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Memories of a Fallen Brother Captain Howard Garland (KC 5532)



Captain Howard Garland KC5532

Captain Howard Garland of Lunenberg Co., Nova Scotia, passed away on Friday afternoon after a battle with cancer. Howard was a member of the Nova Ice Yacht Club. His love of ice boating and speed were only surpassed by desire to share these experiences with his fellow sailors.

Many NIYC Regattas were hosted by Howard from his home at Lake Mush a Mush, with warm up breaks around the wood stove in his shop. Not content to just host regattas at his home ice, Howard built a chalet at Sherbrook, allowing access to a lake that often holds ice until late Spring. Many times after a regatta hosted by Howard, the fleet was treated to a superb homemade fish chowder prepared by Howard’s lovely wife Claudette.

Howard Garland was born in the outport village of Pushthrough, Newfoundland. His family later resettled to Hermitage. At the age of 17, he moved to Nova Scotia and commenced a career in the scallop fishing industry. Achieving the rank of Captain at the age of 26, Howard went on to captain successively larger vessels culminating in the command of the 143′ highline vessel ATLANTIC DESTINY, able to fish offshore year round in the North Atlantic. When at sea in the winter, he would often call in via SAT phone from Georges Bank to find out the ice conditions and who was sailing fast.

Through the years, Howard won the Nova Scotia Champs (aka Snelly Cup) and the Maritime Championship many times. This past winter he won the Maritime Championship sailing on his home ice at Mush a Mush. Howard also sailed in IDNIYRA World and NA Championships, and NEIYA events. His strength and quest for speed were legendary. He could make the stiffest mast bend like a coach whip, and many a boom suffered from his sheeting ability.

Howard is survived by his wife Claudette, and sons Tyler and Matt. We, his friends from far and wide, will need to work hard to keep up his spirit and enthusiasm for the sport of ice boating. As a friend, he was the best. We will carry him with us in our hearts and think of him often.

I invite you to share your memories of Howard below via the comment link below. Any and all on or off ice tales are welcome and If you have them pictures. Some of my pictures from this summer are below.

Eben Whitcomb DN4475

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2018 / 2019 Eastern Regional Champs

Hey Gang-
This from Eastern Regional chief Chad Atkins- Put it on the calendar….

Eastern Lakes Championship
Date: February 2 – 3, 2019
Location: Best ice in the Eastern Region (see Regions map, it’s a big area)
Information: This website and DN Forum

2018 Easterns could still be run as well if we get lucky before years end

Chad Atkins
IDNIYRA Eastern Rear Commodore

Greenport Maritime Festival

From Mike Acebo out on LI. Check it out!! Sounds pretty cool- grab a potential rookie and head out!

Yes we will display boats at the Greenport Maritime Festival ( The Museum has requested Iceboats. I have 2 J14s, one Opti, one mini under construction along with an older two seat C Skeeter. I hope to get another Orient J 14 which is for sale and an Opti for sale. One or two DNs would be nice. Set up is Friday around 3:00pm or Sat morning. Street closes at 9:00am. Interpreters are welcome Sat. & Sun. All Orient boats can be broken down Sun. PM or Mon AM. LR boats on Sunday. Bob Boyle with his wheeled Mini would be great. We could roll it along in the Parade! Let me know if you want to join in the fun. Bring a chair, drink beer, tell lies (iceboating stories)

J14 # 25 in Orient is now for sail, I mean sale! Another quality original Orient boat.


Hey Gang- That time of year! If you are a DN sailor (or would like to be) it’s time to crowbar the wallet open and pay the class dues.

At a whopping $26 per year it’s a pretty good value! You can also get a sustaining membership for an extra $10 or even make a donation to help support the class.

It’s so easy to do online that even Your Commodore was able to do it in under two minutes.

Click here:

Pay here:

Think ICE!

James “T” Thieler

12 Channing St.

Newport, RI 02840

401 258 6230


September RUNNER TRACKS Is On The News Stand

Hello All- Now that we’ve put the worst of the summer heat behind us take a look at the latest DN Class newsletter, assembled as ever by Deb Whitehorse out in Wisconsin.

Great articles, ranking lists, and lots of photos for those of us that don’t read good…

Click and enjoy!

November 3rd – NEIYA Meeting, Swap & Lunch

With the Dog Days of summer behind us it’s time to think about Ice boating and the NEIYA Annual Meeting Swap Meet, and Luncheon. Mark your calender’s NOW and show up on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at our new venue.

Hudson-Concord Elks Hall
99 Park Street, Hudson, MA 01749

Our new venue is bigger and we have lots of plans to use every inch. Wanna show off your latest project before it hits the ice? Bring it on down.

Come and celebrate last season, and get ready for an even 2018/2019 iceboating season.

While the second half of last season fizzled, the first half had some great moments.

First Hardway completion in 14 years! And your treasurer sailed 7 weekends in a row between late December and
mid February. A new record for him.

Time to think about getting ready for December. Will this be the year that we actually have all our craft ready, and in the condition we always
aim for?

See you there

Hal Bowman In The News

If you do the big DN Regattas you’ve seen or met Hal Bowman ripping it up in his yellow DN (US 1277). He and his wife Mercedes (scorekeeper extraordinaire) hit all the big events. Indeed, Hal is one of the best iceboaters to come out of North Carolina in years!

When he isn’t blasting around the course he is involved in all kinds of other interesting stuff, mostly at least a few hundred feet off the ground. One is doing flyovers at various events around NC in his vintage Russian YAK airplane. Check out the article below.

If you ever get to meet this guy be sure to corner him and get him started telling flying stories…. you won’t be disappointed!

We were lucky to see Hal and Merc recently when they buzzed through New England. See photo of Hal and Merc at Mystic Seaport with NEIYA stalwarts Katie Bradford, Eben Whitcomb, and T Thieler. Also see photo illustrating the luxury accommodations that Hal’s boat enjoys in the off-season….

The veterans behind the flyovers at local football games

The veterans behind the flyovers at local football games

You see the planes at local sporting events, but do you know who flies them?

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