We have joined forces with the Marine Environmental Explorer Club 360. Club 360 is a group of middle school students who have a concern for their aquatic environment, do environmental studies and love boating. They are the 2017 Boat US Youth safe boating Award winners. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ith air temperatures soaring into the 80’s it is very tempting to get the boats out and go sailing but we now know better.
A link to the National Center for Cold Water Safety is here .
Spring officially started a couple of days ago but in Bay Village we know it is on the way because; the turkey vultures have arrived. A whole “kettle” of them fly up and down the shoreline searching for carrion.
The first ore boat of the 2014 shipping season has been sited off the shores of Bay Village. With the Lake Erie over 95% covered in ice it has been a difficult season for the shipping industry. A busy one for the USCG ice breakers.
The one thing we have leaned this winter is that to go iceboating conditions have to be just right. The ice is the number governing factor, it cannot be too rough.
A nice smooth clear ice that is 8 inches thick is ideal for an iceboat and to reach speeds of 50-60 MPH you need a good breeze of 10+ MPH.
You may have good ice and a nice breeze but then you need the space too. Is does not take long to travel a good distance at 40-50 MPH.
So this year while it has been bitterly cold we have learned that iceboating takes the right conditions and a lot of patience.
It’s been a while since this blog was updated, so here goes, a quick synopsis.
The scouts spent the fall renovating an old Detroit News (DN) iceboat and had it ready to go before it really became cold.
Then the really cold weather came but with it the snow. The lakes and bays froze but were covered in snow mounds which made it impossible to iceboat. For more information:
The Bay Village Sea Scouts latest move was to purchase a DN Ice Boat through Craig’s List. It will need some work to make it ready for the ice but the scouts are excited and willing to put forth the effort needed. We are all looking forward to sailing on the ice at Chippewa Lake this winter. Maybe we can go to BSA Greater Cleveland Council Boy Scout camp to sail?