2014 Swap meet Recap

NEIYA_swap_meet_2014A good time was had by all.  There were lots of tails ice stories from past seasons as well as fresh ones from the recent Western Challenge Wisconsin. Behind the chatter, real work was going on.

A three man team attacked the rows of dull and some lacking any edge at all blades.  Eben looked over each blade with a keen eye and light box and made recommendations as to how best sharpen it.  Many were sent upstairs to Steve.  Where for the first time at it’s new home in the Lamb shop’s crows nest and Whiz construction platform the Leonizing/Healyomatic runner profiler, sharpener and re-conditioner was used to grind an initial edge in preparation for the final sharpening.  Eric once again manned the grinder and smoothly drew each blade across the belt for most of the day.  A big thank you to Eric and the rest of the runner sharpening gang.

Thanks to Linda Lamb everyone was well fed with a great assortment of food and goodies.  Every time I turned my back the onion dip bowel was filled again.  Sour cream and onion, one of my favorites.

Steve thanks for opening up your shop to the hoards of ice boaters.   Hope to see your new and very own Whiz hitting the ice soon.

Won’t be long now.  Keep your eyes open to reports coming in from our friends in Maine at  We could have some New England sailing before Christmas.

Sail Fast and Sail Safe,

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore


Up and at ‘em folks, the Tune Up Clinic is today! Looking forward to seeing everyone, novices and veterans alike, at Steve Lamb’s shop later today-

See boats and gear, get some blades tuned up, see the gang, learn a few things, and enjoy some hot food and cold drinks….

Date, time and address is below, for more details and directions scroll down the page a little-

Cheers! T

Saturday, December 13th
11:00 to 3:00pm

Arthur C. Lamb Co
85 Jackson St., Canton, MA 02021

Bruised, Sore, And Psyched

Greetings from the proud highway-

We are headed home following a stellar day on the ice- Good breeze, clear ice, three races for each fleet (DN Gold, DN Silver, Renegade and Ice Opti). Full-on, warped out high speed sailing! Awesome.

Flat sails and flat runners were the order of the day- That and keeping your head out of the boat and keeping it moving forward- FAST!

The charge was led by Ron Sherry with John Dennis and Mark “The Doctor” Christensen rounding out the top three- Yours truly in fourth after making Ron look over his shoulder all day…. Oliver and Eric stayed high in the top ten- Our Canadian friends did well too- All shits and grins!! See Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club page for full results-

We used Darling marks and eliminated the safety zone at the finish to the delight of all- The course is way safer and not dealing w the safety zone is (ironically) less dangerous and makes life for the committee much easier- Many more races per day are possible with this system!! More on all of this later….

Thanks to John Dennis for dreaming this event up, to Springers Restaurant for hosting us (great parking lot and even better once you get inside!), to Deb Whitehorse and Loretta Rehe for scoring, Peter ? For being race committee- All much appreciated!

And what update would be complete without an action photo from the back of the van? For your viewing pleasure, behold the team…

Think Ice!

James “T” Thieler

Western Challenge, Day One

Hey Folks-

Some good sailing out here in Wisconsin! Very good ice and decent breeze saw about five races done- Over seventy boats showed up so we have good racing in Gold and Silver fleets-

Some real talent in the Gold and some classics in the Silver! Put this one on your list for next year…

Enough speed and rig bending going on to remind us all why we make the trip!

New England showing well, see the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club website for results.

Great as yesterday was I have to say that there are a lot of dinged and damaged boats- Not sure why but there were more than the normal number of scrapes and bumps- Maybe early in the season, I dunno. All I can say keep your eyes open and sail safe-

Think Ice!! T

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

401 258 6230

2014 Annual Tune-up Saturday Dec 13th, Clinic Canton, MA

Saturday, December 13th
11:00 to 3:00pm
Arthur C. Lamb Co
85 Jackson St., Canton, MA 02021


It’s that time of year, once again.  Gather up your gear, roll up your sleeves and come down to the fourth annual Lamb Tune-up Clinic.

Returning once again for encore performances are Eric Anderson on grinder, Steve Lamb on alignment and of course Linda Lamb with an assortment of good eats and drinks for all.

To help defray costs we will be charging a nominal per runner fee this year.  Fees are as follows:

  •  Free – Up to three (3) blades to new members joining or rejoining after a few years
  • $5 per blade for members in good standing for the 2015 season
  • $10 per blade for non members – yes you should just join

To help maintain order please sign up upon arrival at the shop and one set per person while others are still waiting.  This is a first come first serve event and our gracious volunteer grinders only have so much time.

If you have any interest in the sport of ice boating, this is a great place to learn more. Informal discussions on alignment safety, runner sharpening, racing, cruising, whatever, will be going on.  And there are no helmets, face masks or gloves to get in the way

Open to members and non members.  Bring a friend that might be interested in ice boating.

There will also be an Indoor swap meet, bring gear for sale.  Steve Duhamel of North Wind Ice boat will be there with lot’s of new and used stuff.  Contact Stevel to be sure he is bringing what you need


Take Rte.95 to exit 11A (Neponset St., Canton)
Follow up to light, take left onto Chapman St.
Travel less than 1/4 mile to top of hill look for signs (To Jackson St) Turn right and right again 180 degrees onto Jackson St., “Do not go over railroad bridge”
Lamb Co. will be on your left ( Beige block building)

Some pictures from last year here.

See you there,

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore

P.S. Questions leave a comment below or email

Last Minute Prep….

Madison Wisconsin, 4:30 AM. Room #123 at the AmericInn looks like this as it gets turned into a last-minute runner aligning shop….

Ah, the glamor of ice-yachting!

Think Ice! T

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

401 258 6230

And So It Begins….

Greetings from the proud highway!

The Great Western Challenge begins tomorrow-

Traditionally held the first weekend of December in Minnesota it’s been relocated this year due to- get a load of this- INSANELY GREAT ICE IN MADISON, WI. So the impossible does happen now and then…. So we are headed to Madison where the cheese is plentiful and the accents can’t be beat….

Should be cool- There will be DN’s and also Skeeters and Renegades sailing, one of the cool things about Madison- All kinds of iceboat activity-

Already on the way are at least two from NJ, four from NE, six from NS, maybe two from PA, several from ON, and a few truly hardcore from Europe. Add in all the usual nutcases from the Midwest and you Eb up with a big event! Semi-informal racing Fri-Sun…. Not too late if you want to join the party!! See the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club website for details….

Enjoy the pics- It’s the Chicago skyline, Art Samson driving and Oliver in the back doing what he does best-

Stay tuned and Think Ice!


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

401 258 6230

Ice Circles – Another Ice Wonder

While some lucky folks got out sailing over the Thanksgiving weekend, most of us did not. This video caught eye earlier today.

I believe it’s real purpose is to serve as an iceboat tread mill. Think about it, you can sail on a much smaller plate in one direction. Just like sailing into a foul current.

WDAZ News at Sheyenne River near Leonard, ND video by George Loegering of Casselton, ND.

Stay tuned and come to the Lamb Tune Up in two weeks (Dec 13th)

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore

NEIYA Crew Gear

Greetings on the day after Thanksgiving and we all have lots to be thankful for. I may be a little behind some of the hard core and our friends up in Maine, who have actually sailed, but today is annual set up the boat in the driveway day. The day I discover that some of those little things has fell into a rat hole over the summer. A harken block, bob stay nuts for plank. Hopefully this year will be different. Regardless West Marine is just down the road and always happy to take my money.

As discussed at our meeting last month we will be selling club logo clothing via. I have put up a few items and waiting on proofs for a few others. We will also be putting together group orders to take advantage of volume discounts and customize with your sail number if you want. Look for the email with product info. If you have any feedback on the items you want do let me know.

Our Gear Store is located at It is Black Ice Friday, do take a look and remember more items are coming. Sorry for perpetuating the Black Friday hype but couldn’t help the Black Ice pun.

Remember, our upcoming Tune Up Clinic at Lamb’s shop in Canton, MA on December 13th (that’s two weeks). More details shortly.

See you all at the Tune up or on the ice that follows,

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

Well folks, Turkey Day is here…. A day of relaxing, seeing family, watching football, gorging on way too much food and sleeping through the last quarter of the football game.

Unless you are an iceboater, in which case this is all an annoying interruption in your preparation for the upcoming season. So smile at the relatives, enjoy the food, savor the nap, and get an early start working on your gear tomorrow!

And give thanks for friends and family and this great sport that we all love.


James “T” Thieler

Stu Nelson Memorial Service

Hello All-

Just wanted to let everyone know that a Memorial Service for Stu Nelson will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 11:00AM at the Laconia Congregational Church, 69 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. Rev. Dr. Warren H. Bouton, Pastor of the Church, will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass.

His full obituary is here:

STUART A. NELSON’s Obituary on The Boston Globe

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Fair Winds…..

Stu Nelson

Hello All-

As we enjoy the fall weather and enter into the frenzy of boat prep and everything else we need to to do to get ready for the coming season let’s take a moment to remember Stu Nelson. Stu passed away last night at 88 in Laconia, NH.

Don Kretchmer and Charlie Silfvenius were good friends of his and shared some sentiments and memories of the man:

He was one of the most energetic and knowledgeable of our skippers. His knowledge of the history of our group will be missed and I hope I remember half of what he told me over the years. Some of my best days iceboating were spent with Stu….the days that were gifts that keep on giving.

He was a constant presence in this community since well before my time. I must say that some of the finest times I have had on the ice have been with Stu. He had an ability to set up a nearly perfect boat and sail it as much by feel as by sight. I can only hope to remember half of what he relayed to me over the years.

Some of you may not know that Stu was the softwater sailing coach at MIT for many years and has a regatta/trophy named after him…it is still a big deal and was raced just 2 weeks ago.

He was known by many and was definitely one of the “Old Men” of the sport. Over the last couple weeks, when I visited, he shared many stories and had fond memories of sailing both hard and soft water. Always young at heart as was shown when he picked up windsurfing as he neared 60 years of age. Always courteous and helpful, he will be surely missed in the lakes region and other areas he sailed in.

There will be a service in the coming weeks- will share details when we have them.

Fair winds and black ice Stu- We’ll be thinking of you this season!

Thanks to Don and Charlie for the thoughts-

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