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2013 Nite Nationals CALLED ON for February 16-17, Green Lake, WI.




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Association conducts its races and
regattas under the jurisdiction of
rules set forth and revised by the
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copy of the NIA Rule Book in PDF
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graphic interpretation of the NIA
Rules, we offer this graphic. Print a
copy, study it, talk about it with your
pals, glue one to the inside of your
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2013 Nite ISA
When: January 18-20, 2013.
Where: Lake Kegonsa, WI
Details: ISA Regatta Website

Scott Brown (#559) is the 2013 Nite ISA Champion.

2013 Nite ISA Champion - Scott Brown 

2013 Nite Nationals
When February 16-17, 2013
Where: Green Lake, WI

Registration and Waiver
Notice of Race
Sailing Instructions

Wind Forecast

   February 6, 2013 News

A team of experience ice checkers will be on Lake Pepin Wednesday AM around 10:30 doping an ice check for the Northwest and us.  If you happen to be in that area and care to join in, check for their meeting place.

Here in Madison we picked up two of three inches in the last 24 hours and I know that the folks in other parts of the midwest had similar experiences.

They will finish their inspection and make a call that will be posted at by noon CST on 2/5/13 (Wednesday).  I will send an e-mail as soon as I see their report with hotel info, registration info, etc.

Assuming ice checkers find suitable conditions we have a few details to sort out.

Our by-laws permit this regatta to be either a two or three day event.

I have spoken with a few skippers who said, because of the distance, they'd have trouble getting to the regatta site on Friday.

We are considering calling tune-up or scrub races on for Friday with the regatta beginning on Saturday.

We welcome any input from you on this.

Who's coming?  If you're thinking about coming or planning on coming, please let us all know. Our Nite brothers from Pewaukee will bring race committee equipment (blocks & marks) An ATV will not be needed.  There is something like 22" of ice at last report.  Cars and trucks are traveling across the ice. Race Committee:  We still need to line up a Judge and at least one assistant. Scorer:  We need a scorer, though I might have that covered. If you or someone you know could help as RC, the association will take care of your accommodations if you'd like. TROPHIES:  If you won a trophy last year, please bring it to the regatta or make arrangements for it to be brought to the regatta.


   January 17, 2013 News

Just returned from the 4LIYC meeting with these updates on the 2013 ISA regatta:

The Regatta has been officially called on for Jan 18-20, 2013.

Nites are # 3 in the rotation.

Launch site is at the Amundson Park, Stoughton, WI  (Google does know where this is) This is Dane County--you can't park your car on the ice! Help us preserve the landing--just roll your trailer on.

First race on Friday at 10:00 am

Big dinner on Saturday night
Who's coming?  So far I have notes and/or unconfirmed rumors that the following skippers, presumably with boats, will attend: Don Sanford, Scott Brown, Grant Frautschi, Team Wilfert:  Mark, Tom & Rick, Mark Prange, Jim Gluek, Deb Gluek, Tom Sweitzer, George Friou, and you.

 Nite Nationals: Could be called on for the weekend of Jan 25-27. I expect we'll have some informal discussions about this over dinner this weekend   This is a great looking sheet of ice.  I hope you can make it.


   December 13, 2012 News

The Western Skeeter Challenge Regatta, scheduled for this weekend (December 15 & 16) has been postponed until further notice.

John Dennis' update on the MN Ice Sailing site and at, "We have new Ice in Minnesota as of this morning (Tuesday 12/11). Nothing that will be thick enough for the big boats this weekend."

Scott Brown, our fleet rep in the planning for this huge event reported from his snowy bunker near Lake Minnetonka, "Sorry chaps.   It's not that we didn't try.  See you in January, Merry Christmas."

And with that, I'll add my own best wishes for the holiday season and a year of perfect "Hollywood" ice.

See you all on the ice, somewhere.


   December 8, 2012 News

From Scott Brown:

A quick update.  There is no sailable ice within the metro Minneapolis area.  We did sail Pelican last weekend with the DNs.  It's literally across the road from Christina (ashby, MN).  The ice was spectacular, but need to mention a few things.

A)  a crack split the lake in half, with gooseholes on one end.  Two boats dropped through.

B)  total thickness was about 3"

C)  It was falling apart as we left in 51 degrees.

That said, it's been cold this week, so who knows

Weather -- we've have a minor flaking tonight, but Saturday night is a 2-4" prediction that could be in the cities, or up north.  Need to wait that out.

Important Note:

The following ice reports are called in by volunteers to help iceboaters find clear ice for sailing. Never consider these reports as fully accurate as ice and safety conditions change daily. Never venture on ice alone. Wear a lifejacket and carry ice picks. Remember, you are responsible for your own safety.

PIYC Nite Racing
(Waukesha, WI Inland Lakes Area)
Click for Pewaukee, Wisconsin Forecast
2/6: Snow.

Minnetonka Nite Racing
(Minneapolis, MN Area)
Click for Minnetonka, Minnesota Forecast
2/6: Many good sailing areas.

Four Lakes Ice Yacht
Club Nite Racing
(Madison, WI Area)
Click for Madison, Wisconsin Forecast
2/6: Snow

Mendota: Snow.

Monona: Snow.

Kegonsa: Snow.

Waubesa: Snow.

Wingra: Snow.

Central/Northern Wisconsin/UP Michigan
Green Lake, Green Bay, Menomonee Areas)
Click for Green Bay, Wisconsin Forecast

2/6: Some ice with snow.

Skeeter Ice Boat Club
Nite Racing
(Lake Geneva, WI Area)
Click for Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Forecast
1/17: Nothing yet.

Lake Geneva: Open.

Delavan Lake: Open.

Lake Como: Nothing yet.

Southern Region
Nite Racing
(Ilinois, Missouri Areas)
Click for Lake Lotawana, Missouri Forecast

2/6: Nothing yet.

Michigan Nite Racing
(Michigan Area)
Click for Muskegon, Michigan Forecast
2/6: Some sailing available.

Eastern Region
Nite Racing
(Ohio, East Coast Areas)
Click for New Milford, Connecticut Forecast

2/6: Some sailing reported

Western Region
Nite Racing
(Colorado and Western States Areas)
Click for Denver, Colorado Forecast

2/6: Canyon Ferry had some great ice.



A vast majority of the time one can participate in ice boating and enjoy a reasonable and acceptable safety margin.

We must be remind you that ice boats are very fast and the ice is very hard. Ice can be thick and quite thin in other places, sometimes just a few feet apart. Under the ice is water which can be very cold and is often very deep. The Right-of-way rules are written to help prevent accidents. Using common sense about when and where to sail works most of the time. However, accidents causing damage to equipment, injury or even death may still occur.

The International Nite Class Association can not guarantee your safety when sailing, whether you follow these guidelines and the Right-of- Way rules or not. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF!! No one, including The International Nite Class Association, can guarantee your safety when on the ice. You are responsible for yourself. The safety advice given on this page CANNOT guarantee your safety in all instances. Be smart, never sail alone.

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Last Update: February 6, 2013
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