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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.


IDNIYRA YEARBOOK

The latest yearbook for the DN class is out-

Take a look online or get a copy for your shelf or shop at

2022 IDNIYRA Yearbook – DN North America

2022 IDNIYRA Yearbook – DN North America

The 2022 IDNIYRA Yearbook is now available for purchase in print format. A pdf version without the member lists …


December Runner Tracks

The new issue is out! Be sure to check it out, this is yet another great one, full of great stories from back in the day….

Runner Tracks December 2021 – DN North America (idniyra.org)

Runner Tracks December 2021 – DN North America

Runner Tracks The Online Magazine of the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association Latest Issue: December 20…


DN NATIONALS REGISTRATION / INFORMATION

Hey Gang- Sign up now for the DN Nationals- Registration is open!
See you all there- Think Ice!

2022 U.S Nationals Notice of Race & Registration – DN North America (idniyra.org)

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


DN NATIONALS

Hey Folks- The big DN event of the year has been called on- Mark your calendars!

Cancellation of the 2022 North American Championships: U.S. Nationals Called ON – DN North America (idniyra.org)

Think Ice! T


NEIYA Racing

Hello All-

Just wanted to remind everyone that the NEIYA is planning to have a full slate of regattas this season. With a little luck we may even be able to squeeze in one or two from the 2021 season before the year is out.

As usual we will welcome volunteers as well as competitors, so if anyone is interested in keeping score or waving start and finish flags please let us know.

Racing will be open to any class of boat that can produce three or more competitors on the day- Going around the marks isn’t just for DNs ! Would love to see other types of boats mixing it up on the course.

On the subject of DNs, don’t forget that we will be running a regatta within a regatta for the skipper with the best result in the oldest, less than cutting edge boat. The award for this class will be decided by the Regatta Chairman and whoever he feels like conferring with and has no firm guidelines. Giving out this award drew quite a few boats out at our last few events, skippered by people who normally would not have gone racing. A good time was had by all and some good contests were had by the older boats in the fleet. So if you have an older boat with plate runners, aluminum or wood mast, ratty old sail, whatever, don’t worry about it- come on out and go racing!

Get familiar with the racing rules for iceboats and be sure to have (and be able to prove) that you have the proper insurance and come join the fun.

We are hearing rumors of ice coming in up north- if we know of anything sailable for the weekend we will try to get a race together. If you hear of anything sailable be sure to sing out and let us all know about it!

Think Ice,

T. Thieler
NEIYA Regatta Chair
DN US 5224


DN NATIONAL CHAMPS REGISTRATION

Hey Folks- Mark you calendars and get signed up for this one!
It’s coming fast…. last year’s event was a big hit and this year has a lot of promise as well. 70 boats attended the Great Western Challenge and that is a good omen!

2022 U.S Nationals Notice of Race & Registration – DN North America (idniyra.org)

2022 U.S Nationals Notice of Race & Registration – DN North America

The Central Region and Regatta Chairman Rob Holman (US 3705), on behalf of the IDNIYRA, hereby invites all DN ic…


Sweden Welcomes the 2021 – 2022 Ice Sailing Season – DN North America

Looks like the Swedes got the jump on everyone this year!

https://www.idniyra.org/2021/11/19/sweden-welcomes-the-2021-2022-ice-sailing-season/


LIVE ON ZOOM: Ask Matt Struble – 12 Nov @ 7 PM ET – DN North America

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!

https://www.idniyra.org/2021/11/10/live-on-zoom-ask-matt-struble-12-nov-7-pm-et/


SEPTEMBER RUNNER TRACKS

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!

Runner Tracks – DN North America (idniyra.org)

Runner Tracks – DN North America

Runner Tracks is the online newsletter of the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Assocation. It is published 4 ti…


New Online Hub For DN Class

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-

DN Class launches new online hub >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News (sailingscuttlebutt.com)

DN Class launches new online hub >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

The DN Class has developed a new world portal website – dniceboat.org – to showcase the best media while directi…


On The Way….

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!


9/11

Take a moment, folks.


What We Need….

Summer is great and all but I think all of us are ready for some: