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Ice Boat Happenings In Long Island NY

Things are stirring on LI….    Make sure to head over if you are in the area!  Read on….
It’s getting closer by the day….. DUH No kidding…  I can’t wait ….
The great bargains … the cool stuff … get cash for some of that stuff
lying around … eat and drink ……meet new friends…
pay your membership fee …  WOW lots going on all in one day.

(BTW, we only do this free stuff once a year)

Winter is around the corner, LET’S GET READY TO SWAP!
Bring your stuff…
Bring your cash…
Bring your best swap lingo…

Saturday, December 8th, 2018
From: 1-4 pm
Weeks Yacht Yard
10 Riverview Court, Patchogue, NY

Food and drinks will be supplied for FREE by the club.
Bar-B-Que, Condiments, Side Dishes, Liquid Refreshments,
Soup, Sweets.

If you have anything to sell, boats, hardware, tools,
sails, runners, masts, booms, etc., this is a
good opportunity or just come down, have a bite
to eat and talk about ice.

Here’s your chance to PAY YOUR DUES!  Get ahead by
supporting your club with your $15 2019 membership.
It’s due by Jan. 8, 2019.  Don’t miss out on any

“ICE ALERT!” ice reports for the upcoming season.
If you are a NEW member, please fill out BOTH SIDES
of the included NEW membership form.

Bring the family(wife,kids,mom, dad, dog)…

Bring a friend(girl,boy,dog)…
Bring an alien.

Show your neighbors how NUTS you are…

Frank M Weeks Yacht Yard, 10 Riverview Ct, Patchogue, NY 11772

Next up The Icing of the Lake


“And just a couple weeks later The Icing Of The Lake”  an offering to the “Ice Gods” at Lake Ronkonkoma.

Don’t forget Sunday, Dec. 22, 2018 1 PM @ NYS access ramp

The event you can’t afford to miss.

A “show” you won’t want to miss.

Special guest “QUEEN OF THE ICE”.
We are going to start the season with a BIG BANG!

On Victory Dr., go straight until you come to the last house on the left, where you will find the entrance to the NYS boat ramp.

Think Ice,

John Ziermann DN-5426/Gambit/LS-45

NEIYA Annual Meeting Wrap-Up

Hello All!
As always the meeting was a terrific gathering of fascinating people with a lust for speed and cool craft and possibly a need for group therapy. But hey, until then we will keep hitting the ice!

The parking lot scene was good despite the weather, lots of boats and gear changing hands, no doubt some people are in the shop already making sure all the bits and pieces will fit when we get some ice…. Which will be sooner than you think!
The meeting went at a good pace, wasn’t too excruciating, and covered q

uite a bit of ground. Race results, trophy presentations, Hardway certificate distributions, future plans discussed, past adventures recalled, backs patted, moments of silence for some ice sailors we lost, and finally a slate was approved

No one was appointed in absentia. Those of you who stayed home can stop worrying.

We also had some cool door prizes raffled off, many thanks to John Stanton and Landfall Navigation for hooking us up.All of this was fueled by the usual fantastic catering and a cash bar at our new venue, the Hudson-Concord Elks Hall in Hudson, MA. Great place, hope they’ll have us back next year!

Many thanks to John Stanton and Bob Haag for putting the event together and all of their work on behalf of the club. These guys put in way more time than most of us realize! Thanks also to Steve Madden for all of his efforts as Regatta Chairman and of course to everyone who showed up!

The next big events are the Great Western Challenge (mainly for DNs but other classes welcome) on the best ice in or near Minnesota on from Nov 30 – Dec 2. Following that it’s the tune-up clinic at Steve Lamb’s shop on December 15. Rick Bishop is working to get that put together and it promises to be just as good as last year- and last year was the most interesting and informative one we’ve had in awhile! Even if you don’t care about getting your iceboat tuned up you should attend strictly on culinary grounds. The food is always interesting and unique!! Personally, I enjoyed seeing all the gang and meeting some of the brand-new and relatively new sailors.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the ice soon! If anyone has questions or would like to follow up on anything feel free to email me at

Look forward to hearing from you!
Think ICE!

T DN US 5224

NEIYA Swap Meet Pictorial

Thanks to Ed Edwards for taking the time to take pictures.


You Need To Attend The NEIYA Swap Next Saturday

Who Needs to Come? Yes, it’s a need…

  • Anyone interested in ice boating
  • Winter sports enthusiast
  • Frost biters
  • Multi hull racers cruisers
  • Sailors and non sailors
  • Veteran racers
  • Veteran cruisers
  • Looking to buy gear
  • Looking to sell gear
  • You have a need for speed

Stop by to get information. Chat with ice boat enthusiasts from around the northeast. Rub elbows with itinerant cruisers and world class DN racers. They are there to help you get on the ice for the first time or go faster. Make this the year you start ice boating.

There will be door prizes for those staying for lunch (all welcome). Not the usual nick knacks but prizes that might actually save your life. Landfall Navigation will once again pitch in with gift certificates.

Have things to sell post on the classified section and bring on Saturday. To post or view our classifieds Click

Don’t forget to pay your 2019 dues. Make things easy and pay for the luncheon as well. Our treasurer will be thankful for all those who prepay online.

Description Price
Membership $30
Memb9ership and Lunch $45
Membership for one & Lunch x2 $60
Lunch Only $15


Think Ice,


P.S. Questions? Shoot me an email.


Let The Season Begin – November 3rd Swap Meet

With the NEIYA Swap, Luncheon and Meeting only three weeks away, it’s time to drag out your gear. If you’re like me fix the things that should have been fixed at the end of the season.

Put anything your not going to use on the Classifieds and or bring to the Swap Meet. Remember your old gear could be a real go fast upgrade for someone else. And might make a difference in getting someone on the ice this season.

Don’t forget to pay your 2019 season dues and preregister for lunch. Online links are on the right in yellow. Don’t delay, it will make Treasurer Haag’s life easier and put a smile on his face.

 NEIYA Gathering Swap Meet Starts Saturday 9:30 am November 3rd
 Where: Hudson-Concord Elks Hall
 Address: 99 Park Street, Hudson, MA 01749


Think Ice for the upcoming 2019 season,


Season Update – IDNIYRA Eastern Rear Commodore

Hey All,

With another September behind us it is time to start tuning up our hardwater gear so that we’re ready for the colder temperatures and frozen ponds and lakes! September also brings meetings and conference calls for governing members as we help to run and maintain our ice sailing organizations.

As far as IDNIYRA is concerned we have the Eastern’s slated for February 2-3, 2019 and hopefully this will serve as a tune up for the Gold Cup and NAC to be run February 16-23. For those of you on the fence about getting into racing or stepping into a larger arena, I can tell you it is friendly, welcoming and a great all round experience with lots to learn and plenty of good times! If you have any questions on getting involved in DN racing, joining the class, or obtaining a sail number don’t hesitate to reach out.

For the veterans of the class that have been attending championships – you know why we all look forward to the season ahead!! You also know that it takes a lot of work in many forms to make it all happen and get these events in. I will be stepping down as Eastern Rear Commodore at season’s end come April 2019. I have contacted and tried to find a replacement over the past 8 months since running the 2018 DN NA’s but no one has been willing to step up and take their turn. I feel that it is important to be in the role for a year before it is our turn to run the Continental championship in 2021 which honestly should be led by the Canadian or Mountain Lakes Region. If you have been racing and participating in any of these events this would be a great way to get involved and give back to this great sport!

Chad Atkins
DN US 4487
IDNIYRA Eastern Rear Commodore

Memories of a Fallen Brother Captain Howard Garland (KC 5532)



Captain Howard Garland KC5532

Captain Howard Garland of Lunenberg Co., Nova Scotia, passed away on Friday afternoon after a battle with cancer. Howard was a member of the Nova Ice Yacht Club. His love of ice boating and speed were only surpassed by desire to share these experiences with his fellow sailors.

Many NIYC Regattas were hosted by Howard from his home at Lake Mush a Mush, with warm up breaks around the wood stove in his shop. Not content to just host regattas at his home ice, Howard built a chalet at Sherbrook, allowing access to a lake that often holds ice until late Spring. Many times after a regatta hosted by Howard, the fleet was treated to a superb homemade fish chowder prepared by Howard’s lovely wife Claudette.

Howard Garland was born in the outport village of Pushthrough, Newfoundland. His family later resettled to Hermitage. At the age of 17, he moved to Nova Scotia and commenced a career in the scallop fishing industry. Achieving the rank of Captain at the age of 26, Howard went on to captain successively larger vessels culminating in the command of the 143′ highline vessel ATLANTIC DESTINY, able to fish offshore year round in the North Atlantic. When at sea in the winter, he would often call in via SAT phone from Georges Bank to find out the ice conditions and who was sailing fast.

Through the years, Howard won the Nova Scotia Champs (aka Snelly Cup) and the Maritime Championship many times. This past winter he won the Maritime Championship sailing on his home ice at Mush a Mush. Howard also sailed in IDNIYRA World and NA Championships, and NEIYA events. His strength and quest for speed were legendary. He could make the stiffest mast bend like a coach whip, and many a boom suffered from his sheeting ability.

Howard is survived by his wife Claudette, and sons Tyler and Matt. We, his friends from far and wide, will need to work hard to keep up his spirit and enthusiasm for the sport of ice boating. As a friend, he was the best. We will carry him with us in our hearts and think of him often.

I invite you to share your memories of Howard below via the comment link below. Any and all on or off ice tales are welcome and If you have them pictures. Some of my pictures from this summer are below.

Eben Whitcomb DN4475

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