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The Season is Just Getting Started

Seen at an I95 rest stop bringing ICE to a lake near you. Yes, the diesel generator was running on the trailer.

As the seasoned know patience and perseverance are the marks of an iceboater. While the last couple of weeks have been a challenge, the season is far from over. And as I said to a veteran of many seasons Eben Whitcomb just yesterday “We will sail”.

We have all been following Karen’s team NEIYA’s travels and triumphs. Congratulations Karen! I think that Karen, T and other intrepid NEIYA racers have brought ice back while traveling the OH and PA Turnpikes east.

Temperatures have been falling and there are reports coming in from Maine, NH etc that things are looking good for the near future. We of course have some

With our sailing theaters setting up to sail I would like to try something new. We will have a group call at 6:30 PM tomorrow (Thursday). All active members are welcome to call in to discuss current conditions and plan the days ahead or any other iceboating topic. We will have some of our seasoned ice checkers and others on hand. Watch your email later today for the call-in information. If you do not receive the invite email check your spam folder and if it really didn’t come email me at john@neiya.org. Remember if you are not a member in good standing you will not receive the invite.

Think Ice,

John
DN5023
john@neiya.org


Ice is Coming

All,

Bob S. checked in earlier today and noted that Quaboag Pond has skimmed over. That is good news for the more southern reaches of New England. While it is certainly not anywhere near safe yet, it is encouraging. And some will sail there this season I am sure.

Bob, thanks for checking in. We can’t do this without those that keep a watchful eye on the bodies of water throughout New England.

Stay tuned…

Think Ice,

John


News From Jeff @ The GWC

GWC 2022 Dawn Sail Sunday 12/4/22 By Jeff Kent DN3535

As relayed in one of the comments from yesterday. Sunrises and sunsets over the ice never grows old.

The great western challenge was without question the finest conditions held in recent memory. The Ice was 10 out of 10 everywhere. Miles of perfect black ice great breeze some chilli temp that moderate. Been to many of these and without question the best ever! Lot of racing and lots of tuning.

You missed a great season kickoff. If you didn’t go put it on next year’s calendar


Jeff kent


Descending on The Tune_Up Event This Saturday (11/26)

With the vintage Returns spirit, Ed Edwards sent in his latest project. The 1960ish barn find appears to be made of Sitka spruce. She is undergoing a partial rebuild and will be on display at this Saturday’s Tine-Up at Steve Lamb’s shop in Canton, MA.

Does the craft look familiar? Any work you have seen in the past? Maybe even worked or saw it being worked on.

Date: Saturday, November 26th
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location:Arthur C. Lamb Company 85 Jackson St, Canton, MA 02021
Refreshments: Served continuously throughout the day
Google Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/3zuJS2G2Nm3BwLYs5

As mentioned previously we will have a collection of seasoned iceboaters on hand to assist the interested, new, and less seasoned iceboaters. Like other types of sailing it’s not hard to learn the basics but a lifetime to master. We are all in continuous learning mode.

Your Membership goes towards putting on events like the Tune-Up Please Pay Today

Dues Time Price
2023 Membership $30
Mail in Form But Please Try Doing it Online PayPal Not Required

Looking forward to seeing everyone and the group collectivly helping new people get on the ice for the first time.

Think Ice,

John

Commodore, NEYA
DN5023
John@commodoret

P.S. Give me a shout if you have any questions and yes we still have room for one or more boats.


Calling All Would Be and New Iceboaters – Sat 11/26 Off-Ice Tune-Up

Calling all would be, newer iceboaters, those seasoned by many winters, and anyone with even a remote interest in iceboating this event is for you. As we have done in past years this is your opportunity to come out and talk to the seasoned and drink from the centuries of collective iceboat knowledge and experience.

It’s Thanksgiving weekend and a great excuse to slip out. Better yet bring your brother, brother/sister-in-law, other family members, or friends.

Have a craft you want to get on the ice? bring it down for a survey and we will help set it up with you. Please email me so we can be sure there is room and we have the appropriate experts on hand. Drag that old iceboat out of the rafters and come down. Don’t hesitate this is your year to fulfill a desire to sail faster than the wind.

We have a full Day of information and knowledge transfer

  • Demonstrating plank construction techniques
  • Right of Way Rules – VC Jay has a new set of model boats to demo the rules
  • Racing for the beginner because going fast is always measured against someone else.
  • Runner chock alignment techniques
  • Runner Care
  • Ice checking Round Table Discussion

Lunch and refreshments will be continuously served throughout the day by Linda. Chili dogs!

If you have any interest in iceboating this is the place to be on the 26th. The Iceboating welcome mat is out. Come on down.

Date: Saturday, November 26th
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

Pay Your Dues – Please

Dues Time Price
2023 Membership $30
Mail in Form But Please Try Doing it Online PayPal Not Required

We have a limited number of NEIYA Vintage Returns mugs left over from last month’s gathering for those who paid their dues (first come first served)

A few 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. Drop me an email if you are coming and especially if you are brining a boat to be set up and surveyed.


NEIYA 2022 Fall Swap, Lunch & Meeting Recap

Photo Credits Mike Acebo
Blue Streak patiently awaits her return to a frozen plate in the near future – All photo Credits Mike Acebo unless otherwise noted. Thanks, Mike!

Some 75 seasoned and would-be iceboaters gathered once again for new Engaland ice Yacht Association’s annual gathering which includes a swap meet, lunch, and annual meeting. There was equipment galore for any vintage craft. From state-of-the-art to vintage wooden spars as well as blades. There are a couple complete boats for any level of sailing and plenty of parts in the Classified section. Find your new to you iceboat and bring it to the Lamb Tune-up 11/26 (more below and to follow). We will be sure your are well on your way to sailing when the ice comes in.

The hit of the lot was VC Jay’s recent acquisition Blue Streak which was well preserved in a barn near Squam Lake but had not felt ice under her runners in many years. The Blue Streak and many other vintage classics will be hitting the ice again next year. More on the Vintage Returns Event to follow. Think about it while you’re sipping coffee from your NEIYA Vintage mug. Don’t have one? There are a few more mugs left over and available to current members at the Lamb Tune-Up on 11/26

Pay Your Dues – First Request

Dues Time Price
2023 Membership $30
Mail in Form But Please Try Doing it Online PayPal Not Required

Thanks to all those in the lot working hard to pass gear on to the next pilot. Henry is selling a complete competitive DN with just enough carbon fiber to eliminate equipment excuses on the course. It will be on the classified section soon and I bet it will be available at the Tune-Up for pick. Don’t forget Steve Duhamel of https://www.northwindiceboats.com/ has most anything you need to get your program up to speed. I still have two masts for sale. One CSI mast suitable for someone 200# or over and the other a stiffer one made at Hall Spars. Several people were looking at them. Now’s the time to work a deal. You know how to reach out to me.

The Long Island Gang and one New England (CT) transplant. – Thanks for making the annual journey. See you on Bantam and beyond.

Pay Your Dues – Second Request

Dues Time Price
2023 Membership $30
Mail in Form But Please Try Doing it Online PayPal Not Required
2022 Lunch & Meeting Thompson Speedway Golf Course, Thompson, CT

Shortly after herding everyone (almost) inside lunch was served followed by our usual agenda. Commodore John Stanton kicked things off with thank yous all around. Thanks to all those that helped make it happen including VC Jay, Secretary Karen, and Treasurer Bob and Henry Tompson Speedway inside connection. Special thanks to those that came early offering parts. Steve, Paul, Jeff, and everyone else dragging parts to sell. Thanks for your continued support, we can’t do it without you guys!

We all had a chance to say farewell to long time DNer and friend Jack Erickson. Jack sheet in and sail on black ice towards the horizon.

The meeting continued with reports from our Secretary, Treasurer and Race Chair “T”. His 2022 report was brief as we were not able to get any races completed but will surely have better luck this coming season. “T” also outlined the planned races which will include starts for older non gran-prix boats. So don’t have intimidated by the abundant display or carbon fiber as there is plenty of competition at every level. So make it a point to participate this coming season.

Official notice of the Vintage Returns event was announced followed by the event genesis and overview by Jay. More on this next week. The meeting next morphed into a round table discussion about Vintage Ice Yachts. Thanks to our panelists included Bill Buchholz, Charlie Silfvenius (aka Charlie S), George Neyssen and all others that participated in a lively and informative discussion on how to return an vintage craft to the ice.

Discussions continued regarding the already in place coordinating with vintage boat owners and area representatives from all over New England, Long Island NY, the majestic Hudson, and the Jersey Shore home of many classics.

The stage is set for a grand event that might even bring Jack Frost and Rocket back together again. The welcome mat is on the ice for any vintage craft. I know diesel prices are high but maybe some Mid-Western boats can come east to play?

The meeting was adjourned and people returned to the lot for another couple more hours of ice and boat talk.

Upcoming – Lamb Off-Ice Tune-up Sat, Nov 26th

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 26th.

If you have any interest in iceboating this is the place to be on the 26th. The Iceboating welcome mat is out. Come on down.

Date: Saturday, November 26th
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 and Vintage crafts for looking to participate in next years event.. Struggling to figure it all out? Let us help you get your boat on the ice for the first time or first in a long 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 easily 1000 years of iceboating experience. I have spoken to several of you personally at the swap meet and along the way so don’t procrastinate. Make it happen this season.

Other happenings during the day will be

  • Demonstrating plank construction techniques
  • Right of Way Rules
  • Racing for the beginner because going fast is always measured against someone else.
  • Runner chock alignment techniques
  • Runner Care
  • Ice checking Round Table Discussion

Pay Your Dues – Third Request and a Charm!

Dues Time Price
2023 Membership $30
Mail in Form But Please Try Doing it Online PayPal Not Required

Thanks to all those who attended it was a great gathering. It would not have been a success without you. Perhaps my wearing shorts set up the warm days that followed but we all know it will get cold soon enough. Predictions are for a La Niña cycle which means be ready to roll, even faster than usual as chaotic weather will follow fast. So get ready for the 2022-23 season and stay tuned for first ice coming to a northern pond somewhere. See you at Steve Lamb’s shop on the 26th.

Think Ice & Sail Fast,

John Stanton

Commodore, NEIYA
DN5023
John@neiya.org

P.S. For those who might have missed the NOAA La Niña hyperlink https://www.weather.gov/iwx/la_nina Also some informative coverage from the European site severe-weather.eu – https://www.severe-weather.eu/tag/la-nina/


NEIYA 2022 Fall Swap, Lunch & Meeting Recap

Photo Credits Mike Acebo
Blue Streak patiently awaits her return to a frozen plate in the near future – All photo Credits Mike Acebo unless otherwise noted. Thanks, Mike!

Some 75 seasoned and would-be iceboaters gathered once again for new Engaland ice Yacht Association’s annual gathering which includes a swap meet, lunch, and annual meeting. There was equipment galore for any vintage craft. From state-of-the-art to vintage wooden spars as well as blades. There are a couple complete boats for any level of sailing and plenty of parts in the Classified section. Find your new to you iceboat and bring it to the Lamb Tune-up 11/26 (more below and to follow). We will be sure your are well on your way to sailing when the ice comes in.

The hit of the lot was VC Jay’s recent acquisition Blue Streak which was well preserved in a barn near Squam Lake but had not felt ice under her runners in many years. The Blue Streak and many other vintage classics will be hitting the ice again next year. More on the Vintage Returns Event to follow. Think about it while you’re sipping coffee from your NEIYA Vintage mug. Don’t have one? There are a few more mugs left over and available to current members at the Lamb Tune-Up on 11/26

Pay Your Dues – First Request

Dues Time Price
2023 Membership $30
Mail in Form But Please Try Doing it Online PayPal Not Required

Thanks to all those in the lot working hard to pass gear on to the next pilot. Henry is selling a complete competitive DN with just enough carbon fiber to eliminate equipment excuses on the course. It will be on the classified section soon and I bet it will be available at the Tune-Up for pick. Don’t forget Steve Duhamel of https://www.northwindiceboats.com/ has most anything you need to get your program up to speed. I still have two masts for sale. One CSI mast suitable for someone 200# or over and the other a stiffer one made at Hall Spars. Several people were looking at them. Now’s the time to work a deal. You know how to reach out to me.

The Long Island Gang and one New England (CT) transplant. – Thanks for making the annual journey. See you on Bantam and beyond.

Pay Your Dues – Second Request

Dues Time Price
2023 Membership $30
Mail in Form But Please Try Doing it Online PayPal Not Required
2022 Lunch & Meeting Thompson Speedway Golf Course, Thompson, CT

Shortly after herding everyone (almost) inside lunch was served followed by our usual agenda. Commodore John Stanton kicked things off with thank yous all around. Thanks to all those that helped make it happen including VC Jay, Secretary Karen, and Treasurer Bob and Henry Tompson Speedway inside connection. Special thanks to those that came early offering parts. Steve, Paul, Jeff, and everyone else dragging parts to sell. Thanks for your continued support, we can’t do it without you guys!

We all had a chance to say farewell to long time DNer and friend Jack Erickson. Jack sheet in and sail on black ice towards the horizon.

The meeting continued with reports from our Secretary, Treasurer and Race Chair “T”. His 2022 report was brief as we were not able to get any races completed but will surely have better luck this coming season. “T” also outlined the planned races which will include starts for older non gran-prix boats. So don’t have intimidated by the abundant display or carbon fiber as there is plenty of competition at every level. So make it a point to participate this coming season.

Official notice of the Vintage Returns event was announced followed by the event genesis and overview by Jay. More on this next week. The meeting next morphed into a round table discussion about Vintage Ice Yachts. Thanks to our panelists included Bill Buchholz, Charlie Silfvenius (aka Charlie S), George Neyssen and all others that participated in a lively and informative discussion on how to return an vintage craft to the ice.

Discussions continued regarding the already in place coordinating with vintage boat owners and area representatives from all over New England, Long Island NY, the majestic Hudson, and the Jersey Shore home of many classics.

The stage is set for a grand event that might even bring Jack Frost and Rocket back together again. The welcome mat is on the ice for any vintage craft. I know diesel prices are high but maybe some Mid-Western boats can come east to play?

The meeting was adjourned and people returned to the lot for another couple more hours of ice and boat talk.

Upcoming – Lamb Off-Ice Tune-up Sat, Nov 26th

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 26th.

If you have any interest in iceboating this is the place to be on the 26th. The Iceboating welcome mat is out. Come on down.

Date: Saturday, November 26th
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 and Vintage crafts for looking to participate in next years event.. Struggling to figure it all out? Let us help you get your boat on the ice for the first time or first in a long 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 easily 1000 years of iceboating experience. I have spoken to several of you personally at the swap meet and along the way so don’t procrastinate. Make it happen this season.

Other happenings during the day will be

  • Demonstrating plank construction techniques
  • Right of Way Rules
  • Racing for the beginner because going fast is always measured against someone else.
  • Runner choke alignment techniques
  • Runner Care
  • Ice checking Round Table Discussion

Pay Your Dues – Third Request and a Charm!

Dues Time Price
2023 Membership $30
Mail in Form But Please Try Doing it Online PayPal Not Required

Thanks to all those who attended it was a great gathering. It would not have been a success without you. Perhaps my wearing shorts set up the warm days that followed but we all know it will get cold soon enough. Predictions are for a La Niña cycle which means be ready to roll, even faster than usual as chaotic weather will follow fast. So get ready for the 2022-23 season and stay tuned for first ice coming to a northern pond somewhere. See you at Steve Lamb’s shop on the 26th.

Think Ice & Sail Fast,

John Stanton

Commodore, NEIYA
DN5023
John@neiya.org

P.S. For those who might have missed the NOAA La Niña hyperlink https://www.weather.gov/iwx/la_nina Also some informative coverage from the European site severe-weather.eu – https://www.severe-weather.eu/tag/la-nina/


It’s Almost Show Time – Last Call

In a matter of hours, we will once again gather for the NEIYA’s annual gathering. As you might have guessed we are in full planning mode for next year’s Vintage Returns event. There will be at least one vintage stern steerer set up and on display. Do you have a vintage craft in your garage bring it down and our panel of experts will look it over.

There of course be lots of gear looking for new homes. It is a time to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Trust me, it is far easier to talk to people without a face mask and cold temperatures. Never been to an annual event? Come out and learn why people keep coming back decade after decade.

The sailing season in the Northeast is grinding to a halt and winter is looming. Come find out what Ice boating is all about. Come out for the camaraderie, tales of spirited competition, and fellowship. Come out and welcome the upcoming 2023 Season. Experienced, novices or newbies all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Always dreamed of iceboating? This event is designed with you in mind. Don’t miss this GO FAST opportunity.

Please pay your 2023 season due online below Hey, whether you are coming or not please pay dues for the upcoming season. Club Secretary Karen Binder will be at large and updating your contact information be sure to say hello and ask her about our upcoming race into racing at any level event.

Description Price  
2023 Membership $30
2023 Membership and Lunch $45
2023 Membership for one & Lunch x2 $60
Lunch Only $15
Mail in Form

 

Come join your fellow NEIYA members and interested individuals

As seen on Windcheck Magazine’s newsletter


When: Saturday, October 29th, 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
  • Like last year, there will be a land sailor or two set up in the parking lot.

We have a few NEIYA Sweatshirts left. Put a couple extra bills in your wallet. Find Jay in the lot to purchase and be sure to ask him about our upcoming Classic Iceboat Event coming this season. This season let’s get your barn finds onto the ice again.

THINK ICE and let’s make it a great 2023 Season,

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore
DN5023
John@neiya.org

P.S. Reach out to me directly with any questions, comments, concerns, or thoughts.


Count Down to The Swap and Gathering Oct 29th

Less than a week away till the NEIYA Swap Meet and annual Lunch and meeting.

The NEIYA annual meeting has been going on for decades. Some of us have not missed one in 20 years or more. Come out for the camaraderie, tales of spirited competition, and fellowship. Come out and welcome the upcoming 2023 Season. Experienced, novice or newbie all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Always about dreamed iceboating? This event is designed with you in mind. Don’t miss this GO FAST opportunity.

We have a few NEIYA Sweatshirts left. Put a couple extra bills in your wallet. Find Jay in the lot to purchase and be sure to ask him about our upcoming Classic Iceboat Event coming this season. This season let’s get your barn finds onto the ice again.

Come join your fellow NEIYA members and interested individuals
When: Saturday, October 29th, 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
  • Like last year, there will be a land sailor or two set up in the parking lot.

Please pay your 2023 season due online below Hey, whether you are coming or not please pay dues for the upcoming season. Club Secretary Karen Binder will be at large and updating your contact information be sure to say hello and ask her about our upcoming race into racing at any level event.

Description Price  
2023 Membership $30
2023 Membership and Lunch $45
2023 Membership for one & Lunch x2 $60
Lunch Only $15
Mail in Form

 

THINK ICE and let’s make it a great 2023 Season,

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore
DN5023
John@neiya.org

P.S. Reach out to me directly with any questions, comments, concerns, or thoughts.


In Memory of Jack Erickson DN3186

Jack Erickson DN3186

It is with a heavy heart that I must share the sad news of Jack Ericskon’s (DN3186) passing. Jack was a longtime NEIYA member and avid DN racer. He competed in countless local, regional, and major DN events over the years.

Jack was one of the original and regular members of the CSI Thursday night gang. Anyone that attended these sessions has more than a few Jack stories. Some publishable others, well not so much but will surely be rehashed and shared offline.

Jack was a “Boat Guy” with a passion for all crafts sitting in or on top of the water. A passion that spread to every vessel he came in contact with.

His van was well-prepped for winter travel with some of the most aggressive snow/ice tires at the regatta launch area. Jack did not like getting stuck!

His dry wit and insistence on precision, precise detail, and unwavering sense of right & wrong (lovingly enforced with a ball pein hammer) will be missed by all.

Next time you’re in the pits or looking down the Prestart Line look hard and you might catch a glimpse of DN3186 out of the corner of your eye.

Please share your memories and pictures of Jack in the comment section or send them directly to me for all to reminisce.

Jack, fair winds, and black ice clear to the horizon.

Think Ice,

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


NEIYA Annual Event is ON For Sat. Oct 29th

With the overnight chill in the air, it’s nearly GO FAST time. Time to make ready for ice, blades, and speed. Go FAST ice time is coming and our annual meeting and banquette are on for Saturday, October 29th. We are once again returning to Thompson Motor Speedway in Thompson CT for a third and likely last time. The Venue is near Lake Chaubunagungamaug better known as Webster lake, because none but natives can pronounce it.

So GO FAST — Dig your gear out of the basement, garage, Attic, or wherever it has been stowed. Half my program has been summering in Newport and needs to come home soon. Put your craft(s) together on the hard. Check for worn and broken parts. I always forget to replace or fix something from last season and now’s the time to do it. Have extra parts, masts, sails, blades, full program etc? Lighten your load and help someone else GO FASTer. Put them up for sale in our classified section (instructions below).

The NEIYA annual meeting has been going on for decades. Come out for the camaraderie, tales of spirited competition, and fellowship. Come out and welcome the upcoming 2023 Season. Experienced, novice or newbie all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Always about dreamed iceboating? This event is designed with you in mind. Don’t miss this GO FAST opportunity.

Come join your fellow NEIYA members and interested individuals
When: Saturday, October 29th, 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
  • Like last year, there will be a land sailor or two set up in the parking lot.

We need a head count for lunch and now’s a perfect time to reserve your lunch and your 2023 season dues. Hey, whether you are coming or not please pay dues for the upcoming season.

Description Price  
2023 Membership $30
2023 Membership and Lunch $45
2023 Membership for one & Lunch x2 $60
Lunch Only $15
Mail in Form

 

The Fall Loring Event is schedule for next week. Loring AFB is the the premier Eastern venue Located in Limestone, Maine. Starting next week Tue 9/13 through Sun 18th featuring classes for BloKart’s and Not BloKarts aka “run what you brung” this includes several converted DNs (seek out Steve Duhamel of Northwind Iceboats for conversion parts designed in conjunction with Jeff Kent and Chad Atkins. Don’t have a craft buy a BloKart from BB our Northeast distributor (pop me an email for contact info) or show up we will get you out on the tarmac.

THINK ICE and let’s make it a great 2023 Season,

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore
DN5023
John@neiya.org

P.S. Reach out to me directly with any questions, comments, concerns, or thoughts.

P.P.S. Please pay your 2023 dues above we can’t keep doing what we do without you…

P.P.S. Old classified ads will be purged next week. If you have something that should stay up or modified ( this is a good time to adjust your price) let me know soon. To post a new ad go here https://theneiya.org/classifieds/
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  1. Enter a description of the item in the “Leave a Reply” box.
  2. MUST include either Email or Phone contact, Price, and Location or it will NOT be approved.
  3. All ads are moderated and will not post till approved. if you do not see your ad placed within 24 hours, email admin@neiya.org
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  5. Inform admin when an item sells so to it can be promptly removed.
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  1. The goal of this page is to put buyer and seller directly together and not clutter the classified area with chaff.
  2. Interested in an item? Contact the seller directly via posted email or phone.
  3. Responses like “is item still available” or “send more pictures” will not be approved for posting. just ask the seller.
  4. If sell does not respond within a reasonable time (give it a couple days) email admin@neiya.org who will reach out to seller. Sometimes the item is sold and the seller does not have it removed and just ignores inquiries.
  5. If you purchase an item let the admin know at admin@neiya.org in case the seller forgets to let us know..

Autumn is Cresting the Horizon

Ellacoya State Park 1/24/20

Brothers & Sisters of WIND, ICE, and SPEED, the current is slack but the turn is imminent. In simpler terms Winter is coming. Many of us sail year round but it just isn’t enough and miss the ICE and more importantly the SPEED. Winter will be here in a few months. With Labor Day Weekend coming up fast and autumn looming our thoughts have shifted to ICE and SPEED. It’s never too early to pull your gear out and assess where you are for the upcoming season.

With all the pressures of covid we missed celebrating the New England Ice Yacht Association’s 50th anniversary. Like so many things our official celebration will during this years swap and annual meeting. People have been kind enough to send many vintage pictures in the past few years and if you come across anymore please send them to me.

We have a great season coming up. There will be our usual Fall Swap and Luncheon of course as well as an additional pre-ice event or two. Details for the Fall Swap and Lunch are in the works and I encourage anyone with any ideas to reach out to me or one of the other officers. This event has grown over the years and we can use some help.

This season racing will return, of course, headed up by our Race Chair “T” James Thieler. “T” will also hold the title of Rear Commodore in the IDNIYRA taking over from Chad Atkins who tirelessly held the role for what seemed like a decade. In addition to racing, he will be sharing his, rank-proven, speed and racing knowledge with a series of GO-FAST sessions. Ask about his own QND inc. speed enhancing projects and creations when you see him.

It’s not all about racing and this season we will be kicking off a “Classic” iceboat gathering. This effort is being headed up by our Vice Commodore Jay Whitehair. The intent is to bring together as many stern steerers and other older ice boats in one place. The gathering will be a tribute to the artistry and craftsmanship of iceboat heritage. Individuals from around the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic (New England, NY, and NJ) have already committed to hauling their craft to where the ice is. More on this event in the coming weeks. Also Jay will need a hand in making this happen to please volunteer to help and pitch in if recruited.

I look forward to seeing everyone together again this fall and throughout 2023 iceboating season.

Think Ice,

John
Commodore, NEIYA
DN5023
John@neiya.org


Summer (ICE) Diversion

Photo Credits the author and Peggy Huckel ice boating 2-9-22 Athens, NY (Poetic montage not Summer/Winter @ Chelsea YC)

We are ticking off the milestones till we get on the ice again. The summer solstice is behind us, Independence Day is past and we are nearing the Dog Days halfway mark.

This weekend I was (again) reminded of how close our ice boat community is and the depths it reaches in sailing at all levels. At an after-race party on the Hudson (Chelsea, NY) I was introduced to someone I already knew through email correspondence on a classified ad for a DN. The boat sold and found a new home in Ontario Canada. That single classified ad connected iceboaters across the northeast and into Canada and down to the majestic Hudson. The Chelsea Yacht Club was originally founded as an iceboat club and many members sail classic stern steerers and more modern craft. For a historic view and classic iceboat origin check out Chelsea YC history. Great iceboat history read. If you have never perused the Hudson River Ice Yacht Clubs, site now’s the time.

This BIG iceboat community is exactly what is behind our Vice Commodore Jay Whitehair’s 2023 BIG Iceboat Gathering initiative. We are looking to hold a gathering of all iceboats next season. A parade of the ages featuring crafts from far and near.

Join us for our first preseason call to discuss the BIG Gathering as well as an upcoming summer drysuit demo next month. Pre Ice call is scheduled for tomorrow Tuesday night July 19th, at 6:15 pm and will last under an hour. To participate please drop me a note at john@neiya.org for login credentials.

Sail Fast, no matter what the craft,

John Stanton
DN5023
John@neiya.org

P.S. Keep cool this week with iceboat thoughts.


Summer Solstice 2022 — Ice Whispers Begin

Summer Solstice From Space

Happy first day of summer. Happy Solstice. A time we have all cherished from an early age. Schools out, sailing, boating, beaches, fireflies, picnics, canoes, bike rides, surfing, fishing, etc.

I hope everyone is enjoying outdoor summer activities offshore, inshore, on our favorite lakes, or on land. Good luck to all the racers whether on a classic yacht, evening beer can races, around the buoys, or offshore. I am not sure but but likely someone in our crowd is about to finish or has finished the Newport Bermuda Race. Of course, there is always fun to just drop the hook for lunch, fish, or overnight. I will be participating in many of those activities in addition to racing an Ensign on the Hudson and I hope to see a few DNers at the Ensign Nationals under the shadow of the Tappan Zee in August.

As we count down to the first frost, first ice, and first sailable ice the New England Ice Yacht Association enters into our second 50 years of existence. We all (well those that were born before 1960 something) know what the last fifty looked like in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s ’00s, 10’s, and the beginning of the 2020s. The question for all of us is, what will the next 50 years of the NEIYA look like? Something to think about as we soak up the sun and fun of summer.

Over the past few years getting on the ice to cruise or race has become increasingly more difficult. Challenges are hitting us iceboaters from many fronts, conditions have changed, and some of our beloved locations in New England have become unreliable, the ever-increasing commitment of our time on all fronts as well as covid and access and competition with other ice activities. While we hope the worst of covid has passed, it has left damage in it’s wake. The greatest, collateral damage is the end of our social gathering innocence. Some of which lingers in the back of our minds whenever we travel.

With the above in mind and a desire to kick off our next fifty years of New England iceboating with plenty of momentum, I want to hear from all involved. There will be a series of calls and gatherings of minds over the next few months. All are welcome to participate and some of you may feel a little arm twisting and herding to be sure you do. Please make an effort to attend when asked.

Think Ice and Sail Fast in any craft you’re steering,

John Stanton

Commodore NEIYA

DN5023

john@neiya.org


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