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Freshly Downloaded Videos – Sunday @ The New Englands

Thanks to Chris Mayer for shooting and sharing the below videos of the New Englands on Sunday. Sure was some beautiful ice. Looks even smoother in video.

Lets see what this current weather does for us. Please please please report in on our email ice reporting system. As I and many have echoed ice MUST be rechecked especially after weather transitions like we are seeing today. In other words, let everyone know what you are seeing and check well and use caution. Members can submit reports via email to If you are having trouble please reach out to me.

Sail Fast,

John Stanton

Bella of the Ice

Brian Langley was out on Quabag Pond this Sunday and sends in this inspirational video of his daughter Bella’s first solo sail. Three cheers to a brave young lady and her proud parents. We are all looking forward to seeing that pretty pink BDX ripping up the ice in the years to come.

Belle Sail Fast and Safe…

Pictures From New Englands


Just a few pictures to keep you occupied till the regatta write up is in. Perfect venue just south of the Champlain Bridge with a spectacular 360 degree view. The wind was fairly steady about 10-12 knts ( official number to come) but that’s my best guess. Smoothed over clean ice that was for the most part excellent.

Sorry pit only shots, no action. There were a couple people taking pictures so if your reading this please send them in to me.

Sail Fast.

John Stanton




While We Wait…

New Year’s Greetings to all,

I learned years ago that ice boating is mostly anticipation, preparation and travel. Oh, did I forget patience? Maybe the most important iceboating attribute. To help pass the time till we are together on the ice somewhere. I borrowed some diversions from the Lake Ronkonkoma Guys of Long Island. Not Ronkonkoma Lake as they would say in Maine. Thanks for sharing.

DN5023iceboatterms-1 doyouknowyourice

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart

Global warming

Like Victor Hugo, we all have Winter in our heads and hearts for most of the year. Since today is the Winter Solstice, these sentiments are even stronger. Stronger as we eye our friends in Maine sail today, stronger as there is sailing in MA this past week and stronger as we make plans to to sail that fit into our work, family and holiday commitments. Will relatives and loved ones understand if I bail on festivities to sail? Only one way to find out but it would be prudent to bank for a later time.

Weather is coming so keep a keen eye here, with our friends in Maine at the CIBC and the NEIYA email ice reports. All NEIYA members and special guests should be receiving Ice Report emails at this point. If you have not, please email me directly. I know of one email deliverability issue that is being addressed.

A couple people have asked how the email forwarder works. Well not much instruction needed. Just hit the reply button in your mail to reply the full group. If you want to send a message to just the sender go to the bottom look for and click “To reply to the group mailing list, |Reply to only the sender”   or if more comfortable just look to see who was the actual sender of the email. Starting after Christmas Rick Bishop, myself, Oliver Moore and others, as the moments arise, will poll the group with an email. The rest is up to you. Reply with conditions, use to hook up with sailing partners or other relevant information. Please no cat or golfer pictures unless either of them are on the ice.

Think Ice,

John Stanton






Happy Thanksgiving from the NEIYA!


Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day with friends and family and give thanks for all that you have.

Thanksgiving is a special time for so many reasons. Asside from the everyday it is a time when our warm weather dreams morph into Hard Black Ice. There will be sailing soon…

Looking forward to carving up some ice this season. Not on the centerpiece but around the leeward mark or on a screaming reach with chips a flying.

If you haven’t yet, it’s time to get ready. Haul out the gear from the cellar, the back of the garage or hidden about the house. Check out your gear weekend.

Don’t forget our annual off ice tune-up this weekend.

Saturday Nov. 26th | Arthur C. Lamb Co | 85 Jackson St, Canton, MA 02021 | 11:00 – 3:00 pm Details

Safe travels this holiday weekend and be forever Thankful!

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore
DN 5023



2016 Lamb Tune-up Saturday November 26th

The 2016 Tune-up session is this weekend. Don’t miss out.

Date: Saturday November 26th
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Arthur C. Lamb Company Refreshments: Served continuously throughout the day

Planned sessions include.

  1. Runner Stoning aka after grind care – presented by Eben Whitcomb
  2. Why We Race and You Should Too – presneted by James “T” Thieler
  3. Runner Straightening Demo or What To Do After an Incident – presented by Bob Haag / Steve Lamb
  4. Boat Surveys – Have an old boat and want to get it on the ice this season? Give it a once over before sailing.  Have a barn boat? Experts will be standing by to help.

If you reserved Boride stones, they will be waiting for you. If not, there are a limited number of additional sets available.

Looking forward to getting together setting up a few boats and learning a thing or two.

Please note, in order to help focus on learning and knowledge transfer, there will again be no runner grinding this year. If you need help with sharpening ask about options turning the tune-up or reach out and we find a way to get it done before first ice.

Ready your gear the ice is near,

John Stanton
DN 5023