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Envy And Wait…

Now’s the time of year when frost is a regular and welcome part of our mornings. I am no longer surprised but eagerly await the real cold to set in.  Set in as it has done to the North and West (mostly North) of most of us. Thanks for the tease from Minnesota and Quebec! We eagerly await first sail reports from ME and VT. An inspiration to all.

An inspiration from the ice Muse. An inspiration to move the canoe, pile of brake rotors and assorted car parts and set up my DN work area once again. Runners need to be stoned and somewhere are the notes from last years alignment exercise. I was told by a wise and talented DNer that I should have this all written in a notebook. Again something for the ice Muse to inspire for the future.

There is an answer. in just a short three weeks we will gather for our annual Lamb off ice Tune Up in Canton MA. We will be holding formalized sessions on the following topics:

  • Chock alignment.  Misaligned chocks are slow! 
  • Sail Trim – including sail shape and development
  • Food throughout the day and if sights are true and a little luck venison stew
  • Plank stiffness and its contribution to overall performance
  • Runner profile with attention to blade entrance, flat and exit
  • Safety and Race Rules discussions

In addition we welcome any newcomers trying to get onto the ice this season. Do you have a boat sitting in your garage, barn or cellar? Bring it down we have experts waiting to go over your craft and develop a plan to get you out on the ice this season. Don’t know how to rig your boat? We will show you. Not sure if all the pieces are there? We will go over it with you. We are here to help usher you safely onto the ice. No reservation needed but would appreciate you dropping me a note so we can be sure to reserve room.

Before the sun goes down early tonight turn your Envy into Action and lay your gear out and make a must do list. Don’t wait till the Tune up on December 9th to start getting ready. Find your ice Muse and if she does not come we will assign one to you on the Ninth. The Tune Up is a far far cheaper and burden free Muse than anyone is likely to find on their own. Trust me I know…

THINK ICE!

John
DN5023
john@neiya.org


Choose The Right Equipment: Boat & Head To Toe

We all woke up to brisk and refreshing overnight temperatures in the 20’s, teens and maybe even high single digits, we are collectively thinking about getting on the ice.

Preparation is key your choice of foot wear and head gear is essential. We often talk about boat prep but keeping the pilot warm and stable on the ice is the real starting point. Take a few moments t0 look at your spikes, ice claws and helmet to be sure they are sharp and in good shape. If you had an out of boat experience or connected with something hard last season, you probably want to replace your helmet.

Our Annual Lamb Tune-up Clinic is just four weeks away. Saturday December 9th. Mark your calender’s. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone just getting started. If you have a boat in your garage, shed or cellar gather it up and bring it over for help on getting you on the ice this winter. Experts standing by. More on the tune up to follow.

Below are a couple of lighter examples of ice preparedness or lack there of.

This first the golfer in this first video is clearly unprepared for the conditions. While the addition of spikes would not have improved his swing, at least he would have avoided potential injury. I should not comment on bad golf swings, so will withhold additional comments. And, don’t forget the helmet.

The second ice golfer is prepared with a stable (blades) platform and is able to safely execute his swing. As well as chase his ball down a beautiful plate. I would impose a five minute Major Penalty for not wearing a helmet.

Looking forward to seeing many of you on December 9th. Remember, if you have an ice boat that you always wanted to sail bring it by. We will show you how to rig your craft and do a safety check on your equipment. It would be best to contact us first but last minute boats are more than welcome.

Think Ice!

John
DN5023
john@neiya.org

P.S. Stay tuned to neiya.org and our friends up in Maine iceboat.me for the latest updates. Please sign up to have web posts go to your email as soon as they are published. The boys in Maine will surely get on the ice soon if this weather continues.

P.P.S If your looking to buy or need to get rid of ice boat gear please check the classified section and please if you have sold something let me know so I can take it down.

 

 

 


Today’s The Day NEIYA Swap – Open Season 

Grab a friend and go. Bring someone new. Let’s all think ice and please don’t forget your  dues below. The New England Ice Yacht Association’s annual gathering is just a week away. Come out and see old friends, and make new ones. Buy some old gear or new stuff, regardless it will be new to you.

October 28th,
Knights of Columbus Hall

17 Willow St, Westborough, MA  01581.
Swap meet starts at 9AM in the parking lot, lunch at meeting starts at noon in the hall.

Please take a moment and pay your dues and or lunch. Can’t make it, please take this opportunity to pay your dues online. Get it done now. Our off ice Lamb Tune Up is coming in December.

Description Price
2018 Membership $30

2018 Membership and Lunch $45

2018 Membership for one & Lunch x2 $60

Lunch Only $15

See you there,

John
DN5023

 


Season Opens In Five Days…

Seen on Lake Champlain Shelburne area, no idea where it came from – Photo 2015 Doug Raymond

Five Days till our annual Swap, Meeting and Banquet. The Champlain Ice Specter lays in wait ready to haunt all those who do not attend. Be forewarned!

October 28th,
Knights of Columbus Hall

17 Willow St, Westborough, MA  01581.
Swap meet starts at 9AM in the parking lot, lunch at meeting starts at noon in the hall. There will be great door prizes.

Please take a moment and pay your dues and lunch. We are locking in our head count.

Description Price
2018 Membership $30

2018 Membership and Lunch $45

2018 Membership for one & Lunch x2 $60

Lunch Only $15

See you there,

John
DN5023

P.S. The Specter is one of so many odd and interesting things we have collectively seen on the ice over the years. Share your own experiences.

 

 

 

 


It’s on! Annual Meeting, Swap & Lunch Saturday 10/28/17

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All NEIYA members, iceboaters and anyone with any interest in iceboating,

The fall meeting and swap meet has been scheduled for October 28th, and once again at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 17 Willow St, Westborough, MA  01581.

Swap meet starts at 9AM in the parking lot, lunch at meeting starts at noon in the hall. There will be great door prizes

Put it on your calendars folks! Start digging out all the gear you want to sell or trade and start making a list of anything you’d like to bring up at the meeting.

Please pay your dues and lunch online today. Don’t worry you do not have to have PayPal, any credit/debit card will do. Lunch is a club subsidized $15 this year. Our treasurer Bob Haag would appreciate online payment or at least let him know (treasurer@neiya.org) you’re coming for an accurate head count. There will be plenty of Swedish meatballs.

Description Price
2018 Membership $30
2018 Membership and Lunch $45
2018 Membership for one & Lunch x2 $60
Lunch Only $15


If you have any extra gear be sure to list it in the classified section and drag it to the swap meet. Your old gear will make someone very happy.

Stay tuned for more info-  Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Think Ice and see at the Meeting

John Stanton
DN5023

NEIYA, Vice Commodore


Greenport Maritime Festival: Iceboat Display This Weekend

Come on out to Eastern Long Island this weekend for the Maritime Festival in Greenport, NY, Sep. 23rd & 24th.  The organizers have asked that we display some Iceboats again in the regular location.  I will be attending my daughters wedding but have 2 J14s and an Option Ice for display.
Back in the shop  and under construction in Greenport. A Pat Heppert design C Skeeter for George Neyssen, this will be the 3rd model to this design.

Winter Is Coming And Our Annual Swap & Meeting

It’s that time of year again so start dragging your old gear from storage and get ready to bring it to the annual Swap meet. Your old gear will be new and fast for someone else. Once again its time to get together with our winter friends. Friends that share the passion of sailing fast, sailing fast on ice.

Don’t miss out. Bring a friend or two or three. Bring someone new, drag out an old ice boater. Come one come all…

When: Saturday October 28th – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm or so
Where:
Knights of Columbus Hall 17 Willow St, Westborough, MA 01581

See you there,

John Stanton
DN5023
NEIYA Vice Commodore
john@neiya.org