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Ice Miracles All Around Us

Text, email and phones are buzzing. People all over New England are eyeballing puddles, bogs, ponds and lakes. Some have sailed but all of us are on the prowl. At this time of year be alert. Look (test) before you leap and be with a buddy. Hopefully we will have something to really talk about very soon. In the mean time keep an eye on Maine as there are several people testing and maybe sailing today. http://iceboat.me

See you all on the ice,

John

 

Won’t Be Long Now – Here’s a Little Tease

For those of us who missed the Great Western Challenge back in early December we can have a look at these photos.  Andre Baby took them with his cell phone….  Ice looks pretty good, hopefully we have some like this around here soon!

 

THINK ICE!

“T”

Tune-up – Learning, Fun and Food

The NEIYA Tune-Up Clinic was a big success this year in spite of snow and lousy driving conditions. Which makes sense; of course a bunch of iceboaters would be un-deterred by the weather!

The seminars kicked off with a talk on sail design and trim by T Thieler and Jeff Kent. If Jeff is talking about sail trim (or anything iceboat-related) you’d better be listening! Lots of info flew around the room, notes were taken, eyes were opened, and certain people not in attendance were mocked and lauded in equal measure.

Next up was Eben Whitcomb giving us all a refresher course on the Right of Way Rules, something any sailor has to know! His safety record is impeccable so he is the perfect person to give this talk- Plus he is a wicked nice guy and a great speaker!

Bob Haag broke out the clamps and the dial gauge and delved into one of many ways to line up chocks and runners, again something every sailor needs to know no matter what kind of craft you have. Of course Steve Duhamel couldn’t resist chiming in….

Last was T and Jeff again talking about planks and how they effect the overall performance of the boat. Iceboaters can figure our how to make something as simple as a plank and make it complicated and fascinating!

Everyone was very well fed at this event yet again thanks to Linda Lamb and friendly volunteers. There was a hunter’s feast featuring venison and elk stew, venison and elk chili, hot dogs, chips, cookies, sweets, and of course coffee…. Fantastic. Safe to say everyone went home with a full head and a full belly!

Thanks to them and to Rick Bishop, John Stanton and Bob Haag for organizing the clinic and of course to Steve Lamb for providing the venue! Great time had by all- Look forward to seeing everyone on the ice soon!

Think Ice,

T
t_thieler@yahoo.com

Today’s The Day – Weather Be Damned It’s Tune-up Time

Don’t forget

Date: Saturday December 9th
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Arthur C. Lamb Company Refreshments: Served continuously throughout the day

We are just a week away from one of our bigger off ice events. Really wish they could all be on ice but Stave Lamb’s huge workshop is second best and has the space to set up any number of boats. Thanks to the Lamb Family our annual clinic is back at the Lamb Crane and Rigging Shop  a.k.a. “the Whizz Dome”   starting at 10am  December 9th

We have a full day of activities. Well worth the drive. And you might even learn something…

Clinics start right off at 10:30 AM

10:30 – Bob Haag – wielding his trusty dial indicator,  learn his proven method for chock alignment.  Misaligned chocks are slow!

11:15 – Chad Atkins– Sail Trim – Chad will demonstrate what he has learned developing sails for  North and the DN Class. We will have a fully rigged boat and a sail hung horizontally so you can really see shape.

12 Noon – Lunch Rumors of Venison stew,  the Lamb’s famous chili and hot dogs

12:30 – James “T” Thieler– What better guy to discuss “plank stiffness” then our own  “T” ?   He will discuss and demonstrate what your plank should look like and the benefits.

1:15 –  TBD Runner profile benefits.  Steve will tackle questions we have all had. 18” of flat?  More?  Less?   Why?

2:00 – Eben Whitcomb – Safety and Race Rules-  really something we can’t talkabout enough, and a good refresher for everyone.

All Ice boaters are Welcome to this Clinic  Racers, Cruisers, Voyeurs and Vagabond.

OLD ICEBOAT IN THE BARN?   BRING IT. WE’LL TAKE A LOOK AND HELP GET YOU ON THE ICE THIS SEASON.

In addition we welcome any newcomers trying to get into ice boating and onto the ice this season. Have a boat sitting in your garage, barn or cellar? Bring it down we have experts standing by to go over your craft and develop a plan to get you sailing this season. Don’t know how to rig your boat? We will show you. Not sure if all the pieces are there? We will go over it with you. We are here to help usher you safely onto the ice. No reservation needed but would appreciate you dropping me a note so we can be sure to reserve room.

Don’t wait till the Tune up on December 9th to start getting ready. Pull that boat out of it’s summer hidey-hole and put it together this weekend. Any questions bring it to the Tune-up next week.

THINK ICE!

John
DN5023
john@neiya.org

P.S. The only excuse we will accept for not coming is your sailing or fixing something you broke while sailing between now and than.

TWO EVENTS TOMORROW!

Hey Folks- Big day tomorrow as we have two events to choose from-

THE FIRST: If you’re on the mainland hit this!
The annual NEIYA Tune Up Clinic at Steve Lamb’s shop.

Date: Saturday December 9th
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Arthur C. Lamb Company 85 Jackson St, Canton, MA 02021
Refreshments: Served continuously throughout the day

We have a full day of activities. Well worth the drive. And you might even learn something…

Clinics start right off at 10:30 AM

10:30 – Bob Haag – wielding his trusty dial indicator, learn his proven method for chock alignment. Misaligned chocks are slow!

11:15 – Chad Atkins– Sail Trim – Chad will demonstrate what he has learned developing sails for North and the DN Class. We will have a fully rigged boat and a sail hung horizontally so you can really see shape.

12 Noon – Lunch Rumors of Venison stew, the Lamb’s famous chili and hot dogs

12:30 – James “T” Thieler– What better guy to discuss “plank stiffness” then our own “T” ? He will discuss and demonstrate what your plank should look like and the benefits.

1:15 – TBD Runner profile benefits. Steve will tackle questions we have all had. 18” of flat? More? Less? Why?

2:00 – Eben Whitcomb – Safety and Race Rules- really something we can’t talkabout enough, and a good refresher for everyone.

All Ice boaters are Welcome to this Clinic Racers, Cruisers, Voyeurs and Vagabond.

OLD ICEBOAT IN THE BARN? BRING IT. WE’LL TAKE A LOOK AND HELP GET YOU ON THE ICE THIS SEASON.

In addition we welcome any newcomers trying to get into ice boating and onto the ice this season.

THE SECOND: If you’re out on LI Don’t miss this! There is a rumor that Steve Duhamel will be making an appearance….
LAKE RONKONKOMA ICE BOAT YACHT CLUB SWAP MEET

And They’re Off – The 2018 Event Schedule is Posted

Our 2018 season race and event scedule has been published. https://theneiya.org/neiya-events/
If you have not dragged your boat out yet what are you waiting for?
We expect New England Ice any day now. Waiting to hear from Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Remember ice is always suspect and never 100% safe. This is especially true in the early days of the the season. Be careful!
2017-18 NEIYA & Other Events of Note
Date Event Person in charge
Dec-Jan 1
Early Season DN Scratch Racing & Cruising (2017)
Dec 1-3 Western Challenge DN Racing (2017)
9-Dec NEIYA Fall In-Shop Tuneup Clinic (2017) Steve Lamb
Jan-6 NEIYA Doc Fellows DN Regatta Steve Madden
Jan 13-14 IDNIYRA Eastern Lakes Championship Chad Atkins
Jan 21-27 IDNIYRA North American Championship IDNIYRA & Chad Atkins
Feb 10-11 NEIYA New England DN Championship Steve Madden
Feb 24-Mar 3
IDNIYRA Gold Cup and European Championships
Estonia
TBA Bean Pot DN Regatta Steve Madden
Jan-Apr TBA NEIYA Cruising Rally Bill Buchholz
March TBA
Lake Winnipesaukee Spring Frolic & Hard Way
NEIYA
Mar-Apr TBA Spring Fling
TBA NEIYA Spring Awards
Commodore James Thieler

Don’t forget our Lamb Tune-up

Date: Saturday December 9th
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Arthur C. Lamb Company Refreshments: Served continuously throughout the day

THINK ICE!

John
DN5023

Lamb Tune-up – 3 Days Away Saturday Dec 9th 10am

Date: Saturday December 9th
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Arthur C. Lamb Company Refreshments: Served continuously throughout the day

We are just a week away from one of our bigger off ice events. Really wish they could all be on ice but Stave Lamb’s huge workshop is second best and has the space to set up any number of boats. Thanks to the Lamb Family our annual clinic is back at the Lamb Crane and Rigging Shop  a.k.a. “the Whizz Dome”   starting at 10am  December 9th

We have a full day of activities. Well worth the drive. And you might even learn something…

Clinics start right off at 10:30 AM

10:30 – Bob Haag – wielding his trusty dial indicator,  learn his proven method for chock alignment.  Misaligned chocks are slow!

11:15 – Chad Atkins– Sail Trim – Chad will demonstrate what he has learned developing sails for  North and the DN Class. We will have a fully rigged boat and a sail hung horizontally so you can really see shape.

12 Noon – Lunch Rumors of Venison stew,  the Lamb’s famous chili and hot dogs

12:30 – James “T” Thieler– What better guy to discuss “plank stiffness” then our own  “T” ?   He will discuss and demonstrate what your plank should look like and the benefits.

1:15 –  TBD Runner profile benefits.  Steve will tackle questions we have all had. 18” of flat?  More?  Less?   Why?

2:00 – Eben Whitcomb – Safety and Race Rules-  really something we can’t talkabout enough, and a good refresher for everyone.

All Ice boaters are Welcome to this Clinic  Racers, Cruisers, Voyeurs and Vagabond.

OLD ICEBOAT IN THE BARN?   BRING IT. WE’LL TAKE A LOOK AND HELP GET YOU ON THE ICE THIS SEASON.

In addition we welcome any newcomers trying to get into ice boating and onto the ice this season. Have a boat sitting in your garage, barn or cellar? Bring it down we have experts standing by to go over your craft and develop a plan to get you sailing this season. Don’t know how to rig your boat? We will show you. Not sure if all the pieces are there? We will go over it with you. We are here to help usher you safely onto the ice. No reservation needed but would appreciate you dropping me a note so we can be sure to reserve room.

Don’t wait till the Tune up on December 9th to start getting ready. Pull that boat out of it’s summer hidey-hole and put it together this weekend. Any questions bring it to the Tune-up next week.

THINK ICE!

John
DN5023
john@neiya.org

P.S. The only excuse we will accept for not coming is your sailing or fixing something you broke while sailing between now and than.

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