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NEITH 1907 Herreshoff sloop

NEITH 1907 Herreshoff sloop

The sailing vessel Neith a 1907 Herreshoff sloop newly restored by Taylor & Snediker Woodworking and looked after by our Commodore Captain “T” sits tied up and awaiting your visit.

For those who have never been to the woodenboat show there are dozens of fine wooden yachts to fawn over as well as 100′s of woodcraft and nautical vendors all in one place. And all the activities that Historic Mystic Seaport usually has to offer.

 

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Don’t miss out on sailing one of the classic cat boats or row out on the Mystic River in a dory. Could there be some impromptu match racing to the Mystic River Bridge? Maybe…

Gervais_live_oakSee what’s left of the Gervais Live Oak Tree. Any relation to a VT ice boater we know? You will have to ask him.

The event goes on all weekend, starting today.  T will be aboard or close by the Neith all weekend ready to give tours

 

See you there on Saturday.

John Stanton
NEIYA Secretary
Cell 203-539-1891

WOODENBOAT SHOW REMINDER

Hello All-

Just a reminder that the WoodenBoat Show at Mystic, CT will be this weekend at Mystic Seaport. A discount on tickets will be available for NEIYA members- Come and check it out! Look for your Commodore aboard the S/V NEITH….

I’ll be on hand all weekend to hand the tickets over the fence- Come to the show, find a good parking spot, and give me a call at 401-258-6230 and I’ll meet you out front. Looking forward to seeing you!

Here is the link to the show- looks like there will be some serious eye-candy there….

http://www.thewoodenboatshow.com/

Best,

James “T” Thieler
12 Channing St.
Newport, RI 02840

401 258 6230
t_thieler

Wooden Boat Show Ticket Discount

Hello All- Hope everyone is making it through the summer OK!

For those of you who have an interest in classic yachts of all types be sure to check out the WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport from June 27-29. There will be enough slick woodwork there to make anyone drool….

Your commodore will be there fawning over the mighty NEITH, the newly restored 1907 Herreshoff sloop I look after- come and say hello- wear your helmet so I’ll recognize you!

We have arranged a discount on tickets for NEIYA members. This was John Stanton’s idea (buy him a cold one sometime) and made possible by the shop that did the refit on NEITH; a great shop called Taylor & Snediker Woodworking.

If you want to attend and want a discounted ticket email me at t_thieler@yahoo.com and I’ll send you the secret instructions…. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Website here:

The WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport

The WoodenBoat Show at Mystic SeaportContact Us | WoodenBoat Home | WoodenBoat Store | WoodenBoat School | Mystic Seaport The most dynamic wooden boat show in the country, with the premier American maritime museum Mystic Seaport.
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Best!

James “T” Thieler
t_thieler

How It All Began….

“And you may ask yourself: Well? How did I get here?” David Byrne, “Once In A Lifetime”

How did we get started with all of this iceboating insanity anyway? As best as anyone can tell it was the Dutch who took a break from carving shoes one winter and threw some steel (or something) under their workboats so they could play and maybe keep working when things were frozen in.

The Dutch painter Hendrick Avercamp painted scenes of people skating, playing hockey, and generally goofing off on the ice in the early 1600′s. Iceboats are clearly seen in the background of some.

Not too much of a stretch to think that some kind of wind-powered craft was cruising over a frozen lake or bay long before that…. One can only wonder- did a group of Neanderthals ever discuss runner alignment methods? Probably.

But if daydreaming isn’t your thing have a look at the video below- It is some great footage of some modern-day Cloggies sailing some boats that would not have looked out of place in 1610. Very cool. Thanks to the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club site for getting me thinking about this stuff….

Ice yachting with “Poolvos III” on the “Westeinderplassen”, Netherlands in HD

 

James “T” Thieler
12 Channing St.
Newport, RI 02840

401 258 6230
t_thieler

Memorial Day

It’s Memorial Day Folks…. hope all are well and enjoying the holiday-

Don’t forget to spend a moment to consider the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the Armed Forces, whether you live in the USA or elsewhere.

Best,

James “T” Thieler
12 Channing St.
Newport, RI 02840

401 258 6230
t_thieler

DN European Champs Video

Hey Folks- Here is a little taste of what went on at the DN European Champs in Haapsalu a few months back-

Hope everyone is having a good spring and that preparation is under way for the upcoming season! T

Ice Yachting – the DN European Championships

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James “T” Thieler
12 Channing St.
Newport, RI 02840

401 258 6230
t_thieler

Winter Documentary….

Hello All- The gang in Madison, WI had a film crew embedded over the winter- have a look at their season in film- Very well done and featuring our own Chad Atkins and Eben Whitcomb at key points….

I laughed! I cried! I cheered out loud!! Two thumbs up!!

Iceboat documentary FINAL CUT

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James “T” Thieler
12 Channing St.
Newport, RI 02840

401 258 6230
t_thieler

Spring Clinic Report

Good turnout for the Spring Clinic and Hang-Out session!

If you weren’t there trust me, you missed a doozy…. about 100 people showed up along with a generous supply of spirits…. A dozen masts were measured, four were built, and five were raffled off! Congrats winners!!

Sadly, things got ugly when a few well-oiled attendees started the eternal Red Sox vs Yankees debate and what can only be described as a riot ensued. Somehow the normally placid Maine contingent not only got involved but came out on top of the whole melee. Bucholz in particular was like a freaking ninja. Who knew? It was awesome. Most of us made it out before the cops showed up. No charges were filed and the injuries were mostly minor.

OK, I’m exaggerating a little…. And maybe that last paragraph was pure fiction. Just wanted to see if y’all were paying attention.

Bad jokes aside I’d say about 30 people made it in and out of the shop during the day (Special prize to Leo Healy for showing up as Jeff was kicking us out!). We had people from Maine to LI to CT, new faces and grizzled ice veterans, and a good time was had by all! Not a bad turnout for an event that was more or less spur-of-the-moment. Hopefully we can build on this for next spring.

Jeff’s shop is surreal- carbon steering wheels and boat parts are scattered about, various rudders and posts are underway here and there, iceboat parts are visible here and there, giant milling machines are grinding away at precision molds and parts, and the big carbon thing on the floor that you just tripped over is a daggerboard for a 65 foot performance catamaran. The board is 17 ft long. WOW. Even the stuff in the scrap pile is cool! Great place for a bunch of gear heads to gather….

We were able to bend and measure a few rigs and see what people are using, and all kinds of talk was talked about building and repairing and any number of other topics. But the biggest crowd surrounded CSI rock star technician Tom, who was laying up a genuine CSI mast. He wasn’t phased by the prying eyes and was patient with all of our questions- Many thanks for the demo Tom! All were impressed by the skill and care that goes into these rigs. If you’ve ever seen or sailed one it is obvious.

Many thanks to Jeff Kent for providing the venue and Steve Duhamel for the coolers and ice- And thanks to everyone who made the trek! Hope everyone has a great summer and looking forward to seeing everyone at the Swap Meet… It’s practically right around the corner!

THINK ICE! T

James “T” Thieler
12 Channing St.
Newport, RI 02840

401 258 6230
t_thieler

SPRING CLINIC AND GATHERING TOMORROW!!

Hey Folks- Should have a good crowd tomorrow at CSI for the Gathering Of The Ice Heads….

Will have authorities on hand to discuss the following and then some:

Getting Started:
-If you are just getting started or want to get going next year there will be several people there who can help you get an idea of the gear and mind-set you’ll need! We’d love to see some new faces-

Boat Building And Repair: Steve Duhamel, Bill Bucholz, Oliver Moore, Jeff Kent
-Like it’s hard to get a bunch of iceboaters talking about boat building….

DN Mast Construction: Jeff will have one of his technicians building a CSI DN rig during the event- Very interesting to see how these things get put together- see it first hand!!
-There are people who would KILL to see how these rigs get made….

Mast Measuring:
-Bring your mast (DN or whatever you have) and we will be set up to deflect it and get some data on it’s bend characteristics- see how your rig compares to the ones the best sailors in the world use!

Runner Aligning:
-Your Commodore will be demonstrating how the Midwestern hot-shots line up their runners…. Easy and accurate!

Tales from Europe:
-The three US representatives from New England will be sharing all the stories from our Europe trip that we couldn’t put on the website…. You may be surprised at how do-able a Europe trip can be!

Race Tactics:
-Jeff, Oliver,T, and whoever else will be discussing race tactics…. Good stuff to learn for racing and cruising alike!

So come one come all to CSI tomorrow from 1-5PM and join the fun! Bring whatever you might be thirsty for-

Scroll down for more details- see you all tomorrow!!

Think Ice! T

James “T” Thieler
12 Channing St.
Newport, RI 02840

401 258 6230
t_thieler

Spring-Clinic Reminder

Hey Folks- Don’t forget to sign up for the Spring Clinic and Get-Together at Composite Solutions! This Saturday, 1-5pm.

Looks like we’ll have a good crowd- Be there or be square!!! Details and RSVP below….

See y’all there! T

James “T” Thieler12 Channing St.
Newport, RI. 02840

401 258 6230
t_thieler

Spring Get-Together and Clinic! Saturday May 10th

OK folks, we are going to have a Spring Get-Together and Clinic!

We did this a few years ago and a good time was had by all so we are going to do it again. The iceboating season by it’s very nature kind of fizzles out every year (never know when last ice will be…) so we thought it would be cool to have an event to close out the season- One last chance to check in with the gang before the summer lunacy sets in!

THE DATE: Saturday, May 10. (Sunday is Mother’s Day- Don’t forget!)

THE TIME: 1PM to 5PM or beyond- party can move to T.K. O’Shea’s down the street if necessary!

THE PLACE: The Composite Solutions Inc. shop at 41 Sharp St., Hingham, MA 02043 (map) – thanks Jeff!!

THE THINGS : We will have some discussions and informal clinics on boat repair, boat storage, getting started in the sport, runner aligning techniques, tales of the World and European Champs, tactics….

Jeff Kent may even arrange to have one of his guys build a DN mast during the event so we can all see how these amazing rigs get made!!

We may have some food brought in, feel free to bring along your favorite libations….

Let us know if you can make it by responding below


Looking forward to seeing you May 10!!

James “T” Thieler
12 Channing St.
Newport, RI 02840

401 258 6230
t_thieler@yahoo.com

Canadian Training Technique

It seems our neighbors to the north have developed a new off-season training regimen….
Watch the video to see what they are up to. Cleary we all need to up our game here in the States.
The relevant part starts at 18:15 into the video and ends at 20:15.
When you hear ready set go, that is NEIYA member Bob Crinion on the face off…
You have to endure the Ads first…then you can advance to 18:15.

Only in Canada!!

CBC News: Nova Scotia – April 17, 2014

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James “T” Thieler
12 Channing St.
Newport, RI 02840

401 258 6230
t_thieler

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