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Western Challenge News…..

Looks like the gang out west may have some sailing this weekend after all- This was on Hope you guys get some sailing in this weekend! T

“The site is the small bay of Long Lake on 371 north of Brainerd. Directly East of Gull Lake and visible from Hwy 371. There is a public launch and a wayside rest there. The bay is 1.2 miles across with low shorelines. The ice is smooth, uniform thickness and should be great. If you are the first to arrive please remember the buddy system and be careful as this is new ice as of a few days ago.

We will follow up with hotel recomendations or post them here if you would likew to help.

The time is 11:40 AM, for some reason the time on the post is not correct.


JD US4691

James “T” Thieler12 Channing St.
Newport, RI. 02840

401 258 6230


Here is the latest update (about 3:30PM Wednesday) from

Lake Christina

We have heard from our Ice checkers. Currently we do not have sailable conditions. We have high wind with limitted visability and very cold temperatures on the way. We are looking for an alternative sites and postponing our decision until noon on Thursday. We understand that this makes sailing impossible for those traveling from far but its all we have at this time. This has been a tough one.

Western Challenge News

Hey Folks-
Check for latest bulletin on Western Challenge- Not great news for those of us from afar….. Stay tuned- Think ICE!

James “T” Thieler12 Channing St.
Newport, RI. 02840

401 258 6230

DN World Champs and North American Champs Registration Is OPEN!

Hey Gang- the DN Worlds are back in North America this season to be followed by the NA champs- Western Region hosting, but you know it could take place anywhere…..
Sign up here!

In the meantime we are receiving some good intel from out west re ice for Western Challenge…. Keep fingers crossed-

Think ICE! T


Hello All-

We are trying to locate a missing DN mast, last seen at the Western Challenge a few years ago. It was the one near Lacrosse, WI. It was WICKED cold!

It’s a CSI 4.1, possibly a two-piece, reportedly painted black.

Owned by Matthais Grouthes-Spork and should have DN G-900 stickers on it somewhere.

If you’ve seen this rig please let me know- trying to locate and return to it’s rightful owner!

Give me a shout at 401 258 6230. Thanks! T

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

401 258 6230

2016 All Tuned-up and Ready to Go


The Tune-Up Clinic was held this past Saturday at Steve Lamb’s shop in Canton, MA. Before I forget, Thanks Steve!

An elite group escaped Thanksgiving Weekend family obligations in order to attend and were rewarded with demos on how to straighten bent runners (by Bob Haag), how to stone runners to perfection (Eben Whitcomb with an assist by yours truly), how to drill holes in a plank (Featuring Steve Lamb and a portable drill press) and how to check runner alignment (as many opinions as there are iceboaters!).

Of course everyone had a ball sharing tips, advice, stories, BS, jokes, and all combinations thereof.  The event was supposed to be over at 3PM but the party went on well after that!

The festivities were fueled as usual by a great spread of food courtesy of Linda Lamb and her sister, not to mention everyone else who brought a dish or pot of something special.  The meatballs were my personal fave-

We will re-evaluate the dates for next year but in the meantime get your boats ready, get packing for the Western Challenge (Now December 9,10, 11) and THINK ICE!!


P.S. Seeing the hydraulic ram straighten out some runners I couldn’t help including the below video. While none of us are likely to ever incur loads like these, it’s still fun to watch.

Western Challenge Update

Western Challenge Regatta has been postponed until December 9, 10, 11. A bummer but so it goes!

More time to prep and pack- Looking forward to this one whenever it takes place-

Stay tuned to this site for details- Think ICE!

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