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BANTAM LAKE IN PLAY

We have this report on Bantam Lake, CT as of Monday morning, February 14;

“17 boats on the ice, I’m the first here, measured 1.5” of light fluffy snow 50 yds off the pits. 11 degrees, blowing 15 with gust upper 20s. The sailing will be quick, the snow on the ice is of no concern. Tomorrow: winds 9 – 20, temps 11 – 27. You can’t sail it if you are not here!”

As always be safe and have fun!


2022 DN National Champs Photos And Video

Hey Folks-

While we are waiting for some good conditions please take a look at these photos and video from the 2022 DN National Champs regatta.

Do some recon! See what people are using and how their boats are set up, how they are sailing them, and what seems to be working.

Sean Heavey and Gretchen Dorian did an amazing job schlepping out onto the ice to capture the action- please support them by purchasing a few photos for yourself or someone you care about!

Click the links here to take a look:

Sean Heavey:
Video- Chris Gordon and John Curtis are heavily featured, great footage from WI and IL- Good stuff!
2022 DN US Nationals on Vimeo

Photos:
Sean R Heavey | 2022 DN US Nationals

Gretchen Dorian:
2022 DN US Nationals – gretchen dorian


REGATTA OUTLOOK

Hey Folks, Looks like one of those weekends where a regatta just isn’t in the cards- Warm temps, snow on the way, Valentine’s Day and Superbowl all combining for a Perfect Storm of regatta prevention….

Good news is we have reports of good ice at Quaboag, Webster and who knows where else- If you have sailable ice let me know at t_thieler@yahoo.com and I’ll do my best to get it on the website.

We will be keeping an eye on the weather as the week goes on- with a little luck we have some cold nights on the way which should tighten things up-

Have faith and Think Ice!

T


ICE REPORTS / REGATTA NOTICE

Hey Folks-

Good news as we have had reports of sailable ice- Just want to give everyone a general idea of what is going on-
Take all of these reports with a grain of salt as ice is never totally safe as we all know- Take all the usual precautions; Safety lines, ice claws, drill test holes, talk with locals, and work with at least one other person to see if sailing is a good idea.

There is some interesting weather on the way but if we are left with a sailable venue we will make another attempt at holding the Doc Fellows Regatta this weekend- Stay tuned….

With all of that in mind, here we go:

1 Webster Lake in MA was sailed yesterday and no issues were reported, in fact it sounds like a good time was had by all.

2 We have a report of 5″-6″ of ice on Long Pond in Lakeville, MA out on the Cape. I don’t know if it has been sailed or not but it might be worth a second look. Be aware of a pressure ridge separating the north and south parts of the lake.

3 Worden Pond in Wakefield RI was walked and drilled yesterday, we found 3 1/2″ to 6″ thickness and a sailable surface even if a bit bumpy

4 Deep Creek Lake in MD was sailed by the group out there, they reported good sailing through about 2″-3″ of light snow

5 We have heard rumors that Wallenpaupak Lake in eastern PA is frozen and possibly sailable.

If you have details on any of these let me know at t_thieler@yahoo.com or leave a comment here on the website-

Be safe and Think Ice!


Word on Pond RI

Worden Pond in Wakefield RI was partially walked and drilled today.

The areas checked had between 3 1/2” and 6” of ice that was a mix of snow ice and clear ice. The surface is about a 6 out of ten.

We will take a more thorough look on Monday- stay tuned for details-

Think Ice! T


2022 DN National Championship Photos

Hey Folks- Thought I’d share some photos from the road trip and regatta- Will send links to the professional ones but in the meantime I hope you get a kick out of these-

If you have some good ones from the regatta send them to me and I’ll put them up- t_thieler@yahoo.com

Ed Demerest’s boat getting a new plank in the living room. Where else?

On the road!

Part of the RI Mafia

Sean Healey stoning… Is he happy or angry?

Air Museum in Oshkosh WI- see it if you are out that way!

The launch

Erica Baker and Deb Whitehorse. Try having a regatta without them, I dare you!

Tug and barges going by the hotel near the lake. Felt right at home!

Hotel room…. Runners and laundry

RI Mafia post-regatta

My mother, who presumably still thinks I’m terrific

My father, who presumably only likes to be photographed with champions

Home Sweet Home…. Already thinking about the next one!


2022 Nationals Report

Hey Folks!

The dust has settled, the laundry is done, the van is unloaded, and for the most part the muscle stiffness and soreness has subsided…. Which means it’s time for the write-up!

As it happens so often the weather was making things a challenge- the group that selected the venue certainly had a lot to do. Many thanks to them for making it happen yet again! While they were working behind the scenes the New England group was doing the usual prep- finishing up boat work, packing, trying to bring order to the chaos…. The New England group was made up of Thieler, Binder, Bishop, Whitehair, Anderson, Stanton, Silsby, Demerest, Gordon, new DN sailor Sean Healey, and I must have forgotten one or two- apologies for that, you know who you are.

And off we went, headed for Madison WI- Had a good day or two of sailing out there but then the snow came and put an end to that option so we had a day or two to hang at the AirBnb and take a day trip up to Oshkosh to check out the airplane museum (it should be noted that Karen went to an art museum and an arboretum instead. Go figure.)

Then it was down to Senachawine Lake in Central Illinois, the best game in town! There was a bit of snow on the ice, sticky drifts that made getting up to full speed a challenge- less than perfect but it was a venue! In iceboating, if you wait for perfect you will sail about once every three years. Maybe.

The mini-Qualifier was run in the late afternoon in the fading breeze and was a great race for some, a heartbreaker for others- Julie Price was on fire and a slew of Canadian sailors made the cut into the Gold- Well done to all of them and also to the people running the regatta for getting that one done!

Racing the next day was a whole other matter- the breeze and dense snow drifts were a lot to deal with and made things difficult. Or they presented opportunities to excel, take your pick! In any case it was fast, physical sailing! In conditions like this the boat can’t gain speed easily and has a tendency to hike up, which is slow and annoying. I dealt with this by raising my main halyard about 1/2 inch which makes the mast a little more bendy and forgiving. I also didn’t hesitate to throw my body weight aft and outboard out of tacks and gybes to get the mast to pop out and get the boat going again. Steering with the tiller between the knees also allows two hands to stay on the mainsheet and make more accurate adjustments to the mainsail- a slight, controlled ease in a big puff will allow the leech to open up a bit without letting the mast straighten out. This is critical!

So there was a lot to keep track of during the races- speed, shifts, controlling the boat, all the while looking for lanes through the drifts. They weren’t always obvious but you could usually find a path that wasn’t as bad as the surrounding area. If you could find a clear lane wide enough for all three runners life was good for a few seconds. More often you’d have to let the windward runner go through the drift. Even worse you’d have to let the front and windward runner hit one. Worst case was having to go through one with all three and when this happened it was important to slide aft a bit and ease the sheet an inch to keep the boat on it’s feet and keep the flow attached to the leeward side of the sail as the boat slowed and the apparent wind went aft. As I said, there was a lot to keep track of! If you were able to get in the zone it was a great feeling…. Looking for clear areas to tack and gybe in was a priority as well. In those conditions I think it helps to keep your head up and look for the clear lanes rather than tuck in for less wind resistance. I figure snow drifts are thicker than air so it’s worth it to keep an eye on them!

This writer had a good first day, and a decent second one. Bad news is I wasn’t keeping track of the scores and didn’t realize I was tied with another boat going into the final race and I didn’t cover him while I was ahead. A classic mistake, and a lesson learned! Congrats Ron Sherry on a good win! JR Francis took third.

In the Silver Fleet Karen Binder put on a clinic with six bullets in six races- they say consistency pays and that kind of consistency certainly does! Plan on an article telling how she did it but in the meantime know that she has been working on her gear (namely a new plank from Jeff Kent) and has a gym routine that would impress an NFL coach. Sean Healey had a great regatta debut with an 8th in Silver, with Stanton and Demerest putting in solid midfield performances. Well done to all the NE skippers!

The other big story is about the Canadian Invasion. The groups from Kingston and Montreal have really been putting in the time and effort individually and as teams- they have managed to grow their fleets, refine their gear, and most importantly practice together and share what they learn with each other, before and during the event. It is amazing how far both groups have come in the last few years, with three boats in the top ten. Not too shabby! Congrats to Curtis (4th), Lagravier (5th), and Van Rossem (7th), and Mabboux missing out on 10th by only two points. We’d love to read an article about all that, guys! (hint, hint….)

Many thanks to everyone who made this happen- Getting a regatta like this pulled off is a massive undertaking and involves a small army- I know I’ll miss a few names but major thanks go out to Deb Whitehorse, Erica Baker, Dan Heaney, Bill Coberly, Fred Stritt, Mercedes Auger, Sean Heavey, Gretchen Dorian, all the national and regional commodores, all the ice scouts, and all the competitors too! Really an amazing group!!

Stay tuned for photos and more sailing- this season is far from over, remember we sailed in April last year!

Think Ice! T Thieler, DN US 5224

Results:
Sailwave results for 2022 DN U.S. NATIONALS at 2022 (iceresults.org)

Part of the fleet:


Ron Sherry Interview

Hey Folks- Good interview with Ron Sherry here, talking with Mike Madge about his big win at the Nationals-

They cover a lot of ground and whether you race or cruise you’ll learn something!

Thanks to Mike and congratulations to Ron- Listen well! T

Ron Sherry – Back up to Full Speed in the DN Ice Yacht – YouTube

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Ron Sherry – Back up to Full Speed in the DN Ice Yacht


NEIYA Goes West

The regatta has been called on and an optimistic group of NEIYA sailors are headed west- the ones I can think of are Demerest, Silsby, Binder, Healy (newbie!), Kent, Zeiger (German but we will claim him for our own), Whitehair, Bishop, Stanton, Thieler, Anderson, and Gordon is already out there. Im sure I’m missing a few.
Here’s hoping we get some good weather- the ice looks really good at the moment!

Regatta prep- Ed Demerest’s boat getting a new plank. Note insert runners for weights….

The dash….

The view from the luxury cabin in the back….


2022 U.S. Nationals Called ON for Lake Monona: Launch, Lodging, Info – DN North America

And here we go!
Stay tuned to the IDNIYRA site for details

https://www.idniyra.org/2022/01/21/2022-u-s-nationals-called-on-for-lake-monona-launch-lodging-info/


Making It Happen

Most of you have probably met Deb Whitehorse at some point, and no doubt you’ve read her posts and websites. She works tirelessly behind the scenes to keep things organized and on track which, when dealing with a bunch of iceboaters, has to be a real challenge more often than not!

She recently received some very-well deserved accolades from WI TV, be sure to see it here:

Oh, Baby, It’s Cold Outside >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News (sailingscuttlebutt.com)

Many thanks for all you do for us Deb! We hope you’ll remember all of us now that you’re famous….


DN NATIONALS UPDATE

The weather isn’t making it easy on the site selection gang but we have faith…. Stay tuned to IDNIYRA home page for info-

Also it isn’t too late to register if you want to give it a go! Think ICE…

2022 U.S. Nationals Update #2 Jan 20 – DN North America (idniyra.org)


2022 U.S. Nationals – DN North America

If you haven’t yet be sure to sign up for the DN National Champs!

The clock is ticking down, first race in three days and change….

Be sure to read the web page and get signed up before registration closes!

https://www.idniyra.org/2022-us-nationals/


DOC FELLOWS ATTEMPT

Well, we all get an “A” for effort on this one… About fifteen boats showed up for the first NEIYA event of 2022, in fact the first one since 2020. Damariscotta Lake in Jefferson, ME was the place.

We had everything we needed- great ice (thanks to Bill and the Maine gang for scouting it and telling us about it), a great launch area (thanks to the folks at Camp Wavus), and plenty of competitors, from grizzled vets to total newbies (Let’s welcome Luke Ralph and his buddy Jonathon to the cult- uh, I mean club).

The missing ingredient was wind. Light and shifty all day, never settled down enough to get a full race in. Three were started, one completed but not enough to get a regatta in the books so we will give it another shot after the DN Nationals. Stay tuned to this site for details!

Of course the breeze did come up as the sun was setting and a few boats were able to spend some time ripping it up before packing it in and heading home. Plenty of socializing and catching up was done during the slow patches. A few new potential sailors came out and took their first rides as well, we hope they will follow up and get involved!

We will see what the crazy weather has done to the ice- Hope it is still intact as the surface was really nice, easily an 8 or so- As an aside I looked at the weather radar Sunday afternoon and saw that the system that was on the way stretched from Nassau, Bahamas to Ottowa, Canada and back down to Nashville, Tennessee. Pretty impressive!

Thanks to all who showed up and kept the hope alive- And to all the folks who tried out the older boats and would like to get involved feel free to email me at t_thieler@yahoo.com.

Think Ice!!


DOC FELLOWS DETAILS

Tomorrow, Sunday January 16, the NEIYA is putting on the Doc Fellows for DN’s on Damariscotta Lake. Launch at Camp Wavus, Rt 213. Drive all the way in, keeping right, and park in front of the lodge. Ice plate will be on your right. It’s that huge expanse of black. Carry down the DN or whatever craft you may have.

Skippers meeting will be at 1030, first start at 1130. Registration will be at the launch- look for the person with the clipboard.

As always three or more of any class will get their own start and a thorough knowledge of the Racing Rules is a necessity. Note that there are some differences with the conventional soft water rules so review them here: Rules & Safety – DN North America (idniyra.org)

In addition, each sailor must provide proof of $300,000 personal liability at time of registration. Print a copy and keep it in your toolbox and/or take a picture of it and keep it in your phone.

There will be a Classic/Vintage award given out at the discretion of the Regatta Chairman so don’t hesitate to show up even if your boat is a little less than cutting edge!

For our out of state guests, The Damariscota lake Farm Inn is now open. No restaurant, but check here for accommodations: tracey

That’s tracey “at” damariscottalakefarm.com. The are also on Facebook.
Any questions or suggestions contact T Thieler at 401 258 6230.

Line ’em up!!

T Thieler DN US 5224 NEIYA Regatta Chair


Doc Fellows Regatta Is ON!

OK Folks, we are gonna give it a go- Doc Fellows Regatta will be run this Sunday January 16 on Damariscotta Lake, launching in Jefferson, ME.

Apologies for the short notice but in iceboating you have to just roll with these things at times…

In any case plan on being up there Sunday AM- Stay tuned to this site for a formal announcement and details-

Keep in mind any class that shows up with three or more boats will have their own start and also there will be an award for the best finish in the oldest boat….

Think Ice and look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday!

Best, T


1993 DN World Champs Video / Article

Hey Folks- We are still hoping to get some sailing in even though the weather picture is looking interesting…. Sunday will be the day if we can make it happen. Stay tuned to this site for details.

While you are waiting take a look at this video from and featuring our own Jeff Kent and many other NE notables, a very cool trip down memory lane! Be sure to read the accompanying article as well. Good stuff. THINK ICE.

1993 Worlds: A Look Back Through Video – DN North America (idniyra.org)

1993 Worlds: A Look Back Through Video – DN North America

Here’s a raw, unedited video from the 1993 IDNIYRA World Championship from Andre Baby, the Montreal Iceboating A…


Regatta This Weekend

Hello All-

Just wanted to let everyone know there is a good shot at getting in a regatta this weekend-

There is ice to be had, possibly in several places. When we zero in on the best one we will make an announcement. Could be in MA, ME, or NH….

As always three or more of any class will get their own start and a thorough knowledge of the Racing Rules is a necessity. Note that there are some differences with the conventional soft water rules so review them here: Rules & Safety – DN North America (idniyra.org)

In addition, each sailor must provide proof of $300,000 personal liability at time of registration. Print a copy and keep it in your toolbox and/or take a picture of it and keep it in your phone.

There will be a Classic/Vintage award given out at the discretion of the Regatta Chairman so don’t hesitate to show up even if your boat is a little less than cutting edge!

Stay tuned to this site for details- Will make a formal announcement ASAP.

Line ’em up!!

T Thieler DN US 5224 NEIYA Regatta Chair


RI goes West

Seeing as NE was snowed out a few lucky RI sailors skipped town and made a nuisance of ourselves a little further west…. Binder and Thieler sailed with the MI crowd on Walled Lake and Atkins mixed it up w the Madison group In WI.

As far as I know it was all scrub racing in MI and no scores were kept but suffice it to say RI represented well across the board. And of course a good time was had by all.

In Madison scores were kept and Atkins was lit up…. https://www.iceboat.org/

Looking forward to some local ice soon….

Walled Lake, MI

Atkins In WI


Rudi Bauer, Fair Winds….

Sad to hear this…

Rudi Bauer OE39 – DN North America (idniyra.org)

Rudi Bauer OE39 – DN North America

The IDNIYRA is saddened to announce that Rudy Bauer OE39 passed away at his home in Austria on January 1, 2022. …


DN NATIONALS DEADLINE

Hey Gang- Planning on going to the DN Nationals? Register today and claim a sweatshirt- today is the final day for this so get on the computer and sign up! Click below for the details.

Think Ice!

2022 U.S. Nationals – DN North America (idniyra.org)

2022 U.S. Nationals – DN North America


Sailing In Maine On Monday!!

This just in from the Maine gang- Cancel whatever plans you had and head on up!

Hope to have some marks set up and scratch races will be going all day-

Read on here and keep an eye on the CIBC site for details at Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club | Maine ice boat enthusiasts and friends

Graham Lake Sailing Monday

Posted on January 1, 2022 by billbuchholz

It’s a foggy day in Downeast Maine. We know that fog eats snow, but what does it do to ice? When last checked, Graham had 4.5” of good ice protected with a half inch of crusty snow. Light rain has likely taken care of the crust, now the ice needs to hang in there for another twenty-four hours before it gets cold again. More drizzle and fog is expected tomorrow.But Monday looks to be a stellar day. The entire lake is potentially sailable. Tuesday is looking good as well.

This is looking south, about halfway up the lake, taken last Monday, but a week is a lifetime for ice.

We’ll be launching from the south end boat launch ramp, just west of the dam. Take Eagle Rd off Rt. 180 a couple of miles north of Rt. 1a.

There are two known hazards: a tennis court size hole about 3/4 mile north of the dam, about in the middle of the lower bay. This will need to be marked. The other is a pressure ridge coming off the point on the west side of the narrows, about a third of the way north. It’s been crossed close along the east shore in some rough ice.

Again, all this could have changed but the only way to find out for sure is to show up. Please do not take off up the lake alone. The lake needs to be scouted.

Happy New Year, Happy Sailing!


Graham Lake

It was a good day on Graham Lake today as four boats ( including new guy Luke Ralph) sailed several scratch races on grade 8 ice and in decent breeze.

The plate is an honest 8.5 – 9.0. Pack up and head to the launch at the south end of the lake by the dam. There is a decent sized (tennis court sized) goose hole about 3/4 mile from the dam.

Forecast calling flr wintry mix tomorrow so we will see what happens…. Stay tuned!


ICE IN MAINE

Hey Gang- the Maine-iacs have come through again!

Sounds like very good news as Graham Lake is being reported as looking good- Sailors from Maine, RI and CT will be heading that way tomorrow to check it out- Scratch racing will be going on and if the weather stays good we may try to squeeze in the Doc Fellows before the year is out.

We are assured that the launch has plenty of room and the lake is pretty large- Come race, cruise, and get the season started!

Launch area is at the southern end of the lake, just west of the dam on Patriot Rd in Ellsworth, ME. Take Rt 180 to either Eagle or Patriot Rd (different names show up on different sites) and look for parking just west of the dam.

Of course stay clear of the dam as ice will be thin near the current- Also be advised there is a fish hatchery where Green Lake connects to Graham Lake and ice will be thin near there. Avoid this area and of course use caution as no ice is EVER guaranteed safe!

Keep an eye on CIBC and NEIYA sites for details and updates. Hope to see everyone soon!

Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club | Maine ice boat enthusiasts and friends

New England Ice Yacht Association (theneiya.org)

From the CIBC site:

Four inches of smooth hard ice, microscopic dusting of snow. Skimmed holes now have 2.25” of ice with a tad more expected by morning. Some of these healed holes have pine branch markers. There is a long semi-healed crack which you need to locate before you can safely sail this lake. Check in before you go out. Excellent forecast, excellent ice. All that’s needed now is excellent company.

On Graham Lake in Ellsworth there is the same plate of ice. It’s been scouted around the perimeter with a few crossings and appears to be in great shape. If there will be DN racing that will be the place; either an NEIYA regatta or scratch racing. As usual this time of year things happen fast. There are two possible launch sites, but the south end near the dam (gulp) is the best launch. There was a little water seeping up around the edge, but the plate is fine. A short plank will be helpful. Be sure you access this site from Rt.180. If you wind up on the wrong side of the dam you’ll need to drive around.

The forecast looks pretty good for a nice stretch if we can dodge a few white bullets midweek.