Nite News 2/21/05

2005 Nite Nationals Report
By Mike Bloom (#535)

"We Tried, Will Try Again"

Attempt # 1 at the 2005 Nite Nationals, hosted by the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club the weekend of February 20-21, 2005, was a bust.

Day one saw just two races completed in the lightest of wind. Day two was canceled due to snow. Thus, the regatta was ruled a non-event and the 2005 Nationals will, ice permitting, be held at a later date. Watch the Nite web site,, for dates and location. Nite sailors of all abilities are invited to race.

For those of you interested in race results from this non-event, Grant Frautschi of Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club dominated day one with two bullets. Tom Nordlie of Upper Tonka stayed right on his transom and twice finished second. Mike Bloom of Lower Tonka ended the day in third place with two thirds. After that, the results were as jumbled as the opinions as to whether we should have even sailed. How light was the wind? Well, not one of the 28 registered boats was able to complete either race without a great deal of pushing. Still, as the saying goes, "Even a bad day of ice boating is better than...."

Much praise and thanks goes to the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club for hosting the event, Deb Ziegler, Fred Miller, Grant Frautschi, Don Sanford, Commodore Mark Wilfert for handling the logistics, Ken Kreider our chief judge, and everyone else who worked hard so the rest of us could have a great time racing our Nite iceboats.

Think Ice, and get ready for the rescheduled 2005 Nite Nationals.

2005 Annual Meeting Report
By Fred Miller (#371), INCA Secretary

The 2005 INCA annual meeting took place on the ice at regatta headquarters Saturday, February 19, 2005, at 10:30 a.m.  The first order of business was the nomination and election for the offices of Commodore and Vice Commodore.  Don Sanford of the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club volunteered to be Vice Commodore and was elected on a voice vote.  Mark Wilfert of the Pewaukee Ice Yacht Club volunteered to be Commodore and was also elected on a voice vote.  Fred Miller will continue on as Secretary/Treasurer. 

Craig Adams (#126) of Pewaukee Ice Yacht Club and Chairman of the Technical Committee then announced that Don Anderson, member of the Technical Committee, was no longer an active Nite sailor and had resigned.  Craig then nominated Terry Erwin (#544) from Lake Minnetonka to take Don's place.  Terry was approved via voice vote.

Craig also brought up a change to the rules to allow an adjustable forestay via the use of a typical staymaster fitting.  It was explained that this was to make mast rake adjustment easier, faster, and safer without substantially altering the performance of the boat itself.  After some discussion this measure was approved by the fleet.  More on this as well as other questions will appear in future Nite News publications.

Please note the following tentative regatta dates:

2005 Nite Nationals:  TBA
2005 ISA:  Called on for February 24-26, 2005.  Site TBA.

2005 Nite Nationals Photos - Mendota
by Craig Adams (#126), Grant Frautschi (#520), and Norb Baldus (#65)

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