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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.


All Eyes Are Focused on Finding Ice

Our challenges have mounted this year but we did not give up. Small groups found small ice and had big fun over the past few days. But We all know how this story goes the fun stops when the white stuff falls from the skies. Temperatures are moderate and there is some melt going on so maybe just maybe some venues will make a brief sailable appearance.

Whether hope springs eternal or just plain Spring Hope we will be on the ice again. Thanks, Eben for helping me tailor a coined phrase for our own purpose.

With that in mind, there are definite possibilities in the heart of mid-coast Maine as well as points further east. At the more southerly end of our range, Lake Mahopac in NY is being looked at and there is some promise there. There are im sure other potential venues but the weather is a little tricky and heightened caution is needed. If you are keeping an eye on anyting please share in a comment here or in the comments section.

Weekend condition updates will be coming in tonight and tomorrow. Load up your gear and be ready do roll…

Don’t forget to check the classified section items wanted and for sale HERE https://theneiya.org/classifieds/

Think ICE and be safe,

John
DN5023
john@neiya.org


Pretty Much a Snow Hold – Weekend Feb 20-21

The weather has dealt us a bad hand once again. Most of the region got some snow. This is on top of some already snowed in lakes as well as some on top of newly sailable bodies.

At the current moment we do not have reliable reports of any sailable ice. Please use extreme caution when checking out surfaces that are covered in snow. “Here is always thin ice someplace” and if its under snow you increase your chances. Just use your head and be safe.

There may be a possibility in Maine. Bill Buchholz reported on Tunk Lake in Maine. For those so inclined, he should have info on iceboat.me later today.

Anyone for some short tacks on the Alton Bay Ice Runway (Lake Winnipesaukee). The runway opened for the season last week and is reported to be 18+ inches thick. With a good thaw and refrozen surface we could be on Winni again.


Skip to 2:15 for the ice.

If anything turns up over the weekend we will report back. Maybe just maybe something will happen.

Think Ice, Sail Fast and Be Save,

John
DN5023
John@neiya.org


No Sailable Ice to Be Found

Bantam Lake, CT 2/4/21

In case you don’t already know we are out of business for a little while. A little patience and we should find something. I know some people are hoping there is a miracle body of water that repels but sorry to say, no.

Best grab some skis or snow shoes and head out and enjoy the outdoors some other way.

Next update mid week next week or sooner if something materializes.

John
DN5023
john@neiya.org


Leo A. Healy – Fairwell to an Ice legend

It is with a heavy heart that I must let everyone know that Leo A. Healy one of our founding members passed away last week. Leo led a rich and full 98 years on and off the ice. Here is a link to his obituary https://dockrayandthomasfuneralhome.com/Obituaries.html

He was one of the founding members of the New England Ice Yacht Association and had remained active to the end. He was a driving force behind racing for many years and a regular participant both in New England and where ever the ice took him. A brief club history by Bob Kilpatrick https://theneiya.org/neiya-a-brief-history/

One of the lasting memories for many of us was his voice on the ice hotline announcing the weekend’s activities. Way back when all we had was the phone to keep us in touch and Leo did it well. His signature sign offline and one that is continuously used to this day. “Remember, there is thin ice someplace”. We all know how true this can be!

On a personal note, Leo and I would spoke regularly both leading up to and during the season over the past number of years. He would preach about unity within the NEIYA and the need to be inclusive regarding new sailors and those wanting to enjoy iceboating away from the start finish line. The last time I talked to Leo was prior to our annual meeting last fall. I knew he would not be able to make it so gave him a call to let him know of our plans. I could clearly hear that he was thrilled that I called and told me that he was wearing a regatta coat that day. He was happy to here that we were continuing under difficult circumstances and told me “John, you seem to have everything under control” Of course, I did not know this would be the last time we would speak but looking back I think he believed that the organization on a good path. The NEIYA was his baby and he cared deeply about it currently and into the future.

At the 2017 NEIYA annual meeting Leo was honored for his years of service and awarded a perpetual membership in the club. That membership is still current and will renew everytime we think about him and especially when we next do the “Hard Way”.

A proposal will be put forward to rename the “Hard Way” in honor of Leo. “Leo’s Hard Way” etc. Submit your ideas.

I have talked and communicated with many of you and need your help in putting together a proper memorial/tribute page for Leo. Need pictures, stories, and thoughts. Please help us preserve memories.

Leo sail fast on boundless ice,

John Stanton
DN5023
Commodore, NEIYA
john@neiya.org


Reflections on Going Through the Ice

When I learned to ride a horse as a boy I was told, “There are two kinds of horsemen, those who have fallen and those who are going to fall.”

I suppose one might say the same of ice boaters.

When I started ice boating 40 years ago on a “cheap skate”, I used to carry two Phillips screwdrivers attached by a thin line run thru the sleeves of my parka. I never had occasion to use them, but they were there.

More recently when I started Nordic skating and purchased a DN, I bought a pair of more upscale “ice-claws” that hang around my neck on a plastic holder. Last season after a “wake- up call” on Newfound Lake (sailing towards open water at 30 knots) I bought a dry suit and started wearing it out on the ice.

I am comfortable in the water, a strong swimmer and confident sailor, but having jumped into 34-degree water once (intentionally) I recognized the danger.

Today on Lake Winnipesaukee I went through the ice not once, but twice. The first time was in a trench where one ice plate was subducting beneath another and the surface looked sound, but the boat broke through. Thanks to the drysuit there was no submersion shock of hitting the freezing water.

To my pleasant surprise, my DN floats, though I know most DNs do not. I crawled /swam over the top of the floating hull to the edge of the ice. I was actually quite buoyant in the drysuit. Once there I was confronted by a 45degree angled sheet of slippery wet ice that I could not surmount. Out came the ice picks and I clawed my way up the slippery slope, pulling a line that was attached to the mast (in anticipation of just such an incident).

Not from incident but a great example from From Bob Dill’s http://lakeice.squarespace.com/pressure-ridges/

Classic downfolded ridge. Photo by Jeff Brown

Once up on the ice I was able to flag down a fellow ice-boater (Randy Rice) who helped me rescue the boat from the “drink”. Thanks to him and my attached line.

Eager to get back to the car, but feeling warm enough and not wet through (due to the dry suit), I headed back to the beach, but wandered off course and found another gap between two plates.  Again the boat floated and I was able to get back up on the ice. As I tried to rescue the boat a second time I heard a high pitched cracking and realized the ice I was standing on was less than an inch. At that point, 200yds from shore and with no help in sight I abandoned the boat and walked ashore.

A homeowner was kind enough to drive me back to the launch point and my car.

“After action report”

The point of the story is not to embarrass myself, but to present a cautionary tale and encourage all my fellow ice enthusiasts to consider the merits of dry suit technology, and by all means, keep those ice picks handy.

I was moving slowly, scouting what I recognized as a sketchy situation, so there was no high-speed trauma. I climbed out of the water twice, was not cold, did not end up in the ER with hypothermia, was able to get back in my car and drive myself home.

I notified the people who were out on the ice and knew I had gone in before I went home, so that they would not undertake a search and rescue operation (they had already started looking for me).  Luckily my phone was still working. I also notified the local police so that if the boat was discovered by anyone else they would not undertake a search and rescue mission.

Your fellow ice–boater,

Mark Friedman
DN3869


Black Ice In Our Rearview Mirrors

Green Ice Clip From Randy Rice on Winni – https://vimeo.com/507116424

All but the very youngest of us (Milo) had blackboards in school. Some of those boards were green. Randy Rice found a beautiful stretch of perfect mirror-smooth Green Ice. Take a look as it will be under a white blanket of grr show soon. We look forward to hearing from Randy when Winni and the surrounding lakes come back into play.

When sailing is not an option, most of us can’t help but skate, walk, or ski on or around our favorite local bodies of water. The Covid grip has pushed us to explore smaller venues closer to home. Even if not sailing, I have not been disappointed in the wonderful winter scenes.

As veteran DNers and former NEIYA commodore, Eben Whitcomb said to me after returning from a skate recently, “it’s nicer outdoors”. Till our ice returns get out there and enjoy what the cold has to offer us all.

Think Ice,

John
DN5023
John@neiya.org


Slim Pickings for the Weekend 1/30

Sorry for the late post but was waiting for some additional intel. The late returns did not pan out but I was ever hopeful. Hopeful that there would be some choices in other states but New Hampshire. We are out everywhere but NH. There was scouting on Winni but the results were not great and or require further scouting.

Wentworth is back in a limited way but it has been sailed over the past couple days. And what appears to be the best game in town. There are frozen drifts ranging from 1/2 to 3 inches in depth and firmly anchored to the surface ice.

Think Ice and be safe,

John
DN5023
John@neiya.org

Before you go:

  • Be aware of and adhere to all local, state, or federal regulations.
  • If you have any symptoms get tested and be negative before you go. If in doubt, stay at home!.
  • Practice Social Distancing – Easy gauge, the length of a DN plank is eight(8) feet.
  • Keep congregating and socializing in the pits and parking areas to a minimum.
  • Wear your mask or face covering while setting up, transporting gear to and from your car or trailer, and while setting up.
  • The NEIYA will NOT be holding any official after ice activities so plan accordingly.
  • Let’s all be safe and keep the safety of others in mind in everything we do.

Time to Regroup Pending Thaw

Snowfall Last 24 hours – What’s really on our lakes?

Sometime yesterday there was a collective sigh heard amongst the New England iceboating community. The white stuff has fallen across our region covering up some of the best sailing this season.

In case anyone needs a reminder about taking advantage of good ice as soon as it’s available. Bantam came and went in a matter of a few hours yesterday. Sailors set up early sailed and marked the hazards and a couple hours later they were forced off the plate due to accumulating snow. The wait continues.

Let’s post some first hand info into the comment section below or if you prefer our Forum. https://theneiya.org/forum/

We are sorting through rumors of areas of ice that have missed the brunt of the snow. With a little luck some people could be sailing for the weekend or sooner.

Think Clean Ice,

John
DN5023
john@neiya.org


Sunapee Sailing Saturday, Jan 23rd

Our VC Jay Whitehair will be sailing on Lake Sunapee tomorrow Saturday, Jan 23rd. Launch from State beach park. Excellent space for parking and setup. There are hazards so check with those who have been out before venturing on your own. Launch info below.

Plenty of room for all to cruise and there will be some marks to round as well.

Speaking of marks we have not given up on some regular regattas but the complex web of Covid regulations is making a difficult process even more complex. More on that later.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Mt+Sunapee+State+Park,+86+Beach+Access+Rd,+Newbury,+NH+03255/@43.3428806,-72.1317978,12z

Lake Wentworth remains good but there are active hazards so be careful. Check with locals. No word on Monomonoc in Rindge NH but will post as soon we know.

There are BIG winds forecast for the region so be careful out there people.

Think Ice, Sail Fast, and Be Safe

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore
john@neiya.org

Covid-19
While we are all anxious to get out and sail, especially as our season begins, While Covid-19 is still amongst us, we MUST all practice Enhanced Personal Responsibility. Basically, take the personal responsibility that we iceboaters already practice and turn it up a few notches.

Before you go:

  • Be aware of and adhere to all local, state, or federal regulations.
  • If you have any symptoms get tested and be negative before you go. If in doubt, stay at home!.
  • Practice Social Distancing – Easy gauge, the length of a DN plank is eight(8) feet.
  • Keep congregating and socializing in the pits and parking areas to a minimum.
  • Wear your mask or face covering while setting up, transporting gear to and from your car or trailer, and while setting up.
  • The NEIYA will NOT be holding any official after ice activities so plan accordingly.
  • Let’s all be safe and keep the safety of others in mind in everything we do.

This Weekend So Far

Kit Tucker sends in fleet from Monomonac earlier in the week

Good Morning all. As most of you know a bit of snow has fallen over some of the lakes that people had been sailing on got a little snow and a little warm snap. While this wasn’t dumping, those near those lakes feel it is prudent to give them a check before venturing back out. In NH Monomonac, Sunapee and Wentworth. We know of no known ice in MA, including all our usual go-to places. In CT there has been steady progress at Bantam and reports are expected later today.

That leaves us with Maine, where there have been good reports coming from our friends at the Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club (CIBC) aka http://www.iceboat.me for the latest in that area.

Look for further updates later today

Think Ice & Sail Fast,

John
John@neiya.org

P.S. If you know of anything or just need info please leave a message in our Forum section https://theneiya.org/forum/


Sunapee Sailing Thursday, Jan 21st

Lake Sunapee main body to the north

As mentioned yesterday we are coming into prime time. Our Vice Commodore Jay Whitehair was scouting Lake Sunapee in NH earlier today. Jay launched from State beach park and scouted the south and north ends. CAUTION there are some large holes in the south end that are skimmed over. Be very wary of the pressure ridges between the north and south sections. These are active areas and MUST be crossed with caution.

Jay will be back sailing on Sunapee tomorrow. Launch info below.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Mt+Sunapee+State+Park,+86+Beach+Access+Rd,+Newbury,+NH+03255/@43.3428806,-72.1317978,12z

Monomonoc in Rindge NH and Wentworth are still in play. A wide range of venues can be had in Maine check out iceboat.me for details. And maybe even more as we move into the weekend.

Think Ice, Sail Fast, and Be Safe

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore
john@neiya.org

Covid-19
While we are all anxious to get out and sail, especially as our season begins, While Covid-19 is still amongst us, we MUST all practice Enhanced Personal Responsibility. Basically, take the personal responsibility that we iceboaters already practice and turn it up a few notches.

Before you go:

  • Be aware of and adhere to all local, state, or federal regulations.
  • If you have any symptoms get tested and be negative before you go. If in doubt, stay at home!.
  • Practice Social Distancing – Easy gauge, the length of a DN plank is eight(8) feet.
  • Keep congregating and socializing in the pits and parking areas to a minimum.
  • Wear your mask or face covering while setting up, transporting gear to and from your car or trailer, and while setting up.
  • The NEIYA will NOT be holding any official after ice activities so plan accordingly.
  • Let’s all be safe and keep the safety of others in mind in everything we do.

Mid Week Ice Flu?

Have as case of the Mid Week Ice Flu? Luckily there are a number of cures out there.

People will be sailing on Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro, NH. Launch out of Allen Albee Beach tomorrow Wednesday.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Allen+Albee+Beach,+Wolfeboro,+NH+03894/Allen+Albee+Beach,+Wolfeboro,+NH+03894/@43.603411,-71.183679

There is also chatter about sailing on Monomonoc in Rindge NH today and they may be out tomorrow. Check out the forum listed at the top of the homepage for updates from individuals. Things are looking good in a number of spots for the weekend and the rest of the week.

A wide range of venues can be had in Maine check out iceboat.me for details.

Can’t sail during the week save the weekend there is surely more to come.

Think Ice and Sail Fast

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore
john@neiya.org

Covid-19
While we are all anxious to get out and sail, especially as our season begins, While Covid-19 is still amongst us, we MUST all practice Enhanced Personal Responsibility. Basically, take the personal responsibility that we iceboaters already practice and turn it up a few notches.

Before you go:

  • Be aware of and adhere to all local, state, or federal regulations.
  • If you have any symptoms get tested and be negative before you go. If in doubt, stay at home!.
  • Practice Social Distancing – Easy gauge, the length of a DN plank is eight(8) feet.
  • Keep congregating and socializing in the pits and parking areas to a minimum.
  • Wear your mask or face covering while setting up, transporting gear to and from your car or trailer, and while setting up.
  • The NEIYA will NOT be holding any official after ice activities so plan accordingly.
  • Let’s all be safe and keep the safety of others in mind in everything we do.

Mid-Week Sailing On Lake Wentworth, NH

Lake Wentworth Allen Albee Beach https://goo.gl/maps/fJTU2qhg4ZmKJBgs5

There were a few DNs and other crafts sailing on Lake Wentworth today. Our VC Jay Whitehair is set up at Allen Albee Beach and looking for others to show up tomorrow, Wednesday 10 am. He will likely be there Thursday as well but check with him. Members can check our directory and text him if you have questions.

Sail Fast & Sail Safe,

John Stanton
DN5023
john@neiya.org