World class sailors on Lake Sunapee to compete

Sunapee, N.H. — The Lake Sunapee Yacht Club is hosting the 2014 Western Hemisphere Star Sailboat Championships, a seven race series (June 16 to June 20) featuring Star sailors from as far away as Brazil and The Bahamas.

Conditions permitting, races start Monday on Lake Sunapee.

For the Valley News, Jared Pendak reported:

“It’s the second largest star boat regatta in the world, after the World Championships,” said event chairman John Chiarella, a past commodore and skipper who will be one of 13 competitors from the Lake Sunapee Star Fleet. “Only the sailors in the top percentiles of their fleets and districts can qualify for this event, so it’s something we’re excited about.” -  Top Sailors Flock to Lake Sunapee for Marquee Event (Valley News)

Follow the races via the website http://lsyc-live.com and for the List of Competitors, Race Schedule and Current Weather Conditions.

Two guided tours of the Hay Estate offered in June

The Fells 013Newbury, N.H. – The Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests and The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens are co-sponsoring two historical walks, called “The Hidden History of the Hay Estate,” on Wednesday, June 4, and Wednesday, June 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Hay Forest Reservation in Newbury.

Both walks will be guided by Dave Anderson, the director of education for the Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests.

Participants of the June 4 walk will examine evidence suggesting what the Hay estate was like during the era of Clarence L. Hay. Walkers will stop at the cement cistern that fed water to The Fells, see the ruins of a sugarhouse, visit the Milton Clark/Nathan Baker farm cellar complex – the last and most expensive parcel purchased by statesman John Milton Hay, secretary to Pres. Abe Lincoln — and walk along the “Old Farm Road Trail” to see the Sarah Bartlett cellar-hole. Walking distance is about two miles.

Participants of the June 18 walk will discover how the Hay family and workers on the estate experienced The Fells from evidence and artifacts that are hidden in plain sight. They’ll tour the “Coach Road Trail” (the historic road used by the Hays to access a favorite picnic spot on Sunset Hill); a unique swath of forest that hosted hurricane salvage operations along Lake Sunapee; the ruins of a water pumping shed; and the site of the former swimming dock located south of the mouth of Beech Brook. Walking distance is estimated to be 1.5 miles.

Attendance at Part 2 is not contingent upon attendance at Part 1. The cost is $5 for each walk. These events, which start at The Fells Welcome Kiosk, are supported by grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Wellborn Ecology Fund and the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation.

To register, call 603-763-4789 x3.

Founded in 1901, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is the state’s oldest and largest non-profit land conservation organization. Supported by 10,000 families and businesses, the Forest Society’s mission is to perpetuate the state’s forests by promoting land conservation and sustainable forestry. The organization owns 50,000 conserved acres of land in New Hampshire and holds conservation easements on another 115,000 acres.

 

 

 

 

Historical Society program: Notable Women of Sunapee

SunapeeHistoricalSocietySunapee, N.H. — The Sunapee Historical Society will host its spring program—Notable Women of Sunapee—on Wednesday evening, April 30, at 7 p.m. at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street at Route 11, Sunapee. Everyone is welcome at this free event; refreshments will be served.

Ron Garceau will show photos and lead a discussion recalling the contributions of several memorable women from Sunapee’s past. Come and learn or share your memories. Garceau is well-known around the Sunapee area as the publisher of SooNipi Magazine and past president of the Sunapee Historical Society.

The spring program will be a precursor for a homemaker’s exhibit at the Sunapee Historical Society Museum, 74 Main Street, Sunapee Harbor, and a summer program on women’s organizations. woodbinecottage

Other summer programs will be about the Woodbine Cottage and the wooden launches that used to frequent Lake Sunapee.

The museum will reopen (weekends only, 1-4 p.m., through June) on May 24.

The Sunapee Historical Society is a non-profit organization that strives to preserve and promote Sunapee’s varied history. For more information, contact the Society’s President, Becky Rylander, at 603-763-8809 or sunapeehistory@gmail.com.

Students, join the rowing team!

LS Rowing ClubLake Sunapee, N.H., (Lake Sunapee Rowing Club announcement)Avoid concussions. Join the Rowing Team!

Lake Sunapee Rowing Club will start the fall rowing season for all area middle and high school students ages 13 and up on August 26.

Compete regionally, learn a lifelong sport, maintain fitness for your spring sport, and get on the lake. Practice will be Mon. – Fri., 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., August 26 to Oct 31, at the Georges Mills Public Boat Launch.

Coach Brenda Balenger graduated from the Institute for Rowing Leadership in Boston, is US Rowing Level III certified, and is experienced in collegiate, masters, and junior sweep and sculling programs.

Write us: lakesunapeerowing@gmail.com
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Call Brenda with questions: 603-481-2166

Sunapee Sightings: The new covered bridge!

CoveredBridge_Falls_CC_2013-07Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee: Above Hames Park falls, a new pedestrian bridge spans the Sugar RIver in Sunapee Harbor Village. It connects River Road and Main Street by the historic Harbor House Livery (old town hall building). On July 19, 2013, a crane put the wooden bridge in place.

View a short video of the bridge being put in place via the Town of Sunapee website and learn more about the project via Project Sunapee.

Read related article: Sunapee sets date for placing covered bridge (SunapeeNews.com).

Lake Sunapee Rowing Club: You can learn to scull

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Sunapee Harbor fireworks on July 6

sunapeeharborpan_jb904x160.jpg Independence Day celebrations will extend into the weekend this year with Sunapee Harbor fireworks set to go off on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at dusk, usually around 9 p.m. It is also flare night on Lake Sunapee.

Earlier in the day, a community parade along Central Street and into the harbor will take place at noon. The parade theme: Relive the 80s.

At 2 p.m., the town will hold the Herbert Welsh Trail dedication and hike at Dewey Woods.

For a listing of summer activities and events, see Recreation Sunapee, Summer 2013 (on FlipSnack).

Note: The Town of Sunapee has a fireworks ordinance and permit process. For more information, go to the town website.

Sunapee Rec Department 2013 newsletter now online

SunapeeRecDeptNewsletter2013What’s happening in Sunapee this summer?

The 2013 Sunapee Recreation Department newsletter is now available online via the town website and it includes information about local events and programs, fun things to do for the whole family.

The booklet is full of photographs and colorful graphics and a calendar listing swim dates, tennis lessons, yoga, sailing, drumming… special events, such as the Welsh Trail Dedication and Nature Walk and the annual Teddy Bear Picnic… and more!

The rec department also distributes hard copies.

‘Ice out’ on Lake Sunapee

Ice Out Day on Lake Sunapee was Thursday, April 18, 2013. In the morning, a mass of  ice blocked boat passage north to south on the lake. However, the ice was gone by 2:30 that afternoon. "Ice out" is determined when a boat is able to navigate the length of the lake from Georges Mills to Newbury. Photo by Charleen Osborne, Sunapee.

Ice Out Day on Lake Sunapee was Thursday, April 18, 2013. In the morning, a mass of ice blocked boat passage north to south on the lake. However, the ice was gone by 2:30 that afternoon. “Ice out” is determined when a boat is able to navigate the length of the lake from Georges Mills to Newbury. Photo by Charleen Osborne, Sunapee.

Sunapee, N.H. — “Ice out” on Lake Sunapee was declared on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Ice blocked boat passage from north to south at the islands at 8 a.m. By 2:30 p.m. the ice mass was gone and “Ice Out” was called by Richard Osborne and his family.

“Ice out” is determined when a boat is able to navigate the length of the lake from Georges Mills to Newbury.

See earlier “ice out” dates via the town website: Lake Sunapee Ice Out Chart.

Kitewings ride spring winds on Lake Sunapee

Charlie Meding

Charlie Meding from Skinner’s Ski & Sport, Newbury, was one of almost a dozen “wings” out on Lake Sunapee last weekend. Taken late in the afternoon, this photo by Will Tuthill shows Meding doing a jump with his kitewing.

Last weekend, with March winds filling the air, the wings were out on Lake Sunapee.

And with some good wind this weekend, the kitewings will be back crisscrossing the lake on Saturday and, if conditions are favorable, on Sunday as well.

Once safe ice depths cover Sunapee, the lake attracts many winter sailors, ice boats, windsurfing rigs, kitewings and skate-sails.

First year kite-sailor Sylvain Barriere of Etna recently posted “Funky snowkite, New Hampshire 2013″ that was largely filmed on Lake Sunapee.  See: http://vimeo.com/61991327

In mid-March, after returning to Lake Sunapee from  WISSA 2013 – 2.3-10.3.2013 Kalajoki, Finland, Will Tuthill, a frequent winter sailor on Sunapee, said “we came across epic conditions.”

“That Sunday afternoon the place was abuzz with Kitewings.”

KiteWings filled the air over Lake Sunapee

“Epic conditions” on Lake Sunapee in mid-March welcomed local winter sailors returning from WISSA 2013, the World Ice and Snow Sailing Association competition held in Finland.

Lake Sunapee Rowing Club: Invite to students

Lake Sunapee Rowing on the waterHigh school students, how about rowing with the Lake Sunapee Rowing Club? The Rowing Club will hold an “interest meeting” on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m, at Pete’s Shed, River Road, Sunapee Harbor.

“High school students aged 14 and up are invited to join our competitive rowing team,” says LSRC coach Brenda Balenger. “Beginners are welcome. No experience necessary.”

LSRC LogoQuestions? Email: lakesunapeerowing@gmail.com.

MV Kearsarge and Steamboat Kearsarge “Sunk in Ice”

Kearsarge photos_SHSLake Sunapee, N.H. – The similar look of being sunk in ice. The MV Kearsarge (left) sank into the ice on Lake Sunapee in January 2013, and the steamboat Kearsarge (shown in the photo on the right) had a similar experience… some 80 years ago.

The old photo (on the right) reads: “Steamboat Kearsarge, Sunk in ice near Davis Cabins, Lake Sunapee – Circa 1933?, Sunapee Historical Society Collection.”

Photos courtesy of the Sunapee Historical Society and local historian Ron Garceau.

Look for these photos in the March 2013 issue of SooNipi Magazine.

Read related articles:

MV Kearsarge is afloat! (SunapeeNews.com)

MV Kearsarge back afloat after small hole detected (UnionLeader.com)

Sunapee Historical Society: Winter newsletter previews summer projects

SunapeeHistoricalSocietyAlthough the Sunapee Historical Society Museum at Sunapee Harbor is closed during winter, members are open for business researching and seeking out information for the Society’s summer projects.

In the recently published SHS Winter 2013 newsletter, President Becky Fitts Rylander previewed each of these programs:

  • A program on summer camps. This will be done in conjunction with our friends in other towns, coordinated through PALS (our Partners Around Lake Sunapee). Each town will focus on camps that operated within its boundaries. If you have any information about or photos of Camp Sunapee (a boy’s camp on Lake Ave. 100 years ago), please let us know. We have a photo and brochure for Camp Manauke, a girl’s camp on Star Island in the 1920s, but would welcome more. Any others?
  • Industries along the Sugar River. With a new pedestrian bridge being built in the spring behind the Harbor House Livery, we think this year will be a good time to explore all the industries that lined the river between the Harbor and Coffin Park. That area looked quite different a century ago. We have some information and photos, but would welcome more.
  • The old information booth. Despite our best intentions last summer, this 1929 vintage building still needs to be restored—and we still need help to get that done. If carpentry is up your alley, please let us know.

To volunteer or exchange information, email sunapeehistory@gmail.com.

To download/view the Winter 2013 newsletter, visit the Society’s website: www.sunapeehistoricalsociety.org. A membership form is also posted on the website.

Winter tapestry: Snow weaves across Lake Sunapee

A winter tapestry: A snow weaving on the ice that forecasts more is to come...

A winter tapestry: snow falls steadily this morning and weaves across the ice forecasting more… much more to come. Winter Storm Nemo brings blizzard warnings to New England.  12-24″ of snow predicted for New Hampshire. Photo of Jobs Creek, Lake Sunapee.

Ice warnings issued for Lake Sunapee

The Lake Sunapee Protective Association and the town of Newbury, New Hampshire, are warning people about unsafe ice conditions on Lake Sunapee.

“The changing temperatures have resulted in areas of very thin ice in certain areas of Lake Sunapee,” says the alert issued by Newbury on the town website and in a public notice announcement. “The ice is very thin in the area between Bay Point and The Fells and those using the lake for winter activities should keep away from this area as well as being cautious in other areas of the lake.”

The lake association released an ice warning on February 6. LSPA Executive Director June Fichter wrote:

“We have reports that the lake ice is very thin, therefore unsafe, in the northern section of Lake Sunapee, between Tilson Point and Herrick Cove. We also have reports of thin ice between Bay Point and the Fells, south of Minute Island.”

A nor’easter, expected to hit the region Friday into Saturday, will likely cover the lake with a fresh blanket of snow, which will hide and insulate thin ice below.

Although Lake Sunapee may look safe, these ice warning suggest otherwise. Caution advised.

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