Annual Tune-up

Saturday December 5th | Arthur C. Lamb Co | 85 Jackson St, Canton, MA 02021 | 11:00 – 3:00

Black – Friday, Top & More Importantly ICE!

Thanksgiving is over and done. Stuffed and plumped we move closer to our winter passion. We move forward to Black Friday, Blacktop and most importantly Black ice.

Waiting for ice our friends on Long Island (NY). have been rolling over the hard on a couple abandoned airfields. Prepping and waiting for ice to come.

LI_black_topDon’t forget the Lake Ronkonkoma Ice Boat Yacht Club’s (LRIBYC) Annual Swap Meet Week’s Yacht Yard Patchogue, NY  December 12th, 1 – 4pm.

Across the sound your editor spent Black Friday on the blacktop going over shroud lengths and other settings. I think i’m ready. Time will tell.

The sailors in Maine have been keeping a keen eye on all the usual frog ponds and early ice venues. As reported on the CIBC site, ice is coming in but only safe enough to drool on for now. The picture of Plymouth Pond in Plymouth Maine is a couple days old and building to a safe thickness. Follow along online.


Black ice of sailable strength can be found and currently slated to be the primary site of the Western Challenge on Lake Christina in Ashby,MN. Backup site for the event is Thunder Bay Lodging in Alexandria, MN. More details as they happen on the Minnesota Ice Sailing Association site. Thanks to Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club for photo!

lake_christina_mnFair winds, favored tacks and speed to our NEIYA competitors, Commodore T and company. We look forward to full on-road and start to finish coverage.

Don’t forget about our off ice Tune-up at Arthur Lamb Co shop Canton, MA this coming Saturday. Tune-up details. See you there.

Think Ice and be prepared it’s coming…,

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore
DN 5023

Happy Thanksgiving from the NEIYA!


Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day with friends and family and give thanks for all that you have.

Thanksgiving is a special time for so many reasons. A time when our warm weather dreams morph into Hard Black Ice. There will be sailing soon…

If you haven’t yet, it’s time to get ready. Haul out the gear from the cellar, the back of the garage or hidden about the house. Make it a check out your gear weekend.

Don’t forget next week our annual off ice tune-up.

Sat. Dec. 5th | Arthur C. Lamb Co | 85 Jackson St, Canton, MA 02021 | 11:00 – 3:00 pm Details

This year we are featuring, thanks Eric, runner stoning aka how to keep your runners sharp throughout the season. We will have a limited number of polishing stones for sale at the tune-up email me for details. Please remember, this year we will not be running grinders. If you have a need for some serious grinding please reach out to me or other club leaders for help in getting this done.

Thanks and safe travels this holiday weekend and through our ice boating season,

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore
DN 5023

P.S. Don’t let your bird skate away…



2015 LRIBYC Swap Meet

It’s getting closer by the day….. DUH No kidding… I can’t wait ….
The great bargains … the cool stuff … get cash for some of that stuff
lying around … eat and drink ……meet new friends…

pay your membership fee … WOW lots going on all in one day.


(BTW, we only do this free stuff once a year)

Winter is around the corner, LET’S GET READY TO SWAP!
Bring your stuff…
Bring your cash…
Bring your best swap lingo…



Look Back While Looking Forward to 2016 Season

As we build, fix, tune, repair, wait and endlessly stare at long range weather forecasts for the upcoming season, let’s take a look back at some classic NEIYA ice boating.

There are hard copies of this video floating around one past into the NEIYA archives at the annual meeting. An image file of the DVD, for you, to burn your own here. If you have no idea what i’m talking about reach out and I will see what I can do to put a hard copy in your hands.

Fremantle, Australia, 1987….

…..the America’s Cup challenger series was being dominated by the New Zealand team on KZ-7. They were undefeated except for one loss to Dennis Conner on Stars & Stripes.

The Kiwi boats had been built from fiberglass (and maybe Kevlar?), the only 12 Meters ever built from composites rather than wood or aluminum.

The Kiwis were tight-lipped about why they went composite; aluminum is strong and light as needed, or so everyone thought….

“Glass-gate” raged, competitors accused the Kiwis of cheating. Dennis Conner said it out loud at a press conference while seated next to the very outspoken Tom Blackaller, who for once in his life said “I don’t think you should have said that!”

Of course the Kiwis were livid. The challengers demanded core samples of the hull. The kiwis said no way and the controversy dragged on. Eventually core samples were taken and the boat declared legal.

But a lot of time, energy and thought had gone into the glass vs aluminum issue (who was psyching out whom?) and the kiwi team rolled on-

It’s been said since that possible advantages of the glass hull were increased stiffness and it didn’t “oil-can” the way aluminum hulls did in the big conditions of Fremantle. Others have said that the controversy over the material distracted everyone from looking closely at the hull form (she carried her max beam further aft than other twelves).

Whatever the case she went up against Stars & Stripes in the challenger final and Conner and the boys handed them their only losses of the series- in big breeze and waves, it was awesome. Crazy roundings, blown sails, close finishes, great stuff.

S&S of course went on and beat the Aussie defender KOOKABURRA by 4-0.

Fast forward to 2015 and KZ-7 is based out of the Hinckley yard in RI. Looks like she was trying out a new bow and the old one was left in the parking lot. Much more than a core sample available here!

Any composites experts (Jeff Kent, Oliver Moore, Chad Atkins, anyone else….) care to weigh in? Why is there no core along the centerline? What is the laminate material? What is the core material?

The regatta may be over but I’m still looking for answers!

Seriously, email me.

What’s this have to do with IceBoating? Not much but when I saw this bow at the yard I couldn’t resist.

This rambling essay brought to you by a big cup of Mystic Market dark roast.

Think Ice! T

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

401 258 6230

2015 Lamb Tune-up Saturday December 5th

As mentioned at our annual meeting. The 2015 Tune-up session is on for Saturday December 5th.

Date: December 5th
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Arthur C. Lamb Company Refreshments: Served continuously throughout the day

Planned learning sessions include.

  1. Runner Stoning aka after grind care – presented by Eric Anderson
  2. Ice Safety / Right of Way Rules Review – presenter TBD
  3. Improve Skills, Safety and Enjoyment through racing – presented by Greg Cornelius
  4. Alignment Demonstration – presented by Bob Haag
  5. Boat Survey – We have two ice boats ready to come back onto the ice after a few years storage. Time to give them a once over before that first sail – presented by John Stanton and the cast at hand. If you have a barn boat and need someone to give it the once over before sailing again, bring it along but please contact me at first.

Looking forward to getting together setting up a few boats and learning a thing or two.  We may have some extra stones for sale let me know if interested.

Please note, in order to help focus on learning and knowledge transfer, there will be no runner grinding this year. If you need help with sharpening ask about options turning the tune-up or reach out and we find a way to get it done before first ice.

Ready your gear the ice is near,

John Stanton
DN 5023



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