2013 Season

DN Trip To Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia

While most of us (with a few notable exceptions) are packing up the iceboats and wiping the dust off our soft-water craft a few hearty souls are headed to Lake Baikal in Russia for the DN Pearl Cup.The American contingient includes sailors from Michigan, NJ, and of course that hotbed of DN activity, North Carolina.

This promises to be an adventure and you can follow along on the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club website- Check the site for updates- so far they’ve been pretty interesting and there should be more to come!

Go to http://www.iceboat.org/ and click on “DN Baikal Pearl Cup In Siberia” to see the reports as the come in-

Think Ice and wish them luck-

James “T” Thieler

Meanwhile in Nova Scotia….

We are a little late with this but Warren Nethercote sends this report on the Snelly Cup (a.k.a. the Nova Scotia Champs) a little while ago on Sherbrook Lake, NS…. Read on to see what our neighbors to the North are up to!

Seven DNs came to Sherbrooke Lake today, including Doug Gaudet from PEI. We still hadn’t sailed the Snelly Cup, so the Fleet Captains decided that today’s number of entries warranted sailing for the trophy. Special thanks go to Terry Hayward for taking time away from sailing his Isabella to be our race officer.

Winds were right down the axis of the lake so we sailed 2 laps of a 1 1/2 mile course. We started sailing on hard ice that gradually softened over the course of six races, but most people were able to use 3/16th inserts until the very last race when a few changed over to 1/4 inserts. The wind started at about 6 to 7 knots and built to 10-12 as the morning wore on, so that we had adequate power to overcome the softening ice. But wind strength varied across the course, so taking a flier could make you a hero or a fool!

Doug Gaudet showed impressive speed upwind and down in the first two races, and led the series until the penultimate race, but as the wind built he lost his upwind speed margin – although he was blistering fast downwind all day. Going downwind was a challenge. It was easy to forget how sticky the ice was: gybing to too deep an angle would lead to near immediate stalling of the sail and loss of speed. There were lots of place changes, upwind and down.

Bob Crinion won the championship in the end with consistency all day. Although Bob had but a single win, against two for Art and Doug, he was the only boat able to discard a third. But he was only a point ahead of Art Samson, and another one ahead of Doug Gaudet. Tyler Garland got the bad luck award of the day, first breaking a forestay, and then having the hound fitting fail on his mast.

We had our 6 races in by 1PM, and then retired to Howard Garland’s deck to bask in the sun and tell lies. This spring iceboating is wonderful!


DN 3786

DN New England Champs DONE!

Those that survived the Damariscotta bumps on Saturday or just didn’t know any better showed up for the New England Champs on Sunday.The same bumpy ice coupled with much more breeze saw conditions that were right on the edge of safety and sanity- As the breeze built some gear failed, some gear was on the way, and some sailors (your author included- my head and heart just weren’t in it that day) decided to err on the side of caution and sat out.

The remaining sailors (who were either more brave or more dumb than the rest of us- “There is such a fine line between stupid and clever” Nigel Tufnel once noted…) proceeded with care and were able to complete three races with no mishaps and the regatta is in the books!

Thanks as always to everyone who made it happen and to Oliver’s brother’s girlfriend for keeping score.

Revised Official Results

James “T” Thieler

Maine State DN Champ Results!

The Maine State DN Champs were sailed in fine style last Saturday on Damariscotta Lake in Jefferson, ME. Good turnout in spite of a last-minute regatta call (spring in NE, what are ya gonna do?), great lodging, and gusty, shifty breeze made for a great day of sailing. The ice was re-frozen snow or something and the ride was BUMPY but that is part of the game, isn’t it? If you didn’t lose any parts from you boat or fillings from your teeth you are set for awhile….

Very physical sailing with puffs and lulls coming and going very abruptly- Big changes in direction also meant big sheet adjustments all day and lots of throwing weight around in the boat. And plenty of positions gained and lost!

Thanks to everyone who made it- Especially Bob Crinion who made the trip from Nova Scotia to sail with us and also Kristin Buckley for keeping score-

Can we squeeze one more weekend out of this season? Stay tuned….

James “T” Thieler US 5224 1 1 1 1 (1) 4
Greg Cornelius US 1019 3 2 (3) 2 2 9
Bob Crinion KC 4536 4 3 2 3 (4) 12
Steve Madden US 4512 2 4 4 (5) 3 13
Doug Raymond US 4272 5 (6) 5 4 5 19
Dave Fortier US 4690 (DNF) 7 6 6 8 27
Dave Buckley US 4500 6 8 (8) 7 7 28
Richard Gluckman US 4334 7 (DNS) 7 8 6 28
Rick Bishop US 916 (DNF) DNS DNS DNS 5 32

James “T” Thieler

Good Racing On Damariscotta!

Maine State Champs are in the books- Five races done- fast and furious!1

New England Champs on tap for tomorrow on Damariscotta!

Ice is bumpy but hard and quick- Come on and race tomorrow- Launch from Damariscotta Lake Farm Inn in Jefferson, ME.

OK, NE’s and Maine States are ON!!!!


We have a busy weekend ahead- Dave Fortier et al give us a good report on Dammy so we are going for it! NE’s on Saturday, Maine States Sunday is the plan-

Ice is sailable- Not clean mirror glassy but good for March. Forecast ain’t bad either- breeze both days, cold nights.

Skipper’s meeting at 9AM- first start to follow- Kristin Buckley has agreed to keep score!

Launch area is right across from Damariscotta Farm B&B and Restaurant.

Dining! Sailing! Food! Friends! Fun! Sailing! Get your collective asses up there. This may be it.

Check hotline for details-


There Is Hope- Maine States and New Englands….

OK folks, so the Easterns aren’t gonna happen BUT-

Fortier is doing a final check of Damariscotta today and the forecast (clear, cold nights and breeze during the days) is giving us hope that we can get the Maine State Champs in on Saturday and the New England Champs on Sunday.

This is a cunning plan- Let us all rally and wind this season up on a high note!

Stay tuned to this site for details-


James “T” Thieler
12 Channing St.
Newport, RI 02840