Welcome to iceboat.org

The Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club is one of the most active iceboat clubs in North America. We’ve been building and racing iceboats for over 100 years in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

Ice Is Never 100% Safe.

Our ice reports are strictly for iceboat racers. Recreational iceboaters, kite boarders, cross country skiers, and ice fishermen should not rely on our ice reports. We have safety equipment. Do you?

Buy or Sell Your Iceboat

One of the best pages in North America to buy or sell iceboats and their parts. There’s also a complete list of vendors who will supply iceboats, sails, and their components.

Common Questions:

How can I get started? How fast can they go? How much do they cost? Is it safe?

Regatta Watch

Information about the ISA, NIYA, WSSA, Nite, and DN regattas.

Iceboat Classes

Learn about Skeeters, DNs, Stern Steerers, Renegades, Nites, and Ice Optimists.

The Rules.

The purpose of iceboat racing rules is to prevent collisions.

Ice Yacht Clubs

The best way to learn about iceboating and make life long friendships is to join a local club.

Why We Sail.

“If all our ice were glass, slightly wet, and all our air reasonably steady with lifters just where needed, sailing would be perfect. Sometimes we do find this, and it is worth waiting years to have. Meanwhile we must accept the more ordinary ice conditions, ordinary weather and wind, and gracefully accept snow, sometimes for weeks. Our ideal comes from time to time, the Great Maker gives only so much of the very best.” Charles H. Johnson.

Iceboating for Kids

Ice Optimists were created specifically as a youth trainer, designed to be easily built using commonly available materials, and to keep costs to a minimum.

4LIYC Meeting:
on Zoom & In-Person at 1352 E. Wilson St. Madison, WI: 6:30 PM CST, January 19, 2022 More information.
Club Racing:
Jan 15 – 16 on Lake Monona. More information
Regatta News:
ISA, Northwest, Renegade, and WSSA Postponed. Next Update for all Jan 16. See Regatta page.
March 2022: The Hard Water Summit, Ft. Peck, Montana More information

BURGEE: Order your 4LIYC Burgee

“Iceboats & Failsafes”

Good Sunday morning. A quick update from Saturday’s Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club racing, which is an excellent excuse to post this entertaining drone video from Trevor Benford. It was a full day of ice-cold fun. The Renegades, Nites, and DNs sailed four races each, and the A and C Skeeters sailed 2. Check back in later for more photos and results.


4LIYC Racing Called On for Jan 15-16, 2022

DN class iceboats on Lake Monona, January 2022. About 40 years separates the red boat US2412 and the two modern DNs. Photo: Kenton Fowler

Racers: Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club racing has been called on for January 15-16, 2022. Skeeters, Renegades, DNs, and Nites will race on the east end of Lake Monona out of Tonyawatha Landing. The first race is at 10 AM. Please pay annual club dues ($20) to Jerry Simon, Daniel Hearn or Deb Whitehorse.

Cruisers: For your best experience, we recommend that non-racing boats launch at Olin Park (launching fee required.) Please review our Safety Page and keep in mind that ice is never safe.

Monona Terrace provides a perfect warm perch for optimal viewing.

In The News: Wisconsin Iceboat Life

Deb and Joe Norton on Green Lake in Green Lake, WI at the Nite Nationals, March 2020.

Via 4LIYC Commodore Daniel Hearn

Oh, Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Time to bundle up and sit by the fire? Not a chance, it’s iceboating season! Wisconsin Public Television wanted to know what this crazy sport was all about. So, they reached out to an authority on the subject, Deb Whitehorse, who holds more offices in the ice sailing community than anyone. She is the longtime Secretary of the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club based in Madison, Wisconsin and a member of the club’s prestigious Honor Roll. The club is likely the most active in the world, with adrenaline junkies racing in a number of classes on Madison’s chain of lakes whenever conditions allow. Whitehorse is also the Secretary and Treasurer of the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association, which is the largest ice sailing class in the world. Whitehorse has traveled to cold places around the globe to help manage races in the sport that has been in her DNA since birth. Her father and husband were both legendary ice sailors, and every once in a while, she drops her scoring pad and jumps in a boat for some hot laps. She is the webmaster of the most trafficked website on the internet, creates and manages multiple ice sailing class websites, and receives frequent inquiries for comments related to the sport. If it’s anything ice sailing, Deb Whitehorse is “in the know.” You’ll definitely want to check it out!
You can see it online at this link.

Upcoming air times are on Wisconsin PBS as follows–
Thursday, January 13, 7 PM
Saturday, January 15, 2 PM
Monday, January 17, 11:30 PM

Wisconsin Skeeter Association Season Opener

Via Ken Whitehorse of the Wisconsin Skeeter Association:

Wisconsin Skeeter Racers Season Opener
Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022
Lake Monona, Tonyawatha Launch
First race at noon
For Skeeter Classes A, B, and C
P.S. I just found out about this myself! See you there. We must unite and win those trophies back from those Minnesota Skeeter racers!

4LIYC Club Racing Update for Jan 15-16

The Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club plans to hold club races from January 15-16, 2022. We expect some of our out-of-town friends will want to join us. The Clarion Hotel in Madison will honor the iceboater rate for the “ISA Weekend Warmup.”  The next update for club racing information will be on Friday, January 14, by 5 PM.

Hotel Information:

Clarion Suites at The Alliant Energy Center
2110 Rimrock Road
Madison, WI 53713
(608) 284-1234
Single $94
Double $114
Ask for the ISA rate.



Regatta Watch: 2022 ISA Postponed to Jan 21-23

Jay Yaeso makin’ wake.

Via International Skeeter Association Secretary/Treasurer Steve Schalk:
The ISA Championship is postponed until January 21 – 23, 2022. Lake Mendota in Madison is the primary site at present. Next update, Sunday, January 16, 2022.


Regatta Watch: ISA Tentatively Called on for Lake Monona in Madison, WI

Dan Clapp at the 2010 Northwest Regatta on Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh, WI. Photo: gretchendorian.com

Via ISA Secretary Steve Schalk:

The International Skeeter Association Championship and Renegade Championship have been tentatively called on for Lake Monona in Madison, WI.
Final confirmation will be made on Wednesday, January 12 by noon central time.

Regatta Dates 2022


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4LIYC Race Results

Click for 4LIYC Meeting Dates


  • November 18
  • December 2
  • Elections, Elect Fleet Captains. Vote on ISA & NIYA Agenda Items
  • December 16
  • December 30
  • January 13 Honor Roll Nominations
  • January 27 Deadline for By-Law or Racing Rules Amendment Submission
  • February 10
  • February 24 Business Meeting
  • March 10

Location: Online using the Zoom App Members please email debwhitehorse@iceboat.org for the link.

Time: 6:30 PM


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Lake Access Permits

A year-round permit required for designated launch sites in the City of Madison and Dane County Parks. Locations include:

    • Lake Mendota Warner Park Mendota County Park
    • Lake Monona Tonyawatha Tr. Olin Park
    • Lake Waubesa Goodland Park

Purchase Lake Access Permit Online.


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