Spring Get-Together and Clinic! Saturday May 10th

OK folks, we are going to have a Spring Get-Together and Clinic!

We did this a few years ago and a good time was had by all so we are going to do it again. The iceboating season by it’s very nature kind of fizzles out every year (never know when last ice will be…) so we thought it would be cool to have an event to close out the season- One last chance to check in with the gang before the summer lunacy sets in!

THE DATE: Saturday, May 10. (Sunday is Mother’s Day- Don’t forget!)

THE TIME: 1PM to 5PM or beyond- party can move to T.K. O’Shea’s down the street if necessary!

THE PLACE: The Composite Solutions Inc. shop at 41 Sharp St., Hingham, MA 02043 (map) – thanks Jeff!!

THE THINGS : We will have some discussions and informal clinics on boat repair, boat storage, getting started in the sport, runner aligning techniques, tales of the World and European Champs, tactics….

Jeff Kent may even arrange to have one of his guys build a DN mast during the event so we can all see how these amazing rigs get made!!

We may have some food brought in, feel free to bring along your favorite libations….

Let us know if you can make it by responding below

Looking forward to seeing you May 10!!

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

401 258 6230

2014 Don “Doc” Fellows Regatta is Completed!

The NEIYA Don “Doc” Fellows was run Saturday 3/8/14 on Sebago Lake (big bay), N. Sebago Maine on a big patch of good ice.  Patience was the rule of the day and a gigantic high over the lake ruled the wind.  The race was to be called off at 3:30 if the wind had not arrived.  Well, the wind Gods must have be listening.

Just before the abandonment call, the wind rolled in.  It did not slowly build as usual but came in at 12 to 15 mph, almost instantly!

We were off to the races to quickly set the marks and line.  Four races were completed before darkness set in.  One throw out was allowed with the completion of the 4th.

Eric Anderson ruled the day with 4 bullets.  Nicely done Eric!  On his heels was the tough competitor Greg Cornelius with a solid second place sporting some of his light air gear and still managed to hang in there.  Dave Fortier nailed third place and was super fast catching the fleet.  It was fun to watch the two Canadians Warren Nethercote (4th) and Peter Van Rossem (5th) duke it out with Warren just edging out Peter.  Thanks for going the distance.  Jack Erikson (6th) hung tough and consistent and was quoted ” I had a blast”.  Doug Raymond (7th) struggled a bit, but likely due to lack of racing ice time.  We look forward to seeing Doug rekindle that competitive spirit.  We were honored to have two NEIYA officers, Secretary John Stanton (8th) and Treasurer Bob Haag (9th) participate and gave it their all.  Unfortunately, Bob broke his tiller early on but he was later overheard saying ” All I wanted was to kick John’s butt”.  Must be some officer thing! Just kidding guys!

See you at the New England Champs.

Steve Madden

P.S.  Don “Doc” Fellows regatta history including a list of past winners and recaps.  We are a little short on some of the history so please let me know if you can help filling in some early info.

2013 Tune-up Recap

Click picture for additional Tune-up pics
Thanks to Carter Brown for delivering pictures to the editor

In this week before Thanksgiving this, years tune up was a day of giving back to the sport of ice boating with thanks from everyone present. Thanks to Linda and Steve Lamb for opening up their place as well as the all the food. Linda’s chilli got high marks from all.

A day of giving back decades of knowledge to the interested, the new, novices or looking to sharpen (forgive the pun) their skills. Of note, Eric Anderson and Greg Cornelius who spent hours light boxing and sharpening. Rounding out the grinding pit were John Eastman sporting a brand new machine and Dave Fortier finishing up tips and tails.

Our furthest visitor award goes to Louise Racine (Canada) who picked up her new boat and set up instruction from both cruisers and top racers (see pictures) alike.   Louise, good luck with your new boat.  She is a beauty and I am sure you will have a blast.

Pictures are ALWAYS welcome and can be sent directly to Send any and all from the Tune-up.

Hoping the current cold snap continues and see you on the ice.

John Stanton
NEIYA Secretary

2013 Annual Tune-up Clinic Canton, MA

Saturday, November 23rd
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.  Also a special appearance by John Eastman from Rockport, ME to set up his new runner grinder for the first time.   Yes, John is taking it on the road.

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 for their first season
  • $5 per blade for members in good standing for the 2014 season
  • $10 per blade for non members

To help maintain order please sign up upon arrival at the shop and one set per person while others are still waiting.

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)

See you there,

John Stanton
NEIYA Secretary

P.S. Questions leave a comment below or email

2014 Swap Meet

It was a clear morning and the equipment began coming on display well before 9:00 AM. There was a great assortment of modern high tech waiting for a racer to no tech vintage items looking for a stern steerer.

Many of the items are still for sale. To inquire about availability leave a comment below.

Thanks to Jeff Soderholm for the pictures.

Haven’t paid your dues for the 2014 season? Please do it today.

More on the meeting tomorrow.

John Stanton
NEIYA Secretary

Annual Meeting October 26th – Only Hours Away


DATE: Saturday October 26th, 2013

PLACE: Same as last year Knights of Columbus Hall, 17 Willow Street, Westborough, MA 01581 (Map below)

TIME: Swap Meet 9:00 am with Luncheon at 11:30 and Annual Meeting to follow as usual

COST:   We will once again be taking reservations an payment online and strongly urge everyone to take advantage of the online process.  Annual membership $30 and $20 for lunch.   Please reserve your spot to the right.

SCHEDULE: The swap meet starts at 9 :00 am with lunch and meeting starting at 11:30 sharp. Most of us have too much ice boat stuff.  Look through your garage and basement, find ice boat gear you don’t need and bring it along.  Remember your old gear is something new to someone else and helps to get more people on the ice.

Get to the swap meet early.  Lunch and meeting will start promptly at 11:30. More on that from our Commodore  to follow very shortly.

Iced Digital Communications

John Stanton

From the Converse Archives (1)

To help everyone get ready for the upcoming season Bill Converse has opened his photo archives for our enjoyment.

Note, the Maserati Birdcage style BDX.

Pictures are from January 2009 South Watuppa Pond Fall River, MA.

More archive pictures to come…

Register for the Annual Meeting & Membership Today

It’s that time of year again.  Post Labor Day, Baseball playoffs, football is in full swing, it’s getting colder and of course the NEIYA annual meeting, Swap Meet and Luncheon.

It’s time to renew your membership and come to the annual meeting, swap meet and lunch.   We have streamlined the process just click on the appropriate button below.

Description Price
2014 Membership and Lunch $50
2014 Membership for one and Lunch for two $70
2014 Membership $30
Lunch Only $20

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

Paper Membership Form or copy and past below URL

Annual Meeting Agenda

Saturday October 26th

Knights of Columbus Hall, 17 Willow Street, Westborough, MA 01581 Directions

9am to 11:30am–Swap Meet If you have anything to sell please list it in the classified section communicate with interested parties and bring it to the Swap Meet.  Listings are free for NEIYA members in good standing.

11:30am–Buffet lunch in the K of C hall, followed by the annual meeting. The hearty spread will appeal to all and we have been promised more Swedish meatballs.

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

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

Think Ice!

John Stanton
NEIYA Communications


And now for the thrilling conclusion to the first big DN road trip of the year:Oliver and Eric and I stuck around after the regatta and sailed Houghton Lake on Monday along with a group of local DN-ers. I guess we had between 8-10 boats total.We also had clearer ice and big breeze! We sailed about 6 two-lap scratch races which were good for rig experimentation, thrills and chills and a few moments of sheer terror. I had one top-mark rounding that had me pressed a lot more solidly than usual into the cockpit- how the hell do you explain that feeling to a soft-water sailor?

It was awesome.

At about 2PM we all decided that it was time to quit while we were ahead and hit the highway. The three of us stopped at a nice local place made with faux-log exterior and a stuffed elk head next to a stuffed sailfish on the wall. On the menu was a 1/2 pound hamburger patty, served plain on a plate. Gotta love it! I opted for the burger instead.

Paid the tab and down the road we went- at around 11:30 we stopped for gas in what I think was Phillipsburg, PA. The guy (Mike) working the night shift at the truck stop sent us to Aunt Mary’s Place for a midnight New Year’s celebration.

You can always tell a bar is a classy place when the dumpster is right next to the front door and the window AC unit is right over the dumpster. And it is surrounded by a re-bar cage. And when you get closer to the front door you see a sign that proudly proclaims ‘WE STILL PERMIT SMOKING INSIDE”. How were we not going to go in? See the photos….

One quick beer while watching the ball fall on the TV and soaking up the local color and we got the hell out of there. Spent the night back in the van rolling east. And positively reeking of tobacco. Great way to ring in the New Year!

Daylight saw us safe and sound back in RI. And feeling and looking maybe a little worse for wear (see photo) but completely jazzed over a great four days of sailing!

Worth it? You bet!

Stay tuned, the Doc Fellows is scheduled for this weekend….

Think Ice!

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



Now yesterday was a good day of sailing-Forecast called for a bit more breeze, from the west rather than north. The powers that be called it correctly and out we went in the breeze and the flurries-

Three races sailed in each fleet- ice was covered with a dusting of snow and the drifts were slight but worth steering around if you didn’t have to wiggle the tiller too much- once fully warped-up you could just ignore them and keep the boat blasting along in a straight line. When other boats went through them very cool-looking dust clouds went up behind- fascinating to see the pattern of disturbed air behind each boats mainsail and also where that disturbed air was pointed….

Eric Anderson is using a back-up plank that is way too stiff and he struggled mightily with it all day- Yours truly eased sidestays a little, cranked the headstay on a little, and dropped the halyard a little, and with boom in lap had a good afternoon with a 10, 3, 1. Holy hell was that exciting! Oliver Moore had an excellent day with a 4,5,3 and was in the lead in the final race for a minute or two….

Oliver has a resume’ full of A and C-class catamaran sailing and is off to a good start in the DN class thanks to getting set up with proven gear and proven tuning settings. He owes a huge debt of gratitude to Chad Atkins for getting him started on the right foot. And to me and the rest of the NE gang for all the tips and pointers! Really Oliver, you’re welcome. Don’t mention it. Feel free to pick up the tab for dinner sometime….

So we end the weekend with 7 races in the books- Great sailing, great people, great class. As always, some awesome mental snapshots and more lessons learned….. Somewhere on the site is a link to the full results.  Added by web editor

We missed the award ceremony at the hotel restaurant (Eric and Oliver were out sailiing and testing gear and I was out cold in the hotel room) but the tail end of it was fun enough!

Still in MI, going to do some scratch racing today as long as we’re here and hit the road this afternoon.

Thanks as always to the MI and OH gang for running a great regatta!

Stand by for more regattas, more adventures and more reporting-

Think Ice!

T. Thieler DN US 5224

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


2012 Tune Up Recap

This year’s sixth annual NEIYA Tune Up was another huge success. Thanks once again to Steve Lamb and his wife for opening up the shop and feeding the hungry hordes of ice boaters.

Runners were aligned to perfection. Current and past commodores Anderson and Whitcomb did yeoman’s work with the big belt sander turning tired dull runners into ice cleaving blades.

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Photo credits Jeff Soderholm

Stories were swapped with ease without having to shout through helmets and face masks. New members young and old were welcomed into the fold. James, thanks for recruiting the next generation of NEIYA sailors.

Everyone is looking forward to a great season of ice and coming back for a seventh time next year.

There may have been runners that did not get sharpened due to lack of time or members not being there. Please leave a comment below if you need help with dull blades or can help someone sharpen theirs.

See you on the ice!


P.S. While we were preparing for, talking about and dreaming of ice,  members of the Chickawaulkee Ice Boat Club of Maine were living it on Plymouth Pond.

P.P.S. If you have not paid your 2013 dues now is the time. Do it online. NEIYA 2013 Dues.

2012 Annual Tune-up Clinic Canton, MA

Saturday, December 1st
11:00 to 3:00pm
Arthur C. Lamb Co
85 Jackson St., Canton, MA

Sparks are going to fly in preparation for another season.

Runner sharpening

The Tune-up Clinic is an annual NEIYA before-the-ice-comes event.

If you have any interest in the sport of ice boating, this is a great place to learn about it. Informal discussions on alignment, safety, runner sharpening, racing, cruising, whatever, will be going on. We will have coffee, doughnuts, hot dogs, chips etc. Bring something if you would like but not necessary we always have plenty.

This is your best opportunity to talk to other ice boaters where its warm and without helmets, face masks and glove on to get in the way.

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

If you have a jig for alignment or sharpening please bring it, good to see different methods.

There will also be an Indoor swap meet, bring gear for sale.  Steve Duhamel ofNorth Wind Ice boat will be there with lot’s of new and used stuff.


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)

Lost call 781 389 4681 or 781 828 9797

Note: GPS will tell you to go the 2nd light and turn left onto Jackson St., this is a NO left turn
Make left at light onto Chapman St. go 1/4 mile the top of hill. Red brick building on left, make 180 deg. turn onto Jackson St.
If you go over railroad bridge you have gone to far on Chapman St.
Lamb Co is tan block building on left

2011 Tune-up
2010 Tune-up

This is a hands-on event so roll up your sleeves, we’re hear to help.

Images from last year’s Tune-