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Specifications and Regatta Conditions have been updated - See the Organization and Tech Data Button above. December 11th 2011





photos - Richard Beers

    
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
http://www.mattmasonphotography.com

Visitor Count (2010):




Bill Boehmke
Designer/Builder







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.



www.youtube.com/user/krismhttp://erwood1?feature=mhum



All data on this page archived - January 9th 2012


December 11th 2011
Boecraft Championship Regatta has been expanded to a 7 race event, to be scheduled for our first Championship caliber ice this season.

The boats are ready, the ice is coming along slowly.
September 26th 2011

Lots of info and pictures on prep for the upcoming season on the Off-Season Projects pages.


June 17th, 2011
The Trophy Presentation Banquet was held on June 17th to hand out the perpetual trophies for the top four competitors in the 2011 Boecraft Regatta.


Kaahlen O'Laughlin receiving the Mel Lundberg Championship Trophy from Commodore Pappas

Sparky Lundberg gets the Second Place Trophy


Rick Pappas, Third Place
Britt Isham, fourth place was not able to attend.

In addition to the Regatta Trophies, a special presentation was created by Sparky Lundberg and presented by Commodore Pappas to two individuals who have contributed greatly to the renewed health of the Boe-Craft fleet.

Rick Henning and Todd Knop were honored for their generous contributions of Spruce, cast parts and machined parts to help us get as many Boe-Craft boats on the ice as possible.





Charley-Os in Elkhorn did a great job and a good time was had by all.

More Banquet photos in the photo archive.

May 13th, 2011
It looks like we may need to make up some extra long pedal extensions for Don Cain this summer.


March 13th 2011
The racing season has ended without a race on Geneva. Here are theTrophy Winners for the 2010-2011 season:

Troublemaker Season Champion
Masters Trophy
Kaye Saturday Morning Series
Zephyr Trophy
Commodores Trophy
On the Rocks Trophy
Won by Dan Janikowski

Melges Wednesday Series
Boyington Trophy
Ferris Trophy
Williams Bay Day Trophy
Penquin (Ice Checking) Trophy
Won by Sparky Lundberg

Most Improved Skipper Trophy
Won by Kaahlen O'Laughlin

Lonnecke Fellowship Trophy
Won by Jimmy McAvoy

March 7th, 2011
March 7th, 2011Racing never got off - too much rain, too much water on the ice, no wind. The few rides we got and the social activities made it worthwhile.

March 3rd, 2011
The Northwestern Ice Yachting Association Championship Regatta is on for Lake Mendota in Madison. At least six Boe-Craft boats are on the way to start racing on Friday. 
I 109, I 112, I 114, I 376, I 808, and I 564 will be there for the event. 
Details on the Regatta can be found at Iceboat.org.

March 1st, 2011
Geneva has been sailed end to end for several days now. Some seams and skimmed over drain holes can be hazards, but that does not keep the boys from zipping from Fontana to Lake Geneva for breakfast. (I 114, I 112, and I 137)



March 3rd, 2011The Northwestern Ice Yachting Association Championship Regatta is on for Lake Mendota in Madison. At least six Boe-Craft boats are on the way to start racing on Friday. I 109, I 112, I 114, I 376, I 808, and I 564 will be there for the event. Details on the Regatta can be found at Iceboat.org.Geneva has been sailed end to end for several days now. Some seams and skimmed over drain holes can be hazards, but that does not keep the boys from zipping from Fontana to Lake Geneva for breakfast. (I 114, I 112, and I 137)  

 
February 28th - Sailed a couple of scrub races in the crusty snow.









January 8th, 2011
The Boe-Craft Championship Regatta is complete. Results below. Congratulations to Kaahlen O-Laughlin, winner of the Mel Lundberg Trophy.

Regatta Pictures Bob Mereness

Rank Boat SailNo Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1st Black Widow I 808 Kaahlen O'Laughin 2.0 1.0 1.0 5.0 1.0 10.0
2nd Proud Rebel IV I 109 Sparky Lundberg 4.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 11.0
3rd Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas 3.0 5.0 4.0 3.0 4.0 19.0
4th Ice Cap I 326 Britt Isham 1.0 3.0 3.0 6.0 7.0 20.0
5th Satan I 237 Casey Schiche 6.0 7.0 6.0 4.0 6.0 29.0
6th WillowBender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy 5.0 6.0 5.0 8.0 11.0 DNC 35.0
7th Halloweene I 744 Dan Janikowski 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 2.0 3.0 38.0
8th Mickey Finn I 7 Bob Youngquist 7.0 4.0 7.0 11.0 DNF 11.0 DNC 40.0
9th Ellie I 561 Mike Hirn 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 7.0 5.0 45.0
10th InXcess I 406 Chuck Kaye 8.0 8.0 8.0 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 46.0



January 6, 2011
The first day of Wednesday racing took place on Delavan Lake yesterday. Results below.

1st Ellie I 561 Mike Hirn (5.0) 1.0 1.0 7.0 2.0
2nd Proud Rebel IV I 109 Sparky Lundberg 1.0 2.0 (6.0) 9.0 3.0
3rd Black Widow I 808 Kaahlen O'Laughin 2.0 (4.0) 3.0 9.0 5.0
4th Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas 3.0 (7.0) 2.0 12.0 5.0
5th Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg 4.0 (5.0) 4.0 13.0 8.0
6th Bada Boom I 269 Steve Hirn 6.0 3.0 (7.0) 16.0 9.0
7th InXcess I 406 Chuck Kaye (8.0) 6.0 5.0 19.0 11.0
8th Satan I 237 Casey Schiche 7.0 8.0 (9.0 DNF) 24.0 15.0


January 3 2010
The First Day of Sunday Series Championship Racing is in the books. Five races were sailed on clear very hard black ice on Delavan Lake. Five races were sailed alternating with the SIBC Nites.

Trophy winners on the day were Sparky Lundberg winning the Boyington trophy for the third race of the day, and
Dan Janikowski winning the Zephyr Trophy for the best overall score on the first day of the Championship Series.

Rank Boat SailNo Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
1st Halloweenee I 744 Dan Janikowski 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 8.0 8.0
2nd Proud Rebel IV I 109 Sparky Lundberg 5.0 7.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 15.0 15.0
3rd Ellie I 561 Mike Hirn 2.0 2.0 5.0 3.0 3.0 15.0 15.0
4th WillowBender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy 7.0 4.0 3.0 5.0 7.0 26.0 26.0
5th Black Widow I 808 Kaahlen O'Laughin 3.0 3.0 7.0 10.0 DNC 4.0 27.0 27.0
6th Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas 10.0 DSQ 5.0 4.0 4.0 5.0 28.0 28.0
7th Satan I 237 Casey Schiche 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 30.0 30.0
8th InXcess I 406 Chuck Kaye 8.0 8.0 8.0 7.0 8.0 39.0 39.0
9th Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg 4.0 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 44.0 44.0


 

Up-date - January 1st was a blow-out with winds over 30 mph, so the Holiday series is final as posted below.
12-27-2010
The first day of the holiday series is posted below. Next race day in the series is January 1st.

photo - Jessica Soberg

Boecraft Holiday Series
Sailed December 26th at Delavan Lake

Rank Boat SailNo Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
1st Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk (1.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 5.0 4.0
2nd Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas (8.0) 5.0 3.0 2.0 2.0 20.0 12.0
3rd Black Widow I 808 Kaahlen O'Laughin 3.0 3.0 (10.0 DNC) 3.0 3.0 22.0 12.0
4th Halloweenee I 744 Dan Janikowski 2.0 (6.0) 2.0 4.0 6.0 20.0 14.0
5th WillowBender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy 4.0 2.0 4.0 (5.0) 4.0 19.0 14.0
6th Satan I 237 Casey Schiche 5.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 (9.0 DNF) 29.0 20.0
7th Proud Rebel IV I 109 Sparky Lundberg 6.0 (8.0) 6.0 8.0 5.0 33.0 25.0
8th Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg 7.0 7.0 (10.0 DNC) 7.0 7.0 38.0 28.0
9th InXcess I 406 Chuck Kaye (10.0 DNC) 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 8.0 48.0 38.0

For more pictures go to the 2010/2011 Season archives page.


12-20-2010
The first weekend of racing on Delavan is complete. There was plenty of wind on Saturday. Sunday turned out to be a tune-up for light air day. Results posted below:

Boecraft Saturday AM Series
Sailed 12-18-2010 at Delavan Lake

Rank Boat SailNo Helm R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk (1.0) 1.0 1.0 3.0 2.0
2nd Halloweenee I 744 Dan Janikowski 2.0 (3.0) 3.0 8.0 5.0
3rd Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas 3.0 2.0 (5.0) 10.0 5.0
4th WillowBender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy (7.0) 6.0 2.0 15.0 8.0
5th Black Widow I 808 Kaahlen O'Laughin (4.0) 4.0 4.0 12.0 8.0
6th B-Sting I 228 Fritz Button 5.0 5.0 (8.0 DNC) 21.0 10.0
7th Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg 6.0 (7.0) 6.0 19.0 12.0

Boecraft Tune-up Series
Sailed Saturday and Sunday 12-18 & 19-2010, Delavan Lake

Rank Boat SailNo Helm R1 R2 Total Nett
1st Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
2nd Akebono I 114 Rick Pappas 8.0 DNC 2.0 10.0 10.0
3rd B-Sting I 228 Fritz Button 2.0 8.0 DNC 10.0 10.0
4th Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg 3.0 7.0 10.0 10.0
5th Proud Rebel IV I 109 Sparky Lundberg 8.0 DNC 3.0 11.0 11.0
6th Black Widow I 808 Kaahlen O'Laughin 8.0 DNC 4.0 12.0 12.0
7th Satan I 237 Casey Schiche 8.0 DNC 5.0 13.0 13.0
8th WillowBender I 112 Jimmy McAvoy 8.0 DNC 6.0 14.0 14.0
  

  

 

   
12-14-2010
Set up and sailing on Delavan Lake. Looks like Casey gets lunch at Chuck's.
Casey Schiche, Rick Pappas, Burly Brellenthin and Steve Schalk set up today on Delavan Lake. There are still some large open holes, but plenty of room to sail.
Only Burly and Steve got out in time for a ride in the diminishing winds.





11-30-2010
The Annual Boe-Craft Skeeter Ice Yacht Association Meeting is this Saturday December 4th at Lucky's Cantina in Williams Bay starting at 4:00 P.M.
 
11-29-2010
Como has frozen over - The early guesses don't look too bad right now.

10-21-2010
It is time again for Boecraft fleet members to predict the first day of sailing for the upcoming season.
The predictions will be posted here as they come in. Cut off date is November 7th.

The best guess gets a lunch at Chuck's.

I 564 - December 16th 2010
I 114 - December 19th 2010
I 237 - December 14th 2010
I 326 - December 18th 2010
I 516 - December 3rd  2010
I 711 - December 11th 2010
I 140 - December 10th 2010
I 24   - December 7th 2010
I 109 - December 4th 2010
I 376 - December 20th 2010
I 406 - December 23rd 2010
I 1109 - December 21st 2010




10/27/2010 - It is really done now



9-26-2010
Willow Bender Assembled to Test Fit New Parts



More pictures on Skeeter Haven page.


Skating Away II Hull is Complete 9-4-2010





Willow Bender Hull is Complete    8-14-2010



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More Pictures on the Skeeter Haven Page.
Burly Brellenthin's 63 year Iceboat racing Career Recognized

At the 2010 Boecraft Regatta Banqet, held on July 23rd, Burly Brellenthin was recognized for his 63 year racing career and his many contrubutions to the sport.
Sparky Lundberg presented Burly with an original painting of On the Rocks, Burly's well known series of Boe-Craft Skeeters. Burly first started racing on the Johnson A stern steerer Dorla in 1947. He raced many years as crew with Glydee Gerber on the Clancy.




Trophies were also awarded for the first four places in the first annual Boe-Craft Championship Regatta that was held back in February.

Rick Pappas, in fourth received the Four Amigos Trophy, created and donated by Spark Lundberg.
 


Bob Mereness received the Third Place Trophy, built and donated by Steve Schalk



Sparky Lundberg received the second place trophy, donated by Steve and Mary Jane Schalk.

Steve Schalk received the Mel Lundberg Trophy, rededicated for the Boecraft Chanpionship by Sparky Lundberg.


 

More Banquet pictures are posted in the picture archive for 2010.
WILLOW BENDER GETS NAKED




7/19/2010  Bottoms On - see Skeeter Haven page for more pictures.



Willow Bender Gets a New # 11 Bulkhead and more repairs to the chine broken two years ago.


 

              Doctor Richard White 1914 - 2010


Doc White raced Boecraft skeeters from the very beginnng. He was a two time winner of the ISA racing Troublemaker. He raced into his early 80's and has been missed on the ice since he retired from sailing after the 95-96 season.

  B and C Skeeter to have separate start in the     
            Annual Northwestern Regatta

At the annual regatta meeting in Oshkosh January 29th, the BoeCraft agenda proposal to have a separate start for B skeeter was approved with a friendly amendment to add C skeeter to the same start.
At future regattas, when there are at least four boats racing, B-skeeter (Boe-Craft and Yankee)  and C skeeter will race together with their own race.
The C skeeters from Menominee are looking forward to participating in the regatta again after a long absence.


All Trophy Winner and Series Champion data is now Complete.

A history showing the locations, competitors and results for B skeeters in the Northwest and ISA regattas is now available on this site. Check out the History button.

Did you know that Bill Boehmke also built soft water boats?

Many may have known that Bill built a number of X boats and a lot of wooden masts and booms for sailboats back in the day, but Bill even tried his hand competing with the likes of Chris Craft and Century.
A fellow Boe-Craft owner sent in the following information:

Did you know that Bill Boehmke designed and built a 16 ft runabout in the late 40's or early 50's? When I first got it back in the late 70's it had a decal just like the one shown on your web site but it said Crystal lLake,IL I know he was famous ice boat builder and I tracked him down in Belvedere,IL on the phone. He said he built this neat little boat as a prototype but it didn't pan out for him because he couldn't compete with Chris-Craft and Century. It is 16 ft long and made out of mahogany plywood. It has a Chis- Craft Model "K" 6cyl. flat head engine.   Jerry Stouffer





April 22, 2010
The Boe-Craft Championship Trophy Dinner will be July 23rd 2010 at Charley-O's in Elkhorn.

There is also new information to be found on the web site. Check out the buttons to see how past season data can be viewed, and look for updates to off season work as it progresses.



Photo credit:  Andy Kretschmer

   Fleet prepares to round the windward mark in the first race of the Boe-Craft Regatta.

February 6, 2010
                    Boe-Craft Regatta Results

The Inaugural Boe-Craft Regatta for 2010 is officially in the record books.  The first day of racing took place with 15 to 18 MPH winds on deceptively smooth snow-covered ice.  11 Boe-Craft skippers were on the line for the 3 races that were scheduled.  Numerous position changes took place each lap throughout the regatta, making for great competition.  Mark roundings, both windward and leeward, were exhilerating.

Significant winds on Friday night made the course unsailable.  The huge drifts created by the heavy northeast winds range from 6 inches at the windward end of the ice to over 18 inches at the leeward end.  Early Saturday morning the decision was made to call the Regatta complete.

Congratulations go to Steve Schalk and Sparky Lundberg who finished first and second respectively.

Special thanks to Mary Jane Schalk, Burly Brellenthin, Chuck Kaye and Andy Kretschmer for scoring and officiating the races on Friday!

January 31, 2010

The Boe-Craft Regatta has been called on for Friday & Saturday, February 5th and 6th, with Sunday, February 7th to be used only if one more race is needed to complete the regatta.  The tentative site is set for the west end of Lake Geneva.  Final location will be announced on Thursday.
                   

January 31, 2010

The 2010 Northwest Regatta was sailed on Lake Winnebago this weekend.  The Boe-Craft Ice Yacht Association was represented by four members:  Steve Schalk, Rick Pappas, Burly Brellenthin and Fritz Button.  Congratulations to Steve for winning the B-Class trophy.

Full regatta results have been posted on the 4LIYC website.


Paul Krueger and NIYA Boe-Skeeter Champion Steve Schalk


January 16, 2010

The first official "Ice Party" was held on the ice just off the Fontana Beach on Saturday, Jan 16th.  Many Boe-Craft members as well as other local sailors made the event a great success. 


October 22, 2009


The Boe-Craft Skeeter Ice Yacht Association is now an official member of the Northwest Ice Yachting Association. 

Other member clubs include:

Canadian Ice Force, Coldwater IYC, Detroit IYC, Fond du Lac IYC, 4 Lakes IYC, Green Bay Windjammmers, Green Lake IYC, Gull Harbor IYC, Gull Lake IYC, Lamah Wamah IYS, Menekaunee IBC, M & M IYC, Neenah IYC, Oshkosh IYC, Pewaukee IYC, Skeeter IBC, South Side IYC, West Michigan IYC, Toledo IYC, Wisconsin Stern Steering Assn., North Shrewsbury IB & YC