Wawasee Property Owners AssociationPosted on by WPOA Admin
AMANDA HARSTINE shared, “Hey Dan and I were up in our plane (a plane he built himself!) and in flying over Wawasee and checking out all the ‘pedestrians and traffic’ on the ice took some pics. Winter … pretty done with it as is everyone else … but it is beautiful! Thought it might be included in your Cruzin’ Cuse?” Well of course. Look at all the tracks on the lake. That is amazing!
IT IS all in the family for the Lembergs. Rick Lemberg Sr. shared this photo from Sunday. Grandson Rick III or Trey took his first iceboat ride with his father, Rick II and mother Ali. The proud grandpa reported, “The conditions were excellent. Also joining the fun sailing were my grandkids Trevor Harter and Logan Harter. We were out until sunset.” Grandma is Rick’s wife, Cathy Smith Lemberg and the Harter kids are the children of Brett and Nikki Harter. While most of us have been longing for spring, the winter sports enthusiasts have been having the time of their lives as you can see.
Shown in the photo on the left is Jake Thystrup skiing along at sunset while on the right is Luke Smith, a senior at Wawasee, airborne after hitting one of the ramps. (Photos provided by Jane Szynal)
SNOW SKIING ON WAWASEE — Luke and Nathan Smith along with Jake Thystrup and their parents, Bob Smith and Joan Szynal and Dan and Pia Thystrup, have had a blast on the frozen water of Lake Wawasee. Piling snow into ramps, the area residents have taken to snow skiing on the lake. Pulled by a pickup truck, the group has gone innertubing on the snow, been pulled on skis and snowboards around the lake. Most of the time the group could be seen in front of the Smith-Szynal residence off Sunset Drive.
IMPROMPTU ICE BOAT GATHERING — Throughout the winter residents at Lake Wawasee may have seen ice boats flying across the lake. Sunday was no different, other than an impromptu gathering of ice boat enthusiasts were all out at once, gliding along the lake in conditions they are sure they will not see for another five years. Other than ruts made by vehicles on the lake during slight thaws, the ice was close to perfect conditions as were the winds at 15 to 20 miles per hour. Many of the boaters spent the entire day on the lake, logging close to 104 total miles with various classes of ice boats.
Among the fun was an opportunity for a group photo, taken by Bob Fanning. Among those shown are Jeff and Carrie Herdrich, Andy Allen, Bryan Allen, Ralph Smith, Sam Smith, Kim Mundy, John Grumme and Chris Herdrich. (Photo provided by Bob Fanning)
BEST DAY EVER — A group of local ice boaters took to frozen Lake Wawasee Sunday to experience a day they may not see again for five years. With still close to 2 feet of ice on the lake and no large cracks in that ice, and winds 15 miles per hour to 20 mph, these boaters could skim across the frozen lake from Southeast Bay to Conklin Bay non-stop. “It was the best day I’ve ever had,” said Bob Fanning, one of close to a dozen ice boaters Sunday. The top speed of Fanning’s Skeeter, one of the largest ice boats in the state, reached 68 miles per hour.
There were various classes of boats — the Skeeter, Arrow, Gambit, Renegade, DN skating the lake. Fanning, who was out on the lake from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. traveled a total of 104 miles on the ice.
Shown are Bryan Allen, John Grumme and Bob Fanning in front of “Ho Hum” the 30-foot-2-inch Skeeter, owned by Andy Allen and Fanning. In back, from left, are a Gambit built by Allen and Fanning’s Arrow on the right. Just three of the boat classes out on the lake. (Photo by Andy Allen)