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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

Check out the CIBC’s site 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 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

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


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

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

Racing and non race sailing options this weekend Jan 17-18

But wait, there’s more…  A whole lot more than just premium racing.  It’s been cold and we all know what that means. Ice… and ice that’s sailable.

We have gotten some information in on the neiyaicereports email list but I really know we could be sharing more information as a group.  Come on people don’t hold back.  You and a few buddies might know about a sailable plate but what about the new guys or those who may want to try out a different venue?  Pass on the good news.

Sorry for the delay in relaying info from the neiyaicereports group but life has been running me around just a little too much.  Could really use some help can you pitch in and help pull these reports together?

If your not on your way to VT.  Even if your not racing T and company found some nice ice.

Long Pond, Lakeville, MA
As always check with the locals regarding current and likely hazards.  Bill Converse wanted to remind anyone Long Pond has a history of pressure Ridges popping up almost out of no where.  one of our long time sailors found one last week.

Launch location,-70.9289715,270m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0?hl=en

Webster Lake Webster, MA
Good conditions have been reported and sailors will be out in force.  Launch from Webster Sailing Association club Check with locals for information

Launch Location,-71.829691,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x53771a20943900a

Bantam Lake Bantam, CT
Bantam was sailed last weekend and all reports are looking good for tomorrow.

Launch Location,-73.2282585,14z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0?hl=en

Thanks to all those who passed on ice report info

That’s all the info that has come in.  Remember I can only report what I heard so send it in

Sail fast and safely,

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore

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

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

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

Stu Nelson New England Sailing Legend

It is with a heavy heart that I must forward the news of Stu Nelson’s passing. Our sympathies go out to Judy, family and friends.  Stu will be missed on and off the ice.

Stu was one of the  NEIYA founding members and served as our third Commodore.  I pulled a  couple documents from the very early NEIYA years,  click NEIYA_1973

Via our friends at the CIBC

Thanks for sending this in, Don:

Stu Nelson, 88, died last night in Laconia, NH. He was one of the most energetic and knowledgeable of our skippers. He knew how to set up a nearly perfect boat and handle it by feel. 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.

As you may know he was sailing coach at MIT for many years and has a collegiate regatta named for him (it was run 2 weeks ago). There will be a service in a few weeks. I will pass on details as I get them. I told Stu many times, he will always have a seat in my iceboat.

Fair winds my friend,

Don Kretchmer
Gambit, Freeskate

Please share any memories you have in the comments below. I will compile and publish at a later date.  Also, please send pictures to

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore

The Buffleheads Return and Ice is Close Behind

Aside from all the phone calls the ice boat chatter, my own trying to get things finished and our annual meeting I really know winter is upon us when the buffleheads return to my mill pond (tidal) down the street.

Unlike the mergansers, golden eyes and other winter ducks, the playful little buffleheads seem to love winter as much as we do.  They come to play each winter and so do we.


Enough bird talk for now.  Time for some ice boat business.

As I discussed in our meeting we will have a club logo gear webpage, clothing and other items available shortly.  Getting the right quality logos has been a little more complicated than expected.  Fear not though we will have our online store up and running well before “Black (ICE) Friday”.  Be sure to borrow some online shopping time from your employer on “Cyber Monday” to selfishly buy something for yourself and show your colors on and off the ice.

Next weekend we will be initiating our new ice finding messaging system.  All members will be notified via email  If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Switching to a more serious topic and tone.  Many of you have not paid your 2015 season dues.  Please do so soon.  No, make that now as your thinking of it.  Just a click away.

2015 Membership $30

Looking forward to seeing everyone on December 13 at Steve Lamb’s shop for our annual off ice tune up clinic.  Eric Anderson will once again roll up his sleeves and expertly sharpen members runners.  If anyone else has access to a grinder and would be willing to help please let me know.

More on this event as we grow closer.

The weather hyping media is calling for a polar vortex next week.  Could this possibly bring sailing before Thanksgiving?  Let’s hope so.  Remember we still have the New Englands to run before New Year’s Eve.

Get ready to sail fast,

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore