             561                109            1109 DNF
    114                561               114                561            109  DNF
    237                109               744                114
            `             114               109                744
                           237        


January 2nd, 2013
First day of Wednesday Series still at Como. Tough 5 lap races on a 0.6 mile course. The third race did not make the time limit so Buddy pulled the plug on it.
Everyone got lots of pointers from the master after each race, and a sunset at days end that begged to be photographed.

2013 Boecraft Wednesday Series Como 1-2-2013

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 Willow Bender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy 2.0 3.0 5.0 5.0
2nd Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas 3.0 2.0 5.0 5.0
4th Proud Rebel IV I 109 Sparky Lundberg 4.0 4.0 8.0 8.0
5th Zephyr III I 24 Bob Mereness 6.0 5.0 11.0 11.0
5th Mikey Finn I 7 Bob Youngquist 5.0 6.0 11.0 11.0
7th Diablo I 237 Casey Schiche 8.0 DNF 7.0 15.0 15.0
8th Ramblin Rebel Too I 1109 Cody Heindl 8.0 DNC 8.0 DNC 16.0 16.0

 

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December 31st, 2013
5 races for the Holiday series were sailed in 10-15 mph of shifting wind. Six lap races on a half mile course made for a 30 lap day. 
Dan was unbeatable on the day. Diablo had an exciting last mark rounding when the 5/8" steernig shaft snapped off and sent him straight for the shore. Luckily he stopped a couple of yards short of disaster.
 

Como 12-31 -2012

2013 Boecraft Holiday Series

Rank Boat SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Nett
1st Halloweenie I 744 Dan Janikowski (1.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 4.0
2nd Proud Rebel IV I 109 Sparky Lundberg 2.0 2.0 2.0 (5.0) 2.0 8.0
3rd Diablo I 237 Casey Schiche 3.0 3.0 3.0 2.0 (7.0 DNF) 11.0
4th Ramblin Rebel Too I 1109 Cody Heindl (4.0) 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 16.0
5th Black Widow I 808 Kaahlen O'Laughlin (7.0 DNC) 7.0 DNC 7.0 DNC 3.0 3.0 20.0
6th Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas (7.0 DNC) 7.0 DNC 7.0 DNC 7.0 DNF 7.0 DNF 28.0

 

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December 30th 2012 - Como Series as of end of racing today.

2013 Boecraft Como Series

Rank Boat SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Nett
1st Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk (1.0) (1.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 5.0
2nd Diablo I 237 Casey Schiche 3.0 3.0 (4.0) 4.0 (5.0) 3.0 3.0 16.0
3rd Proud Rebel IV I 109 Sparky Lundberg (4.0) 2.0 (5.0) 2.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 16.0
4th Ellie I 561 Mike Hirn (10.0 DNC) (10.0 DNC) 2.0 10.0 DNC 2.0 2.0 2.0 18.0
5th Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas 2.0 4.0 3.0 (7.0) 6.0 7.0 (10.0 DNC) 22.0
6th Willow Bender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy (8.0) 7.0 (10.0 DNC) 3.0 3.0 6.0 8.0 27.0
7th Ramblin Rebel Too I 1109 Cody Heindl 7.0 6.0 6.0 (8.0) (8.0) 5.0 5.0 29.0
8th Mickey Finn I 7 Bob Yongquist 9.0 5.0 (10.0 DNC) 5.0 9.0 (10.0 DNC) 10.0 DNC 38.0
9th Happy Hopper I 255 Larry Happ (10.0 DNC) (10.0 DNC) 10.0 DNC 6.0 7.0 9.0 7.0 39.0
10th Ice Cap I 326 Britt Isham (10.0 DNC) (10.0 DNC) 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 8.0 6.0 44.0
11th Halloweene I 744 Dan Janikowski 5.0 (10.0 DNC) (10.0 DNC) 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 45.0
12th Zephyr III I 24 Bob Mereness 6.0 (10.0 DNC) (10.0 DNC) 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 46.0





December 29th, 2012

Race Results or the day. See race 1 and 2 above. Wind 12 to 25 mph. 6 laps (or more) on a half mile course. Great day of racing

2013 Boecraft Saturday AM Series

Como 12-29-2012

2013 Boecraft Saturday AM Series

Rank Boat SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk (1.0) 1.0 1.0 3.0 2.0
2nd Halloweene I 744 Dan Janikowski (2.0) 2.0 2.0 6.0 4.0
3rd Proud Rebel IV I 109 Sparky Lundberg 3.0 3.0 (4.0) 10.0 6.0
4th Diablo I 237 Casey Schiche 4.0 4.0 (8.0 DSQ) 16.0 8.0
4th Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas 5.0 (7.0) 3.0 15.0 8.0
6th Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg (8.0) 5.0 6.0 19.0 11.0
7th Zephyr III I 24 Bob Mereness 7.0 (8.0) 5.0 20.0 12.0
8th Ramblin Rebel Too I 1109 Cody Heindl 6.0 (9.0) 7.0 22.0 13.0
9th Willow Bender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy (9.0) 6.0 8.0 23.0 14.0

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December 28th, 2012

One great heavy air day on December 26th, followed by two light air days on glass smooth ice on Como. There was a dusting only from the predicted 1 to 2 inches, so conditions are still ideal.
Cody's new boat was completed and tuned-up, Orca the tandem and the Batwing were tested and approved.
There are Nine B-Skeeeters on the ice and ready to go for Tomorrow's first race. It will be many laps on a short  course on the West end of Lake Como.









December 28th after dusting of snow.
December 12, 2012
Ready to go and no Ice!

 

October 25, 2012

Check out the gallery pictures from Sparky's garage.
Sparky has provided shots of the hull build and rework on Casey's new early 60's Boecraft Tandem Skeeter
Go to the Off-Season Projects Button and select Spark's Garage
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October 22, 2012

The overheated summer of 2012 is finally behind us and we can start thinking of the up-coming iceboating season.

Sparky has completed the new hull for Cody and is finishing the paint now. He has promised a full photo record of the process, so look for a new photo gallery here with a lot of detail from Sparky's build.


June 13, 2012
Trophy presentation photos are now posted in the photo archive.




A new page has been added that will contain recipes that have been favorites at our on the ice lunch cookouts. Thanks to Pam Mereness and John Simms for the first two contributions.



Here is a contribution from our Commodore. He had some time on his hands and decided to try to write an extremely short story using all the boat names he could possibly fit in. He certainly got in most of the boat names. Literary critique will be left to the readers.

His anger was IN EXCESS as he rose from the flames. EL DIABLO created such a ZEPHYR, an incredible WILLOW BENDER, that even the PROUD REBEL went SKATING AWAY. After the APPARENT CHAOS had settled, the confused BLACK WIDOW asked JOE COLLEGE "is that a HALLOWEENIE ON THE ROCKS?" "No I think it's an AKEBONO."

Rick Pappas

The fat lady finished her song way ahead of schedule here in the far South of Wisconsin.
 
There are a few repairs to do, but not many.
19 total races, all on Delavan were not too bad for such an unusually warm winter.

Sparky has started building his grandson Cody a new B Skeeter that should be ready for the ice next season.
Trophy and Season Champions have been updated.


February 18, 2012
Saturday racing started today with very short courses and lots of laps. Wind velocity and direction changes made racing very challenging. Mike Hirn was the winner on the day, with two firsts in the morning and one in the afternoon.

2012 Boecraft Saturday AM Series

Delavan 2-18-2012

2012 Boecraft Saturday AM Series

Rank Boat SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st Ellie I 561 Mike Hirn (8.0 DNC) 1.0 1.0 10.0 2.0
2nd Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk 1.0 (2.0) 2.0 5.0 3.0
3rd Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas (3.0) 3.0 3.0 9.0 6.0
4th Diablo I 237 Casey Schiche 2.0 (5.0) 4.0 11.0 6.0
5th Willow Bender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy 4.0 4.0 (7.0) 15.0 8.0
6th Proud Rebel IV I 109 Sparky Lundberg 5.0 (7.0) 5.0 17.0 10.0
7th Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg (7.0 DNF) 6.0 6.0 19.0 12.0

 

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2012 Boecraft Saturday Series

Delavan 2-18-2012

2012 Boecraft Saturday Series

Rank Boat SailNo HelmName R1 Total Nett
1st Ellie I 561 Mike Hirn 1.0 1.0 1.0
2nd Proud Rebel IV I 109 Sparky Lundberg 2.0 2.0 2.0
3rd Diablo I 237 Casey Schiche 3.0 3.0 3.0
4th Willow Bender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy 4.0 4.0 4.0
5th Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg 5.0 5.0 5.0

 

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February 16, 2012

One more race was completed in the Wednesday Series on the 15th. The conditions were deep slush and shifty winds. The second race failed to make the 7 &1/2 minute per mile time limit. Casey would have won it, but was a minute short of making the time on the last lap.

racing is underway. Three races were sailed starting at 2:00 pm on a very interesting 0.6 mile course. Each race was 5 laps to make the 6 mile minimum.
We got a lot of input from Buddy Melges on our performance.  We all appear to have a great deal of room for improvement.

Boecraft Wednesday Series

Delavan 2- 8 & 15 -2012

Results as of 9 am on 2-16-2012

Rank Boat SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st Zephyr III I 24 Bob Mereness 1.0 (3.0) 1.0 1.0 6.0 3.0
2nd Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk (2.0) 1.0 2.0 2.0 7.0 5.0
3rd Proud Rebel IV I 109 Sparky Lundberg 6.0 2.0 3.0 (7.0 DNC) 18.0 11.0
4th Diablo I 237 Casey Schiche 3.0 (5.0) 5.0 3.0 16.0 11.0
5th Black Widow I 808 Kaahlen O'Laughlin 4.0 4.0 4.0 (7.0 DNC) 19.0 12.0
6th InXcess I 406 Chuck Kaye 5.0 (7.0 DNC) 7.0 DNC 4.0 23.0 16.0
7th Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas (7.0 DNC) 7.0 DNC 7.0 DNC 5.0 26.0 19.0
8th Willow Bender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy (7.0 DNC) 7.0 DNC 7.0 DNC 7.0 DNF 28.0 21.0

 

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February 12,2012
After an unsuccessful attempt to get the NIYA Regatta in, we have been back racing our Stay at Home series scheduled when the regatta was called on.
The wind direction was West Northwest resulting in another very challenging 0.6 mile race course sailed on the west end of Delavan Lake.

2012 Boecraft Stay at Home Series

Delavan starting 2-21-2012

Boecraft Stay at Home Series 2-12-2012

Rank Boat SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
1st Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk 1.0 (3.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 7.0 4.0
2nd Proud Rebel IV I 109 Sparky Lundberg 2.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 (3.0) 10.0 7.0
3rd Ellie I 561 Mike Hirn (4.0) 2.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 16.0 12.0
4th Zephyr III I 24 Bob Mereness 3.0 4.0 4.0 (5.0) 5.0 21.0 16.0
5th Diablo I 237 Casey Schiche (8.0 DSQ) 5.0 6.0 4.0 2.0 25.0 17.0
6th Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas 5.0 (6.0) 5.0 6.0 6.0 28.0 22.0
7th Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg 6.0 (8.0 DNC) 8.0 DNC 8.0 DNC 8.0 DNC 38.0 30.0
8th Happy Hopper I 255 Larry Happ (8.0 DNC) 8.0 DNC 8.0 DNC 7.0 7.0 38.0 30.0
9th Black Widow I 808 Kaahlen O'Laughlin (9.0 DNF) 8.0 DNC 8.0 DNC 8.0 DNC 8.0 DNC 41.0 32.0

 

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January 29th 2012

After a long day waiting for the wind to come down on Saturday, The BoeCraft Championship was resumed on Sunday in a North Northwest wind in the 17 to 21mph range.
There was a lot of close racing and a couple of breakdowns. All three races were completed for a total of 6. 
Results are below:

 

2012 Boecraft Championship Regatta

Delavan 1-27-29-2012

2012 BoeCraft Championship Final Results

Overall

Sailed: 6, Discards: 0, To count: 6, Entries: 12, Scoring system: Appendix A

 

Rank Boat SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total
1st Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 9.0
2nd Zephyr III I 24 Bob Mereness 2.0 1.0 1.0 4.0 3.0 6.0 17.0
3rd Black Widow I 808 Kaahlen O'Laughlin 4.0 6.0 4.0 7.0 5.0 4.0 30.0
4th Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas 8.0 9.0 7.0 3.0 2.0 3.0 32.0
5th Proud Rebel IV I 109 Spark Lundberg 5.0 5.0 3.0 1.0 9.0 DNF 13.0 DNC 36.0
5th Diablo I 237 Casey Schiche 3.0 3.0 5.0 6.0 6.0 13.0 DNC 36.0
7th Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg 7.0 8.0 6.0 13.0 DNC 8.0 7.0 49.0
8th Halloweene I 744 Dan Janikowski 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 5.0 4.0 2.0 50.0
9th Chaos I 400 John Simms 13.0 DSQ 7.0 8.0 8.0 7.0 13.0 DNC 56.0
10th Willow Bender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy 6.0 4.0 13.0 DSQ 9.0 DNF 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 58.0
11th InXcess I 406 Chuck Kaye 9.0 10.0 9.0 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 67.0
12th Mickey Finn I 7 Bob Youngquist 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 5.0 70.0

 



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The 2012 BoeCraft Championship Regatta is underway at Delavan Lake. Three Races were sailed in wind under 10 mph using only the West end of the lake due to dangerous ice conditions on the East end of the lake. Results below:

2012 Boecraft Championship Regatta

Delavan 1-27-29-2012

2012 Boecraft Championship Results as of 5 pm on 1-27-2012

Overall

Rank Boat SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 Total
1st Zephyr III I 24 Bob Mereness 2.0 1.0 1.0 4.0
2nd Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk 1.0 2.0 2.0 5.0
3rd Diablo I 237 Casey Schiche 3.0 3.0 5.0 11.0
4th Proud Rebel IV I 109 Spark Lundberg 5.0 5.0 3.0 13.0
5th Black Widow I 808 Kaahlen O'Laughlin 4.0 6.0 4.0 14.0
6th Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg 7.0 8.0 6.0 21.0
6th Willow Bender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy 6.0 4.0 11.0 DSQ 21.0
8th Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas 8.0 9.0 7.0 24.0
9th Chaos I 400 John Simms 11.0 DSQ 7.0 8.0 26.0
10th InXcess I 406 Chuck Kaye 9.0 10.0 9.0 28.0

 

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January 21st, 2012
Sparky lettered the Black Widow on Thursday. Kaahlen is ready to go.





January 5th, 2012
Lake Como is snowed out for now. Delavan finally closed all the open holes, but has the same snow problem as Como.Geneva Lake is frozen and snow covered from Lake Geneva to just East of Black Point. The rest of the lake is mostly frozen - the ice is still forming.Lots of ice checking to do in the next few days.Sparky lettered the Black Widow on Thursday. Kaahlen is ready to go.January 5th, 2012Set up three boats on Como and sailed from 11:30 to 2:00. Nice smooth ice but too much temperature.
When we started to push waves in the ice and cut through, we had to take off as quick as possible. We almost made it without breaking the ice at the ramp, but not quite. It was still worth getting the ride.
There are still 3 inches in place as of Monday the 9th. We hope to get back on After Thursday.