Committed to the 2016 Ice Boat Season

From the competitors in Minnesota to the sailors attending this years Tune-up event, one theme ties all these NEIYA members together this weekend. Commitment. Commitment to the sport of ice boating. Commitment to go faster. Commitment to share knowledge of the sport and equipment. Commitment to sail safer and a commitment to get the most out of their equipment.

The Tune-up kicked of with a xxx talk by veteran Greg Cornelius about why racing is important to the sport and dispelled several myths about it that may be holding some people from setting on the line. Greg’s pleas were answered by most attendees committing to participate in more races and those that have not raced committing to give it a go.

Next up Bob Haag helped to demystify the art of runner alignment and provided a step by step instruction on getting the job done. No go fast commitment, especially down wind, is complete without one’s runners being true. Thanks for pointing the way.

Eric Anderson headed up the day’s final formal session with demo and discussion on runner stonning. Eric demonstrated how to bring back a fresh edge by using a series of progressive finer grit stones. Eric commented that it’s not hard but does take time.

For those still looking for stones after we sold out I ordered them from Mod Shop Tools http://www.moldshoptools.com/catalog/list.php?category_id=72 They were the best deals I could find. Description and part numbers T2, 150 Grit, 1/4 x 1/2 x 6″ PT# T21412150, T2, 220 Grit, 1/4 x 1/2 x 6″ PT# T21412220, T2, 320 Grit, 1/4 x 1/2 x 6″ PT# T21412320, T2, 400 Grit, 1/4 x 1/2 x 6″ PT# T21412400 and T2, 600 Grit, 1/4 x 1/2 x 6″ PT# T21412600

Throughout the day all in attendance with special thanks to John Eastman our somewhat loud but never short on enthusiasm member from the great stat of Maine, assisted two new members Jeff Bugbee and Shannon Blair put together their new boats and assemble a list of must does and nice to haves. Welcome Jeff and Shannon we look forward to sailing along side you both.

Special thanks to our host Steve Lamb and his wife Linda for the use of their shop and the lunch and snacks. Without the two of you non of this would be possible.

It won’t be long. I’m thinking the weekend of December 19 in Maine someplace. Bill as Cruising Chairman can you be sure to make this happen. Surely would make a great Christmas present for all…

Think Ice and be committed to a great season

John
DN 5023
john@neiya.org

One response

  1. John Eastman

    That’s Loud & Vociferous, thank you ! But I have learned that this odd quality helps get things moving swiftly & right. Having been a large sailing vassal first mate, set the boys to a task & make ‘em jump with a grin. That cool camper truck of Shannon was unloaded & reloaded with the help of the tall and able once asked directly.

    12/06/2015 at 3:04 am