10/22: Vintage Ice Boat Show

Vintage Iceboat Show:  

If you’re one of those sailors who’s looked out across the ice from the comfort of the Edgewater, Springers or a warm car parked at a boat landing and thought, “Wow, look at those things go. I’ve got to get a closer look.”  Then, when the reality of walking(?) across several hundred feet of Mendota’s glare ice hits you like an icicle falling from the roof of the Dane County Coliseum and you decide to stay put and have another drink, here’s the answer to your unfulfilled dreams.

 The Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club’s vintage iceboat show

Saturday, October 22nd from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Litchfield Plumbing, 5001 Femrite Drive.

Food and drinks will be available. But the real reason you want to be there is to see three classic stern steering iceboats:  Dick Ela’s Menace; Dick Litchfield’s Miss Madison and the Mary B.  The Menace and Miss Madison are gaff-rigged Madison-Style iceboats built around 1920 (plus or minus a few years).  The Mary B is the last and greatest stern steerer built in Madison was first sailed in 1949. Skippered for many years by the Mendota yacht Club’s own Jim Payton who brought her to numerous regional and national championships with the able assistance of crew members and MYC sailors Tony Perme, Mo Cleland, Peter Barrett and Peter Harken.  Almost 40 feet long and weighing in at just over one ton, she’s been clocked at speeds of 100 miles-per-hour.  Nothing could catch her.


They’ll also have modern iceboats on display including a Class A Skeeters, Renegade, Nite, DN, Ice Opti and a few more.

Lots of iceboats, lots of iceboaters, good conversation, food, drinks all without that slippery ice and cold weather.  How can you go wrong?

More details at iceboat.org

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