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DN NA’s called off….

Bummer…. Big drifts on the ice this AM after big snow last night means big bummer for all….

Would have been nice to get one more race in yesterday but the breeze over max when the call wAs made to send everyone in and ten minutes later it was blowing almost 40mph! Good call John Atkins!!

Pics below of Eben and Eric delivering the bad news…

Season far from over- If you have ice tell the world about it! We all have sailing to do!

Stay tuned, T

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

401 258 6230
t_thieler

DN Worlds DONE!

Hey Folks- Four races today saw the completion of the DN Worlds.

Shifty breeze in the morning was the least of the problems in getting races started (don’t ask….) but once flags started dropping it was fast and furious racing all day in light to medium breeze.

Karol Jablonski had to work for this one as his Polish teammates put the heat on- They claimed the top three spots with Ron Sherry as top American in fourth. Yours truly was a distant sixth but I’ll take it!

Honorary New Englander Bob Crinion took third in Silver and our own Eben Whitcomb was able to take tenth despite the distraction of organizing this whole regatta- Which he did in fin fashion. He is also a hell of an emcee!!! Awards ceremony was short and sweet-

Thanks as always to RC, scorers, mark movers, Kingston YC, our agents, managers, wives, girlfriends, bosses, co-conspirators….

North Americans tomorrow- Stay tuned!

T

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

401 258 6230
t_thieler

Postponed….

Astute readers of these reports will know that I described yesterday as right on the edge….

Today is colder and windier so we are bagged for the day- Bummer….

Stay tuned- T

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

401 258 6230
t_thieler

DN Worlds- Big Day!

Cold temps…. BIG breeze, gusts that I would describe as “violent” along with bitter cold temps and blowing snow made for a big day- Much carnage, a few broken masts, a plank or two ripped off, at least one blown up boat, and several spin outs upwind and down- It was wild enough for me!

Lots of sailors in survival mode around the track but the top guys can push it in that stuff- Very impressive to see and a big goal to work toward.

Results up on idniyra bulletin board, Ron Sherry top Yankee with Jim Hadley and Steve Orlebeke in top ten after two races- Top three spots held by Polish team. As I said, pretty impressive!

Hope all are weathering the big storm ok- Sounds like a beauty!

Will see what today brings- Stay tuned!!

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

401 258 6230
t_thieler

DN Worlds Update

Silver qualifier done yesterday and two thirds of Gold Fleet race number one done before breeze fizzled and race was black flagged…. It was fun while it lasted!

First start at noon today due to outside temps best measured on the Kelvin scale…. Good breeze though, hope we can get a few in today!

Stay tuned…. Pic is our own John Atkins, PRO, making the call.

Our hosts at Kingston yacht club have been great- Fantastic clubhouse w food and drinks and heat on premises- If you ever have the chance to sail here don’t miss it!! The Canadian Champs have been here a few years in a row- Plan on gettin up here!

Hope all ready or the upcoming storm- Good luck!

T

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

401 258 6230
t_thieler

DN Worlds Started

Great day of practice racing followed by flag-raising ceremony-

Bittersweet moment as Cathy Firmbach raised the DN class flag on US 500 while a funky James Brown song blared over the sound system! A fitting tribute to Rich Crucet.

Bit of snow falling now but hopefully not enough to slow things down too much tomorrow….

Stay tuned! T

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

401 258 6230
t_thieler

DN Worlds

Greetings Folks! Comkng to you live from…. Wait for it….. Drum roll please……

Kingston, Ontario! The final week leading up this regatta is always a hectic one- we had scouts all over the COUNTRY out looking for ice and trying to get permits and permission to use various lakes and when the dust settled Kingston had the right facility (Kingston Yacht Club, actually founded as an ice yacht club), town (city of Kingston psyched to have us) and lastly a SWEET sheet of ice. Weather for the week looks ok too- Knock wood…

Looks like the planets are lining up- Plenty of people still on the way, looks like a good contingent made the trip over from Europe, and of course the usual suspects from North America

Practice and opening ceremony today, race 1 tomorrow- Stay tuned!!

T

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

401 258 6230
t_thieler

Whether oh Weather its all about the Weather or Not…

Weather or not…

Or should I say just more of what we know to be the reality of New England and ice boating in general.  Reports have been pouring in about newly sailed ice in NH on Sunapee as well as Winnipesaukee.  Winni was checked as a DN Gold Cup site but it was not to happen this time around.

Conditions have remained either stable or improved on most of the places people were sailing in CT and MA.

Question is how much crap will fall from the sky tonight and into tomorrow and how far north the front’s edge will go.  If your local you know what the weather is doing if not reach out to someone who is before driving.  Club contact info is in the members tab at the top.  If you have forgotten your password just drop me an email john@neiya.org

Check out the CIBC’s site http://iceboat.me for local ice they are scheduled to hold the Commodores Cup on Chickawaukie Pond in Rockland ME.  It’s on the coast so again weather is coming.

Looking at the maps Winni and Sunapee may be spared.

– Lake Sunapee State Beach in Newbury NH
– Lake Winnipesaukee, Brewster beach in Wolfeboro NH

Remember i’m relaying what I learn from the neiyaicereports group (send mail to neiyaicereports.wiggio.com) rumors and such.  There is more out there lets get reports in next week after this weather event clears on by.

Good luck to our Gold Cub contenders up in Kingston ON.  Sail fast boys and bring home some silver!

Sail fast, sail heads up, sail safe and watch out for hazards,

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore

Blown Out….

So it goes…. Bitter cold yesterday, excessively high winds today for the DN EASTERNS….

Big bummer as we had a good group of enthusiastic sailors on hand. Alas it was not to be.

On to The Big Show- Scouting a site is key- If you see a big plate of ice call it in!

Think Ice, T

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

401 258 6230
t_thieler

Update continued….

Sorry folks, accidentally hit the send button before that last masterpiece was done-

We have a complex weather situation overnight but are hoping to squeeze the race in tomorrow AM- We have about a dozen die-hard sailors staying overnight and a lot of new faces in the group-

Not too late to come give it a go! Skippers meeting and registration at the marina on the west side of the causeway, opposite Sand Bar State Park. 9AM sharp!

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

401 258 6230
t_thieler

DN EASTERNS Update

It’s a tie for first at the EASTERNS- All to play for in a no holds barred showdown tomorrow….

Just kidding- Bitter cold temps kept racers off the ice for most of the day today- We do have a sailable plate and will be hoping to get the regatta done tomorrow.

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

401 258 6230
t_thieler

Sand Bar Sign Missing

Be advised the sign for Sand Bar State Park is down for the winter- Look for the empty sign post, a split-log fence, and a little brown gate house! Vans and boats starting to roll in….

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

401 258 6230
t_thieler

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