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Dog Days of August and Cooler Dogs to Come

Upfront apologies employing the oldest trick in the advertising/PR/communication game. My old ad copy instructor would have failed me for using a dog picture. Cute babies and dogs will capture most everyone’s attention and in our case a “black ice” is even more effective. We are almost through the dog days of August and time to THINK ICE once again. We are only a few months away.

Now that I have your attention, there are a few things I need to share.

1) Classified Section
I have purged all the old classified ads for the upcoming season. If you had something posted and it’s still available give me a shout I may be able to resurrect what you had or better yet just submit a new one.

Ad posting reminders

  • Post and view ads at
  • All ads MUST have a way to contact you either email or phone. This limits the number of nuisance posts and reduces clutter in this section.
  • Include pricing and location info.
  • Want a picture send directly to me at
  • If your item sells please let me know via email so it can be removed.
  • Don’t forget, all ads will appear after approval. If you don’t see it right away give it a little time.

2) Annual swap and lunch date to be announced in the next week or so. Other off ice racing and cruising events will follow shortly there after.

3) Still need some website administrative help. You don’t have to know anything . The job comes with instruction and a help line (me).

4) Always seeking input and suggestions from seasoned sailors and newbies alike. Just reach out or post a comment below. I know this is not a shy crowd so speak up.

Thinking of ICE to play on,

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore

P.S. For those who only come to look at the pictures, you know who you are. There’s more!

Mid Summer Safety Message


Spotted this vessel with a very winter themed name last night at Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT. It was a hot night, really hot, but the name cooled me right down and long to be back on a big (thick) plate of ice.

It’s never too early to remind everyone that there is Thin Ice somewhere. On July 29th that would be tied up to a slip in Westport, CT.

Think Ice and enjoy the rest of the summer,

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore

Open Wheel Wednesday Postponed Till Thursday 7/2

Just like ice boating, race cars are subject to the weather. See you there Tomorrow.

Race Postponed till Thursday July 2

Big Ice in June – Wooden Boat Show ON NOW!


The Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport starts today and runs through the weekend (6/26-28). If you have attended before, I don’t have to tell you why you need to go back.

Besides the usual beautiful new and old finely crafted vessels the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club have brought their fully restored classic stern steerer Rocket (all 50 feet of her) to the Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport. John Sperr of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club put together a great page detailing some of Rocket’s restoration and shake down cruise on the Hudson in 2014.  She will be on display in the “I Built it Myself” area and easily stick out from and dwarf the smaller home built crafts.

She was last seen on ice during her maiden sail on the Hudson in 2014 and again this past season on home ice. If you missed either of these opportunities you must come. As we all know, ice can be fickle and a craft her size requires big and thick ice, so this weekend is your best opportunity for a sure viewing. Hope to see you there.

Summer and fall will burn hot for a few months but as always THINK ICE!

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore

What’s Everyone Up To?

Hey Folks-

I hope all the stuff on the site has been at least a little interesting….  We are trying to keep it fresh as the summer drags on!

There is plenty of room on this site for all kinds of content so if you have something you’d like to share with the gang email it to me at and I’ll be happy to post it. 

Thoughts, articles, build updates, photos (incriminating or otherwise) or whatever else are welcome.  As long as it is even remotely connected to iceboating all content is fair game!

I know everyone out there is up to some interesting stuff so let’s hear about it! 

As John Stanton mentioned earlier he could also use a hand with the site itself-  if you have the time, expertise, inclination (or any combination thereof) give him a shout-

Think Ice….

James “T” Thieler   DN US 5224

401 258 6230

Visions of Hard Water While We Wait…

As we all know the internet is loaded with overly cute cat and endless dog videos. The vast majority of which I would never share, pass on nor post to our club’s site. This one however has merit and contains all the elements of ice boating. vast ice, a vehicle bounding down the ice and people enjoying a sunny winter’s day.

Enjoy some winter fun during the first part of June.

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore

P.S. If anyone has desires or aspirations to help with the NEIYA’s website please reach out to me. No experience required and as some members will attest i’m a good teacher of technology. Email to discuss

Cool Video Footage From 2015 Easterns / New Englands

As we head into spring it might be that we have a lot of armchair sailing ahead…. Has to happen sooner or later. Here are three videos to get into the rotation! Thanks to Joe Meade for the camera and Jeff Kent for what Oliver Moore calls the “Stern Mounted Narcissism Pole.” Happy viewing! T

Peter Van Rossem tearing it up with stern-mounted camera in light to medium breeze at New Englands; watch for the big pass at about 5:45!

T. Thieler with stern mounted camera, same day; watch for the pass at 8:15- the red boat is skippered by Paul Tropea, who was pushing his vintage boat to the max! Hope to see more of him next year- I think he lives in Argentina for half of the year, wonder if he will be training down there all summer….

Joe Meade with bow-mounted camera during the big breeze at the Eastern champs- check the mast bend at about 3:30! Must be a CSI rig to survive that….

It really was a terrific weekend of sailing- thanks to all who turned up and made it happen- more to come….

Stay tuned! T

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

401 258 6230




The place:  Sebago Lake.

The Date:  Last Saturday.

The Event:  The Doc Fellows Regatta.

Now imagine how cool that would sound if Howard Cosell said it!

The Doc was pretty cool this year-  light breeze in the morning, faded to nothing mid-day for awhile, built nicely in the afternoon-  Was nice to have a break to nap and/or socialize on the ice for awhile-

Ice was good in AM and softened as the sun rose and temps went up-

Harry Richardson and Eben Whitcomb had close racing-  seemed like they match raced pretty much every lap-  Harry pipped Eben to take third.

Chad Atkins and your author had a bit of match race going as well-  Chad spent the light air part of the day going around the course and staying in the zone and it paid off after the breeze filled back in-  heading into the last race, winner-take-all finale’ he was able to get his nose out front and extend around the course for a convincing win.  He gets style points for doing it in his new boat, home built last fall-  if you see this craft you will be impressed!

I think he was using full-length, 100 degree runners which stayed on top of the soft ice better than my short 100’s.  Maybe I should have tried my full length 90 degree runners or even 90 degree max inserts-  those work well in soft ice sometimes.  Chad said the extra length no doubt was a little painful in tacks and gybes but it certainly didn’t hurt when he was going in a straight line!  We both used Kent (CSI) 4.1 rigs and Chad had a North F-01 sail while I had a 1D Power Gold.  Wish I could say what the difference is but to my eye they look pretty darn similar….  Anyway he sailed well and gets his name on a very cool-looking trophy!

We had a few older boats out racing-  John Hayes and Richard Gluckman had a little battle of their own going on as well-  Brett Reis, Ramblin’ Roger and a few other sailors also had a good day cruising the lake-

Following an awesome fireworks display at the launch ramp dinner was at the Run Of The Mill on the Saco River.  22 oz prime rib.  Rare.  Phenomenal.  Yeah, I slept like a rock that night-  thanks to Dave Fortier for letting us all crash at his house and also for keeping score!  And thanks to Kelly Klicker for the wrap-around photo of the launch area-

All in all a good day!  This season is far from over-  the ice is thick and the snow is melting-  reports from up north sounding good-  We are still hoping to get the Easterns, New Englands and Canadian champs in the books-  Stay tuned to this site and don’t mothball your gear yet!

Scores, as best as we can tell…


Chad “Chazzz” Atkins  US 4487             1  (S)  2  1  1     5

James  “Irving” Thieler    US 5224         (S) 1  1  2  2      6

Harry “Divider” Richardson    US 5148    2  2  3  3  (3)    10

Eben “Nice Guy” Whitcomb   US 4775    3  3  4  4  (4)     14

Dave “WHO?!?” Fortier    US 4690          4,  5,  S  S  S

John “Authority Figure” Stanton US 5023 6, 6, ?????

John Hayes and Richard Gluckman had some good racing here but the scores get a bit fuzzy at this point-  sorry guys, we will try to do better next time and will work on some nick-names for you both!


Think Ice!   T

The only and bestest to be found

Ice reports followers, no doubt, have been following the exploits from Lake Wentworth in NH.  Seems its the only game in town or throughout the region.

Paul along with two other locals sailed for a good part of the day.  Conditions don’t sound great but they were out there and I was staring at a computer screen all day. Who do you think had a better time regardless of conditions?

Paul’s assessment of the day:

“Still grade 5. Shell Ice about the same but the skim ice has firmed up solid. Still some funny (since I wasn’t wound up when I encountered it) hazards to be found. The one I am referring to was shell ice dropping abruptly into plank deep slush. Quick stop but plank intact. Gonna try tomorrow A.M. but forecast rain to snow on Saturday

Paul, thanks for venturing out and bring back your report.

Am I on the road and typing at the same time or loading my gear? No, think I will wait for things to smooth out just a bit. Info on Wentworth is posted below.

Let’s see what the next rain and thaw cycle brings.  Winnipesaukee, Somewhere in Maine perhaps?

Stay tuned there will be more sailing,

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore


The Thaw, Freeze and Sail…

We all knew it would happen, though this snow has been a bit discouraging.  There has been chatter of snow melting to slush all over the Northeast.  The time is near.  But don’t jump too quickly. Safety is paramount. Use caution and patience.

Paul Delnero in NH sailed Lake Wentworth today and reported into the NEIYA ice reports email group.  No doubt most of you have already read it and are thinking of putting Wentworth in your plans for the Weekend. The lake has not been thoroughly scouted yet and is not ready for the masses.

However there will be a scouting party out tomorrow morning sometime after 10.  If your around Join in and help scout.  There are risks and this is not an endorsement of conditions just passing on some info

There will be an update tomorrow evening.

Sail Safe, Sail Fast and have fun,

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore





Long Island (NY) is in the House

Just in from John Ziermann from the LRIBYC Much thanks…



SAT. FEBRUARY 28, 2015

Due to the great demand, there will be two
sites for the Long Island Championships.

DN Regatta:

         MECOX BAY, SOUTHAMPTON NY (see attached map)

    Skippers Meeting:
         9:30 AM (due to diminishing wind speeds)

    Entry Fee:
          Entry fee: $10 for LRIBYC members and $15 for non members.
          (Please exact change or check.. Thank you)


J-14 Regatta:

         LAKE RONKONKOMA, RONKONKOMA NY (see attached map)

    Skippers Meeting:
         9:30 AM (due to diminishing wind speeds)

    Entry Fee:
          Entry fee: $10 for LRIBYC members and $15 for non members.
          (Please exact change or check.. Thank you)


John Ziermann DN-5426/Treasurer


Just got off the phone with Dave Clapp.

He reports that while there is still sailing down on Barnegat bay as reported earlier most sailors will be on Toms River. Which is about an hour closer for us New Englanders.

Launch info

Island Heights, NJ
rt 37 e To Central ave
Go toward water and left
There will be several launch areas



No changes for

The North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club

Address: 26 Union Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone:(732) 747-5665

The antique Stern Steerers will be sailing and racing on the Navesink in Red Bank this Weekend. The Rocket and the Jack Frost. If you have not seen either of these sailing pieces of history you should make a day of it. Sail amongst our rich history. I sailed on the same plate as both the Jack Frost and Rocket last year and it was a wonderful experience looking over at the graceful historic beasts gliding on the Hudson .

Still waiting on Long Island Info will update on when we know.