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Ice In The East!

The folks in Maine have found a possibility just over the border- Sounds like boats will be on the ice there tomorrow and hopefully beyond! Tune into the CIBC site for more info-

I’m hoping to get up there by Saturday afternoon and set some marks for scratch racing for whoever is interested-

https://iceboat.me/2022/12/09/ice-ho-4/

News From Jeff @ The GWC

GWC 2022 Dawn Sail Sunday 12/4/22 By Jeff Kent DN3535

As relayed in one of the comments from yesterday. Sunrises and sunsets over the ice never grows old.

The great western challenge was without question the finest conditions held in recent memory. The Ice was 10 out of 10 everywhere. Miles of perfect black ice great breeze some chilli temp that moderate. Been to many of these and without question the best ever! Lot of racing and lots of tuning.

You missed a great season kickoff. If you didn’t go put it on next year’s calendar


Jeff kent

Western Challenge Is ON!!

Load ’em up! Looks like we have a regatta going on….

Western Challenge Called ON for Lake Washington, Hutchinson, MN – DN North America (idniyra.org)

Western Challenge Called ON for Lake Washington, Hutchinson, MN – DN Nor…

Deb Whitehorse

The Western Challenge has been called on, primary site in Hutchinson, MN. There are other sites in Minnesota bei…

Descending on The Tune_Up Event This Saturday (11/26)

With the vintage Returns spirit, Ed Edwards sent in his latest project. The 1960ish barn find appears to be made of Sitka spruce. She is undergoing a partial rebuild and will be on display at this Saturday’s Tine-Up at Steve Lamb’s shop in Canton, MA.

Does the craft look familiar? Any work you have seen in the past? Maybe even worked or saw it being worked on.

Date: Saturday, November 26th
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location:Arthur C. Lamb Company 85 Jackson St, Canton, MA 02021
Refreshments: Served continuously throughout the day
Google Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/3zuJS2G2Nm3BwLYs5

As mentioned previously we will have a collection of seasoned iceboaters on hand to assist the interested, new, and less seasoned iceboaters. Like other types of sailing it’s not hard to learn the basics but a lifetime to master. We are all in continuous learning mode.

Your Membership goes towards putting on events like the Tune-Up Please Pay Today

Dues Time Price
2023 Membership $30
Mail in Form But Please Try Doing it Online PayPal Not Required

Looking forward to seeing everyone and the group collectivly helping new people get on the ice for the first time.

Think Ice,

John

Commodore, NEYA
DN5023
John@commodoret

P.S. Give me a shout if you have any questions and yes we still have room for one or more boats.

Western Challenge….

… it’s coming up quick! The Western Challenge is often the big season kickoff for DNs and other classes-

Traditionally held the first Friday-Saturday-Sunday in December on the best ice in MN or the region, it’s a great way to get the season going and get the iceboat neurons firing again.

So mark your calendars, quit your jobs, make up some cover stories, and start planning!

Stay tuned to this space for reports-

Think Ice!

Calling All Would Be and New Iceboaters – Sat 11/26 Off-Ice Tune-Up

Calling all would be, newer iceboaters, those seasoned by many winters, and anyone with even a remote interest in iceboating this event is for you. As we have done in past years this is your opportunity to come out and talk to the seasoned and drink from the centuries of collective iceboat knowledge and experience.

It’s Thanksgiving weekend and a great excuse to slip out. Better yet bring your brother, brother/sister-in-law, other family members, or friends.

Have a craft you want to get on the ice? bring it down for a survey and we will help set it up with you. Please email me so we can be sure there is room and we have the appropriate experts on hand. Drag that old iceboat out of the rafters and come down. Don’t hesitate this is your year to fulfill a desire to sail faster than the wind.

We have a full Day of information and knowledge transfer

  • Demonstrating plank construction techniques
  • Right of Way Rules – VC Jay has a new set of model boats to demo the rules
  • Racing for the beginner because going fast is always measured against someone else.
  • Runner chock alignment techniques
  • Runner Care
  • Ice checking Round Table Discussion

Lunch and refreshments will be continuously served throughout the day by Linda. Chili dogs!

If you have any interest in iceboating this is the place to be on the 26th. The Iceboating welcome mat is out. Come on down.

Date: Saturday, November 26th
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Arthur C. Lamb Company Refreshments: Served continuously throughout the day
Google Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/3zuJS2G2Nm3BwLYs5

Pay Your Dues – Please

Dues Time Price
2023 Membership $30
Mail in Form But Please Try Doing it Online PayPal Not Required

We have a limited number of NEIYA Vintage Returns mugs left over from last month’s gathering for those who paid their dues (first come first served)

A few pictures from the last time we were together in the Lamb Shop.

The season is upon us

Think Ice,

Commodore, John Stanton
DN5023
john@neiya.org

P.S. Drop me an email if you are coming and especially if you are brining a boat to be set up and surveyed.

Pay Yer Dues

Hey Folks-

If you haven’t yet be sure to renew your memberships and pay your dues for the NEIYA, IDNIYRA and any other clubs you might belong to- No time like the present!

Membership – DN North America (idniyra.org)

New England Ice Yacht Association (theneiya.org)

DN Class Ballot- Votes Needed!

Hey Folks-

That time again, be sure to read up and cast your vote!

Notice of Electronic Ballot – DN North America (idniyra.org)

Notice of Electronic Ballot – DN North America

Deb Whitehorse

Via IDNIYRA Europe Secretary Atilla Pataki: Dear Fellow DN Class Members, We cordially invite you to take part i…

With a little help from my friends….

Many years ago I brought this 1940ish Meade 22’ skeeter home from the NEIYA swap meet. It was in rough shape. On arrival home my wife immediately discovered me struggling to hide it in her garage and at that point I was swiftly informed that I have a habit of ‘impulse purchasing’ when it comes to old boats. I assured her on the spot that I knew exactly what I was doing and that as long as I admitted that I have a problem dragging boats home I’m well on the road to recovery. “12 steps… one day at a time. I’m healing”, and the skeeter was quickly rerouted to the barn.

Short story spoiler alert: I truly don’t have any prior knowledge about these large boats. They’re a bit intimidating, require help to move about, and there is no instruction manual in the glove box to help sort out the details. So what’s the good news here? It’s the depth of the NEIYA’s member experience. It seems whenever I ask anybody a question I don’t just get an answer rather, I hear myriad options. Parts are often offered on the spot. Advice is rampant. Motivation is unavoidable! Apparently at this point I’ve run out of excuses not to have Chilly Willy (formerly Skat) on the ice for 2023 and I owe a ton of thanks to all my advisors and mentors for that.

It’s palpable now. Momentum is clearly building for the Vintage Returns 2023 event. We’ve heard from many sailors that they are planning to revisit the hard waters of lake Winnipesaukee after a long hiatus. By all appearances this is turning out to be the seasonal event not-to-miss. I hope to see you and your family there, where extra help and hands are waiting to assist you, for sharing rides, keeping warm by an on-ice fire pit, eating good pot luck food…. and of course, enjoying good company.

Help dig out the old boats! Offer assistance and encouragement to newcomers and others in need. Get them to the ice and we can all help from there… This is the year Vintage Returns!
You’ll never fly if you don’t try….

More info on the tune-up clinic to follow shortly. The annual clinic is a GREAT place to have your questions answered, meet the gang, and become hopelessly addicted to the fastest sailing on the planet. All sailors welcome. No experience necessary.

VCJW

NEIYA 2022 Fall Swap, Lunch & Meeting Recap

Photo Credits Mike Acebo
Blue Streak patiently awaits her return to a frozen plate in the near future – All photo Credits Mike Acebo unless otherwise noted. Thanks, Mike!

Some 75 seasoned and would-be iceboaters gathered once again for new Engaland ice Yacht Association’s annual gathering which includes a swap meet, lunch, and annual meeting. There was equipment galore for any vintage craft. From state-of-the-art to vintage wooden spars as well as blades. There are a couple complete boats for any level of sailing and plenty of parts in the Classified section. Find your new to you iceboat and bring it to the Lamb Tune-up 11/26 (more below and to follow). We will be sure your are well on your way to sailing when the ice comes in.

The hit of the lot was VC Jay’s recent acquisition Blue Streak which was well preserved in a barn near Squam Lake but had not felt ice under her runners in many years. The Blue Streak and many other vintage classics will be hitting the ice again next year. More on the Vintage Returns Event to follow. Think about it while you’re sipping coffee from your NEIYA Vintage mug. Don’t have one? There are a few more mugs left over and available to current members at the Lamb Tune-Up on 11/26

Pay Your Dues – First Request

Dues Time Price
2023 Membership $30
Mail in Form But Please Try Doing it Online PayPal Not Required

Thanks to all those in the lot working hard to pass gear on to the next pilot. Henry is selling a complete competitive DN with just enough carbon fiber to eliminate equipment excuses on the course. It will be on the classified section soon and I bet it will be available at the Tune-Up for pick. Don’t forget Steve Duhamel of https://www.northwindiceboats.com/ has most anything you need to get your program up to speed. I still have two masts for sale. One CSI mast suitable for someone 200# or over and the other a stiffer one made at Hall Spars. Several people were looking at them. Now’s the time to work a deal. You know how to reach out to me.

The Long Island Gang and one New England (CT) transplant. – Thanks for making the annual journey. See you on Bantam and beyond.

Pay Your Dues – Second Request

Dues Time Price
2023 Membership $30
Mail in Form But Please Try Doing it Online PayPal Not Required
2022 Lunch & Meeting Thompson Speedway Golf Course, Thompson, CT

Shortly after herding everyone (almost) inside lunch was served followed by our usual agenda. Commodore John Stanton kicked things off with thank yous all around. Thanks to all those that helped make it happen including VC Jay, Secretary Karen, and Treasurer Bob and Henry Tompson Speedway inside connection. Special thanks to those that came early offering parts. Steve, Paul, Jeff, and everyone else dragging parts to sell. Thanks for your continued support, we can’t do it without you guys!

We all had a chance to say farewell to long time DNer and friend Jack Erickson. Jack sheet in and sail on black ice towards the horizon.

The meeting continued with reports from our Secretary, Treasurer and Race Chair “T”. His 2022 report was brief as we were not able to get any races completed but will surely have better luck this coming season. “T” also outlined the planned races which will include starts for older non gran-prix boats. So don’t have intimidated by the abundant display or carbon fiber as there is plenty of competition at every level. So make it a point to participate this coming season.

Official notice of the Vintage Returns event was announced followed by the event genesis and overview by Jay. More on this next week. The meeting next morphed into a round table discussion about Vintage Ice Yachts. Thanks to our panelists included Bill Buchholz, Charlie Silfvenius (aka Charlie S), George Neyssen and all others that participated in a lively and informative discussion on how to return an vintage craft to the ice.

Discussions continued regarding the already in place coordinating with vintage boat owners and area representatives from all over New England, Long Island NY, the majestic Hudson, and the Jersey Shore home of many classics.

The stage is set for a grand event that might even bring Jack Frost and Rocket back together again. The welcome mat is on the ice for any vintage craft. I know diesel prices are high but maybe some Mid-Western boats can come east to play?

The meeting was adjourned and people returned to the lot for another couple more hours of ice and boat talk.

Upcoming – Lamb Off-Ice Tune-up Sat, Nov 26th

Steve and Linda Lamb have once again graciously invited us back to the Arthur C Lamb shop for an Off-Ice Tune-up event The Off Ice Tune-up is back and scheduled for Saturday, November 26th.

If you have any interest in iceboating this is the place to be on the 26th. The Iceboating welcome mat is out. Come on down.

Date: Saturday, November 26th
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Arthur C. Lamb Company Refreshments: Served continuously throughout the day
Google Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/3zuJS2G2Nm3BwLYs5

We have a full schedule of events but want to focus on the new iceboaters and Vintage crafts for looking to participate in next years event.. Struggling to figure it all out? Let us help you get your boat on the ice for the first time or first in a long time.

Calling all Newbies here is your chance to have even the questions you didn’t know to ask answered. Bring your boats down to be surveyed by a collective of easily 1000 years of iceboating experience. I have spoken to several of you personally at the swap meet and along the way so don’t procrastinate. Make it happen this season.

Other happenings during the day will be

  • Demonstrating plank construction techniques
  • Right of Way Rules
  • Racing for the beginner because going fast is always measured against someone else.
  • Runner chock alignment techniques
  • Runner Care
  • Ice checking Round Table Discussion

Pay Your Dues – Third Request and a Charm!

Dues Time Price
2023 Membership $30
Mail in Form But Please Try Doing it Online PayPal Not Required

Thanks to all those who attended it was a great gathering. It would not have been a success without you. Perhaps my wearing shorts set up the warm days that followed but we all know it will get cold soon enough. Predictions are for a La Niña cycle which means be ready to roll, even faster than usual as chaotic weather will follow fast. So get ready for the 2022-23 season and stay tuned for first ice coming to a northern pond somewhere. See you at Steve Lamb’s shop on the 26th.

Think Ice & Sail Fast,

John Stanton

Commodore, NEIYA
DN5023
John@neiya.org

P.S. For those who might have missed the NOAA La Niña hyperlink https://www.weather.gov/iwx/la_nina Also some informative coverage from the European site severe-weather.eu – https://www.severe-weather.eu/tag/la-nina/

NEIYA 2022 Fall Swap, Lunch & Meeting Recap

Photo Credits Mike Acebo
Blue Streak patiently awaits her return to a frozen plate in the near future – All photo Credits Mike Acebo unless otherwise noted. Thanks, Mike!

Some 75 seasoned and would-be iceboaters gathered once again for new Engaland ice Yacht Association’s annual gathering which includes a swap meet, lunch, and annual meeting. There was equipment galore for any vintage craft. From state-of-the-art to vintage wooden spars as well as blades. There are a couple complete boats for any level of sailing and plenty of parts in the Classified section. Find your new to you iceboat and bring it to the Lamb Tune-up 11/26 (more below and to follow). We will be sure your are well on your way to sailing when the ice comes in.

The hit of the lot was VC Jay’s recent acquisition Blue Streak which was well preserved in a barn near Squam Lake but had not felt ice under her runners in many years. The Blue Streak and many other vintage classics will be hitting the ice again next year. More on the Vintage Returns Event to follow. Think about it while you’re sipping coffee from your NEIYA Vintage mug. Don’t have one? There are a few more mugs left over and available to current members at the Lamb Tune-Up on 11/26

Pay Your Dues – First Request

Dues Time Price
2023 Membership $30
Mail in Form But Please Try Doing it Online PayPal Not Required

Thanks to all those in the lot working hard to pass gear on to the next pilot. Henry is selling a complete competitive DN with just enough carbon fiber to eliminate equipment excuses on the course. It will be on the classified section soon and I bet it will be available at the Tune-Up for pick. Don’t forget Steve Duhamel of https://www.northwindiceboats.com/ has most anything you need to get your program up to speed. I still have two masts for sale. One CSI mast suitable for someone 200# or over and the other a stiffer one made at Hall Spars. Several people were looking at them. Now’s the time to work a deal. You know how to reach out to me.

The Long Island Gang and one New England (CT) transplant. – Thanks for making the annual journey. See you on Bantam and beyond.

Pay Your Dues – Second Request

Dues Time Price
2023 Membership $30
Mail in Form But Please Try Doing it Online PayPal Not Required
2022 Lunch & Meeting Thompson Speedway Golf Course, Thompson, CT

Shortly after herding everyone (almost) inside lunch was served followed by our usual agenda. Commodore John Stanton kicked things off with thank yous all around. Thanks to all those that helped make it happen including VC Jay, Secretary Karen, and Treasurer Bob and Henry Tompson Speedway inside connection. Special thanks to those that came early offering parts. Steve, Paul, Jeff, and everyone else dragging parts to sell. Thanks for your continued support, we can’t do it without you guys!

We all had a chance to say farewell to long time DNer and friend Jack Erickson. Jack sheet in and sail on black ice towards the horizon.

The meeting continued with reports from our Secretary, Treasurer and Race Chair “T”. His 2022 report was brief as we were not able to get any races completed but will surely have better luck this coming season. “T” also outlined the planned races which will include starts for older non gran-prix boats. So don’t have intimidated by the abundant display or carbon fiber as there is plenty of competition at every level. So make it a point to participate this coming season.

Official notice of the Vintage Returns event was announced followed by the event genesis and overview by Jay. More on this next week. The meeting next morphed into a round table discussion about Vintage Ice Yachts. Thanks to our panelists included Bill Buchholz, Charlie Silfvenius (aka Charlie S), George Neyssen and all others that participated in a lively and informative discussion on how to return an vintage craft to the ice.

Discussions continued regarding the already in place coordinating with vintage boat owners and area representatives from all over New England, Long Island NY, the majestic Hudson, and the Jersey Shore home of many classics.

The stage is set for a grand event that might even bring Jack Frost and Rocket back together again. The welcome mat is on the ice for any vintage craft. I know diesel prices are high but maybe some Mid-Western boats can come east to play?

The meeting was adjourned and people returned to the lot for another couple more hours of ice and boat talk.

Upcoming – Lamb Off-Ice Tune-up Sat, Nov 26th

Steve and Linda Lamb have once again graciously invited us back to the Arthur C Lamb shop for an Off-Ice Tune-up event The Off Ice Tune-up is back and scheduled for Saturday, November 26th.

If you have any interest in iceboating this is the place to be on the 26th. The Iceboating welcome mat is out. Come on down.

Date: Saturday, November 26th
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Arthur C. Lamb Company Refreshments: Served continuously throughout the day
Google Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/3zuJS2G2Nm3BwLYs5

We have a full schedule of events but want to focus on the new iceboaters and Vintage crafts for looking to participate in next years event.. Struggling to figure it all out? Let us help you get your boat on the ice for the first time or first in a long time.

Calling all Newbies here is your chance to have even the questions you didn’t know to ask answered. Bring your boats down to be surveyed by a collective of easily 1000 years of iceboating experience. I have spoken to several of you personally at the swap meet and along the way so don’t procrastinate. Make it happen this season.

Other happenings during the day will be

  • Demonstrating plank construction techniques
  • Right of Way Rules
  • Racing for the beginner because going fast is always measured against someone else.
  • Runner choke alignment techniques
  • Runner Care
  • Ice checking Round Table Discussion

Pay Your Dues – Third Request and a Charm!

Dues Time Price
2023 Membership $30
Mail in Form But Please Try Doing it Online PayPal Not Required

Thanks to all those who attended it was a great gathering. It would not have been a success without you. Perhaps my wearing shorts set up the warm days that followed but we all know it will get cold soon enough. Predictions are for a La Niña cycle which means be ready to roll, even faster than usual as chaotic weather will follow fast. So get ready for the 2022-23 season and stay tuned for first ice coming to a northern pond somewhere. See you at Steve Lamb’s shop on the 26th.

Think Ice & Sail Fast,

John Stanton

Commodore, NEIYA
DN5023
John@neiya.org

P.S. For those who might have missed the NOAA La Niña hyperlink https://www.weather.gov/iwx/la_nina Also some informative coverage from the European site severe-weather.eu – https://www.severe-weather.eu/tag/la-nina/

It’s Almost Show Time – Last Call

In a matter of hours, we will once again gather for the NEIYA’s annual gathering. As you might have guessed we are in full planning mode for next year’s Vintage Returns event. There will be at least one vintage stern steerer set up and on display. Do you have a vintage craft in your garage bring it down and our panel of experts will look it over.

There of course be lots of gear looking for new homes. It is a time to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Trust me, it is far easier to talk to people without a face mask and cold temperatures. Never been to an annual event? Come out and learn why people keep coming back decade after decade.

The sailing season in the Northeast is grinding to a halt and winter is looming. Come find out what Ice boating is all about. Come out for the camaraderie, tales of spirited competition, and fellowship. Come out and welcome the upcoming 2023 Season. Experienced, novices or newbies all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Always dreamed of iceboating? This event is designed with you in mind. Don’t miss this GO FAST opportunity.

Please pay your 2023 season due online below Hey, whether you are coming or not please pay dues for the upcoming season. Club Secretary Karen Binder will be at large and updating your contact information be sure to say hello and ask her about our upcoming race into racing at any level event.

Description Price  
2023 Membership $30
2023 Membership and Lunch $45
2023 Membership for one & Lunch x2 $60
Lunch Only $15
Mail in Form

 

Come join your fellow NEIYA members and interested individuals

As seen on Windcheck Magazine’s newsletter


When: Saturday, October 29th, 10:00am
Where: Thompson Speedway Golf Course, 205 E Thompson Rd, Thompson, CT 06277 https://goo.gl/maps/DbGpTekm4ZLNnV8n7

  • There will be door prizes and giveaways for all
  • Swap Meet and outside gathering lower parking lot pre-list your items on the NEIYA classifieds
  • Like last year, there will be a land sailor or two set up in the parking lot.

We have a few NEIYA Sweatshirts left. Put a couple extra bills in your wallet. Find Jay in the lot to purchase and be sure to ask him about our upcoming Classic Iceboat Event coming this season. This season let’s get your barn finds onto the ice again.

THINK ICE and let’s make it a great 2023 Season,

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore
DN5023
John@neiya.org

P.S. Reach out to me directly with any questions, comments, concerns, or thoughts.

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