Not sure where this is but you have to love it….
As far as we know iceboating originated in the Netherlands a few hundred years ago and there is still a strong fleet there.
They don’t get to sail in their own back yard much these days but last week things got cold and they were lucky to have some primo ice to break the drought!
Thanks to Margreet Elfring for sending this from the land of windmills, legal weed, red light districts, black ice, and colorful tulips.
Could be some sailing options coming together closer to home, stay tuned- Scouts are out and about.
Whether you race or cruise you will learn a lot by watching this video! Karol seems to have a knack for this iceboating stuff so pay attention….
This pond was sailed today- as always, there is thin ice and care needs to be taken-
We stayed in the Mashpee Pond portion, did not venture north into the Wakeby Pond part so no info on that-
In the southern part known hazards include thin and open spots along the SW shore of the the lake and care needs to be taken to avoid these. Also a “goose hole” was reported, not sure where.
The ice was a bit soft and there were many healed over drain holes- cold nightly temps could lock it up and warm temps could make it un sailable- as always, exercise extreme caution, follow safety protocols, and stay in known safe areas.
Do not sail alone, wear your ice picks, and keep your eyes open-
Think ice!! T
Some good video from the recent DN Nationals out in MI…
Some good videos and stories here to while away the time until the snow melts….
The latest and greatest…. stay tuned
Here is the latest from mission control- read up and stay tuned!
Take a look folks, and stay tuned. Hope to see a good turnout!
James “T” Thieler
12 Channing St.
Newport, RI. 02840
401 258 6230
The DN North Americans (and Worlds, and Europeans) have been called off due to the ongoing pandemic and borders being closed BUT there will be a US National Championship for anyone who wants to get on the ice and do a big event this year.
Should be pretty good and no doubt the big event of the season! Click the link, read up, load up, and hope to see you there- wherever that turns out to be!
Keep an eye on the the IDNIYRA site for details DN North America: The DN Is the Most Popular Iceboat In the World (idniyra.org)
Nationals Info here:
2021 US Nationals – DN North America (idniyra.org)
We are hoping to have NEIYA and Eastern Regional events this season as well- Don’t give up and stay tuned!
Hope all are safe, well and not completely off the deep end.
Think ICE! T
If racing gets your blood going consider this option for this weekend- keep an eye on the IDNIYRA site for updates- Think ICE!
Check this out gang, it features a bunch of our NEIYA gang and some great footage of good old Quaboag Pond.
Sailing is happening here and there- It will be our turn soon…
The 2020 Central champs were held on Houghton Lake in central MI before Christmas and the one and only Gretchen Dorian was on hand to get the shots! She delivered as usual- Take a look here:
Always fun to take a walk back in time….
Hello All- In case anyone was wondering what the Deep Creek gang is up to…. Take a look!
DCL Ice Report #4
2020 – 2021 Ice Sailing Season
Yes! We have beautiful clear black ice this morning on the mountain top! See pictures
Positive LRT this morning! Ok, ok! I know the BRT (Big Rock Test) was negative today, but hopefully the cold temperatures will build the ice plate. See pictures. Sunrise at DCL this morning, Positive LRT, Negative BRT, and the IceMan patiently waiting in James Hillyer’s finished sidecar, strapped to Mark Haraway’s newest ride… waiting, waiting and more waiting.
The IceMan will be at the lake for the New Years weekend so stop by and get those last few items ready for sailing on the ice. Remember the conditions are tricky so when all the snow balls align we need to motivate and get out there and sail and enjoy each other’s company in the clean, cold fresh air. Together, we will sail on the ice, because it’s twice as nice!
Keep those weekends open for the next two months so we all can get out to enjoy the ice! Now we REALLY. REALLY, REALLY have to start wishing hard for hard water!
Now, please! Repeat after me…. “Ice, Smooth, Black, Beautiful Ice, Let’s Go…with Ice, Wind, and No to Snow…” Hey! Who out there isn’t chanting… let’s get with the program folks… grab your socks, break the locks, pull out the gear and head on over here!!!!!
*LRT = Little Rock Test **BRT = Big Rock Test… stand by you’ll see….
Up for a road trip? Michigan is an option…. Check IDNIYRA site for all details and updates-
The Maine-iacs are at it again- They sailed the Linc Davis regatta on some sweeeeeeet ice up there- Congrats to these guys for bringing in the season’s first regatta!
Hope the snow doesn’t bury everything- stay tuned….
Read this and keep it in mind- If you see some iceboats (Renegades) or parts and or a trailer like this for sale give Ron a shout- his email is in the post.
Click and read-
If you enjoyed the photos that Sean Heavey took at the DN NA and GC last year you might want to grab the calendar he put together-
Don’t put it off- the order cutoff is in a few days-
Lots of great shots and New England is well represented, as we darn well should be!
Click the link and take a look- makes a great gift and Christmas is on the way….
Richard and Dideric were able to sail a lake in Sweden last week…
Doesn’t look bad at all.
Mike Madge was out on Whitefish Lake, just west of Thunder Bay in Ontario the other day…. how much closer to perfect can you get???
Stay tuned folks, our turn will be coming soon….