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2018 North Americans: Called ON for Lake Charlevoix, MI

Sorry for the miss posts. Here is the complete message.

 

The 2018 DN North American Championship Regatta has been called on for Lake Charlevoix in Michigan.

LAUNCH

ALTERNATIVE LAUNCH (Whiting Park is closer to sailing area)
Boyne City:

REGISTRATION 
On site: 5 – 7:30 PM at regatta headquarters
Call In: 401-787-4567
Opening Ceremony: 8 PM Tentative

LODGING:
Odawa Hotel
1444 US-131, Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 347-6041
$89 Wednesday & Thursday night
$119 Friday & Saturday night
Includes $15 casino voucher for each night, hot buffet breakfast, indoor pool, and hut tub

RACING BEGINS THURSDAY, JAN 25


Monday – Funday…

All,

Here are a few shots taken on Mecox Bay Southampton NY earlier today.

Mecox Sunday Hamptons style from the air of course.

Miller hits the ice old school… Monday moring 11/22/17 Iceboaters dream conditions! 5″ hard beautiful ice, with 1″ of water and 5-6 knts of breeze . Was great till the wind crapped out and the fog rolled in.

What a great way to spend Monday. Beats the hell out of staring at a computer screen


Some Sailing, Much Waiting

 

The ever tenacious found a small window of sailing as temperatures rose melting the snow down a bit and before turning mushy, sticky and generally unsafe. Mecox Bay in Eastern Long Island, Webster Lake (aka Chaubunagungamaug) and Pocotopaug in CT and Winnipesaukee in NH all saw some sailing.

The conditions on Webster were just perfect for second season sailor Bella who ripped it up in her  custom Langley designed pink pocket skeeter. This young lady is a force to be reckoned with in a few years. Go Bella!

For the rest of us including the 100+ DNers waiting for tonight’s call on the North American Championships venue we need to wait for this next bit of weather to move through.

Stay tuned and THINK ICE there is more sailing in just a few days.

John

P.S. If any members are not getting ice report emails please drop me a note. John@neiya.org Remember, if you don’t tell someone it just didn’t happen.


DN North American Championship Udate

The regatta site decision has been postponed for 24 hours because of unsettled weather conditions in all regions. Thank you for your patience. Next update Friday, January 18 by 10 PM EST.


Good Things, In The Works…

Joachim Roesler captured from above on Herring Pond Thursday 1/11/18

All,

Our Cruising Chair Bill Buchholz is thinking that there just may be a Winni Hardway attempt coming up. He reports that Lee Spiller plans to round up a scouting team on Sunday to check the lake for Hard Way possibilities. Skate sailors have been touring the lake recently and report pretty good conditions, with only one major reef.Refresh your memories on the rules and the fun from past runs. We’ll update the minute we get the report.

Winnipesaukee “the Hard Way” | New England Ice Yacht Association

Stay tuned for the smooth and refreeze taking place all over the North East. Don’t forget to report into the group ice reports.

John
john@neiya.org


Iceboating & NEIYA In The News

Windcheck Jan/Feb 2018 Article By James “T” Thieler

All,

I am very happy to announce that the NEIYA picked up coverage in the Jan/Feb issue of Windcheck Sailing Magazine.  And we even got the cover!

Thanks to T for authoring the piece along with Bill Converse, Mike Acebo, Cathy Firmbach and Joe Stanton (cover) via Deb Whitehorse for contributing last minute pictures. Note, the cover shot was incorrectly attributed to me and not Joe Stanton, not a known relative.

Please visit Windcheck http://www.windcheckmagazine.com/winter_the_most_exciting_sailing_season for the properly formatted article and sign up for their newsletter and or leave some comments below. Let them know we are out here as we want to be sure they will help promote our great sport in the future.

I am hearing that Big AF Zamboni rolling over every local body of water ready to lay bear the product of many sub freezing days and nights. See you on the ice.

THINK ICE,

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore
DN5023
John@neiya.org

 

Winter: The Most Exciting Sailing Season

Get hooked on iceboating!

By James “T” Thieler

We all love the summer sailing season, that’s for sure. Spring and fall aren’t bad, either. A nice leisurely sail is good, a fast reach is even better, and for some of us a blazing run in big breeze with the kite up and spray flying is the ultimate. But what to do when winter arrives and you crave yet more speed and more sailing? How to get the fix when the snow is on the ground and the boat is on the hard? Good news is you can fix both problems by going iceboating!

DN Iceboat
The 12-foot DN is the world’s most popular iceboat.   © Cathy Firmbach

You’ve seen the pictures, you’ve heard some stories…Legends and myths about sailors flying down the Hudson River, passing the high speed trains along the riverbank…South Bay Scooters out on Long Island jumping over cracks and gaps in the ice to rescue stranded hunters and fishermen…Hardcore racers driving all over the continent looking for a regatta site…Sailors venturing deep into the heart of Russia to carve tracks into a frozen Lake Baikal…Well, mostly they are true but there is plenty of speed and fun to be had closer to home as well!

Here in New England, the hard-water sailing season gets going between Christmas and New Years, usually on lakes in central Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. Those of us further north find ice in Maine and just over the border in Canada. Later in the season, big ice can be found all over the area as the large lakes cool off and freeze over.

Iceboat racers
Iceboat racers, who wear spiked shoes for traction during running starts, swap stories between races.   © Bill Converse

Boats are prepped, hauled out of garages and, once the ice is deemed safe, sailed across it at speeds most soft water sailors never dream of and sometimes refuse to believe! There is no thrill like it – unlike a soft water boat, iceboats have almost no drag to contend with so the acceleration is quick and the top end is waaaaay up there. Speed moves the apparent wind forward and increases the velocity and makes the boat go faster and faster. Nothing like going 25 knots in 5 knots of breeze!

DN Iceboat start
DN racers line up for a start.
   © Cathy Firmbach

There are many types of hard-water craft of all shapes and sizes: Single seaters, two-seaters, cruising boats, racing boats, antiques, wood, metal, cheap, pricey…Something for everyone! They all involve some sort of frame or fuselage, a set of three runners (or “skates” as we say in New England), a plank or crossbeam to mount skates on, and of course a mast and sail. For the budget-conscious there is the CheapSkate, basically a frame built from 2 X 4s with a Sunfish rig and cut up bed frames for skates. At the other end of the spectrum is the E-Class Skeeter. Picture an F-15 fighter plane with a mast and sail and you get the idea.

In between there are several other designs to choose from: Smaller Skeeters, Lockley Skimmers, Whizzes, the ubiquitous DN class, and the Ice Opti for the kids, which is basically a shrunk-down DN with an Optimist rig. Any one of them has a knots-per-dollar ratio that far exceeds any soft water boat you can think of!

Any of these will get you whooping and hollering during a fast cruise around the lake. If you want to race (or if you are looking for a good starter boat) the DN Class is the way to go. The boats are about 12 feet long, easily car-topped or trailered, and relatively cheap. They can be tuned to accommodate a wide range of skipper weights and sailing styles. There are plenty of used DNs and gear available, as well as an active class association and a great regatta circuit, and even a mentoring program for new sailors. There are local, regional, national and world championships every year, so you can compete at a variety of events. At the big regattas there is always a Gold and Silver and often a Bronze fleet, so there is good racing for all skill levels. No matter what, the racing is fast and beyond exciting!

iceboat C-Skeeter
Iceboats like this C-Skeeter can achieve speeds that many soft water sailors might not believe.   © Cathy Firmbach

Whatever avenue you decide to pursue this winter you will have a blast! It’s easy to get involved, and the best way to do it is to join the New England Ice Yacht Association (NEIYA) and sail or race with us. Iceboating with other people is safer than iceboating alone, a great way to learn, and much more fun! On the NEIYA website, (theneiya.org), you’ll find information about getting started, a schedule of regattas, cruises, rallies, clinics and other events, reports of ice conditions, iceboats and gear for sale in the Ice Classifieds, and more.

Interested people are encouraged to reach out via the forum at theneiya.org or NEIYA Vice Commodore John Stanton at John@neiya.org or are welcome to stop by Landfall in Stamford, CT to learn more. Landfall stocks the hardware or running rigging for any class of iceboat. Look to Facebook for when John’s DN will be set up in the parking lot. Hope to see you on the ice this winter…and as we in the hard-water crowd say, THINK ICE!

James “T” Thieler has been iceboating for 20 years and competes in the DN one-design class both in the U.S. and throughout Europe. “T” as he is known to his friends (and anyone that’s an iceboater is his friend) currently holds the position of Commodore in the New England Ice Yacht Association. The NEIYA is a paper club with approximately 250 members who reside and sail primarily within the six New England States plus New York and New Jersey. The NEIYA’s main goal is to promote the sport of ice boating through both racing and cruising.


Eastern Championship Postponed… But Wait There’s More…

The 2018 DN Eastern Regional Championship scheduled for January 13-14 is postponed until further notice due to a warming trend and mixed bag of Precipitation headed for the entire Mid Atlantic and North East coast. Take this time to fine tune your gear for the upcoming North Americans with registration slated for Sunday evening January 21st.

 

Chad Atkins
IDNIYRA Eastern Rear Commodore

 

And since there is not a whole lot of new news below are some pictures from last week.

Bill converses passed some shots on from this past weekends Doc Fellows that I had to share. As usual Bill has submitted some quality work with high enough resolution to have prints made. As usual if you pass them on in any way please give Bill Converse credit and if you print up a hard copy for yourself please drop him a not of thanks.

If you have not checked in on our Facebook page please do as Ed Edwards has even more pictures from Ashumet Pond https://www.facebook.com/NEIYA.org/