Photo Kurt Meyer
The DN Great Western Challenge is called “ON” for December 13-15, 2019 on Lake Puckaway Wisconsin.
Lake Puckaway is near Green Lake, Wisconsin. The Skeeter Western Challenge is cancelled for the season.
Apuckawa Park and Boat Launch
Located at the intersection of Fox Court and Toepper Drive, east of Montello.
Link to map
Mecan River Outfitters:
Very limited availability.
T’ween the Lake Motel
510 Underwood Ave Hwy 23
Montello, WI 53949
Acorn Ridge Motel
Bayview Motel and Marina
439 Lake St, Green Lake, WI 54941
Comfort Suites At Royal Ridges
2 Westgate Drive, Ripon, WI, 54971, US
Boarders Inn & Suites by Cobblestone Hotels – Ripon
1219 W Fond Du Lac St, Ripon, WI 54971
As we wait for news of the first unofficial regatta of the season, the Western Challenge, it’s a good time to review one of the earliest and best DN videos ever made by Minnetonka’s Peter Crawford of Head Injury Media/Penalty Box Productions. It’s of a Western Challenge at Buffalo Lake in 2005.
Currently we are checking ice. We have a lake in Albert Lea that looks like it will work. We are checking Buffalo today to see whats left after the snow.
Expect an update on Wednesday December 11.
Any help checking Albert lea is appreciated.
DN Regatta Fri,Sat,Sun
Please report any new freeze. I know Pepin was water on Sunday.
More video from Buffalo Lake in Minnesota created by Jim McDonaugh on his iphone! Stay tuned for Western Challenge updates here.
The Minnesota ice sailors are warming up the track today for next weekend’s Western Challenge on Lake Buffalo. Keep an eye on iceboating.net for all the latest updates.
Via the Minnesota Ice Sailing website:
The Great Western Challenge is “ON” for December 13-15, 2019.
Primary location is Lake Buffalo in Buffalo, MN., sailing out of Sturges Park.
Check back for update on Wednesday and for hotel information.
2019 European Championship regatta race start. Rasmus sails C20. Photo: Gwidon Libera
Estonia’s Rasmus Maaliin C20 is an up and coming ice sailor to watch! Here’s a link to a translated interview with the current DN Junior World Champion.
Rasmus Maaliin C20 of Pärnu, Estonia is the four time the junior world champion in ice sailing and wants to reach the highest pedestal rank among adults. For this year’s achievements, the young man was awarded the Order of the Estonian Yachting Club.
How and when did you get to ice sailing?
I got to ice sailing through summer sailing. As Estonia has a long and cold winter, when the water bodies are frozen, ice sailing is a logical extension for a young sailor to be able to train in winter. I started ice sailing at the age of 11, in 2011. From this year on, ice sailing has become my main area, and summer sailing is a bit overlooked. Continue reading.