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The Beloved (Lockley) Skimmer

While we wait for the changing weather to stabilize the remaining ice, read up on John Ziermann’s take on the Lockley skimmer. If you have ever seen John or Rosemary on the ice you surely know they are true Skimmer devotees. John thanks for taking the time to share.

If you want to get back on the ice again be ready for a road trip in the near future. There will be oppotunities for the taking.

The Lockley Skimmer-45 – Points of Interest
Currently, the Lockley Skimmer 45 is dismissed by the cool kids on the playground.
To a beginner or even a seasoned ice boater, the LS-45 can be a simple no-nonsense thrilling way to sail on the ice.
Points of Interest:

  • They DO NOT float – $20 will get you a 500lb+ fishing magnet just in case.
  • Over 5,000 sold, so used ones are available.
  • You can buy one today from the factory.
    http://www.sail4joy.com/skimmer-45-iceboat–ice-reports.html
  • Great learning tool for iceboating – simple hand and foot controls.
  • Billy Joel bought one from the late, great ice boater Bob Reeves (a sales rep for Lockley on Long Island).
  • Trailer not needed. Parts are small enough to transport in or on top of your vehicle.
  • No need to buy a single runner for $950, sail $1140, mast $1400. A set of 3 runners can had for <$50.
  • You don’t need 2X2 miles of ice. Just a quarter to a half mile is perfect. No need to wait for big ice.
    Little ponds freeze sooner, stay frozen longer, and with bad weather heal faster.
  • Runner alignment is easy with an alignment adapter plate. Alignment is accomplished for different
    sized skippers on the ice. No need for an expensive dial indicator, laser, or jig to align your runners.
  • Sail with a LS-45 365 days a year (wind permitting) – Sail on ice or land.
  • Sets up in 20 minutes. Simple tools needed for assembly.
  • Low maintenance. No exotic materials used in its construction.
  • A single can of spray paint covers the LS-45 with some paint left over. Be creative with multiple colors.
  • Multiple sail sizes. 45sqft or 50.6sqft available. Make your own sail with luff sleeve construction.
  • Foot steering allows 2 hands for the main sheet.
  • Parts missing, no problem 4mm cables for shrouds, hardware store fasteners, runners are 1/4 or 3/8
    inch plate steel. Runner sharpener plans available. Set of 3 runners can be made for <$50.
  • Body friendly upright seating with comfy suspended sling made out of any material.
  • Easy to modify and innovate.
  • Experienced ice sailors have down sized to LS-45s or have added a LS-45 to their fleet of ice boats just
    for the fun of it. Easy to bring your ice boat and a LS-45 for a newbie to try.
  • Thrifty sailors own LS-45s
  • There are times when LS-45s are sailing when no one else can.
  • Easy to store – all pieces are less than 8′ long.

From the NW Section of New England

John Pepper sends over this short Lockley Skimmer video from Bantam Lake. The pilot, Alex, is new to the iceboat game but he is hooked for sure.

Most iceboat attention goes towards the DN the largest class and the E Class Skeeter the fastest crafts out there. As most of us know there are many other types of crafts out there.

Next time you are in the pit take a look around and see what other classes or one-offs you see.

To help can we get a volunteer to write up details on the Lockley. Maybe someone from Long Island?

We have another thaw and rain cycle to get through in the next couple of days. This should complete the Zamboni process from a few days ago. Stay tuned.

Think Ice,

John
DN5023
John@neiya.org


Thaw, Refreeze and Sail Next Week

Winter Fest 2/6/22 Ponp’s Pond Andover

This morning I checked my email and texts and answered the usual I want to try iceboating and where is the ice questions. I looked at my phone, as I do each morning, and was pleasantly surprised to see 21 degrees. Well, unfortunately, google or whoever was parting data to me played a mean trick. The real temp was 46. Was I disappointed? Yes, but know that somewhere we sail was indeed 21 or less and even colder overnight. As we know a good overnight below freeze will set up a previously dismal-looking plate of ice.

Just a couple of NH venues to get you thinking. And yes, many other places in CT, MA are in refreeze mode.

The cold is returning and with it multiple opportunities are on the way next week. Trusted ice checkers are out there this weekend and Monday. Remember we are in a transitional period and it takes time to heal and refreeze. With the predicted cold we should be in business early next week. If you do not already check out Maine-specific reporting on the Chickawaukie site.

Andover Winter Fest press – Here

This past Sunday the NEIYA attended the Andover Winter Festival. Peter Boyton and I set up our boats and Paul Zucco had a table with plans and building material examples. We fielded questions and planted the seed of speed in the young and older in the crowd. I may be biased but it looked like kids were more interested in sitting in our boats than checking out the fire and rescue vehicles that were nearby.

The aim of the festival was to get people out and enjoy winter activities.

As iceboaters, we interact with others on or near the ice. Spreading the word and understanding iceboating activities is very important. I had ice safety conversations with the personnel from the Andover Fire Department. They were very interested in our activities and specifically about our concerns for safety.

Thanks to Bob Douglas and the rest of the Andover Conservation & Recreation department for having us back again this year. We look forward to coming back next year and hopefully we will get to put on an actual sailing demo.

Thought of the day. People are afraid of the unknown. Spread the word, be good lake guests and respect other ice users and those that live nearby.

Be patient, be Safe, and Think Ice,

John
DN5023
John@neiya.org


Ice Ahead and in Rearview Mirror

Karne Binder in the lead (Credit Sean Heavey more DN National images https://www.seanrheavey.com/p712834890)

Rain and near rain has fallen and I like other iceboaters am happy to see some of the white stuff melting back beneath the ice. While our lakes are resurfacing, now is a good time to look back on the great sailing we got in over the past few weeks. Well, before the last storm anyway.

We were sailing on Damariscotta Lake as well as other locations in Maine. We were sailing on Masabesic in New Hampshire. We were sailing on Bantam in CT and a great run on Quabaog in MA.

Our fleet always splits up across New England and the country, for regattas. Last week was the DN Nationals.

It is always harder to travel when there is known good ice closer to home but travel we did. Many of you im sure were following the journey and read T’s recap so I will keep it brief. Nine of us traveled west. Myself, T, Karen, Jay, Eric, Sean Healy, Rick, Ed, and David Silsby.

The 2022 National results are here. Congratulations to Ron Sherry for yet another championship. It was a pleasure to see you smoothly navigate the course. Nothing like my hacking it up out there. All I can say about Karen Binder’s performance is wow! There was no stopping her over the course of two days with five consecutive bullets and the win in the silver fleet. You have all read Karen’s race prep articles and it certainly has paid off. Newcomer Sean Healy really showed some promise and was mixing it up rather well for someone who has not been on the DN line before. Ed Demerest with some of T’s QND tweaks was in the hunt and fighting. Jay Whitehair qualified into the Gold fleet for the first time had some great opportunities to see how that fleet rocks.

The NEIYA will be putting on an iceboat demo and Q and A session tomorrow at Pomps Pond in Andover MA. If you are nearby come and say hello and join in on the discussions. No there will not be actual sailing but as we all know if we can’t sail at least we can talk about it.

When: Sunday, Feb 6th
Where: Pomps Pond – 147 Abbot St. Andover, MA
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
And it’s free additional info here

We expect condition reports from all over New England after the weekend. Sout and West are looking good as well as some areas in Maine could come in with big ice. Stay tuned and as always report in with updates to myself other officers or committee members as well as directly to the site’s forum section. The forum has worked particularly well with hooking up people to sail with mid-week. On the forum do take note of when the info came in as some posts might look great but a little stale.

Think Ice
John
DN5023
john@neiya.org


Madison Checking In

What a difference a little time makes Nice to No go overnight. But most of us already know the delicate natural balance between sailing and not sailing on any given lake.

Most of the New England Crew is hunkered down under one roof waiting for word from the race committee. Scouts are out looking and we will know soon. in the meantime all our equipment is packed up ready for the move. We will know by noon what our next venue will be.

Unlike those of us in waiting mode there has been consistent sailing in Maine at Damariscotta (https://iceboat.me/) and other locations. There has been some sailing in NH, MA, and CT as well as reports from Budd Lake and stern steerers putting on the Hudson in Athens NY. For last-minute and small groups of sailing keep an eye on the Forum section.

We have been invited back to attend the Andover MA winter festival on Pomps Pond and display and hopefully demo ice boats Sunday, February 6th. Peter Boynton and others will be there. Drop by if you are nearby.

Think Ice and don’t forget to report what you see.

John
DN5023
john@neiya.org

P.S. More news to come and be sure to ring in on ice conditions


Sailing This Week and Weekend Coming 1/15

J Pepper Quaboag Pond

Known options for the weekend. Where people will be sailing, skating and boarding.

  1. Bantam Lake, Litchfield CT – On the southern end of the New England range
  2. Quaboag Pond, Brookfield, MA – A little north and east
  3. Damariscotta Lake, Jefferson, Maine – Further North and east people have been sailing

There are several places in between like places on Winnipesaukee that are not quite there and further scouting is required. The cold temps coming in could change things fast.

T our race chairman is looking to get some racing in, probably Sunday, but we have to bob and weave around the coming white crud in the forecast. Stay tuned for updates from T. Reach out if you have any thoughts on this.

(N)ice Smiles Guys. A smile we all know comes from sheeting in and going fast. I am very sure there will be many more smiles come tomorrow

Remember, no ice is ever 100% safe sailors MUST make their own decisions as to conditions. Keep the NEIYA Leo mantra top of mine “There is always thin ice someplace”. Check with people who have been out before heading out. Assume there are unknown hazards when you first set out and take it easy at first.

Respect the lot, shoreline, and lake. Pack all trash out and leave the area better than you found it.

Sail Safe and sail heads up.

Think Ice and have fun,

John
DN US 5023
John@neiya.org


Ice Checking In Progress

Bantam Lake CT

It’s been cold. True ice building cold. The people in Maine were indeed sailing in frigid conditions yesterday (https://iceboat.me). ice checkers are out this morning at several locations. Stay tuned we will have more info later in the day. Remember even though we are all anxious we are in the early stages of the season and many areas still have snow on top which prevents proper scouting.

With a little luck, we may be sailing this weekend in MA (Quaboag), and a couple other locations are on the scouting list. Of course, Damariscotta in Maine is being sailed now check https://iceboat.me for details and we will recap tomorrow or Friday.

Be safe when checking and report your findings. Organize your own scouting parties. Report initial findings via our forum and let people know.

See something say something…

Think Ice,

John
DN5023
john@neiya.org


Near and Sub Zero Temps – Stay Vigilant

Iceboat.me Credit Damariscotta Lake ME

Here we go again. We had some some last week and the rain moved through over the weekend clearing the way for some sailing. Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club in Maine members have found some ice on the southern end of Damariscotta Lake and are sailing there today. Please check iceboat.me for details. There appears to be some access challenges and we must be good lake use citizens. This applies to all places we sail and we must get along with all lake users regardless of use.

We are waiting for additional reports. Ice in southern New England is building but no where near ready.

As always see something say something. There is a general good feeling we will be sailing this week and into the weekend.

Think Ice,

John
DN5023
john@neiya.org


It’s 12/21/2021 10:59 EST Do you Know Where Your Iceboat Is?

Photo Credit Jackie Mushinsky Spencer Cable Access – Quaboag Pond 2/16/20

As the PSA used to remind us, it’s getting late and something important may be left unattended. Could that be your iceboat?

If you are building get it finished. If you are stuck and need advice ask someone. If you don’t know who drop me a note and I will route you through our network to someone local. Looking for parts post a wanted in the classified section.

We are all waiting on the ice and as most of us know this is fairly typical in the Northeast. We can sail before Christmas but sometimes not.

This past Saturday we had a small group of people gather at Landfall Navigation in Stamford, CT to discuss iceboating with members and quite a few conversations with the usual Saturday customers. The usual questions: how fast do you go? where do you sail? And my favorite, where can I see it and can I try. We successfully got a few local, to me, people out on Bantam last winter. Iceboat intros occurred in all NE states but RI and maybe there too. Each one of us is an ice ambassador. It is up to all of us to shepherd the interested onto the ice. More on this as the season progresses.

This past Saturday we had a small group of people gather at Landfall Navigation in Stamford, CT to discuss iceboating with members and quite a few conversations with the usual Saturday customers. The usual questions: how fast do you go? where do you sail? And my favorite, where can I see it and can I try. We successfully got a few local, to me, people out on Bantam last winter. Iceboat intros occurred in all NE states but RI and maybe there too. Each one of us is an ice ambassador. It is up to all of us to shepherd the interested onto the ice. More on this as the season progresses.

The weather is looking more as it should complete with a system that will move through tonight and into tomorrow. Will this set us up for a post-Christmas sail? Maybe.

In the meantime be ready we may even be able to get the orphan regattas in from last year in the waning days of 2021.

Think Ice,

John
Commodore, NEIYA
DN5023
john@neiya.org


First Blood Behind Us

Our season has opened. As most of you already know, NEIYA sailors hit the ice the first weekend of December on Plymouth Pond in Maine and at the Great Western Challenge in Minnesota. Since then, conditions have deteriorated and temperatures have not consistently dropped below freezing. It does not look promising for a little while. Hold tight, check your gear, etc. This is no surprise, as not much happens before Christmas but is a real treat when it does.

As promised, I will be hosting a gathering of wannabe, new and seasoned iceboaters Landfall Navigation in Stamford CT this coming Saturday 10 am – 3 pm. Bring your boat down for a pre-ice survey. There will be decades of experience of waiting to help out. If you have any interest in iceboating come down all are welcome.

Where: Landfall Navigation, 151 Harvard Ave, Stamford CT 06902 just off I95 exit 6 North or Southbound

As always if you know something communicate with me or other officers or committee members. Word will be spread via this website prior to a weekend or event. We will attempt to give as much notice as possible but weather is weather and not always reliable.

Looking back at the Great Western Challenge December 3-5th

We traveled by car and air from ME, RI, MA, and CT. All received a warm Minnesota welcome. Not just from the Race Committee but all the sailors as well as the locals who stopped by or introduced themselves at the local eating and drinking establishments. Hats off to our MN hosts who put in hours of scouting leading up to the event.

If you are ever in Battle Lake MN be sure to stop in at the Shoreline Restaurant, Bar, and Bowl for great eats and lake views.

Be sure to consume the apex predator of the northern lakes. Whether at the Shoreline in Battle Lake or someplace else. Walleye is excellent eating. Blackened for dinner and in the Fisherman’s omelet for breakfast while watching the sunrise over the lake. If that is not enough to get you in there, the Shoreline hosts a meat raffle every Friday night. I wonder what would happen if one of us won. Traveling 1500 miles with a slab of dead cow is a story just waiting to be told. Maybe next time.

Other must-have culinary treats are the mini corn dogs and Prime Rib at the City Restaurant & Club 74 in Asby, just a short way down Rt 78 from Lake Christina.

Took home a souvenir from Minneapolis but promise to bring it back when we return.

Images from sidelines and the ranks.

Great Western Challenge picture from a pro. Photos by JH Peterson – See more JH pictures from the GWC https://theneiya.org/?p=12701&preview=true

And now we wait…

Think Ice,

John Stanton
Commodore, NEIYA
DN5023
john@neiya.org


All Tuned Up

2021 Tune-Up (Credit Steve Lamb 2021)

The lifeblood of any organization is the collective knowledge of its members and their ability to impart wisdom to newcomers.

Thanks to Steve Lamb for his decades-long support of the NEIYA and the sport of iceboating we were once again able to hold the Off-Ice Tune-Up. Special thanks to Linda Lamb and Val for keeping everyone well fed and cheery.

No one left hungry and the venison chili was a huge hit.

The regulars began showing up shortly before the scheduled start time, followed by the first of many newbies with their boats.

Six ice boats and a land sailer were rolled into the shop. The Yankee class Skeeter’s mast was just too tall for the ceiling and was moved to the back lot to be surveyed and set up. Paul Zucco took charge of getting Eddie’s Yankee together for the first time. Eddie, good luck with your new boat and see you on the ice.

The perfect storm began to unfold, requiring a reworking of the agenda. Decades of experience descended on the many new iceboaters needing hands-on help or advice.

As the afternoon progressed, we had just enough time for one presenter. Since a majority of the crowd wanted to talk about runners, T took to the workbench with a set of stones.

Like many of us, I will talk about iceboating to anyone who will listen and there was much talking. Eventually, most of us were talked out and the crowds packed up their boats and headed home. Everyone had dreams of black ice last night.

And now, we wait, all Tuned up and no place to go. Yet…

Think Ice,

John
New England Ice Yacht, Commodore
DN5023
john@commodore

P.S. We will have one more off ice gathering Landfall in Stamford, CT – Details soon


One Week Away – Till The Off-Ice Tune-Up – Sat 11/20

The Tune-Up Event is one week away! Come on down for help in getting your boat on the ice. Come to pick up parts or transfer them to those that need them. Come for the food, there is a rumor about a big pot of venison chili and of course all the rest presented by Linda.

If you have any interest in iceboating this is the place to be on the 20th. You may have seen us on some frozen lake in New England and always wanted to try it. Maybe you are tired of frostbiting and looking for drier winter sailing? Maybe read about it on Scuttlebutt Sailing News and promised yourself that this is the year you get into iceboating. Drag that iceoat out of the rafters and bring it down for a survey and help in getting it ice-worthy. The iceboating welcome mat is out. Come on down.

Whatever your interest level Show up and let’s get you started.

Date: Saturday, November 20th
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Arthur C. Lamb Company Refreshments: Served continuously throughout the day
Google Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/3zuJS2G2Nm3BwLYs5

We have a full schedule of events but want to focus on the new iceboaters. Especially those that are struggling to figure it all out and get themselves and their boats on the ice for the first time. Calling all Newbies here is your chance to have even the questions you didn’t know to ask answered. Bring your boats down to be surveyed by a collective of maybe 1000 years of iceboating experience. I have spoken to several of you personally at the swap meet and anyone else

Other happenings during the day

  • Paul Zucco – Demonstrating plank construction techniques
  • James “T” Thieler – Right of Way Rules
  • Bob Haag – Metallurgy the science behind our runners in laymens terms
  • Multiple People – Runner choke alignment techniques
  • TBD – Runner Care
  • Ice checking Round Table Discussions

If you have anything to sell be sure it is listed on the Classified Section. Next Saturday is a great opportunity to meet up with potential buyers and sellers. Let people know an item can be delivered to the tune-Up.

Let’s not forget the Ice is Coming. Are you Ready?

Sunapee 2/5/20 By Brian Langley

The season is upon us

Think Ice,

Commodore, John Stanton
DN5023
john@neiya.org

P.S. Any questions just reach out to me.


The Off-Ice Tune-Up is On Saturday 11/20

Steve and Linda Lamb have once again graciously invited us back to the Arthur C Lamb shop for an Off-Ice Tune-up event The Off Ice Tune-up is back and scheduled for Saturday, November 20th.

If you have any interest in iceboating this is the place to be on the 20th. The Iceboating welcome mat is out. Come on down.

Date: Saturday, November 20th
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Arthur C. Lamb Company Refreshments: Served continuously throughout the day
Google Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/3zuJS2G2Nm3BwLYs5

We have a full schedule of events but want to focus on the new iceboaters. Especially those that are struggling to figure it all out and get themselves and their boats on the ice for the first time. Calling all Newbies here is your chance to have even the questions you didn’t know to ask answered. Bring your boats down to be surveyed by a collective of maybe 1000 years of iceboating experience. I have spoken to several of you personally at the swap meet and anyone else

Other happenings during the day will be

  • Paul Zucco – Demonstrating plank construction techniques
  • James “T” Thieler – Right of Way Rules
  • Bob Haag – Runner choke alligmenent techniques
  • TBD – Runner Care
  • Ice checking Round Table Discusion

A couple of pictures from the last time we were together in the Lamb Shop.

The season is upon us

Think Ice,

Commodore, John Stanton
DN5023
john@neiya.org

P.S. Any questions just reach out to me.


2021 Swap & Meeting Recap

2021 Swap Meet Thompson Speedway Golf (All photo Credits Milo Fleming)

The day was on the warmer side and sunny. Perfect to roam the parking lot, talk to new and old friends, pick up equipment and check out items for sale. Next up our annual luncheon and annual meeting.

This year’s meeting was dedicated to one of NEIYA’s founding members Leo Healy who passed away earlier this year. Rob Healy one of Leo’s sons came to represent the Healy family. The meeting kicked off with a brief discussion of how many ice days were had by the membership. In spite of difficult times three members, Bill Buchholz, T, and Karen Binder, got in 30 or so days. Not bad for any year and particularly under the ever-present cloud of covid. Shows one what a little perseverance and determination will get you.

The usual business portion of the meeting followed, Secretary’s and Treasure’s reports were entered into the record followed by the election of officers. Voted into office for the 2021-22 season are John Stanton for Commodore, Jay Whitehair for vice Commodore, Karen Binder as Secretary, and Bob Haag as Treasurer. In addition “T” Thieler and Bill Buchholz agreed to serve as our Race and Cruising Chairs for another year.

In addition to announcing the nominating committee recommended slate to the membership Eben Whitcomb reminded everyone that the NEIYA is a volunteer organization and we need active volunteers to get things done at all levels. This plea was also echoed by many in the room. Be sure to answer the call when it comes.

T had an easy time giving a racing recap as all races were postponed and if we do not get them in by the end of the year, canceled for the season. T then gave an overview of the racing that will likely take place and as everyone except newbies knows everything is condition dependent.

For the third year in a row the Hardway was successfully completed. Charles Silfvenius and assisted by Bill Buchholz gave a recap of the event and outlined next year’s tentative plans. The event would not have happened without Charlie’s watchful eye and guidance. In addition to the Hardway, the Spring Frolic may return as well. We would all love to see a major ice event return to Winni.

Up next Chad Atkins IDNIYA Eastern Rear Commodore gave an update on the upcoming DN events as well as the background and results of the recent IDNIYRA equipment ballot proposals. The international and North American events are in flux due to covid restrictions.

In the new business portion of the meeting Commodore Stanton made two proposals relating to the Hardway. The first recognized the Hardway as an official NEIYA event which it has never been even though it was organized and administered by the NEIYA. The second proposal, change the name of the Hardway to the Leo Healy Memorial Hardway in honor of its founder Leo Healy. Both proposals passed by a unanimous vote.

Coming up next
Off Ice tune ups. At this time we are working on dates and exact locations. One will be in Stamford CT for sure.
MA Boston Area Location / Date TBD
NH Sunapee area Location / Date TBD
Southern CT @ Landfall Stamford, CT Date TBD

I am looking forward to a great season. Think Ice Everyone,

John Stanton
Commodore, New England Ice Yacht Association
DN5023
John@neiya.org

P.S. Several new or newer people are looking for boats if you have something that someone else might need please list it on the classifieds or reach out to me or one of the other officers.

P.P.S. Below are an assortment of pictures taken by one of our rising stars Milo Fleming

NEIYA People

Swap Meet Boats

Swap meet stuff. Which as we know always associated with people.

Talking about where we have been and discussing plans for the upcoming season and beyond.


Today’s The Day NEIYA Event Sat Oct 23th

Today is the day. No additional words are needed except for a call to get on the road.

See you at the NEIYA Annual Event

Be sure to haul out your extra gear and bring it down to the swap meet. Time to commit. Pay your dues.NOTE, you can use any credit card, not just PayPal. I am seeing payments coming through so you are in good company.

Here is a sneak peak for those that are curious

2021 Annual Swap/Event Agenda
Dedicated to Leo Healy

  • 10:00 Official Event Opener
    • Karen Binder – Registration / Check in
  • 11:15 Safety Demo with Jay Whitehair
    • How to Properly deploy Throw Rope
    • Proper line repack and care
    • Sailing into a hole a first hand account
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 1:30 Meeting Is Called to order
    John Stanton – Intro words “Remembering where we come”
  • Karen Binder – Submission of last years minutes
  • Bob Haag – Treasurer’s Report
  • Eben Whitcomb – Nominating Committee recommendations and election of officers for the 2022 season
  • COMMIT TO VOLUNTEER
  • “T” James Thieler– Race Committee Report
  • Charles Silfvenius / Bill Buchholz Hardway Report
  • Chad Atkins – IDNIYRA update
  • Bill Buchholz – New England Landsailing Update
  • John Stanton– Announcing The first ever Club Historian Because he knows where the bodies are buried Stephen Madden has agreed to serve the NEIYA in a new capacity.
  • T  and John – Schedule of Events
    • Racing schedule
    • Off ice prep till we sail Three Events
      • Southern CT @ Landfall
      • MA Boston Area Location TBD
      • NH Sunapee area Location TBD
  • New Business
  • 3:15pm Cal to adjourn…

Come join your fellow NEIYA members and interested individuals
When: Saturday, October 23th, 10:00 am
Where: Thompson Speedway Golf Course, 205 E Thompson Rd, Thompson, CT 06277 https://goo.gl/maps/DbGpTekm4ZLNnV8n7

  • There will be door prizes and giveaways for all
  • Swap Meet and outside gathering lower parking lot pre-list your items on the NEIYA classifieds
  • VC Jay Whitehair will conduct a hands-on throw bag rescue demonstration. It looks easy but someone’s life may rest in your hands so make sure you do it right.
  • Lunch and meeting inside and accommodations can be made for outside eating if anyone prefers.
  • The golf facilities will be open and if the practice greens are not aerated we could have a casual putting competition. Most of us are sailors, not golfers but we are talking bragging rights. Bring your sticks and a sleeve of balls.
  • There will be a land sailor or two set up and Jeff Kent is bringing his DN Landsailing converter kit, the same rig that tore up the tarmac at Loring in September and generated a lot of internet buzz. If the wind cooperates a demo will occur.
  • There may also be some amateur track events going on to watch.
  • Even though the Covid risks have leveled off, we do ask that everyone follow the prescribed state and federal protocol. It’s about being sure everyone is comfortable and safe and not politics.

Description Price  
2022 Membership $30
Mail in Form

 

Time to crawl out of your covid shell and get ready for the 2022 season.

THINK ICE and let’s make it a great 2022 Season,

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore
DN5023
John@neiya.org

P.S. If anyone has any questions, comments, concerns or thought please contact me directly.

P.P.S. We will be moving our meeting venue next year and we are looking to put together a committee to find the best location. If you have any ideas and would like to help plan next year’s meeting please chime in.


Don’t Lose Out on Lunch @ NEIYA Event Sat Oct 23th

If you have not reserved your lunch by paying online or dropping me an email (john@neiya.org) you may end up with an empty bowl and a growling belly. Still on the fence? We promise that this will be far better than the usual gruel you might get while on the road. Reserve your luncheon plate by paying for or letting us know you are coming. We made it easy to pay for your membership online at the same time. Payment options are below. You can check out via credit card or PayPal if you choose.

I’m Looking forward to seeing everyone this Saturday. Classified items have been coming in. Check out what is already be there or post your items for sale.

Be sure to haul out your extra gear and bring it down to the swap meet. Time to commit. Pay your dues and or buy your lunch. We need to lock in our luncheon headcount. We don’t want to turn anyone away so commit today by paying online. NOTE, you can use any credit card, not just PayPal. I am seeing payments coming through so you are in good company.

If you have some aversion to paying online we of course will accept payment on-site but please email me directly with your intent to come. John@neiya.org so we can plan. Doing so will make Treasurer Bob Haag’s life easier and ease the burden on Karen our Secretary at check-in.

Come join your fellow NEIYA members and interested individuals
When: Saturday, October 23th, 10:00 am
Where: Thompson Speedway Golf Course, 205 E Thompson Rd, Thompson, CT 06277 https://goo.gl/maps/DbGpTekm4ZLNnV8n7

  • There will be door prizes and giveaways for all
  • Swap Meet and outside gathering lower parking lot pre-list your items on the NEIYA classifieds
  • VC Jay Whitehair will conduct a hands-on throw bag rescue demonstration. It looks easy but someone’s life may rest in your hands so make sure you do it right.
  • Lunch and meeting inside and accommodations can be made for outside eating if anyone prefers.
  • The golf facilities will be open and if the practice greens are not aerated we could have a casual putting competition. Most of us are sailors, not golfers but we are talking bragging rights. Bring your sticks and a sleeve of balls.
  • There will be a land sailor or two set up and Jeff Kent is bringing his DN Landsailing converter kit, the same rig that tore up the tarmac at Loring in September and generated a lot of internet buzz. If the wind cooperates a demo will occur.
  • There may also be some amateur track events going on to watch.
  • Even though the Covid risks have leveled off, we do ask that everyone follow the prescribed state and federal protocol. It’s about being sure everyone is comfortable and safe and not politics.

Description Price  
2022 Membership $30
2022 Membership and Lunch $45
2022 Membership for one & Lunch x2 $60
Lunch Only $15
Mail in Form

 

Time to crawl out of your covid shell and get ready for the 2022 season.

THINK ICE and let’s make it a great 2022 Season,

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore
DN5023
John@neiya.org

P.S. If anyone has any questions, comments, concerns or thought please contact me directly.

P.P.S. We will be moving our meeting venue next year and we are looking to put together a committee to find the best location. If you have any ideas and would like to help plan next year’s meeting please chime in.


One Week Till The NEIYA Annual Event Sat Oct 23th

Just a week to go till our annual event. This year’s event is dedicated to Leo Healy who as most of you know was one of our founding members and continued to contribute throughout his life. Leo’s signature phrase “Remember there is always thin ice someplace” will forever resonate.

Be sure to haul out your extra gear and bring it down to the swap meet. Time to commit. Pay your dues and or buy your lunch. We need to lock in our luncheon headcount. We don’t want to turn anyone away so commit today by paying online. NOTE, you can use any credit card, not just PayPal. I am seeing payments coming through so you are in good company.

If you have some aversion to paying online we of course will accept payment on-site but please email me directly with your intent to come. John@neiya.org so we can plan. Doing so will make Treasurer Bob Haag’s life easier and ease the burden on Karen our Secretary at check-in.

Come join your fellow NEIYA members and interested individuals
When: Saturday, October 23th, 10:00 am
Where: Thompson Speedway Golf Course, 205 E Thompson Rd, Thompson, CT 06277 https://goo.gl/maps/DbGpTekm4ZLNnV8n7

  • There will be door prizes and giveaways for all
  • Swap Meet and outside gathering lower parking lot pre-list your items on the NEIYA classifieds
  • VC Jay Whitehair will conduct a hands-on throw bag rescue demonstration. It looks easy but someone’s life may rest in your hands so make sure you do it right.
  • Lunch and meeting inside and accommodations can be made for outside eating if anyone prefers.
  • The golf facilities will be open and if the practice greens are not aerated we could have a casual putting competition. Most of us are sailors, not golfers but we are talking bragging rights. Bring your sticks and a sleeve of balls.
  • There will be a land sailor or two set up and Jeff Kent is bringing his DN Landsailing converter kit, the same rig that tore up the tarmac at Loring in September and generated a lot of internet buzz. If the wind cooperates a demo will occur.
  • There may also be some amateur track events going on to watch.
  • Even though the Covid risks have leveled off, we do ask that everyone follow the prescribed state and federal protocol. It’s about being sure everyone is comfortable and safe and not politics.

Description Price  
2022 Membership $30
2022 Membership and Lunch $45
2022 Membership for one & Lunch x2 $60
Lunch Only $15
Mail in Form

 

Time to crawl out of your covid shell and get ready for the 2022 season.

THINK ICE and let’s make it a great 2022 Season,

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore
DN5023
John@neiya.org

P.S. If anyone has any questions, comments, concerns or thought please contact me directly.

P.P.S. We will be moving our meeting venue next year and we are looking to put together a committee to find the best location. If you have any ideas and would like to help plan next year’s meeting please chime in.


NEIYA Annual Event is ON For Oct 23th

Go fast ice time is coming and our annual meeting and banquette is on for Saturday October 23rd. What more fitting place for speed seekers than a race track? The NEIYA is made up of the people and the history we share, camaraderie, fellowship, spirited competition, and sailing together. Come out and welcome in the upcoming 2022 Season. The NEIYA annual meeting has been going on for four decades. It is a gather of new and experienced ice boaters, a great place to buy or sell equipment and catch up with old friends and make new one.

Come join your fellow NEIYA members and interested individuals
When: Saturday, October 23th, 10:00am
Where: Thompson Speedway Golf Course, 205 E Thompson Rd, Thompson, CT 06277 https://goo.gl/maps/DbGpTekm4ZLNnV8n7

  • There will be door prizes and giveaways for all
  • Swap Meet and outside gathering lower parking lot pre-list your items on the NEIYA classifieds
  • Lunch and meeting inside and accommodations can be made for outside eating if anyone prefers.
  • The golf facilities will be open and if the practice greens are not aerated we could have a casual putting competition. Most of us are sailors, not golfers but we are talking bragging rights. Bring your sticks and a sleeve of balls.
  • There may be a land sailor or two set up in the parking lot and if the wind cooperates a demo will occur.
  • There may also be some amateur track events going on to watch.
  • Even though the Covid risks have leveled off, we do ask that everyone follow the prescribed state and federal protocol. It’s about being sure everyone is comfortable and safe and not politics.

We need a headcount for lunch and now’s a perfect time to reserve your lunch and your 2022 season dues.

Description Price  
2021 Membership $30
2021 Membership and Lunch $45
2021 Membership for one & Lunch x2 $60
Lunch Only $15
Mail in Form

 

THINK ICE and let’s make it a great 2022 Season,

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore
DN5023
John@neiya.org

P.S. If anyone has any questions, comments, concerns or thought please contact me directly.

P.P.S. We will be moving our meeting venue next year and we are looking to put together a committee to find the best location. If you have any ideas and would like to help plan next years meeting please chime in.


Art Menard Sails Off Forever

Art Menard, Kate Morrone, Bob S, Paul Zucco and Dave Buckley Ninigret Pond 2014

It is with sadness that I have to share the the news of the recent passing of Art Menard. Art was one of the core sailors that would be out on a regular basis. We will all miss seeing Art in the coming winters. But we will remember Art when we sail in and around Massachusetts.

Farewell Art and may your hand be steady on the helm of whatever craft you choose to sail. I’m sure your choice will be an iceboat on miles of black ice with a steady 12 knts to wind up the speed.

Art’s obituary can be found here https://obits.masslive.com/obituaries/masslive/obituary.aspx?n=arthur-menard&pid=198959897

As always please share any pictures or memories of Art, either in a comment or feel free to send directly to me and I will post. The above picture was all I could fine in our archive.

Sail Fast and Think Ice,

John Stanton
Commodore, NEIYA
DN5023
john@neiya.org


Sailing Into Spring

Earlier in the week, I borrowed the words of the infamous John Belushi and in spite of a loose interpretation of world history, it came to pass. “Nothing is over until we decide it is!…” A number of sailors on a few venues proved that the season is still ON.

Saturday, the first day of spring saw New England action on Lake Winnipesaukee and up in Maine on Lake St George. Conditions were typical for this time of year. Cold overnights locking up the prior day’s slush from the high on the horizon late March sun. Randy said it was slush runner time, signaling the end is near.

Could we get another shot at sailing? The coming week’s weather is not promising. More north Moosehead maybe?

Sail Fast, Sail & Be Safe

John
DN5023
John@neiya.org

P.S. People if you have never seen Animal House or not in a while you owe it to yourself to watch. They just don’t and probably can’t make ’em like that anymore.


Official Hardway #19 Recap

As those that were there and those who heard know, it was a true challenge for men, women, and craft. A single group of seven coordinated sailors completed the Hardway in a manner prescribed by the rules.

Official roster of finishers for the Fleet 19, March 16, 2021 Hardway

Charlie Silfvenius: Hardway Commodore
Ann Rowe
Jerome Holden
Peter Boynton
Bill Buchholz
Jim Gagnon
Milo Fleming

Special commendations go out to those who rendered assistance to those in need and specifically Jeff Kester who found the AWOL boat) and then towed it home. Jeff I am sure we will see you next time around.

This and all Hardways are a collection of stories from the sailors who participated. Some of those individuals (actually most, myself included) did not complete the up and back. There are lessons learned from everyone that hit the ice this past Monday.

I hope to have many of their accounts published for all to read.

Milo Fleming is probably the youngest sailor to complete the Hardway and his story will be posted in the next couple of days. He is working on it between his other high school assignments.

There was a toast made to Leo back at Brewster Beach and I know he is smiling down on all those that attempted and completed the Hardway. The legacy lives one.

I look forward to another attempt next time and know many other sailors do as well.

Sail Fast, Sail & Be Safe,

John
DNUS5023
john@neiya.org

P.S. I know that people sailed Winni and St George in Maine today. Condition reports are being coordinated and posted for the weekend shortly.


Don’t Put Your Gear Away Just Yet

…Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!…

After Monday’s Hardway assault on Winniaposaki, I know some people want another crack at the lake while others got more than enough. There is a little weather moving through that region. There will be people launching from Leavitt beach tomorrow Friday 3/19. Let’s see how they do and maybe Winni will come through for the weekend.

Still waiting on favorable conditions in Maine. I know that Bill Buchholz will find something to sail on. Stay tuned and check http://iceboat.me.

Another weekend is coming up quickly hope to see you all out there

The pictures keep on coming in from a great day on Webster Lake (MA) a couple weeks ago. Thanks go out to Bill Converse for sharing with us. More online here https://photos.app.goo.gl/asC6jsg8HUxYGhETA
Keep the pictures coming people. There is plenty of room in the cloud for iceboating pictures.

Sail Fast, Sail Safe and be Safe,

John
DN5023
john@neiya.org


Get Out and Go Iceboating

At this point, you have heard people are sailing, seen the pictures, sailed on or stomped on, or wish you had sailed on the various plates of ice scattered around the New England Region. Well, they are true. Sailing always starts with a desire to sail and efforts made to go out and evaluate and test conditions. Sometimes those searches payout sometimes not. Remember to thank those that scouted the areas long before everyone else sets up. I know I will be leaving people out but here is a good start for what is on our top locals today. Bob Strzelewicz aka Bob S. in the Webster / Quabaug Area, Bill Buchholz (iceboat.me) for well pretty much the entire state of Maine and I am just going to say many including myself for Bantam. While there is nothing yet in New Hampshire our team is beginning to venture out.

Many of us are suffering from Ice Deprivation Psychosis or IDS. We have sailed so little this season so are ready to hit the ice as soon as something appears. Use caution and do not go on just rumors but listen to people that have actually been on the ice. When you arrive check with those that have been out. Below is where we know people have scouted and are currently sailing.

Top locations at the moment

  • Bantam Lake – Bantam, CT
  • Webster Lake – Webster, MA
  • Dammarascota Lake – Jefferson, ME

Others locations are currently being looked at and will be reported if sailable.

There will be not organized racing this weekend. However, I am sure that cones will be set up for some spirited practicing. Primary date and location to be determined by tomorrow.

A few grizzled veterans including myself and T (James Thieler) and others have extended offers for newbies to get out and try iceboating this weekend. Can we convert a few of our soft water sailing friends to the Hard Side? Consider inviting an interested out for a ride this weekend.

Sail Fast and adhere to local and state Covid distancing regulations.

Think Ice,

John
DN5023
john@neiya.org


Melt, Drain/Refreeze and Sail!

We have lost a lot of snow recently!

We asked for it and it rolled through late in the third period. The Zamboni has resurfaced our ice and getting it ready for review and fun.

Conditions are being confirmed and we have favorable reports coming out of most of the usual places. Naming names and starting outside of New England Budd Lake in NJ and Lake Mahopac in NY are both being scouted today. Moving west Bantam in CT is showing some good signs and is being checked out today. Further West off the Mass Pike Quabaug and down I395 Lake Chaubunagungamaug aka Webster Lake will both be looked at today. Reports are very positive out of Maine and it sounds like some of the best and biggest conditions will be had there. As always check out the Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club for the best coverage in that area.

There have to be other places but they have either not been scouted or they are being kept close to the vest. We rely upon condition information please share to our forum or pass it on me, Race Committee Chair T, or any of the officers.

Im not going to say we are in overtime just yet but now is the time to break loose of whatever is holding you back, work etc. As always conditions will vary and do change, sometimes very quickly, ice should not be considered safe until you have confirmed it for yourself. Sail heads up on any new piece of ice. Please be wary of the continued Covid 19 threat and be socially distant and follow all state and local regulations.

Sail Fast, Sail Safe and be safe,

John
DN5023
john@neiya.org

P.S. I will say it again this opportunity will not last get out there and sail.