Let The Season Begin – November 3rd Swap Meet

With the NEIYA Swap, Luncheon and Meeting only three weeks away, it’s time to drag out your gear. If you’re like me fix the things that should have been fixed at the end of the season.

Put anything your not going to use on the Classifieds and or bring to the Swap Meet. Remember your old gear could be a real go fast upgrade for someone else. And might make a difference in getting someone on the ice this season.

Don’t forget to pay your 2019 season dues and preregister for lunch. Online links are on the right in yellow. Don’t delay, it will make Treasurer Haag’s life easier and put a smile on his face.

 NEIYA Gathering Swap Meet Starts Saturday 9:30 am November 3rd
 Where: Hudson-Concord Elks Hall
 Address: 99 Park Street, Hudson, MA 01749


Think Ice for the upcoming 2019 season,


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Season Update – IDNIYRA Eastern Rear Commodore

Hey All,

With another September behind us it is time to start tuning up our hardwater gear so that we’re ready for the colder temperatures and frozen ponds and lakes! September also brings meetings and conference calls for governing members as we help to run and maintain our ice sailing organizations.

As far as IDNIYRA is concerned we have the Eastern’s slated for February 2-3, 2019 and hopefully this will serve as a tune up for the Gold Cup and NAC to be run February 16-23. For those of you on the fence about getting into racing or stepping into a larger arena, I can tell you it is friendly, welcoming and a great all round experience with lots to learn and plenty of good times! If you have any questions on getting involved in DN racing, joining the class, or obtaining a sail number don’t hesitate to reach out.

For the veterans of the class that have been attending championships – you know why we all look forward to the season ahead!! You also know that it takes a lot of work in many forms to make it all happen and get these events in. I will be stepping down as Eastern Rear Commodore at season’s end come April 2019. I have contacted and tried to find a replacement over the past 8 months since running the 2018 DN NA’s but no one has been willing to step up and take their turn. I feel that it is important to be in the role for a year before it is our turn to run the Continental championship in 2021 which honestly should be led by the Canadian or Mountain Lakes Region. If you have been racing and participating in any of these events this would be a great way to get involved and give back to this great sport!

Chad Atkins
DN US 4487
IDNIYRA Eastern Rear Commodore


Hey Gang-

Scott Valentine reminds us that North Sails is having an end of season sale; place an order by the end of October and get a 15% discount!

If you are on the fence about treating yourself to a new sail this might convince you-

Contact your local North loft for details-

Think ICE! T

Support Boatbuilding Anyone?

Hey Gang-

We all love boats and most of us love building and working on them. There is an organization down in NYC called Rocking The Boat that helps kids experience the agony and ecstasy that building, maintaining, and even sailing a boat can bring. Heck, maybe one of these kids will come up with the next revolutionary iceboat!

My friend Kit Van Wagner is rowing around Manhattan this weekend to help keep Rocking The Boat afloat. She is aiming to raise $2,000 or more by this Friday and is getting close! If you want to help her and the kids out take a look at the website and click the second link to make a donation. It’s easy (even I could do it) and every little bit helps (even this frugal Yankee donated a few bucks). And I think it’s tax deduct-able too!

Great way to give a little back and earn some good karma points….

Many thanks, T Thieler DN US 5224

Abut the organization:

Donate to Kit’s row to help:

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.

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