Thursday, January 29, 2009

Three Kings of Iceboating

The Strictly Sail Chicago show is this weekend at Navy Pier (Jan. 29-Feb. 1, 2009), which is the Midwest’s only and the nation’s largest indoor all-sail boat show. Despite the show occurring in the middle of winter, and despite the show occurring in an area where winter really means winter, ice boating is not one of the displays typically found at Strictly Sail Chicago, However, this year, it may be among the largest display at the show.

Beyond profiling a few of the sweet machines that take to the hard water, on Saturday at 10:00am, there will be a presentation by the unofficial three kings of iceboating: Buddy Melges, Bill Matson, and Peter Harken. Their discussion will cover:

• Buddy Melges: How to make an iceboat go fast like a rock star.
• Bill Mattison: How to build an iceboat like a rock star.
• Peter Harken: How to party like a rock star.

To help you attend this event (adjacent to the Harken display), along with the opportunity to view all the boats, gear, seminars, etc., Scuttlebutt has discount tickets for the show:

$2.00 off Adult Admission:

$15.00 off for Strictly Sail Yacht Club Pass (4 day pass):

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At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Harold Hoffman said...

I attended the Strictly Sail show on its opening day, driving from Toledo to Chicago, primarily so I could observe the Harken display of iceboats. I enjoy sailing my DN but there is no sailable ice in the Midwest, so this is the next best thing. The display is most impressive and should not be missed! It is a great opportunity for non-iceboaters to examine the details of various iceboat designs without wearing thermal underwear. I would like to express my personal thanks to Harken Yacht Systems; the owners of the individual iceboats, especially the owners of The Deuce; and whoever else was involved in organizing and presenting this display. It is NOT to be missed!

Harold Hoffman
Toledo Ice Yacht Club


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