Last Thursday we successfully held our second NEIYA conference call in the fall pre-ice series. The “Newbie” call was well attended with a good group of the new, newer, and never set foot on the ice as well as a good assortment of grizzled and experienced sailors. Enthusiasm was high as we talked about how we got into iceboating, what to wear what kind of boats make sense for people, and a general safety discussion.
Open questions from the call for NEIYA members and iceboaters at large. What’s in your bag? What kind of spiked shoes or strap ons do you use? If you were to buy new spikes what would you purchase? What kind of helmet do you wear and would you buy it again? What kind of ice pics or claws would you recommend? Let’s hear from you in the comments section below. Help answer for anyone that is getting started.
Next call topic, Getting Race-Ready. Time will be announced after our annual event. The third all Getting Anything with Blades Ready for the Ice will follow about a week after and Building and Repair shortly after. Have a topic you are interested in or passionate about chime in.
Annual Swap Meet, Lunch, and Meeting. Saturday, October, 24th 10:00AM. Thompson, CT. 205 E Thompson Rd, Thompson, CT 06277. Use the Golf Club entrance. Map Link We have a big parking lot for boats and other stuff and plenty of space. there could be a couple landsailors too. Pay your dues and lunch with buttons on the right.
So everyone what’s in your bag? Share your thoughts in the comments section or bring them this Saturday. Bring your spares to sell. Bring spikes, helmets, blades, masts, boats, or whatever.
Think Ice and see you on Saturday,
John Stanton Commodore, NEIYA DN5023 John@neiya.org
Today is the day. We will have a conference call at 7 and the primary focus will be on those who are new and or interested in iceboating. We have some old salts waiting to answer questions and guide you safely onto the ice.
All members should have received an email from me yesterday with login instructions. If you did not or are not a member and would like to join in please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not a member? I encourage you to signup and attend our annual Swap Meet and Event at the Thompson Motor Speedway Golf Course Next Saturday, October 24th. 10:00 am. We will have lots of outdoor space for the swap meet, Lunch, and our Annual Meeting. You don’t have to come inside if you are not comfortable doing so but everyone should meet up in the parking lot. You do not have to be a member to attend the swap or other activities.
For a preview of items for sale check out the Classified Section and remember to reach out to the individual seller via their published contact info. Replies like “is it still for sale” and other questions will not be published so send the seller an email or pick up the phone.
Thompson, CT. 205 E Thompson Rd, Thompson, CT 06277. Use the Golf Club entrance. Map Link We have a big parking lot for boats and other stuff and plenty of space. there could be a couple landsailors too.
We have all seen iceboats used to sell everything from liquor, cigarettes, and cars, clothing, etc. My own DN5023 and her sister last know to be in NJ were used by Oldsmobile as props at a series of international car shows. The latest, a natural from the sailmaker that has collected a lot of DN silver, to use the iceboating tie is North Sails for their Ice Sailing Collection of clothing. Check out what they have to offer, besides sails. There are also shout outs to Chad and Oliver https://webstore.northsails.com/us/en/fw20-ice-sailing.html #icesailingcollection
See how many NEIYA members or DN friends and competitors you can find in the video and post your comments below.
Once you find yourself or friends please renew your membership for the season and reserve your lunch at the Thompson Speedway Golf Course for our annual event on the 24th. We need to firm up the headcount per covid rules. Do it now, so you don’t forget.
In these uncertain times, I am happy to announce that we are going forward with our annual Event. It will be a little different this year but the iceboating spirit will prevail. 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 2021 Season.
Lunch and meeting inside and accommodations can be made for outside eating if anyone prefers. Because we are in
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.
Now is a good time to
We ask that everyone follow the prescribed state and federal protocol. It’s about being sure everyone is comfortable and safe and not politics.
We will need a headcount for lunch and now’s a perfect time to reserve your lunch and your 2021 season dues.
All conference call attendees and those that could not get on after I killed the meeting. My apologies I thought I had enough security set up but obviously not. Will have to implement additional safeguards going forward. Having new people in the crowd I did not know made things harder.
Checking schedules now and hope to redo this tomorrow night.
Think Ice and Internet Security,
John Stanton NEIYA, Commodore DN5023 email@example.com
A little more then 24 hours from now we will have our gathering venue announcement and help guide new, newer, or returning iceboaters back onto the ice this coming season.
With all that has been going on in our own lives and the world as a whole, it will be nice to bring some glimmer of normalcy into our lives. I can’t think of a better way than to sheet in and go fast. Before we can go iceboating there are a few things that have to happen. Of course, the weather has to turn but I am thinking of our annual gathering and the preparation that goes into getting ready.
In preparation for the upcoming season and to be sure that we are only showing the most current classified inventory, all classified ads have been pulled. If you had a previously published ad and it is still for sale just email or leave a comment and we will put it back up. Please be wary of scammers. If you are suspicious it probably is a scam.
As mentioned tomorrow’s call will focus on Newbies and how to get everyone on the ice this season. There will be plenty of people on hand to help tonight and as the season begins.
Talk to you all tomorrow night. Check the conference all info above.
John Stanton NEIYA, Commodore DN5023 firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. Now is a good time to renew your NEIYA membership or join. Info to on the right.
Greetings from the dark shadow of the Corona epicenter. Our season really didn’t have a typical last hurrah. Concerns and fear overtook our need for ice and speed.
I for one could have traveled but as a person coming from a high-risk area did not feel right about potentially exposing those in nearly pristine areas. It was a matter of personal responsibility. Taking responsibility is something we as iceboaters know and live by.
Now that I have gotten the grim and foreboding out of the way, it’s time to let the sunshine in and make plans to close out our season on a positive note. At this point our best option is virtual. The Zoom platform is pretty easy and I expect even the low tech or Luddites among us will be fine.
Our first Virtual Meetup will be this Friday at 6:00pm. The meeting info including password has been placed in the member forum which is password protected. https://theneiya.org/member-forum/
Don’t remember the password or want to just get it directly drop me an email email@example.com
We heard from the folks in Maine, the gang that crossed our Northern border to take the Canadian DN nationals. Way to go, T add one more notch. Bill Buchholz drew a good crowd for the Mille 100. If you haven’t read the write up on the CIBS’s site click here. What’s next? Time will tell and it may just be a very long time till we return to the ice.
Keep the faith maybe we will sail Moosehead Lake in Maine again and after that a postseason off ice gathering. More on that in the next few days.
Below is an account of Sundays sail on Lake Wentworth in NH by John Pepper. This is John’s first season and he sails Roger Livingston’s old boat.
John DN5023 firstname.lastname@example.org
John Pepper and Charlie Silfvenius AKA Charlie S. Lake Wentworth 4/8/20
It was a great day until ice got soft. 6 or 8 boats altogether. Gusts up to 20 at times made for some fast runs.
We had newcomer Marc Stipo and his 13-year-old boys, all summer sailors, show up. Marc took a DN out numerous times and declared ‘I am hooked’. It was too gusty to send the boys out alone on their first rides, but they each got a ride in the sidecar, and want to go again. Hitting 30 mph may have been the clincher.
We had an epic cell phone recovery at the end of the day. Finding a lost phone on a 3100 acre lake was a matter of waiting until wind slowed, starting downwind, and walking upwind, making calls on occasion. Cupped hands over the ears provided direction info. We first heard it from a half-mile away and closed in 100-yard increments. We got lucky. Charlie was the last boat off Wentworth yesterday, maybe for 2020?
Quaboag delivered one of the only games in town, it had a wonderfully smooth surface. There were a number of boats, multiple boarders, and wings, high tech and low rigs all sailing together. There was a huge range of experienced, new and newer sailors all doing what we love best. It was great to see Bill Converse one of our Sr members on the ice again. Boarders had a heavy presence and were ripping it up throughout the day.
Any info on happenings at Attitash? I have not heard but let me know how it went.
Credit John Stanton Quaboag 2/22/20
As we all know ice conditions change, sometimes rapidly. I sailed last week and until things were checked later in the week I was not sure whether the plate would be sailable again. We have the NEIYA organization the group of dedicated members and non-member ice enthusiasts to thank for finding and spreading the word.
Heros of Quaboag this week are Bob S. who spent several days in on and around Quaboag, the Langley family Brian Langley. After marking the hazards, Brian and his family sailed the less crowded non-weekend ice. Those marks served us all well on Saturday. Let me know how it went.
During one of our on-ice NEIYA conversations, Karen Binder our secretary mentioned that she recognized and talked to a number of people on ice that were not members or had been members in good standing but for unknown reasons allowed their membership to lapse. Guilt trip warning. If we have helped you find and get on the ice then pay your dues, if we have helped you buy or sell boats or equipment then pay your dues, if you have participated in a NEIYA sanctioned event then please pay your dues. If you enjoy gathering with like-minded ice enthusiasts, then please pay your dues. Thanks for officially joining or renewing. Pay dues here or below
NEIYA burgees are available once again. Show your iceboating spirit fly it from your halyard in the pits or your car antenna in the parking lot. They are hand made right here in Guilford CT by the Sail Bag Lady and made to last in a stiff breeze and will be around a long time. They are priced at our cost which is $40.25. Purchase burgee
At this point, we need a melt and refreeze to happen. Looking like that could happen this week. Bill Buchholz will be keeping a keen eye on Maine and Lee, Charlie and Randy have an eye on the Winnipousaki region others sare watching Champlain. I don’t know where but we will be sailing again soon. Lead the way, we will follow.
As most of you know and previously reported on the CIBC site the northern parts of New England got more snow so they are out of play. Our search for that Goldilocks plate of ice has not materialized but there are options to feed the need.
Some people are going back to Quaboag today and tomorrow as well. There are a number of known and likely unknown hazzards. If you do not know exactly were they are do your own investigations to get familiar with the safe sailing arounds. Mind the open water it is out there. Note Sunday it will be warmer so tomorrow is the day.
Paul Delnero aka PAD has been sailing, and will be there Saturday, Lake Attitash in Merrimack Massachusetts was scouted and sailed yesterday. Grade 8 white ice of 4-5 in. All Drain holes completely healed. Launch at public boat ramp. Route 110 to Attitash Ave to parking area. This is a small lake but with not many other choices…
Could there be something out of Canada or Western NY? Maybe but reporting what I know for sure at this point.
In the mean time here are some images taken Jackie Mushinsky of Spencer Cable Access.
There was racing but not the Doc Fellows we will be seeking a more suitable venue for that venerable event. Thanks to Karen Binder for taking on the race committee responsibilities. More on the races later.
Before I go on, as many will only be reading this to know if there will be sailing at Quaboag tomorrow. The answer is yes. Show up, have fun and report back.
I have been to Quaboag on a number of occasions but never noticed that it is literally just down the street from Podunk. I have sailed in some out of the way Podunk lakes and this really is not. Quaboag is an easy 15 minutes off of the Mass Pike or Interstate 84 near Sturbridge MA.
Quaboag 2-16-20 Check in
Quaboag 2-16-20 line em up
A good crowd of sailors, some arriving early and others trickling in later in the afternoon descended on Quaboag Pond in Brookfield, MA. We had about 30 boats mostly DNs but a number of Whizes or is it just Whiz like fish? Also a handful of J14s and an assortment of other crafts.
The ice was smooth and remained relatively hard throughout the day. The wind was 10mph with some decent gusts that made for some lively sailing. as the day. The wind died down a for a little while but cam back up.
All looks good for another day tomorrow. If you are just coming for the first time mind the open leads to the left of the ramp and set up on the beach to the right. As always inquire about current conditions before you set out and sail slow and heads up till you understand where the issues are.
I will be sitting tomorrow out but see you on the ice somewhere else soon,
P.S. if you took pictures today or tomorrow send them my way so they can be shared.
Quaboag Pond Super smooth Surface – 2-15-20 Credit Mike Acebo
Seven boats sailed Quaboag today on a very smooth surface. There are a few open leads as well as some other hazards, some are marked. The area is not that large but should be plenty of space for cruising and racing.
Sailor’s Valentine from Capt. Jared Wentworth Tracy (1797-1864) to his wife, Mary Hussey Tracy (1809-1891) of Nantucket. Created 1839-1840. Credit Nantucket Historical Association.
Apologies this was supposed to go out last night but your technically inclined Commodore was having issues.
Most of us know what the weather has brought us over the past week and that does not bode well for sailable ice. “I know what I know” but confirmed with our best boots on the ground in VT, ME and NH. and it was a unanimous no sailing. The same reports are coming out of the Montreal area. There is either too much snow or a very undesirable crud like surface keeping us from our beloved ice. Pretty much everything south of there is in various stages of returning to its summer liquid state.
There is one glimmer of hope for the long weekend. Quaboag Pond in Brookfield, MA is going to be checked today or tomorrow after the cold comes through. Maybe just maybe we can sail during this long weekend. Our ace checker Bob S will be confirming Quaboag’s condition and reporting back.
Patience rules the day and since this is Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing how other sailors be they grounded or during long voyages spent their time. Hint, they spent time, thinking about and creating hand crafted Valentines for their loved ones at home. A lesson for us all as the season progresses and we travel further and further from home in search of ice or whales.
From the Nantucket Historical Association https://nha.org/ This sailor’s valentine was a gift from Capt. Jared Wentworth Tracy (1797-1864) to his wife, Mary Hussey Tracy (1809-1891). The anchor symbolized Capt. Tracy’s intention to return home and “anchor” at his wife’s side. Tracy was captain of the schooner Harmony of Nantucket on a whaling voyage to the Indian Ocean in 1838-39. The Harmony wrecked on a reef near Caldeira Island in the Mozambique Channel (now Ilha Caldeira, Mozambique) on February 8, 1839. Tracy is reputed to have made this sailor’s valentine while stranded after the wreck. He returned to Nantucket by way of St. Helena in fall 1839. He subsequently retired from the sea and in 1840 set himself up as a shoe maker on island.
At the current moment, there is not much to report. Bill in Maine has a report about Damariscotta on iceboat.me but doesn’t sound immediately promising. I do expect to see something over the next two days and will pass on when we get it.
The above letter was sent to me by Mike Acebo on Long Island, NY. I am reaching out to Joseph to see if we can help him out and encourage others to do the same. While we do not have much to offer at the moment, it would help to set up the communication channels and maybe help someone fulfill his dreams.
On a more serious note, some of you may have received a spam email solicitation that used my name but did not originate from me. Not exactly sure how they pieced the information together but likely scrapped our site for emails. It does not appear as though my email account was ever compromised but the password has been changed as a precaution. Sorry for the inconvenience but unfortunately there are those out there that seek to take advantage. Perhaps we can encourage this individual to go out and check ice, alone, for us.
Two groups sailed today on Lake Sunapee and Newfound Lake in New Hampshire and passed on pictures and their first-hand accounts.
Brian Langley Reports from Sunapee
About 10 boats enjoyed sunny clear weather on Sunapee Lake today. Winds were around 8-10 with higher winds later in the day.
Ice was bumpy and rough on the lake. Combo of snow ice, windblown ice, and some refrozen windblown funky ice, that almost looked like open water? The lake is locked up solid. We found areas where the ice was glass. and other areas of smooth gray ice. There is one pressure ridge right from the river at the beach, all the way to the far shoreline. We managed to find a crossing and marked it with a cone I had brought out with me. Ice was a better grade of smooth gray running down the narrows to the island. We sailed up to the northern part of the lake where we found one pretty nasty pressure ridge with open water on the other side. We decided it could not be crossed. We sailed along the ridge down towards the mouth of Sunapee harbor to see if we could find a spot to cross and head up to George’s mills. But the ridge ran 90 degrees to the other and we could not safely go any further.
Sunapee 2/5/20 by John Pepper
Sunapee 2/5/20 By Brian Langley
Sunapee 2/5/20 by John Pepper
Sunapee 2/5/20 By Brian Langley
Sunapee 2/5/20 By Brian Langley
Sunapee 2/5/20 By Brian Langley
Sunapee 2/5/20 By Brian Langley
Sunapee 2/5/20 By Brian Langley
We did find a beautiful glass section up by the mouth to the bay and we all enjoyed sailing that glass-smooth plate for awhile. We headed back by late afternoon to make it through the narrows and the island. We all safely crossed at our return cone marking.
The wind had picked up nicely off the beach, and we all enjoyed some fast runs late in the day before breaking down at the beach.
Next up, the report from Newfound Lake near Bridgewater, NH
Jay Whitehair and I sailed Newfound Lake today.
The ice was AWESOME with smooth expanses of gray ice and even some black ice in places. The wind was perfect (10mph or so). Beware the huge open lead at the north end of the lake. Also some wet pressure ridges and assorted other hazards, but all in all great ice from Wellington State Park north. The south end of the lake is only suitable for ice fishing.
Guys thanks for sharing your day with everyone. hopefully, we will get on either of these venues when the front passes. There was also activity on Winnipesaukee.
Stay tuned and keep your runners sharp and your powder dry,
P.S. Please remember to share your experience and pictures with those who could not make it on to the ice.
Bob S., Ron Buzzel and others will be sailing Sunapee tomorrow Wednesday 2/5/20.
Predictions look favorable with temperatures below freezing all day with winds @ 8 to 9 mph. Come on out, as there is weather coming in towards the end of the week and who knows how this will effect our ice.
After a fairly epic bike ride the length of the lake today and consultation with several of the wise ones we’ve decided not to try a Hardway on Wednesday. The ice is fairly thin right now especially considering there is little if any open water and there are many hazards large and small. Every day the pressure ridges are different and new ones pop up. The ice from 3 Mile Isl. to Center Harbor is very very rough, and blocked by one of the biggest pressure ridges we encountered.
Our feeling is Wednesday might be a great sailing day from Wolfeboro, and there will be boats sailing, but none of us familiar with the lake on a daily basis and making this call feel like now is the time for a Hardway.
We are hoping to do a 3rd Hardway in 3 years so stay tuned.
On Monday Lee and Karin and perhaps others will be riding bikes on the ice from Center Harbor to Wolfeboro to scout for a potential Hardway on Wednesday. Wednesday the last day before snow. We know the ice is very rough out from Center Harbor for quite a ways. We will further check the pressure ridges which are changing daily. After consulting with Charlie Sylvanius and a further check on the weather we will make a call Monday night or Tuesday morning. Stay tuned.
I have three items on this update. Our participation in a local MA Winter event, an upcoming event at the NH Boat Museum in Wolfeboro and a review of ice etiquette.
A couple months ago the NEIYA was asked to participate in the Andover MA Winterfest. The purpose of the festival was to promote winter outdoor activities. How could I say no? Local iceboaters Frank Morse and Peter Boynton agreed to bring boats down and sail if the conditions allowed. Since I was not driving home from MT and had fled Winni before the torrential rains came Saturday night I was able to attend as well. The crowds began to build a little after 10am and the winter demonstrations began. There were talks and demos on ice fishing, harvesting ice, winter hiking and geocaching, ice rescue drills by the local fire department and talk about ice boats of course. I spoke about the history of iceboating, safety, and cruising and racing today. We were well received and there were many questions from the audience. There were a couple interested people both from the audience and the firefighters. I am hoping one or two of the families in the audience comes out on the ice real soon. We agreed to come back next year and perhaps schedule a local demo day when conditions allow.
Charlie Silfvenius our Hardway Chairman will be dong an iceboat demo at winter festivals in Wolfeboro February 16th and 22nd. More details to come. I am sure Charlie could use a hand or extra tongue or two to talk up iceboating to the crowds. More details to follow shortly.
Looking back we had a great one, two, three four or more days on Winnipesaukee. Over the course of the week we had 25 boats on Wednesday, 30+ on Thursday, 40+ on Friday and 25+ on Saturday. With all the coming and going I estimate we had between 60 and 70 unique boats sail over the four days. That is a pretty great gathering and the largest I have seen in some time. With all those boats running around courtesy and caution is a must.
A couple thoughts in no particular order
Sail heads up and in control
Be aware of other ice users
Kites They move pretty quickly and their kites if on the ground may have thin line stretched out from the kite. Stay Clear of it our blades are sharp
Ice Boards they are fast so aware
Motorcycles fast and may not be traveling in a direction that one would expect from a wind-powered craft. Give them room
Snowmobiles same as motorcycles but a little bigger so easier to see.
Ice fishermen and their Tip-ups. Stay well clear and if you do accidentally run one over stop and offer to replace (pay) if it is damaged
Anything else out there
If we are sailing near public launch areas we have to share. Sail heads up and with courtesy.
Looking ahead we have people out checking Winni today, there are many eyes on Bantam in Litchfield CT, there is news that Jordan Bay on Sebago might come it (watch iceboat.me for news), there is positive progress on Sunapee and a few other choices. The weather that came through is presenting some new possibilities so if you know something let us know via email@example.com and or post to the forum.
Sail Fast & Sail Heads Up,
P.S. I like all of us are eager to hear more about the NAs and sailing on Peck Lake. There will be more to come from our the latest North American Champion and others that attended.
I came upon this ice formation near the leeward mark and it best describes yesterday (Friday 1/25) perfectly. 40 sailors gathered at the intersection of ice and Ice and Fun.
Blessed by ice
Sailors came from all over New England, Long Island NY, The Jersey Shore, and Andre’ Baby brought six Canadians down on his coattails two from far away Hamilton This almost invalidated thier participation in the Common Sense regatta but as we know ice draws us to the extreme. We were thrilled to host the MIT iceboating team with their four Buchholz build DNs. They were thrilled to take their first spin on an iceboat. Remember your first iceboat sail? Those smiles should remind you. We look forward to sailing with the MIT team again soon.
MIT Iceboating Team
The day started out with some light breeze as shown on the NEIYA burgee at the top of my mast (yes we reordered let me know if you want one). This a gave everyone a chance to familiarize themselves with the ice conditions. The wind speeds increased at about noon and the real fun began.
The NA orphans and many others gathered around the leeward mark and ran numerous scratch races to complete the Small Sky (common sense) Regatta. Racing continued till about 3:00 and we followed the dying breeze back into the pits.
Some views from the pit. We had a couple pro photographers out there shooting who promised to send us their pics so more to come. If you have some favorite shots send them my way.
We have a front moving in today and it could prep us for some great sailing in February. Winni again? We will see…
The NA’s in Montana are still going on with one more day of races. In the Gold Fleet, Chad and T are still first and second follow by Ron Sherry. Bill Bucholz is currently in 8th place with an impressive 2nd place yesterday in the Silver fleet. Wishing the NEIYA and all competitors the best of luck on this final day of competition and a smooth ride home. Preliminary results here http://dniceboat.org/2020/na.html
That’s all for now as the ice is calling…
See you on the ice,
P.S. If you are not receiving posts in your email box please let me know.
Nature delivered the ice. Invites have gone out for days and today they came. Ellacoya was packed. Packed with 30 iceboats. Sailors came from all over New England, New Jersey, Long Island NY and four boats from Canada. People hit the ice but were unrewarded, the ice was smooth and fast and th wind never came up. As most of us know the next best thing to iceboating is talking about iceboating and of course, that is what we did. Remember not all iceboating stories happen on the ice.
Many in the crowd are NA orphans and in their honor, the NEIYA will hold the Small Sky (Common Sense) regatta in Ellacoya tomorrow. The wind forecast is favorable and with the current conditions, it will be fast. Remember races are open to any class that can put three boats on the line. Not racing? There is plenty of cruising space to wind up the fun meter.
See you on the ice tomorrow,
P.S. How about Chad and T currently in 1st and 2nd place in MT NA’s with racing tomorrow. Way to go boys and huge kudos to Karen for earning her way into the Gold Fleet. All three of their ears must have been ringing today. I will let T and Karen elaborate further over the next few days.
Spread the word. There is big ice on Winnipasauki launching from Ellacoya State Park.
The area has been skated and sailed with a consistent 4 – 5 inches (3.6 to 10.2 cm) over the areas that were checked. As you can see there is a nice smooth milky surface with some black ice. This is a big plate of ice and there are pressure ridges present and forming, cracks and other hazards lurking. Heads up out there. Talk to people who have been out and buddy up.
We are expecting sailors from the southern iceboat reaches of NJ, Long Island, and CT and to our Northern neighbors who have expressed a strong interest in making the drive south. Bienvenue et nous nous réjouissons de partager notre glace.
A team will be on the ice tomorrow late morning to do a deeper check. We expect to be sailing this plate for the next few days or at least till the snow comes in and makes a mess of things on Saturday.
Come out and play there is a racing event in the works likely Thursday and I know lots of cruisers, boards and skaters. Big ice for all to enjoy.
Additional information on lodging and evening refreshments and dining TBD.
Please leave a comment below if you intend on coming or leave a note in the forum section for more general questions.
Think Big Ice and see you there,
P.S. If you are new or interested in the short of iceboating Thursday would be a good time to come.
In reply to Ben Raynes. Ben, brand new myself…welcome! I came into possession of a vintage DN (~1960’s?) this year and restored it this spring. I had to pick it up in Pennsylvania (I live just outside of Worcester MA). Didn’t come with a trailer; after doing some research on sizes and weights, I decided that I could use my Thule cartop kayak carrier mounted […]
I’m new to the sport and I’m looking forward to joining other sailors this coming season and learning more. Can anyone give me some advice on appropriate trailers or how best to cartop or transport a DN to meet-ups. As I said… I’m new to the sport. Starting from zero. Any advice is appreciated.
Dave Lussier put on a great regatta this past weekend at one of the parking lots at Horseneck Beach, MA. Here’s his report. This past weekend we had a ton of fun at the first ever Horseneck Blokart Blast! Nine … Continue reading →
Camp Kieve has offered us the use of their big deck overlooking Damariscotts Lake, so we will hold a small meeting there on Sunday October 25, the day after the NEIYA meet. It is weather contingent, of course, so we’ll … Continue reading →
New post on New England Ice Yacht Association In these uncertain times, I am happy to announce that we are going forward with our annual Event. It will be a little different this year but the iceboating spirit will prevail. … Continue reading →
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In reply to Fred Greis. Forecast is for a cold winter. For those interested, I will be bringing and setting up a high rig Yankee which I recently restored. A piece of history ready to sail with your partner or race in the Yankee/B Skeeter classes. I recently found a home for the red restored Yankee in Maine. So we are building on the current fleet of over tw […]
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Renegade & DN Available at the Swap Meet! 1960’s Renegade with serious upgrades. New steering gear,( wheel and foot pedal steering) newly aligned runners, exacting work done by B. Buchholz. New blocks, sheet line, refinished Sitka spruce plank and springboard. Fully enclosed trailer that tracks well and is lightweight, (I pull it with my TDI Jetta wagon) […]
Yankee Class Iceboat Ready to sail! See it at the NEIYA swap meet. Restored and finished blue hull, white plank, natural mast, one set of runners in box. One of the original “Dirty Dozen” Yankees featuring a 23’ high rig sitka spruce mast and a wing shaped aerodynamic sitka spruce plank with upgraded pillow block chocks. Includes the original sail, however a […]
DN Trailer. 14-foot long box that is water and airtight. Built by Bob S. Has two gas struts that hold lid open. Very well made. I added drip rails on 4 sides and glassed the top. Trailer has new wheels, tires and bearings. Lights work. Set up for 1 boat, pretty sure 2 would fit. Mast tube. Has 3-foot high NEIYA letters on the lid. Hate to sell but fell in lo […]
DN sail and runners for sale: – 1 Full-Speed 1D sail with carbon battens in very good condition- $500 – 1 Hamrak Icewise Front insert runner with european steel blade 30″x3/16″ with teflon coating (black), carbon molded body, in perfect condition (USD 500$) – 1 Kardas Front insert runner 440C 30″x3/16″, carbon molded body, used 2 seasons and in perfect condi […]
Miscellaneous DN Items For Sale – Will send photos on request. Sarns hardware – New, never used, complete set of hardware for fuselage, (complete except no mainsheet blocks or Harken DN adapter for tiller post). All bobstay parts, steering components, plank upper plates and mast step parts. Selling as a set $450. Mast parts – Sarns side stay adjusters + fast […]