Summer (ICE) Diversion

Photo Credits the author and Peggy Huckel ice boating 2-9-22 Athens, NY (Poetic montage not Summer/Winter @ Chelsea YC)

We are ticking off the milestones till we get on the ice again. The summer solstice is behind us, Independence Day is past and we are nearing the Dog Days halfway mark.

This weekend I was (again) reminded of how close our ice boat community is and the depths it reaches in sailing at all levels. At an after-race party on the Hudson (Chelsea, NY) I was introduced to someone I already knew through email correspondence on a classified ad for a DN. The boat sold and found a new home in Ontario Canada. That single classified ad connected iceboaters across the northeast and into Canada and down to the majestic Hudson. The Chelsea Yacht Club was originally founded as an iceboat club and many members sail classic stern steerers and more modern craft. For a historic view and classic iceboat origin check out Chelsea YC history. Great iceboat history read. If you have never perused the Hudson River Ice Yacht Clubs, site now’s the time.

This BIG iceboat community is exactly what is behind our Vice Commodore Jay Whitehair’s 2023 BIG Iceboat Gathering initiative. We are looking to hold a gathering of all iceboats next season. A parade of the ages featuring crafts from far and near.

Join us for our first preseason call to discuss the BIG Gathering as well as an upcoming summer drysuit demo next month. Pre Ice call is scheduled for tomorrow Tuesday night July 19th, at 6:15 pm and will last under an hour. To participate please drop me a note at for login credentials.

Sail Fast, no matter what the craft,

John Stanton

P.S. Keep cool this week with iceboat thoughts.

2 responses

  1. Susan Kochinskas

    Love this organization! Can you tell me when the swap will be? Looks like I need a new set of blades for my DN and I want to be ready when we get ice on our Lake Monomonac. I’m hoping I can con ice Kit Tucker to come to a swap with me to find the right blades!


    Susan Kochinskas 802-289-9179 (c) 603-899-2809


    07/18/2022 at 1:16 pm

    • Commodore John Stanton


      Thanks for the comment. We have not finalized the Fall Swap Meet Date but you can expect it to be the last Saturday in October or the first or second Saturday in November. Drop me an email on what blades you are looking for and see if we can locate and presale a set for pick up at the swapmeet. .


      07/18/2022 at 2:43 pm