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Joe Meade did a talk about our favorite topic up at the Keuka YC in upstate NY a week or so ago.

He covered iceboating in the Finger Lakes, iceboat theory, types of iceboats, and even included a (static?) demonstration on sailing an iceboat.

Everyone had a great time, it was reasonably well attended despite a massive thunderstorm going on outside.

The photos are of the room before the gig, one is Brent P., who graciously volunteered from the audience to show everyone how to sail an iceboat (I think here he is rounding the leeward mark), and the last is Joe describing a windward mark rounding.

Sounds like it went well! In his words: “Was hoping for a bigger turnout, but we had a decent crowd. Like any good sailor, we can just tell everyone it was rockin’ and they should have been there! Everyone who came (35-40 people) I think had a good experience!”

We are sure they had a blast! Hope to see a few new faces on the ice this winter as a result. Well done Joe!

America’s Cup Final?

It’s do-or-die for Team Oracle in Bermuda today- Tune in to NBC,NBC Sports, or the NBC Sports app (or look around the interweb) to see the action!

Will the kiwis wrap it up? Will Oracle begin the second comeback of the century? It’s the America’s Cup- anything can happen. Races start at 1PM. Happy Viewing!

America’s Cup Racing Today!

Be sure to tune into the America’s Cup races today at 1 PM. The Kiwis did very well in the early races against Oracle last weekend but after a five-day break who knows whether ORACLE have come up with some improvements or if the Kiwis can keep the momentum going.

Will be interesting in any case! It’s the AC, just about anything can happen. And the boats are pretty cool. They sail with the apparent wind forward of the beam and go faster than the true wind. Sound familiar to anyone?!?

Races will be on NBC national, The NBC Sports App and maybe also on NBC Sports. Look around the TV dial (remember those?) and the interwebs.

Speaking of remembering stuff from way back, if you are looking to kill some time before the big match check out this documentary of the 1983 Cup summer in Newport. 12 Meters, shifty breeze, wing keels, standard keels, wire sheets, not-exactly-legal goings-on courtesy of NYYC, Ray-Ban sunglasses, CB jackets, mustaches, sideburns…. A very different but very great era for sure.

Happy Viewing!

Maryland Ice Boat Fleet

Meanwhile, down in MD this boat sold at a Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum event. Not sure who bought it but at $150 they are gonna get great knots-per-dollar!

Hope to see it and the new proud owner on the ice this winter-

Thanks to our NEIYA Maryland Investigative Team Eastern Shore Division (my folks, Ed and Hel) for this bulletin!

Stay Tuned and Think Ice!

AC Youth Sailing Schedule

Hey Gang-

While we wait for the big showdown between the “US” and New Zealand teams this weekend we can fill the void by watching the AC Youth races-

Root for the Swedes- young Swedish DNer Eddie Klemets is on the boat, that’s reason enough!

Happy viewing and Think Ice!

Link to complete AC Youth schedule:

Bermuda is one hour ahead of eastern time.

Where to watch:
AC Youtube Channel:

or Red Bull TV

America’s Cup- Tomorrow and in 1977

Just a reminder to watch the America’s Cup Finals tomorrow and Sunday at 1 PM on NBC- Should be a good match between Team New Zealand (which actually has a few Kiwis on board) and Oracle Team USA (which may have an American on the team somewhere?)

In any case the racing should be good. The forecast is for light-ish breeze for which the Kiwis seem to have a good set up based around a long, skinny, sexy set of light air foils with special sheep oil coating and polished with the feathers of the last Moa bird.

Oracle, on the other hand, has cool Red Bull helmets, a program that has been up and running for maybe two decades, probably limitless funding, and most importantly flotation foam inside the wing machined by NEIYA regatta chairman Oliver Moore.

This will be interesting….

Following that is a documentary on Ted Turner’s quest to defend the Cup. If you know anything about “The Mouth Of The South” you’ll get a kick out of this!

Happy Viewing and Think ICE!


Hey Folks-

Looks like NEIYA guy and Race To Alaska competitor Joachim Roesler is having some technical issues with his mast- Nothing life threatening but he may be out of the race-

We wish him all the best and whether he finishes or not he has a heck of an adventure under his belt!

See more here:

Joachim’s Facebook Page

Joachim’s race page, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube links

Race Home Page

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