What a way to kick off a new year! Our friend, Dave Elsmo and his wife, Andrea, welcomed a baby girl into the world this morning; the Badgers are playing in the Rose Bowl at 4:00, I’m christening my new C-Skeeter tomorrow, and I’m officially calling “ON” the Western Lakes Regional DN Championship! 2020…I like the looks of you already!
Lake Puckaway, just outside of Montello, Wisconsin, which is about an hour north of Madison. This is the same venue where the Great Western Challenge was held two weeks ago. Launch at Marquette County Park—Apuckawa Boat Landing. Map Ice is 6-7 inches thick, but we will NOT be parking trailers on the ice. Unload at the landing and park in the lot. We are anticipating a good size fleet, so park as efficiently as possible.
6-7 inches of orange peel texture…no seams detected except on the far northwest corner of the lake near Mike & Cathy’s Good Old Days Resort, which should NOT be on the course. Few ice fishermen at this time, but we expect that to change for the weekend. Ice sail checked by “DN Ranked racers” Bob Cummins and Mike Jankowski. Sheet is large enough for two courses, so we should not be space constrained.
Temperatures in the high twenties to low thirties Fri. – Sun. Winds 5-10 mph Fri. and Sat. 10 – 15 mph Sunday. Slight chance of light snow Sun. morning. Partly to mostly cloudy all three days. This is a Sat./Sun. regatta, but we anticipate a good number of sailors showing up to scrub race on Friday.
Mike & Cathy’s Good Old Days bar and restaurant right on the lake. W995 W. North Shore Dr Montello, WI 53949. Packet pickup and Saturday night group dinner will take place here. Group meal will take place immediately following racing on Saturday at 5:30 pm. Come as you are. Classic Wisco Supper Club with great bar. $14 plus tax and tip will get you Broasted chicken, beef tips over noodles, mashed potatoes and gravy, soup and salad bar.
Go Big or Go Home
Good Old Days famous chili will be served steaming hot on the ice Saturday. We are expecting to be sharing the lake with a fair number of ice fisherman for the weekend. To show them some love, and to apologize in advance for disturbing their peace, we will be delivering 6-packs if beer to them along with our well wishes. Hard to be mad at someone delivering free beer! PLEASE go out of your way to be friendly and courteous.
Get it done online at this link. PLEASE! If you must tax our scorers with onsite registration, you will be required to pay a “convenience fee” of $20. It could be a scary amount, so just get it done online. Our dedicated scoring team would greatly appreciate it. PLEASE upload your proof of insurance. If for some reason you can’t, be ready to shot it at HQ if you want to race in the event.
See above. Posted Thursday January 2, 2020.
Acorn Ridge Motel
(Closest to ice as Mecan Lodge is fill already)
(No pool or hot tub)
W3910 WI 23/73
Princeton, WI 54968
$69 winter rate
Borders Inn & Suites – Ripon (used to be an Americinn)
1219 W. Fond du Lac St.
Ripon, WI 54971
Ask for special ice boater’s rate of $79.99 plus tax
Cobblestone (name changed today from Comfort Suites at royal Ridges)
2 Westgate Dr.
Ripon, WI 54971
Ask for iceboat rate of $99 plus tax
T’ween the Lake Motel
510 Underwood Ave Hwy 23
Montello, WI 53949
It Takes a Village
When you see these people, thank them for their contributions to making this happen—
John Hyashi, the Nite Board of Directors and the Puckaway Ice Sailing Squadron for choosing for choosing to defer the Nite Nationals to the following weekend, opening up Lake Puckaway for the DN Westerns.
Bob Cummins and Mike Jankowski for scouting and sailing the sheet and providing detailed info.
Mike Miller and Mike Bloom for scouting our others potential venue.
Julie Jankowski for jumping into action to make all of the arrangements for hotels, food and regatta extras.
Deb Whitehorse for disseminating information and handling all registration responsibilities.
Dan Heany, Joe Norton, Fred Stritt and all members of our scoring team who will be running our races and keeping track of who does what.
All the ice scouts out there who have been feeding info throughout the week. And all others I may have forgotten (sorry) as I’m pushing to get this info out.
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