Ice condition posts

DATE CORRECTION FOR WMIYC ANNUAL MEETING IT IS 12-8-19 4 PM AY MUSKEGON YACHT CLUB (12/5/2019) - All members and anyone interested in joining the West MIchigan Ice Yacht Club are welcome to attend our Annual Meeting the 2nd Sunday in December, this year its 12-8-19 at 4pm at Muskegon Yacht Club. Come on down for camaraderie …

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WMIYC ANNUAL MEETING 12-8-19 MYC at 4pm (12/5/2019) - All members and anyone interested in joining the West MIchigan Ice Yacht Club are welcome to attend our Annual Meeting the 2nd Sunday in December, this year its 12-8-19 at 4pm at Muskegon Yacht Club. Come on down for camaraderie …

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Race Ready DN for Sale $2,800.00 (11/15/2019) - DN# 5199; Composet Concept mast with adjustable forestay, Doyle Boston sail in great shape, 3 Sarns Standard Bullnose Runners with box, 3 Full Lenght Carbon Fiber Insert Runners with Runner Bag, Helmet and Track Shoes. Hull and Boom were built …

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West Michigan Iceboat Swap Meet this Saturday, Nov. 2! (10/28/2019) - Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow iceboaters over a keg of Labatts and a burger and chips lunch. Your first raffle ticket also is included for only $10. There will be a raffle for prizes and a 50/50 raffle too. Buy, …

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Swap meet Saturday November 2, 2019 (10/13/2019) - Big winter fun is coming soon. Get ready now for ice boating. Make plans now to attend the West Michigan Swap Meet. Held every first Saturday of November since 1975, it’s back again for 2019. Saturday, November 2nd from 9 …

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Muskegon Lake is hazardous for ice sailing, Saturday March 16. (3/16/2019) - One and a half inches of rain the past three days opened some bath-tub-size drain holes. Sufficient cold weather is not in forecast for these to heal. It is likely the lake will be mostly open water by this time …

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Muskegon Lake (3/11/2019) - The cove at the Cottage Grove launch site has 10-12″ hard ice. It is completely smooth where polished but has rough areas connecting them. Current conditions are 15kts from the west. Opportunity awaits for those available on Tuesday before the …

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Recap of ice sailing Sunday 2-10-19 (2/11/2019) - A big time of ice sailing fun was had by all WMIYC sailors who ventured onto our frozen lakes Sunday. The wind was exciting and there was plenty of speed. Many enjoyed the warm up and hospitality of the Muskegon Yacht …

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Muskegon Lake Sunday Feb 10, 2019 (2/10/2019) - Time to rig up and go sailing. Saturday the club was becalmed. Wind approaching 10 mph is forecast for Sunday. Jim Fetters and Andy Bos sailed in Friday’s gale and said the ice is fine. They left their boats and …

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ICE ? (2/7/2019) - I’m wondering if any of our local lakes are going to survive this deluge of rain, but at least the Muskegon area did not experience the upper 40’s for temperatures today.  Still planning to scout &/or sail the Cottage Grove …

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Muskegon Lake / Cottage Grove Site (2/5/2019) - A quick stop & conversation with the returning ice fishermen indicates 8″ of ice coverage out from our usual launch site. This was confirmed in TWO locations, but only within the cove itself. A spud was used to both cut …

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DNR – Lake Maps (1/23/2019) - https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79119_79146_81198_85509—,00.html For those of you unaware, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has inland lake map data available for viewing on their website. Not all lakes are included, but they are listed alphabetically by county for quick reference. These could …

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Hess Lake – 1/22/19 (1/23/2019) - Thank you to all that showed up and sailed yesterday on Hess Lake. Traveling on dry roads the entire way, I arrived at the public launch site around 9:30am and preliminary ice thickness measurements were taken out to 300 yards …

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Learn about ice sailing: meet the club (1/17/2019) - January 24, 2019, Fricano’s Muskegon Lake, 1050 W Western, Muskegon. 6 pm ES Interested in ice sailing? Here’s your chance to get a taste of the fun and camaraderie of ice sailing without getting cold! The West Michigan Ice Yacht …

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Houghton Lake a NO GO as of Sat. Dec. 8, 2018 (12/8/2018) - The ice checkers found their trip to Houghton Lake Friday a success. They know what the conditions are and what has to happen for the lake to become safe and sailable and fun. But, they could not sail. One ice …

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Houghton Lake: Saturday Dec. 8, 2018 (12/7/2018) - Jones brothers Stan and Don, friend Jim Grogan from Oakland County, with DN racers from the Grand Traverse IYC plan to sail Houghton Lake, launching from the western side, Saturday Dec. 8, 2018. The ice was found to be only two inches thick …

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Stan Jones and Don Jones sailed Dec. 1, 2018 (12/7/2018) - The Jones brothers sailed the Manistee Lake near Kalkaska, north of where US 131 transitions from expressway to two-lane highway, with friends from the Grand Traverse IYC and Jim Grogan from Oakland County. Stan said they had fun. They were prepared to …

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WMIYC Sunday Dec 9 1-3 pm at MYC (12/6/2018) - All, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and you are ready to do some sailing as soon as we find some suitable ice in and around the area. Some good news, as I write this Mona Lake has skimmed …

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DN4676 racing package for sale (10/31/2018) - SOLD
Local ice sailing concludes for 2018 (2/27/2018) - Muskegon Lake’s eastern end is completely open and the whole lake soon returns to its watery state. Spring Lake’s eastern end was open as far as I could see when I drove through Fruitport Monday. How fortunate we sailed our …

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Ice and ice safety (2/2/2018) - This might be old news but for arguably the best resource on the web regarding the ice we sail on and ice safety, head on over to: http://lakeice.squarespace.com It might be worth adding a link to this site on the …

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New updates to photo and video sections (1/29/2018) - The photos and video section of the website have been updated recently… http://wmiyc.org/photos/ http://wmiyc.org/video/  
Classifieds Photos (1/18/2018) - We do seem to have a lot of classifieds without pictures…! Please add photos to your ads – this will help sell your product. Thank You – random photo enclosed  
Added Mona Lake video (1/25/2017) - I have added a video by Marc Hoeksema:
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The Daze Before Ice Boating (12/5/2016) - A poem by Tom Wilkening The Daze Before Ice Boating T’was well into winter, the ice boater’s hearts did ache, Because of warm weather, there was no ice on the lake. Everyone’s runners were sharpened, with meticulous care, In hopes …

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DA BUS (12/4/2016) -
2016 / 17 meetings (10/14/2016) - Hi all, It is mid-October & I’ve not seen anything yet with regard to the upcoming ice boating season.  A couple questions come to mind such as; Is Chip still collecting yearly dues? What is our meeting schedule for the …

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WMIYC Standing Meeting Schedule (2/25/2016) - Generally, unless otherwise published, all Annual and General Meetings are hosted by and held at The Muskegon Yacht Club at 3198 Edgewater Street in Muskegon, MI. The meeting schedule is: – Annual Meeting is on the 1st Sunday in December, …

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Video Speaks for itself (2/25/2016) - http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/ice-boaters-set-sail-in-antrim-county
Users housekeeping (2/17/2016) - Thanks Jim for the comment about hitting the “Publish” button. If you create a post and want it to appear on the site then this is a must. Please use the correct category also for your post. If you have …

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Drafts – Reports – Posts – PUBLISH your messages (2/17/2016) - I see quite a few report / posting DRAFTS on this site that never were actually “PUBLISHED”. Once you type your message you need to hit the “PUBLISH” button on the right of the post page to actually “POST” it to …

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Stainless Steel – Ball locking ring handles (1/12/2016) - NO affiliation, only sharing a source. For those of you that have larger boats, Monroe Engineering in Auburn Hills, MICH has variety of offerings available & most are in stock.  The ball locking ring handles in 304 stainless were running …

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2015 Annual meeting (12/6/2015) - Looked like a good time was had by all – I missed most of the meeting (soft water sailing)
Something to watch for (11/27/2015) - Back in August we were contacted by one of the staff writers for “MICHIGAN BLUE”, a high end magazine that brands itself as “Michigan’s Lifestyle Magazine, to contribute to an article they will be publishing in their winter issue. During …

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New rumbleseat Skeeter (11/26/2015) - Hey….what do you think about Tim Freye’s new toy! We look forward to seeing his new “Rumbleseat Skeeter” on the ice this season!
New Season (10/18/2015) - A quick post to say that “Website registration” has been turned on and I encourage all who have not registered on the website to do so… If you have any event dates to add please do so – or Email …

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2015 DN Gold Cup Championship – Kingston, Ontario (5/25/2015) - Great video of this event: Hello, On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in late January 2015, I stumbled upon the International World Cup for DN Ice Yachting being unexpectedly held in my hometown of Kingston, Ontario. At first I was upset …

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Ice Thickness Guide (4/5/2015) - http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/thickness.html 7-1/2 inches Passenger car (2-ton gross) 8 inches Light truck (2-1/2-ton gross) 10 inches Medium truck (3-1/2-ton gross) 12 inches Heavy truck (8-ton gross) 15 inches 10 tons 20 inches 25 tons 30 inches 70 tons 36 inches 110 …

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The final meeting (3/26/2015) - Twenty ice boaters gathered to swap lies and celebrate with food and drink.
Map icons (3/22/2015) - All logged in WMIYC members can now add icons to our ice boat venue maps! Guidelines: Log in to the dashboard and go to maps. Click edit for the map you want to add an icon to. When adding a …

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WMIYC’s great ice sailing day on Muskegon Lake, Jan. 30, 2015. Watch WCMU’s five-minute TV story Online. (2/24/2015) - PBS station WCMU TV in Mt. Pleasant broadcast its Destination Michigan episode Monday Feb. 23 that featured five episodes from around the State. West Michigan Ice Yacht Club , shot on Muskegon Lake from the Cottage Grove launch ramp, is the fourth story. …

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Tim Freye on ice boat Muskegon’s WMIYC Featured on WCMU’s “Destination Michigan” (2/18/2015) - Muskegon’s West Michigan Ice Yacht Club Featured on WCMU’s “Destination Michigan” Monday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. West Michigan Ice Yacht Club’s Vice Commodore, Tim Freye, and his ice boat: Courtesy of CMU Public Television’s “Destination Michigan” MT. PLEASANT, MI; …

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See WMIYC on TV – week of Feb 23 (2/14/2015) - WCMU TV’s Courtney Jerome, and crew Matt and Chris, visited us at Muskegon Lake’s Cottage Grove launch ramp Friday Jan. 30 to produce a segment for their show “Destination Michigan.” The show is scheduled for broadcast Monday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. …

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Local articles of interest (2/9/2015) - A couple of online local journals have shared some points of interest see below: Ice boats hit Muskegon Lake in fast action before winter storm closes most area schools Ice Boating looks like an amazing adventure! Thanks Marc!
A big thanks! (1/31/2015) - I wanted to express my appreciation to all those who helped me get my rig back to the ramp today I case I missed anyone out on the ice.  It would have been quite a long walk with all those …

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Test of post by Email (1/22/2015) - Sent from my iPad Trevor Smith BeanBox Company LLC
WMIYC Nite joins the fleet (12/21/2014) - Art Balzer, Mark Burns and Marty Fredericksen bought a Nite; they plan to bring it up-to-date and fit it out for icesailing fun in time for local sailing conditions; today is the Winter Solstice!
Runners steel spec? (12/18/2014) - Question: anyone know the steel spec for cold rolled runners? Ed Tinkel 231-670-3000