Michaela Vatcheva is a sailor and aspiring film maker who lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She’s embarked on a project to document the legendary ice sailor, Jane Pegel. Michaela filmed the DN footage on Lake Kegonsa near Madison, Wisconsin on December 31, 2016.

“Who’s ready for a new beginning? This way, please!
I shot this video on the last day of 2016 and edited it in the wee hours of last night to share a little glimpse into the beautiful and harsh world of ice boating.
It is also a first peek into my passion project: I endeavor to make my first short film this year. It tells the story of legendary ice boat racer Jane Pegel, a strong woman, who dominated the ice and wind for 65 of her 83 years. Watch this space for updates on this journey. It’s already taught me so much!
Thanks, Deb Whitehorse, David Elsmo, Don Sanford and everyone else who is supporting my project and has welcomed me into this amazing community. Here we go!”
-Michaela Vatcheva