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2021 IDNIYRA Rank List Is Out!

Take a look gang- see how you did, where your friends/rivals are, start thinking about how to improve for next season, and SWEAR TO HIT THE CIRCUIT!

The NEIYA and the East in general represented well with four DNers ranked in the top ten group. Not bad at all!

Happy reading, be safe, and keep fingers crossed for a good season to come….

2021 IDNIYRA Rank List Published – DN North America

2021 IDNIYRA Rank List Published – DN North America

The 2021 IDNIYRA International Rank List has been published. Many thanks to our North American tabulator, Ann Fo…


Lessons From 1983 America’s Cup

Hello All-

Hope everyone is getting through this rather unique summer without too much trouble…. We live in interesting times indeed.

But if you need to take your mind off of everything for awhile and learn a bit about long term strategies for improvement, tuning, campaign management and identifying strengths, weaknesses, victories and mistakes take a look at this article.

It is an interview with the late, great Tom Blackaller, one of the great personalities of sailing. He was loved or hated but never ignored. He could be verbose, in fact this interview is mostly “Blacky” doing the talking. The guy had no filter- he never pulled any punches when speaking and if he had an opinion on something, you were going to hear it! He was also an outspoken rival of Dennis Conner and had plenty to say about “Big Bad Dennis” as he called him.

The two locked horns on the race course many times over the years in several types of boats but the most public battles were during the 1983 and 1987 America’s Cup campaigns. Blackaller was the skipper of DEFENDER in ’83 and came back in ’87 with USA, an innovative 12 Meter with fore and aft rudders for lateral resistance and a giant lead torpedo on a strut for righting moment. They met Conner in the semi-finals but that’s another story…. Great book about that campaign here: https://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Grinder-first-person-competing-Fremantle/dp/1469944006

Dennis Conner of course skippered LIBERTY in the summer of ’83 and took the Cup match to the bitter end against AUSTRALIA II. An amazing match to be sure and this interview offers a ton of insight into the techniques, politics, strategies, and everything else involved in the Cup defenses of the day. Interesting to see where things went right and where they went wrong….

Of course a lot of it will be relevant to any iceboater who wants to gain some insight about two-boat tuning and how to measure and make progress. Whether you want to do better on the race course or cruise farther and faster this article will help!

Click and enjoy America’s Cup: Looking back on 1983 >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News Think Ice!!

America’s Cup: Looking back on 1983 >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

When Australia won the seven race series to claim the 1983 America’s Cup, the New York Yacht Club would finally …


Bill Mattison In Hall Of Fame!

Congrats to Bill Mattison on getting into the Sailing Hall of Fame! Bill is not only a central pillar of the Wisconsin iceboating universe but also an extraordinary boat builder, model builder, craftsman, veteran, and has a few America’s Cup campaigns on his resume as well.

Accolades rightly deserved!

RED ALERT: Bill Mattison Inducted Into the National Sailing Hall of Fame! – iceboat.org

RED ALERT: Bill Mattison Inducted Into the National Sailing Hall of Fame…

National Sailing Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Bill Mattison has been sailing iceboats with the Four Lakes Ice Yach…


The Little Things….

We all know it’s important to have the major elements of any iceboat ready to go when the lakes flash off in the fall; Perfect runners, plank and runners all aligned, all the bits and bobs in place….

But it’s also good to have the ancillary stuff taken care of- the little things that make traveling and transporting easier. Trailer modifications, car-top rigs, runner boxes, tool boxes, trailer hitches, all that miscellaneous minutia that always takes more time to do than you’d think.

In the never ending battle to be ready by Thanksgiving (keep dreaming, right?) there has been some serious noise and dust being made in RI-

Here we see runner holders being made- amazing how much “snow” piles up from cutting the grooves in the plastic. Have to say the finished product doesn’t look bad!

Also have some pit runners taking shape for NEIYA Secretary and scribe Karen Binder- the runners will be handy later but the poplar shavings from the planer are already mulching the bushes at the house.

Nice to tick these items off the list while it’s warm out. Nice to work outdoors and still feel your fingers. And I’m SURE the neighbors don’t mind the noise!

Think ICE. Days are getting shorter….

Stay safe gang!


Land Sailing Wednesday-

Landsailing on hot asphalt planned for Loring on Wednesday if the wind forecast holds. Anyone interested, call Bill Bucholz via the CIBC site. Regatta planned for September 11-13, details to follow. Pencil it in!

Cool Ice

Cool Ice

The ice at Baikall was less than wonderful this past season, but the photo below shows how perfect it can be. As…


Lockley For Sale

No, not a Skimmer but a summertime craft- Click the link and take a look!

John Pepper sent this along- Many thanks for this and also don’t forget to send any iceboat related web-page fodder my way-

Lockley sailboat – boats – by owner – marine sale

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Lockley sailboat – boats – by owner – marine sale

This is a 12 ft sloop rigged sailboat. It was designed to be light enough to be carried on a car…

Think ICE!!


Montana Pebbles, Cont’d….

After the post about the Montana beach pebbles that hitch-hiked back to RI under my van last winter I received a few funny comments and suggestions-

The best was from Eben Whitcomb, who suggested I plant them in some good potting soil and see if I can grow some dental floss…. Had to laugh at that one and no, it isn’t a joke about my lack of dental hygiene (I hope).

It is yet another reference to the Frank Zappa song “Montana.” Like much of Mr. Zappa’s oeuvre it is very serious and somber. This particular piece relates the narrative of a young man who (like many) dreams of moving to Montana, getting a small horse, planting a crop of dental floss, and making a fortune. While wearing tweezers as jewelry.

Of course you could be a snob and say to yourself “What a cliche’. That same story has been told a thousand times.”

But do yourself a favor, click the link and have a listen. Enjoy the interpretation, subtlety and majesty of one of Frank Zappa’s better known works, “Montana.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smZA9Jv3qH0


A Bit Of Montana….

If you made the trip to Glasgow, Montana for the DN NA champs you may recall the reddish brown stones and sticky mud at the launch site. Very tenacious stuff- I spent hours under the van with a pressure washer blasting it all off.

And now, half a year later, I’m still spotting these little nuggets in the driveway. Have to chuckle every time and also give thanks for a really fun season.

Here’s to the next one!


SOLSTICE

June 20, 2020. Solstice, baby.
Days will start getting shorter.
Nights will be getting cooler.
We all know what this means….
Think ICE….

On a slightly less cosmic note the Great Western Challenge is less than six months away…. get busy in the shop if you haven’t already!! Send pics and info on any interesting projects you have going- will post on the front page!

Hope all are having a safe and productive summer-

Cheers!


Trellis/Plank

John Curtis checks in from north of the border, showing off his new garden trellis.

He says “Notice the 2 and 1/4” of crown and the slight gull wing profile in the trellis.”

The design is no doubt inspired by current fashionable DN plank measurements.

One wonders how it will deflect and react as the vines grow up and around it….

Not sure who the spokesmodel is but maybe Colin Duncan?

Thanks John- get the garden in order and get back to Iceboat stuff!


Ron Sherry Interview

Whether you already know Ron or not you’ll enjoy this interview- Ron has an interesting history with iceboating and has become fairly proficient at it over the years….

Have a look and listen and enjoy the stories- and of course you’ll learn something!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0ZW1NG7OgI&feature=emb_title


LRIBYC Poster Boy

It’s not Fabio. It’s not Zoolander. It IS Scott Valentine modeling one of the more stylish face masks you’ll ever see!

Hope everyone is being safe and staying healthy (physically and mentally) and looking forward to the fall and hopefully a time when we will wear face masks only because it’s cold out.

Thanks Scott!

Think ICE!!


Meet The CIBC Rookie Of The Year

Had the pleasure of meeting this young gent up at Dammy last year. Check out his thesis here!

https://iceboat.me/2020/06/04/rookie-of-the-year/


Charlie Blair: A Day in the Life of the Edgartown Harbormaster – YouTube

Some of you may know Charlie Blair. He campaigned DNs feverishly back in the day- went back and forth to Europe to compete like he was going down the street to get a gallon of milk.

He has a million stories and will deliver them with a twinkle in his eye and a big, booming baritone voice that will rattle the windows!

He is also the Harbormaster out in Edgartown- get a glimpse of his working day here. Click and enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suKUjqmfTmo


NEIYA Trailer

John Pepper says he has been cleaning out the garage and had to wheel the iceboat trailer out into the daylight for a little while….

Looks good and of course we can’t wait to load it up and head for a frozen lake somewhere!

Think ICE…..


DN Class Officers

The votes are in- Congratulations to all the officers- be sure to thank them for all they’ve done so far and all they will be doing during the upcoming season-

Think ICE

2020 Officers and Governance Amendments Ballot

BY DEB WHITEHORSE | MAY 29, 2020 | 2020, HOME PAGE | 0 COMMENTS

2020 Officers and Governance Amendments Ballot – DN North America

There was a 44 per cent response to the 2020 ballot on election officers and amendment of our Constitution and B…

2020 North American Championship, Ft. Peck, Montana. Photo: Gretchen Dorian

There was a 44 per cent response to the 2020 ballot on election officers and amendment of our Constitution and By-laws. It is apparent that specifications management is more important to members than governance, but we are (ice) sailors after all! All of the proposed officers were elected and the proposed amendments to the Constitution and By-laws were approved by overwhelming margins.

The Officers for 2020 are:

Warren Nethercote, KC 3786 – Commodore
Jody Kjoller, US 5435 – Vice Commodore
Deb Whitehorse, US 2366 – Secretary
Deb Whitehorse, US 2366 – Treasurer
Robert L. Cummins, US 3433 – Past Commodore

Warren Nethercote

Commodore IDNIYRA

RESULTS

Commodore – Warren Nethercote, KC 3786 PLURALITY
Yes – I approve the candidate 99 votes(99.0%)
No – I reject the candidate 1 vote(1.0%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 99.0% of the vote.
100 votes tallied and 1 abstention from 101 ballots

Vice-Commodore – Jody Kjoller, US 5435 PLURALITY
Yes – I approve the candidate 98 votes(98.0%)
No – I reject the candidate 2 votes(2.0%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 98.0% of the vote.
100 votes tallied and 1 abstention from 101 ballots

Secretary – Deb Whitehorse, US 2366 PLURALITY
Yes – I approve the candidate 101 votes(100.0%)
No – I reject the candidate 0 votes(0%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 100.0% of the vote.
101 votes tallied and 0 abstentions from 101 ballots

Treasurer – Deb Whitehorse, US 2366 PLURALITY
Yes – I approve the candidate 100 votes(100.0%)
No – I reject the candidate 0 votes(0%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 100.0% of the vote.
100 votes tallied and 1 abstention from 101 ballots

Past-Commodore – Robert L. Cummins, US 3433 PLURALITY
Yes – I approve the candidate 97 votes(97.0%)
No – I reject the candidate 2 votes(2.0%)
John Harper 1 vote(1.0%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 97.0% of the vote.
100 votes tallied and 1 abstention from 101 ballots

Bylaw Amendment, “General”, Paragraph 2 PLURALITY
Yes – I approve the amendments 95 votes(100.0%)
No – I reject the amendments 0 votes(0%)
Yes – I approve the amendments wins with 100.0% of the vote.
95 votes tallied and 6 abstentions from 101 ballots

Amendment of the IDNIYRA Constitution due to EPIC Agreement PLURALITY
Yes – I approve the amendments 91 votes(98.9%)
No – I reject the amendments 1 vote(1.1%)
Yes – I approve the amendments wins with 98.9% of the vote.
92 votes tallied and 9 abstentions from 101 ballots

IDNIYRA Bylaw Amendment due to Regatta Management Agreement PLURALITY
Yes – I approve the amendments 94 votes(98.9%)
No – I reject the amendments 1 vote(1.1%)
Yes – I approve the amendments wins with 98.9% of the vote.
95 votes tallied and 6 abstentions from 101 ballots


DN Restoration

Ken Stafford checks in with this update on a nice vintage DN he is restoring- it looks like it’s almost too nice to sail now! Maybe he will race it in the Vintage/Classic category at some of our DN regattas this winter….

If you are up to anything iceboat-related over the summer write a few paragaphs, take a few pictures, and email them to me at t_thieler@yahoo.com and I’ll put them on the front page. Any and all content welcome all year long!

And now here is Ken’s report:

The short story about the boat is that it was offered as is, free for the pickup by a professor colleague of mine. It was in Pennsylvania where it had sat unused for over a decade…and no one knew its previous history. It was complete shy some fasteners and a broken batten. The runners were horribly rusted as were all the non-SS nuts and bolts. The sail had no numbers or emblem on it although I could make out the image of its number, “2013”. I stripped off all the white paint on the hull and discovered only a small amount of delamination near the bow…fixed that and repainted with forest green polyurethane. Polished all the bronze fittings and stained SS, replaced all the rusted fasteners with new SS, removed all the rust of the steel chocks and steering pull-rods and painted them black. Completely stripped the varnished spruce mast, re-glued some lose mast top pieces, and refinished with 5 coats of varnish. Stripped the paint off the plank and discovered a beautiful wood grain. Again applied 5 coats of varnish. Carefully copied the old outlines of the sail numbers and logo, cut out new ones from green self-adhesive sailcloth I got from Sailrite, and put them on along with a bunch of tell tails. Found the 2 pieces of the top broken wood batten and was able to bond some very thin tapered wood patches over the break…doesn’t seem to upset the camber too much. Spent about 3 hrs on each of the blades removing rust, and grinding in new edges. Also stripped and refinished both the beautiful wood tiller and unusual hand brake.

The sail is from “Kenneth A Nelson Sailmakers”, the boom blocks are “Sharpnack”, and the runners have “LCB” stamped on the aluminum stiffeners. I’ve been told that it was probably built in the late 50’s/early 60’s and that the sail number was originally issued to Steward Hamel from Sharon MA.

Ken

Ken Stafford


Memorial Day

Take a moment to think of those who made the biggest sacrifice a person can make…


IDNIYRA VOTE

Hey Folks- There is another e-ballot headed to all DN class members, this one having to do with electing officers-

It’s important stuff! Take a few minutes, read up on the issue, and of course vote early and often!

2020 Election of Officers and Amendments to Constitution and Bylaws – DN North America

2020 Election of Officers and Amendments to Constitution and Bylaws – DN…

2020 Election of Officers and Amendments to Constitution and Bylaws Late on Friday May 15th, IDNIYRA members i…


Going Postal….

Let’s talk about Mozambique.

At 309,475 sq mi (801,537 km2), Mozambique is the world’s 36th-largest country. It is comparable in size to Turkey. Mozambique is located on the southeast coast of Africa. It is bound by Swaziland to the south, South Africa to the southwest, Zimbabwe to the west, Zambia and Malawi to the northwest, Tanzania to the north and the Indian Ocean to the east. Mozambique lies between latitudes 10° and 27°S, and longitudes 30° and 41°E.

It has a tropical climate with only two seasons- The wet season and the dry season. No winter, no ice unless it’s in a drink.

And yet, somehow, they have some of the best postage stamps ever. Especially if you like iceboats. Click and take a look!

https://www.iceboat.org/2020/05/20/ice-sailing-goes-postal/


Summer Project Anyone?

John Pepper found this project on Craigslist…. Could be a good way to keep occupied during the hazy days of a potentially quiet summer!

https://scranton.craigslist.org/boa/d/newfoundland-vintage-ice-boat/7125599239.html


May Runner Tracks Is OUT!

Hello All-

Hope all all doing well and are happy, healthy, and hanging in there….

Need a little reading material? The May issue of the DN class newsletter is out and as ever has some good content-

Check it out and read it online or even order a copy on good old-fashioned paper here:

May 2020 Runner Tracks Published – DN North America

May 2020 Runner Tracks Published – DN North America

Current Issue: May 2020 Thunk! Runner Tracks has landed on your virtual doorstep, 54 pages of the finest ice sai…

Think ICE!


Dry Land….

Not saying who this is or where this is but I will say that the mast is rumored to be a 2×4….


LAND SAILING….

Anyone up for trying some land sailing out without going out to the desert? Bill Bucholz may have a plan….

Check the CIBC site to find out how….

Land Sailing

Land Sailing

Is there anyone in Maine who’d like to convert their iceboat to land sailing for the summer, find a venue, and h…