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Know What It’s Like To Race To Alaska??

No? Would you like to find out? You’re in luck….

The NEIYA’s own Joachim Roesler will be giving a presentation about his participation in this year’s Race To Alaska (R2AK) on Sunday, October 28, 4pm-6pm at the Newport Yacht Club (110 Long Wharf in Newport, RI). It is a wild event to say the least!

The event will be hosted by the NEMA – New England Multihull Association and promises to be interesting and entertaining!

For info on the event click here: Hope to see you all at the presentation! Can’t wait to hear about this from someone who actually did it.


Hey Gang-

Scott Valentine reminds us that North Sails is having an end of season sale; place an order by the end of October and get a 15% discount!

If you are on the fence about treating yourself to a new sail this might convince you-

Contact your local North loft for details-

Think ICE! T

Support Boatbuilding Anyone?

Hey Gang-

We all love boats and most of us love building and working on them. There is an organization down in NYC called Rocking The Boat that helps kids experience the agony and ecstasy that building, maintaining, and even sailing a boat can bring. Heck, maybe one of these kids will come up with the next revolutionary iceboat!

My friend Kit Van Wagner is rowing around Manhattan this weekend to help keep Rocking The Boat afloat. She is aiming to raise $2,000 or more by this Friday and is getting close! If you want to help her and the kids out take a look at the website and click the second link to make a donation. It’s easy (even I could do it) and every little bit helps (even this frugal Yankee donated a few bucks). And I think it’s tax deduct-able too!

Great way to give a little back and earn some good karma points….

Many thanks, T Thieler DN US 5224

Abut the organization:

Donate to Kit’s row to help:

2018 / 2019 Eastern Regional Champs

Hey Gang-
This from Eastern Regional chief Chad Atkins- Put it on the calendar….

Eastern Lakes Championship
Date: February 2 – 3, 2019
Location: Best ice in the Eastern Region (see Regions map, it’s a big area)
Information: This website and DN Forum

2018 Easterns could still be run as well if we get lucky before years end

Chad Atkins
IDNIYRA Eastern Rear Commodore

Greenport Maritime Festival

From Mike Acebo out on LI. Check it out!! Sounds pretty cool- grab a potential rookie and head out!

Yes we will display boats at the Greenport Maritime Festival ( The Museum has requested Iceboats. I have 2 J14s, one Opti, one mini under construction along with an older two seat C Skeeter. I hope to get another Orient J 14 which is for sale and an Opti for sale. One or two DNs would be nice. Set up is Friday around 3:00pm or Sat morning. Street closes at 9:00am. Interpreters are welcome Sat. & Sun. All Orient boats can be broken down Sun. PM or Mon AM. LR boats on Sunday. Bob Boyle with his wheeled Mini would be great. We could roll it along in the Parade! Let me know if you want to join in the fun. Bring a chair, drink beer, tell lies (iceboating stories)

J14 # 25 in Orient is now for sail, I mean sale! Another quality original Orient boat.


Hey Gang- That time of year! If you are a DN sailor (or would like to be) it’s time to crowbar the wallet open and pay the class dues.

At a whopping $26 per year it’s a pretty good value! You can also get a sustaining membership for an extra $10 or even make a donation to help support the class.

It’s so easy to do online that even Your Commodore was able to do it in under two minutes.

Click here:

Pay here:

Think ICE!

James “T” Thieler

12 Channing St.

Newport, RI 02840

401 258 6230


September RUNNER TRACKS Is On The News Stand

Hello All- Now that we’ve put the worst of the summer heat behind us take a look at the latest DN Class newsletter, assembled as ever by Deb Whitehorse out in Wisconsin.

Great articles, ranking lists, and lots of photos for those of us that don’t read good…

Click and enjoy!