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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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November 3rd – NEIYA Meeting, Swap & Lunch

With the Dog Days of summer behind us it’s time to think about Ice boating and the NEIYA Annual Meeting Swap Meet, and Luncheon. Mark your calender’s NOW and show up on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at our new venue.

Hudson-Concord Elks Hall
99 Park Street, Hudson, MA 01749

Our new venue is bigger and we have lots of plans to use every inch. Wanna show off your latest project before it hits the ice? Bring it on down.

Come and celebrate last season, and get ready for an even 2018/2019 iceboating season.

While the second half of last season fizzled, the first half had some great moments.

First Hardway completion in 14 years! And your treasurer sailed 7 weekends in a row between late December and
mid February. A new record for him.

Time to think about getting ready for December. Will this be the year that we actually have all our craft ready, and in the condition we always
aim for?

See you there

Members at Large

Follow Joachim Roesler as he makes his way to Ketchikan AK competing in this years Race To Alaska by Northwest Maritime Center.

The rules are simple. “No motor, no support, all the way to Alaska. The physical endurance, saltwater know-how, and bulldog tenacity to navigate the 750 cold water miles from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, Alaska. “

You might have seen his red and yellow winged iceboat Surf & Turf over the past couple years and its for sale. Check out the NEIYA classifieds

Click on the map below or link for live updates.

Joachim good luck and we will be eagerly following your progress Northward and look forward to hearing tales of the Pacific Northwest when we see you on the ice next season.

What else is everyone doing during the off season? Building, Sailing (I know a few people did the Bermuda Race). What else? Who’s going to the Wooden Boat Show at Mystic or the Classic car weekend at Thompson Motor Speedway?

Think Ice,



The Last Hurrah! 

Passing along the best opportunity any of us have seen in a long time. Don’t put your boat away just yet. Go to Moosehead…

New post on Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club

Maine State Championship 2018

by David Fortier

I have just received a call from Bill, and the report is that there is ice. With Bill’s experience, and measurements of the ice condition we are scheduling the Maine State Championship for Saturday. Bill has checked the North and South end, and the ice in Greenville is the best. It is even forecast to be a bit colder tonight and tomorrow so that is a good thing. Bill said the ice surface seems to be much as it was on Lake Memphremagog a few weeks back. Most everyone was sailing well with plates, and I sailed with angles on the third day and those worked quite well.  We think that racers should attempt to arrive at or before 0900 so we will have the best chance to get er done.

Dave US4690

David Fortier | April 20, 2018 at 10:51 am | Categories: 2018 Season | URL:

Well In Case It Wasn’t Obvious

The NEIYA New England Championship regatta is once again postponed. We will keep trying for this winter (Moosehead? Champlain?) but looking more like next December.  Anyway, be ready to travel far. Think good ice!

Keep hope alive…

Steve Madden


NEs and Eastern Postponed 

Hey All,

Steve Madden went full out for us and got up to Lake Memphremagog, VT this afternoon and assessed the launch and plate. Unfortunately it is not to be for course racing as the surface is already soft with some large crystals and some other limiting factors of the venue are not what either Steve or myself would consider championship worthy conditions. The NEIYA New Englands and IDNIYRA Eastern Regional Championships are postponed once again. Thank you Steve!! 

Best, Chad

And from Lake Memphramagog ON for the Weekend. Check 

Posted on March 1, 2018 by billbuchholz

Newport, VT. The cooling temps in the forecast suggest that the ice will remain hard. We will be getting there around noon on Friday and plan to sail all weekend. Accommodations at Newport City Inn and Suites, 802-334-6558.

Big iceboaters dinner party planned for Saturday night. Hundred Mile Race to be called on if conditions allow. Good winds will give times in under three hours. There will also be an attempt to sail north to Magog, but big pressure ridges often prevent this. Come prepared.

Launch at 44.998n x 72.197w. It’s just south of Eagle Point, where the road skirts the lake, about five miles north of Newport. Ramblin Roger drove his van on yesterday, so it should be fine for trailers. The ramp softened a bit at fifty degrees, but he still managed to drive off. (Ice fishermen use this access so be sure to keep it clear.) Temps aren’t supposed to get above mid thirties so that shouldn’t be a problem this weekend. Based on what we’ve been sailing on around here in marginal temps, the nights below freezing should give us a splendid surface on the twenty-four inches of ice.

Sail safe and heads up in conditions. 

​Hey Racers 

Looks like above freezing temps again starting Friday around noon thru the weekend.  Scouts have reported today drain holes on potential regatta lakes from Maine, NH to Vermont. With that in mind and likely softening ice, its a crapshoot for a safe and fun regatta. So, I regret to say postponed again.

Steve Madden

P.S. Some will find some sails. Remember sail heads up on these changing conditions and have fun.