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The latest installment from Dan Hearn, working away in his secret basement laboratory…

Chill In The Air

Anyone else feel the chill and start thinking about the upcoming season?
Here’s a vid from the Polish Champs that might get you thinking….

Bojerowe Mistrzostwa Polski – Bojery 2019


Bojerowe Mistrzostwa Polski – Bojery 2019

Międzynarodowe Bojerowe Mistrzostwa Polski Seniorów klasy DN 2019 || International Icesailing Polish Champioship…

Skeeter Build, Latest Installment

The latest from Dan Hearn’s basement shop… Read and enjoy!

“Left Alone With Big Fat Fanny” –

“Left Alone With Big Fat Fanny” –

Previously: “A Space for Cowboys: “The Inspector” “Building In The Big City” “New Ways to Shave” “Heavy Metal Li…

DN Western Challenge. IT’S ON.

Mark your calendars, start the countdown, get this Labor Day Weekend nonsense out of the way, and start getting ready for the big season kickoff! It’ll be here before you know it….

If you haven’t done this one, make this the year. The scenery out there is amazing, the food is good, and gettin’ there is half of the fun!

Info here:

2019 DN Western Challenge: December 6-8, 2019 – DN North America

2019 DN Western Challenge: December 6-8, 2019 – DN North America

North America’s most famous early season DN fun-regatta will take place December 6-8, 2019 on the best ice in Mi…

Skeeter Taking Shape In Wisco…

Hey Gang- Here is the latest installment from Dan Hearn, who has been spending his summer building a Skeeter and writing great reports about it….

Click and enjoy!

A Space for Cowboys –

A Space for Cowboys –

After a short break, Daniel Hearn is back in the saddle, so to speak, with his C Skeeter basement build. Previou…

Happy Epoxy Day

Big day for Gougeon/WEST a little while back!

Jan and Meade were two extraordinary guys- They built boats, planes, iceboats, and a giant glue company among other things.

You could not chat with either of these guys and not walk away with a whole list of lessons learnt.

Anyway read the article, get to your shop, mix a batch and start building!

Celebrating 50 Years of What Holds Us Together – DN North America

Celebrating 50 Years of What Holds Us Together – DN North America

Skeeter Build- Read This!!

Hey Gang- As this long, hot summer grinds on I hope everyone has been pecking away at the to-do list for the upcoming season- it always gets here before most of us are ready…. Every spring Eben Whitcomb loves to joke that “This summer we will have PLENTY of time to get everything done for the winter season!” He also claims to only like coffee for the taste and not the buzz. But I digress….

Out in Wisconsin Daniel Hearn has been building a Skeeter and has been writing a very entertaining series of reports about it- if you need some inspiration to get into the workshop and get cracking reading these reports may do the trick!

Read and enjoy-

Celebration Of Life For Roger Livingston Friday, August 9

Hello All-

The family of Roger Livingston will be holding a celebration of his life on Friday, August 9th 3:00pm to 5:30pm, The Manor, 42 West Boylston St, West Boylston, MA 01583.All who knew and loved Roger should attend. Bring your stories, bring your pictures and mementos, and more importantly bring your love and compassion of Roger to share with everyone. Read Roger’s obituary here.

Think Ice, Think Roger and Celebrate the life of an Ice Boater!

IDNIYRA Rankings Published

Here it is folks, the latest rankings from the DN class- Take a look, get inspired, see how you did, congratulate those who are in front of you, call and torment those who are behind you…

And look forward to the season…. it’ll be here soon…

2020 International Rank List Published – DN North America

2020 International Rank List Published – DN North America

The 2020 IDNIYRA Rank List has been published. See it here. If you have questions, please email to Deb Whitehors…

Thin Ice….

This is a really interesting piece…. I remember Lloyd Roberts talking about this very subject a few years back. Take a look!

What It’s Like to Literally Skate on Thin Ice

What It’s Like to Literally Skate on Thin Ice

Mårten Ajne skates on thin ice on purpose. How does he stay safe? He’s really good at math.

Eben Goes Transatlantic

Hey Folks-

Most of you know Eben Whitcomb, he’s a former Eastern Region IDNIYRA Commodore, stalwart NEIYA member, Hard Way vet (2X) and has sailed more days on the hard water than he can count. Plus he is just a heck of a nice guy.

But did you know that he is also a highly skilled sailor with thousands and thousands of soft water miles under his belt? It’s true. I’ve been offshore with this guy and I can attest that if you can’t see land, you want him on your boat!

He is currently racking up yet another transatlantic crossing on a boat called CARINA, racing in The Transatlantic Race 2019. The race is organized by the Royal Yacht Squadron, the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Storm Trysail Club and has been in progress for a few weeks now.

Looks like most of the fleet is southwest of Ireland right now, making good headway towards the finish. And it looks like they are crushing it! Currently durrently looking like 8th place for line honors and 1st in their class. Due in no small part to Eben’s skills and input!

Turn toward England and yell some encouragement their way as they head for the finish- Good luck down the home stretch Eb! Can’t wait to hear his stories this winter.

Check their progress here:

Go Eben and Think ICE!!

Solstice Behind Us….

Days gettin’ shorter….

Good news for a certain group of people….

Moosehead Lake a few years ago

Memorial Reminder

Hello All-

Just a reminder that there will be a service for Peter McGowan on Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m. at St Anthony’s Church in Mattapoisett with a celebration of life to follow.

We send our best to all his friends and family.

Sail On….

Sad news in the iceboat fleet as we have lost an enthusiastic newcomer to the fleet as Peter McGowan has passed away.

Most of us didn’t get to know Pete well enough in the few seasons he was able to sail the hard water but it was hard to miss his eagerness to learn and get faster- Right from the start his sheer joy at ripping around the lake at iceboat speeds reminded us all of how psyched we all were when we first got into the sport.

He did his first North American DN Champs at Charlevoix, MI awhile back and was moved enough to write the following article:

Learn a bit more about the man and memorial services here. Sail on Peter!

Missing- DN Runners

Attention all- we are looking for a set of DN runners that we think may have been left at the World Champs last winter.

Best intel we have is that there were two insert side runners and a plate runner for the bow. They were in a tan/brown canvas runner bag, possibly labeled DN 5666.

If you’ve seen them please contact T at 401 258 6230.

Many thanks and Think Ice!

Howie Dietz, Fair Winds….

Sad news from LI as Howie Dietz has passed. Some nice thoughts and memories have been coming in from the LI sailors;

“Howie was a welcome fixture for my entire iceboating life. Ralph, I am smiling remembering you, Howie, and company, sitting in the back row “peanut gallery” laughing your asses off and being generally entertained watching me try to run a meeting! LOL. I look forward to reading more memories from the rest of you.”

“Very sorry to hear about Howie. Sympathies to his family. Smooth ice, fair winds and sharp runners, you will be missed by all your iceboating friends..Doug”

“Very sad news indeed but very glad to have had him for a friend- Always a genuine pleasure to hang out with as you all know, We will miss him and the undiluted sense of fun he always brought to the ice and our meetings.”

Details on services below:

Alexander-Rothwell Funeral Home,

6447 Route 25A, Wading River, NY
Visitation Tuesday 6/4/19, 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral service at the funeral home on Wednesday 6/5/19, followed by burial at Calverton National Cemetery.
Obituary was in Sunday’s Newsday 6/2/19.

Fair winds….

A Standout….

In a fleet full of unique sailors with amazing stories, this gentlemen stands out. Read here:

May 2019 Runner Tracks – DN North America Newsletter Available!

Check it out folks- another great issue complete with a history of DN sailing in Poland. Very cool stuff no matter what kind of craft lights you up! Available online or in actual glossy paper. Click and enjoy!

DN World Champs- Won In A Loaner Boat!

Hey Folks-

You may have heard that due to a shipping snafu several Polish sailors had to borrow gear to compete at the DN Gold Cup this year. In a class where sailors spend hours customizing, refining, and practicing with very specific gear this is a big bummer…

The good news is several sailors from the midwest were able to cobble together enough spare gear to assemble a few complete boats that these guys could race. Not the perfect situation but better than nothing!

Of course Poland’s Michał Burczyński sailed one of these borrowed boats and was able get it going well enough to take the top prize, in convincing fashion no less.

Just goes to show that the most important piece of gear on any boat is the nut that holds the tiller!

Read all about it in Michal’s words here….


Saw this on the CIBC site. Videos like this make us all pray that December gets here soon….

Take a look and enjoy!

CIBC Spring Meeting May 5

Speaking of Meetings- Here is another spring meeting to attend up north- clear the calendar and head on up!

billbuchholz posted: “Nite sailor Fred Musser and Sarah Sheffield have graciously offered to host our pot luck lunch party and meeting at their house in Union. Sunday, May 5, meeting to start at 11:00 sharp with lunch to follow. Address is 1611 Clarry Hill Rd., Union. Take 235”

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CIBC Spring Meeting May 5

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Nite sailor Fred Musser and Sarah Sheffield have graciously offered to host our pot luck lunch party and meeting at their house in Union. Sunday, May 5, meeting to start at 11:00 sharp with lunch to follow.
Address is 1611 Clarry Hill Rd., Union. Take 235 north from RT 1, or Clarry Hill Rd south from RT 17. You’ll find it: you’re iceboaters and the one thing we know how to do is find things like hidden launch ramps and good lunches! The food gets better and better each year. Thanks for making it happen! BYOB

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LRIBYC Awards Dinner

Check it out folks, the gang on LI had a good wrap up and gave out some interesting awards…. Be sure to click the links and check out the videos!
Congrats to all the award winners!

The 2019 Awards Dinner was enjoyed by 28 members, Bill Buckholtz and his wife drove down from Maine to join us. Proclamations were read by the Officers and the cannon was fired to open the evening. Dinner by the Oar Restaurant was served in our private room and was the fine quality we have received every year. Howie Dietz gave us a history of his Iceboat beginning with the Club in the ‘60s. Doug Hardy received the Senior active sailor award. Fred Greis was awarded “The most interesting man” award for his DN adventures on Swan Pond out of view of any Skeeter Sailors.. Chris Miller gathered the award for the highest member result in the DN World’s along with the newest award the “Rich Crucet Travel Award” for covering about 5,000 miles during the season from the Midwest to the Northeast in search of ice. Scott Valentine earned the top result in the DN North American Championships award. Mike Acebo with the “Hard Way” photo award. Sorry if I missed any. Link to photos:

And a video of the “Hard Way Trip”

NEIYA Spring Meeting

Great time had by all at the NEIYA spring meeting, held at Moore Brothers Company (formerly Composite Solutions Inc) in Bristol RI.

Thanks to Oliver, Sam and Chris Moore for opening the doors to the shop and letting us all nose around and ask silly questions all day. The food was good, the jokes were bad, the stories embellished heavily, and the work day was relatively uninterrupted!

Looking forward to next season already- As Bill Bucholz says “now is the start of iceboat building season….”

Think ICE! T

Spring Meeting Tomorrow 4/20/19

Hello All-

The NEIYA Spring Meeting has been scheduled for April 20, 2019. Clear your calendars and come join the fun! Grizzled veterans and future rookies welcome.

The place will be the Moore Brothers Company shop, 253 Franklin St, Bristol, Rhode Island 02809. Heading west on Franklin St look for a driveway on the right with a big gray building on the left and a big red building on the right. Moore Bro Co is in the gray building. If you miss the driveway take a right on Buttonwood and take the next right into the parking lot.

The date is SaturdayApril 20th / Hours 11 – 3

Refreshments and lunch provided – nothing fancy, just the usual champagne, caviar and foie gras. Or possibly pizza.

Bring iceboat related items for sale. Maybe one last chance to move some gear!

Oliver Moore, Jeff Kent, T Thieler, and who knows who else will be on hand so it’s a good bet there will be some discussion (formal or otherwise) on a range of topics, including but not limited to the worlds of iceboats, dirt boats, regular boats, composites, road trips, sailing stories, and God knows what else.

If you are interested in attending please give T a shout via email so we can get a rough idea of how many mouths to feed- t_thieler

Looking forward to the event and seeing everyone! Think ICE!!