First of all, only one month (more or less) until the NEIYA meeting and swap meet on November 7- Register and pay up by clicking the links below- Don’t miss it!

2016 Membership – $30
2016 Membership and Lunch – $40
2016 Membership for one & Lunch x2 – $50
Meeting Lunch Only – $10

Second of all there is only two months to the Great Western Challenge, the big season opener for DNs and Ice Optis out in Minnesota! December 4-6, exact location to be determined but most likely out in the boonies. This is a great way to kick off the season- Big country out there and every road trip for the rest of the year seems short in comparison… I know several NEIYA sailors planning to head out- the more the better so put it on the calendar!

Think Ice, it’s gettin’ chilly out there…

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

401 258 6230


Scott Valentine checks in to show us what’s doing out on LI…

Just to let you know how we do training on Long Island. The first photo is part one, which you must do for several days before moving to part 2. You will notice it is important to wear your special custom fat feet track spikes. It’s tough on the floors in the house, but they are great for aerating the lawn! Stay tuned….

Scott Valentine
DN 4925


Here we see Jeff Kent working out the shoulder and back muscles required to deal with main sheet loads while also developing the keen eye/hand coordination required to sail (and build) the best DNs out there.

And yes, that mast is really, really RED!

James “T” Thieler


Things are brewing out on the Cape…. Tom Olsen, Rick Bishop and Neil Fowler had a little boat prep session a week or so ago- here they are getting a few tips from RI DN builder/tuner/racer Chad Atkins- Looking forward to seeing these guys ripping it up this winter! T

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

401 258 6230

It’s on! Annual Meeting, Swap & Lunch 11/7/15


It’s that time of year again.  Post Labor Day, its nearly MLB post season, football is in full swing, it’s getting colder and, of course, the NEIYA annual meeting, Swap Meet and Luncheon. Mark your calendar Saturday November 7th, same as last year, Knights of Columbus Hall 17 Willow St, Westborough, MA 01581.

There will be prizes, give a ways loads of gear in the lot and this year lunch will be JUST $10.  That’s right half off last year’s price and of course plenty of Swedish meatballs.

It’s time to renew your membership and come to the annual meeting, swap meet and lunch.   Just click on the appropriate button below.

Description Price
2016 Membership $30
2016 Membership and Lunch $40
2016 Membership for one & Lunch x2 $50
Lunch Only $10

We urge you to pay for membership and lunch via the appropriate links above on the website.  Of course, we will still accept mailed applications and checks but please help us streamline this process.

Paper Membership Form or copy and past below URL

Agenda to follow in a couple weeks

Please register today our treasurer and the caterer will be much happier with more notice.

Looking forward to seeing everybody again and prepare for the upcoming season.

Think Ice!

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore


Hello All-

Just a heads-up that the fall issue of RUNNER TRACKS (the magazine of the IDNIYRA) is online at

This issue is packed with all kinds of cool stuff- rank lists, regatta dates, suppliers, photos, articles, and a BRILLIANT story on how to take a DN to Europe and compete over there written by yours truly.

Don’t miss it! Read it online for free or order a printed copy for a few bucks- Great either way!

Chilly last night… Think Ice! T


Here we see Canadian DN sailor Colin Duncan ripping up the lake near Kingston, Ontario in a vintage Flying Dutchman. He reports that is was an awesome day and the kid in the front of the boat is keen to get into an iceboat this winter- Keep your eyes open!

Looking forward to seeing that body of water when it freezes over- soon!

T US 5224



From NJ, Jim Hadley reports that fighting and boating a 600 pound mako shark for 4.5 hours provides a good workout! The DN main sheet will be child’s play compared to reeling this beast in.

The place was Hudson Canyon off NJ, the bait is rumored to have been a stool pigeon (this is Jersey folks- it’s how they roll….)

Well done Jim!

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

401 258 6230


You may recall Doug Raymond posting some good results last spring in the DN New England and Eastern champs.

Not one to rest on his laurels he has been training hard this summer up in Maine- Eben Whitcomb went on a little spy mission up to Belfast Harbor, ME and caught a few photos of him soft-water cross-training on his Drascomb longboat…. Have to keep tabs on these secretive Maine types-

Looks a little like Sir Ernest Shackleton sailing the JAMES CAIRD…. if you use your imagination!

Looks like a good day on the water- Looking forward to seeing Doug and the rest of the gang when the days get short and the temps drop!


Hello All!

The tall ship L’HERMIONE went up to Castine, ME last summer- She is quite a sight and our own Don Stearns was able to check her out up close and personal- and he shares his thoughts with us:

“When this rig rolled in to Castine last month I had a first hand seat and a few observations.
1- These guys were living history.

2- They knew how to dress.
3- They had great rigging.
4- They were hands-on when it came to sails.
5- They had a grand flag.

In short, they had one more item than the traditional iceboater.”

Thanks Don! Think Ice!!

Tim Woodhouse

Tim Woodhouse and Ain Vild

Tim Woodhouse

The iceboating community sends our condolences to the family of Tim Woodhouse who passed away Monday, August 31 after a long illness. He was highly regarded and had an impressive regatta record.

Tim won the DN Worlds in 1974 in Zergrze, Poland, was third in 1975 in Saginaw, Michigan, and 4th in 1981 in Hamilton Bay, Ontario. He won the DN North American championship in 1970 (He was 16 years old at the time!!) on Lake St. Clair in Michigan, 1973 in Sodus Bay, New York, 1974 in Hamilton Harbor, Canada, and placed 3rd in 1977. He was the highest scoring junior in the DN North Americans in 1969, 1970, and 1971.

He was also a highly accomplished soft water sailor in all kinds of boats, and an owner of Hood Sails.

For more reflections on the man see Ron Sherry’s tribute on his website,

And another at

Fair Winds And Black Ice, Woody!

Curtiss Museum Iceboats

Hello All-

Big news from up north!! This just in from Joe Meade up in NY: Sounds like a very cool event!!

The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, NY is hosting local iceboats on display from August 25th through September 20th. If you are in the Finger Lakes area stop by the Curtiss museum – it is a must-see attraction.

Glenn Curtiss is considered the “Father of Aviation”. He started out building bicycles and then moved on to motorcycles in the early 20th century. He held the land speed record on a V8 motorcycle on Ormond Beach in Florida at 136 MPH for 11 years in starting in 1907. He was the first to publicly build and fly an airplane in 1908 from a field here in Hammondsport. Before that he flew planes off of the very same ice we sail on Keuka Lake. The Curtiss Museum has a huge collection of motorcycles, airplanes, and flying boats.

Pictured in with the iceboats below is the “America” flying boat which was built in the museums active restoration shop and flown from Keuka Lake in 2007.

Over 5,000 people will pass through the Museum in September and so far the display has been well received. The top two questions are – “How fast do they go?” and “Where do I go to ride one?”.

Info here:

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