Stu Nelson New England Sailing Legend

It is with a heavy heart that I must forward the news of Stu Nelson’s passing. Our sympathies go out to Judy, family and friends.  Stu will be missed on and off the ice.

Stu was one of the  NEIYA founding members and served as our third Commodore.  I pulled a  couple documents from the very early NEIYA years,  click NEIYA_1973

Via our friends at the CIBC

Thanks for sending this in, Don:

Stu Nelson, 88, died last night in Laconia, NH. He was one of the most energetic and knowledgeable of our skippers. He knew how to set up a nearly perfect boat and handle it by feel. His knowledge of the history of our group will be missed and I hope I remember half of what he told me over the years. Some of my best days iceboating were spent with Stu….the days that were gifts that keep on giving.

As you may know he was sailing coach at MIT for many years and has a collegiate regatta named for him (it was run 2 weeks ago). There will be a service in a few weeks. I will pass on details as I get them. I told Stu many times, he will always have a seat in my iceboat.

Fair winds my friend,

Don Kretchmer
Gambit, Freeskate

Please share any memories you have in the comments below. I will compile and publish at a later date.  Also, please send pictures to

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore

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