- 1988 - Design
and building of Pegasus, the prototype.
- 1989 - First tests
on Lake Mendota and Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin
- 1990 - Tests continue
on the ice of Lake Winnebago. Loran system is installed, to assist
the navigator in blizzard conditions and a radar gun is purchased
to prove the speed. A radar system is set up in a command center
to track the progress of the boat and to warn of impending obstructions.
- 1990 - The boat is
fitted with wheels and trailed to Ivenpah dry lake in Southern
Nevada. The lake is way too small for any serious record attempt.
The officials of NALSA
(North American Land Sailing Association) who are encamped
there, in regatta, refuse to allow Kampo to sail. All he asks
is to be able to sail on days when the wind is too strong for
regatta activities. The committee responds by having a BLM warden
insist that he remove his wheels. They further insult him by sending
him several miles down the road to Roach dry lake. Roach is smaller
than Ivanpah and Kampo realizes that this group has sent him on
a snipe hunt. Undaunted, Kampo returns to Ivenpah and is finally
able to sail on the day NALSA's permit expires and the regatta
- 1990 - The boat is
trailed to the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada where the
boat has been every Fall, Spring and Summer since. The Black Rock
is huge and offers all the space this impressive boat needs to
prove the velocities it was designed for. During one downwind
run the chase truck is unable to keep up with the boat. The truck's
speedometer is pegged at 110 mph. The winds here are legendary
and every part imaginable on the Pegasus breaks and is rebuilt
dozens of times. Wheels blow out and tackle breaks. The blacksmith
at the gypsum mine is called on to fix the shredded rigging. Different
sail configurations are tried and the size of the sail gets smaller.
It is the perfect proving ground.
- 1990 - December, trails
to Canada in search of a massive body of ice to begin Winter trials.
Lake of the Woods has broken up in an early Winter storm and then
refreezes into a gigantic landscape of massive chunks of standing
ice. The local ice fishermen are afraid to venture out on this
unpredictable frozen nightmare, so Kampo heads North. Lake Winnepeg
proves just as treacherous, so he brings his crew home to Lake
Winnebago in Wisconsin.
- 1991-1994 testing,
breaking and trials continue.
- 1995 - following four
years of trials the mast is rebuilt. Kampo enlists the help of
Darrel Lenz of EAA's Kermit Weeks Research Center to re-design
the mast. The mast is lengthened and the wing control mechanism
is redesigned to allow easier movement from aft rather than from
the sides. The mast position is moved substantially aft to improve
the overall balance of the boat. Ed Beson, ocean race boat designer,
builds a manually operated hydraulic steering mechanism to provide
a simple mechanical advantage for changing course. Following the
advice of Master sailor Chuck Nevitt, the runners are re-machined
to provide more "rock" in the edge reducing the contact
surface with the ice.
- 1996-1998 troubleshooting
and a variety of sail configurations and rigging options are tested.
- 1999 - following several
more years of trials, it is determined that the two person cockpit
is redundant and should be re-worked. The mast is repositioned
further aft and the cockpit is reorganized and setup for one-man
operation. These changes reduced the overall weight of the boat
by 600 pounds which is an unexpected benefit. At the same time
a drag chute is installed to help stop the boat if it becomes
unstable. Additional streamlining is accomplished and a GPS unit
is installed. The boat is re-skinned by Ted Mosman of EAA's Kermit
Weeks Research Center. In celebration, the boat is re-christened
Miss Wisconsin and the Power of Cheese is emblazoned on the side
of the hull.
- 2000 - back on the
Black Rock the Miss Wisconsin enjoys, for the first time, a surprising
new energy even in light air. The boat is starting to perform
up to its potential. In heavier air, winds over 25 mph, the boat
runs in the high teens, 118-120 mph. A GPS unit installed on the
boat proves the speed and distance. Unfortunately, while parked
on the desert, a government truck traveling across the playa at
night hits the boat. The wreck is trailed back to Lake Winnebago
- Canyon Ferry Lake
is located in Central Montana and provides excellent conditions
for the sport of iceboating. Dan and the crew are very excited
about the prospects of good ice and sufficient winds to allow
the Miss Wisconsin to do what it has been designed for.
The crew is anxious to meet all challengers
for the title of fastest iceboat on earth.