First Sailable Ice Prize Goes To…

Bob Schumacher sailed today on Shelburne Pond in Shelburne, VT. He reports they had 90% black ice 2.5” with the balance snow ice 4”. No holes, thin spots or cracks.

Congratulations for being the first to sail this season! Thanks for passing on the good news.  We all hope to join you soon.

Who will be next and where? Bill, Jory and Lloyd how’s Plymouth Pond doing?  Hope to hear from you soon.  For those that may not know, near live Maine updates are on the Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club’s website

Looking back a few weeks, Peter Forbes heeded the call and shared a few thoughts from the annual meeting.  As promised I’m passing them along for everyone.  People don’t be shy, we want to hear from you. Thanks for coming forward Peter.


I had a good time as usual at the annual NEIYA meeting. I brought along a set of stays and a set of runners that I was not using. Within half an hour, I had sold both. The runners went to a member who was setting up a family boat. According to the purchaser who was scouting for him, he would be “pleased as punch” to get a set for $200 and I will find the $200 useful shortly.

I then spotted something new, an iceboat with wheels. It appears that some members are extending the ice boating season by means of wheels. They are making use of an abandoned airport in Weymouth. I was able to share my experience of going snowmobiling on the mud flats in the Mojavi desert and one of the members told me that he goes snowmobiling in Utah every year.

I then spotted a complete DN, hull, mast, sails, and rigging for only $1200. I couldn’t help thinking, “What a Deal!” Like everyone, I like a bargain. Where else can you get a boat that will go sixty miles and hour and that if used properly and carefully, you don’t have to worry whether it floats. One can pay five times as much for a boat with rotten planks that you have to paint every year. After swapping stories of where we went sailing last winter and of near mishaps over the course of the years, we went in to the hall for a hearty meal.

Members from all six New England states were seated at the tables and we were joined again by two Ice boaters from Nova Scotia who welcomed members in search of ice or a new place to sail to Nova Scotia. After a satisfying meal, good conversation, a description of last year’s highlights, and new club business deftly conducted, I returned home looking forward to getting out and seeing members on the ice, when the time comes.

Peter Forbes

Stay tuned we will all be sailing soon,

John Stanton
NEIYA Secretary

P.S. Don’t forget to leave word of ice conditions with Chad Atkins on the hotline.
P.P.S. Please vote, sign and mail your ballots back to me.  Do it today.

2 responses

  1. Peter Van Rossem

    I just have to tell you …..just to make you jealous of coarse… we were sailing in Kingston on November 30, last Saturday. Toot Toot! Black Ice over the whole lake. 2 inches and the most smoothest ice I have been on. What a treat. Regards Peter

    12/03/2013 at 1:19 pm

    • Of course we are jealous. Good for you! But why did you wait over a week to let us know? Im sure there were a few people willing to take a long drive.

      12/03/2013 at 1:34 pm