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Montreal Ice Boating

This year winter got off to an early start. November saw ice n snow. Today on Wednesday, December 19th in 2018 I went to the Baie D'Urfé Bay (yes, that is a double bay) to check out the ice boating. Mr. Ed from work told me yesterday about the facebook page:

and there was a conversation/post on-going that they would meet at the aforementioned bay n day at 10 o' clock - n that's taday fo me.

So, I showed up with my Nikon D200 , two lenses and GoPro with no SIM card 😕
(that last one was obviously NOT on poipuss - and fogot me cleats too).

Vehicles were arriving at about the same time as me ...
Looks easy enough to transport on top o' the car.

Others  were setting up with one wife in the warm car.
(On re-read that last line sounds just terrible LOL)
Her husband was here for his first outing on an Austrian made ice sled ...
(okay - they call 'em boats)

Clique on pics to enlarge

Some had their ice boats already assembled and parked next door at the marina...

The group was VERY friendly and explained that there were stringent rules in the size of the sled, mast, cross plank, runners, etc. Seems to be the most common international DN class is what these folks were all riding. The fiberglass looking boats are made in Poland (42 pounds if i am not mistaken) and all the dudes have their racing numbers starting with KC, as in Kingdom Canada - what the heck ?? Yes, the masts are often made with carbon - as were some parts. The sail one fellow was using on these Polish boats was quoted as being 60 square feet. I think it was André who said just divide by ten and he is pretty close. It is 5.57 square meters, but looks larger than my 6.4 sail !!!

The wind was VERY light and coming out of the East. Some folks walked/slid their boats out and André ran it out and jumped in ... Read on wiki that these boats can go ten times as fast as the wind. The ice on the other hand was quite good - they gave it 9 outta 10 on their facebook ...
They did pick n choose where they went and will be back tomorrow too !!
Mr. Ed asked where is my windsurf sled ? Left it up north $%^&*
Actually wind was too light for me !!!

They were definitely having fun !!!

Now to make sure my GoPro is ready for next visit !! DONE 
No need for me to make a video - there are plenty of good ones on the you/boob tube
Next time bring cleats and my winter sleds too ??

It is extremely dangerous to go out on the ice !!
People die in Canada every winter when they go through :-(

2018 was a BUST

As you may know, I build sleds to go on ice and snow.
In 2018 I only managed to get out six times when the average is ten times per year ...
Here is a video that shows when the ice is good on local river
The blue is from a GoPro copy I was testing in 2017

I changed jobs in 2017 which meant I had less opportunities to windsurf during the week.
Officially making me a weekend warrior who does not venture too far ...
This reduced the number of outings and ensured many sessions were light wind sessions on light wind gear. AND the learning curve dropped :-(

There was a total of twenty-eight(28) sessions with the majority at OKA/La CrĂȘte on the Mistral Equipe 2 XR board and the HotSailsMaui SpeedFreak 8.5 sail (typically with the Curtis 47 cm slalom fin).

Was very fortunate to get a 2007 Gaastra Swift 10 m² sail which I have been using ...
This sail is a freerace sail with 2 cambers, but tight luff and 6 battens,but quite light at only 5.7 kilos . This is SO much lighter and easier to use than a full on race sail like my MauiSails TR-4 10 m² sail ...

This session actually got an eight outta ten... Shows how desperate I was this year ...
NO speed until about the 18 minute mark !! and NO-ONE else there !!

It's supposed to look more like this:

This is a shot on my way out of the beach area from my phone ...

Y'vente à Montréal

Vous pouvez avoir la discussion en francais --> utilisez "google translate" ci-haut

Y'vente is slang for there is wind or it is windy
Yvente is the nickname of a local windsurf legend who also runs the QuebecWind forum
He is the only local windsurfer who windsurfs on water year round
There are many videos of him in ice water ...
Yvente seems like a guy who can ride anything - he kites, foils, etc, etc
Same thing on ice ...
He also makes great videos

FULL screen and pump up the volume 😊

Baie des Brises été 2018 from Yvan Boucher on Vimeo.

just to prove his versatility at making vidoes, kiting and windsurfing ... skiing, snowshoeing ...

Printemps 2018 (version light 3) from Yvan Boucher on Vimeo.

and here you see why i call him the "ice man"


image from 2018 when we had early snow and winter - like starting in November