Looks like the Swedes got the jump on everyone this year!
Hey Folks- you don’t want to miss this Q and A with Matt Struble. If you’ve ever sailed with or against him you’ll know why….
He has a few World, NA, and European Championship victories on his resume and will be talking DN stuff tonight. You will learn something, guaranteed!
Check the link for details- Think ICE!
Hey Gang- as we wait for the swap meet be sure to take a moment to read the latest issue of Runner Tracks- Very well done and full of great info as always no matter what kind of boat you sail!
No matter what kind of iceboat you sail this is worth taking a look at- Click and learn!
By the way, that is Chicago’s own Chris Berger on the start line, doing his routine pre-race stretch-
Things are cooling off just a little…. Soon things will freeze up….
Here’s a few photos to remind us all of what’s on the way- these were taken at Webster Lake last spring, late March if I recall.
That’s Peyton Albanese in 2172, Ed Demerest in 4886, and Matt Knowles in 5606.
It was a good day!
Congrats to Jane Pegel! Great that her years of passion, dedication, and work are being recognized.
And did I mention that she also won a ton of regattas along the way?
Well done Jane, all of us hard-water people are proud of you-
Chicago DN sailor Chris Berger sends this photo, taken just a few days ago….
Clearly he is itching to get on the ice- I gave him a thorough interrogation in an attempt to get him to confess to knowing a secret lake in the Upper Peninsula that never thaws out. He didn’t crack though, just insisted that he was merely moving his gear from one storage location to another….
Nice little article here- a good little short history with a nice painting to go with it. Something to reflect on as we while away the summer months…
Special thanks to my mom for sending this one in!
Take a moment today folks….
Hey DN people, be sure to cast your vote regarding the spring IDNIYRA ballot- your opinion matters!
If you are an active class member you should have an electronic ballot from the IDNIYRA in your inbox, it went out May 15. Voting closes Saturday May 29 so don’t delay- If you didn’t see it in the inbox check your spam folder. Click the link below for details.
As always, vote early and often…. And Think Ice!
I am fixing up the DN Canadian Championship trophy- So far I have filled in a few blanks but there are several to go-
If you can take a look at the attached list and fill in any blanks that would be great- feel free to suggest any corrections as well and send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Much appreciated- hope spring is going well for everyone- Best, T
What I have so far:
1972 Ed Kraft
1973 Ed Kraft
1974 Spike Boston
1975 Ed Kraft
1976 Spike Boston
1977 John Schuch
1979 Don Walton
1982 Ron Sherry
1983 John Koeck
1986 Spike Boston
2000 Andre Baby
2001 Andre Baby
2002 Andre Baby
2012 Jacek Marzenski
2013 James “T” Thieler
2014 Eric Anderson
2017 Mark Christenson
2019 James “T” Thieler
2020 James “T” Thieler
James “T” Thieler
12 Channing St.
Newport, RI 02840
401 258 6230
Be sure to take a look a the latest Runner Tracks- Very well done as always and this time it includes an article by our very own Bill Bucholz- Congrats to Bill for getting the ink!
See it and / or order it here:
2021 May Runner Tracks Newsletter Published – DN North America (idniyra.org)
Don’t forget that spring, summer and fall fly by faster than you think they will…. Get that worklist out and get your iceboat projects done while it’s nice and warm in the garage.
Hey Folks- Big landsailing event this weekend- stay tuned to the CIBC site for details at
Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club | Maine ice boat enthusiasts and friends
First update here:
Eastern Landsailing Championship | Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club
Second update here:
I haven’t attended this event but it sounds like a great time- If you have something with a sail and wheels be sure to check it out!
Think Ice (or pavement for now)
Hey Folks- If you are so inclined and need to get out of the house head on up to the CIBC spring meeting- Always a good time to be had with the Maine-iacs!
Not a bad season considering everything that was going on over the winter. If you were able to get out and enjoy some hard water sailing during it all give yourself a pat on the back. If not, remember to get out twice as much next season!
Of course the official word of the ice going away gives us all reason to utter a few words that aren’t as polite as they should be. If anyone gives you any grief about it, feel free to use the attached retort, sent in by John Pepper. Thanks John!
Think Ice- Get cracking on that worklist for next season…..
This drone video shot by Jonne Trees last weekend at Moosehead Lake, ME.
Two days of great sailing, April 3 and 4. Good breeze, good ice, sun, scenery, Just proves that it ain’t over ’til it’s over!
Thanks to Jonne for the video and the Maine gang for scouting it-
Click and enjoy!
For those of you who thought the Moosehead Lake news last weekend was some sick April Fool’s prank, let it be known that there was plenty of ice, plenty of breeze, plenty of sun, and plenty of speed to be had!
Great to sail on April 4, I think that is the latest I have ever gone….
In any case, keep it in mind for next year, just in case we get another chilly spring- Worth the trip!
The picture is from Jonne Trees, the video (I hope the link works) is from Jeff Kent.
Get tuned up, only about half a year until the next ice….
Moosehead Lake is delivering…. Ice is thick, surface a bit rough but hey, totally sailable and enjoyable.
Especially for early April!
Marks are set, will be scratch racing tomorrow if there is breeze.
Forget the holidays, never mind the family, they’ll get over it. Come on up!
Lodging at The Birches. See earlier posts for details.
It’s looking like more of a possibility as the weekend approaches- Scouts are headed there at this moment, we look forward to hear what they find-
The latest update is here:
Moosehead Lake | Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club
Keep an eye here for more news:
Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club | Maine ice boat enthusiasts and friends!
There should be a good number of boats there as quite a few people just aren’t ready to pack it in yet (myself included). With a little luck we will all be able to brag about sailing in April all summer!
Even if we can’t sail much the place is as scenic as it gets, great spot to sit in the spring sun and unwind before the summer craziness hits.
Load ’em up and stay tuned! T
It could happen- sounds like Moosehead Lake may still be sail-able. Get your soft-ice gear (full sails, slush runners, max inserts, skunners, whatever you have) out of the storage locker and think about it….
What better reason to put off getting your tax information together? Keep your priorities in order!
Keep an eye on the CIBC site for updates….
Hey Folks- Gretchen Dorian braved the wind and cold to get quite a few awesome shots of the action at the DN Nationals in MI last season-
Do yourself (and her) a favor and grab a disc!
Mike Webber, KC 5591
The Nova Ice Yacht Club lost one of its most active members on March 17 and the IDNIYRA lost a newer, committed DN sailor.
Mike Webber, KC 5591, of Petite Riviere Nova Scotia was a professional mariner, a marine engineer. His marine engineering career began on the Great Lakes and then moved to the salt water where he worked in offshore support and then on tankers. Most recently he was the Chief Engineer and Chief Superintendent for the Polar Prince, a Lunenburg-based research icebreaker engaged in seismic surveys, contract icebreaking and other Arctic operations.
Mike was a life-long sailor, who spent some of his time off as a professional mariner cruising the Caribbean with his wife and children. Mike only started iceboating about five years ago. He quickly graduated from beaters to competitive DNs. When he upgraded his DN program he helped others get started by giving way his beaters. He improved his performance through practice and seeking the advice of more experienced DN sailors. Last year he won his first race, and regatta, when he won the Maritimes Championship on Lake Mush-a-Mush, Nova Scotia. He finished 7th in the Silver fleet at the 2020 North American Championships at Fort Peck, Montana.
Mike will be remembered for his sunny personality. He could be counted on for support when help was required. Eight days driving with him, from Nova Scotia to Montana and back, was eight days well spent. Mike was 51: it was too soon for him to go.
Warren Nethercote, KC 3786
Mike’s full obituary can be seen at www.sweenysfuneralhome.com