Boe-Craft Skeeter

Ice Yacht Association

2014-15 Season
The 2014-15 season started early on Como in mid-November. Lots of sailing in small circles without enough room for a race course.

January 29th, 2015
With the ice thickness finally up to 4 inches the first races of the Season were held in the far West end of Geneva Lake.
The Hole and working seam in the photo just below are still there, and mark the eastern edge of our available sailing area. A Christmas tree marks the western end of the hole nearest to Fontana.
Racing shore to shore in a SSE wind made for tricky windward mark roundings with big shifts and velocity changes.
Rick Pappas dominated the first day with a "new" 1993 sail from Casey's basement.

2014 Boe-Craft Wednesday Series
Sailed on Geneva 1/28/2015

Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Entries: 8, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Boat SailNo HelmName R1
Total Nett
1st Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas 1.0 1.0 2.0 4.0 4.0
2nd Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk 3.0 3.0 1.0 7.0 7.0
3rd Proud Rebel IV I 109 Sparky Lundberg 2.0 4.0 3.0 9.0 9.0
4th Satan I 237 Casey Schiche 8.0 DNF 2.0 4.0 14.0 14.0
5th Ramblin Rebel I 1109 Cody Heindl 4.0 5.0 6.0 15.0 15.0
6th Zephyr III I 24 Bob Mereness 6.0 6.0 7.0 19.0 19.0
7th B-Sting I 228 Fritz Button 5.0 7.0 8.0 20.0 20.0
8th Willowbender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy 9.0 DNC 9.0 DNC 5.0 23.0 23.0

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With Geneva building ice very slowly, there was finally a window for the BoeCraft Championship Regatta the weekend of January 30th

The 2015 BoeCraft Championship Regatta was called on for Friday, Saturday and Sunday Starting at 11:00am January 30th

The first day allowed lots of time for set up, tuning and story-telling, as the wind failed to co-operate at all.

With a two hour wind window to work with on Saturday, a one mile course out of the WSW was set and the first race went off at 10:03am.
Dan Janikowski won that race and proceeded to dominate the next two races as the wind lightened.
The course had to be shifted just once between the second and third races.
With the wind going down the fleet headed in. The wind continued to drop and with the forecast snow and wind for Sunday looming, the Regatta was concluded.
After a great lunch set up by Pam Mereness and Mary Jane Schalk, everyone turned to the process of taking all the boats off to avoid the coming snow event.
With everyone packed up the Presentation was held about 4pm.

The 2015 BoeCraft Champion is Dan Janikowski. He wins the Mel Lundberg Championship Trophy.
He also wins the Skating Away II trophy for the first race, and the Jack in the Green Trophy for the last race.

Many thanks to Burly Brellenthin for sailing out to start and score the races for us, and to Pam and Mary Jane for the food and drink, and the Lundbergs for the deserts.
2015 Boe-Craft Championship Regatta

3 races sailed on Geneva January 31, 2014

2015 BoeCraft Championship Regatta - ties corrected


Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Entries: 13, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Boat SailNo HelmName R1
1st Halloweenee I 744 Dan Janikowski 1.0 1.0 1.0 3.0
2nd Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk 2.0 2.0 2.0 6.0
3rd Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas 3.0 3.0 3.0 9.0
4th B Sting II I 228 Fritz Button 6.0 4.0 6.0 16.0
5th Zephyr III I 24 Bob Mereness 4.0 5.0 7.0 16.0
6th Mickey Finn I 7 Bob Youngquist 8.0 6.0 4.0 18.0
7th Proud Rebel IV I 109 Sparky Lundberg 5.0 8.0 8.0 21.0
8th Ramblin Rebel II I 1109 Cody Heindl 7.0 7.0 10.0 24.0
9th Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 5.0 31.0
10th InXcess I 406 Chuck Kaye 11.0 9.0 11.0 31.0
11th Satan I 237 Casey Schiche 10.0 13.0 DNC 9.0 32.0
12th WillowBender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy 9.0 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 35.0
13th Royal Wulff I 202 Lyle Clayton 13.0 DNC 10.0 13.0 DNF 36.0


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March 23rd, 2015
The ISA championship Regatta was held March 20-22nd, 2015 at Little Bay De Noc, Upper Michigan.
After much searching for conditions, with locations in play from Burlington, Vermont to Gull Lake near Brainerd, Minnesota, the decision was made to go for it on Little Bay De Noc. Thanks to the scouting work by Mike Derusha and Ken Kreider, drive on ice with a workable surface was put in play.

Six B skeeters attended, five Boecraft and one Yankee.
The competitors were: Mark Hancik from Pennsylvania in his Yankee, Fritz Button, Jimmy McAvoy, Jimmy McDonagh in John Dennis's Puffer, Rick Pappas, and Steve Schalk.

While testing conditions on Thursday afternoon, Jimmy McDonagh pulled Puffer's boom in half in the pits. Rick took one look and went to his trailer and pulled out his spare boom. In 10 minutes Puffer was re-rigged with an almost matching red boom and was back in business.

Courtesy Deb Whitehorse
The first day of racing was done in 7 to 12 mph breezes 
on slowly softening ice.
Rick and Jimmy were untouchable in the first race, running first and second from start to finish.
The second race featured some really impressive wind shifts, with Puffer and Skating Away tight up until an auto tack on the second leeward mark rounding. Fritz came through the stalled Puffer to finish second with Rick third. Jimmy McAvoy learned just how quick these boats stop from 50 or so miles an hour when the parking brake flips on!
A third race was sailed on Friday as a back-up, but was not used due to getting races in on Saturday.

On Saturday after a little rain and big temperature drop, racing started up again on time at 9:30 local time.

Fritz and I set the course between sun-up at 7:50 and 8:40 am.
The winds were steady around 15-19 with gusts to 24.
In the first race.
Mark Hancik led start to finish and could not be caught. He worked every shift, including the big knock coming into the windward mark on starboard every time to perfection.

The second race was just as windy but a little more shifty. After an early split Skating Away was able to hit the shifting starboard lay-line around the windward mark a little hot and blast through between Puffer and Mark in Rebel. A couple of private shifts resulted in a half mile finish over Puffer while Mark lost a framing stay and retired.

The last day got severely shortened by the opening of the ice along the entire shoreline with four to twelve inch wide cracks, wiping out the original launch and making it urgent that Mike Derusha carve out an escape route across the plowed-up drifts along the beach. The regatta was made final and everybody co-operated to get off.

Courtesy Deb Whitehorse

2015 ISA B Skeeter

Little Bay de Noc March 20, 21, 22, 2015

Rank Boat Class SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1st Skating Away II B I 564 Steve Schalk 3.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 7.0
2nd Akebono B I 270 Rick Pappas 1.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 10.0
3rd Puffer B I 234 Jimmy McDonagh 4.0 4.0 4.0 2.0 14.0
4th Rebel B L 219 Mark Hancik 5.0 5.0 1.0 7.0 DNF 18.0
5th B-Sting II B I 228 Fritz Button 6.0 2.0 6.0 4.0 18.0
6th Willow Bender B I 112 James McAvoy 2.0 6.0 5.0 5.0 18.0

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