2014 Season


Up and at ’em folks, the Tune Up Clinic is today! Looking forward to seeing everyone, novices and veterans alike, at Steve Lamb’s shop later today-

See boats and gear, get some blades tuned up, see the gang, learn a few things, and enjoy some hot food and cold drinks….

Date, time and address is below, for more details and directions scroll down the page a little-

Cheers! T

Saturday, December 13th
11:00 to 3:00pm

Arthur C. Lamb Co
85 Jackson St., Canton, MA 02021

Bruised, Sore, And Psyched

Greetings from the proud highway-

We are headed home following a stellar day on the ice- Good breeze, clear ice, three races for each fleet (DN Gold, DN Silver, Renegade and Ice Opti). Full-on, warped out high speed sailing! Awesome.

Flat sails and flat runners were the order of the day- That and keeping your head out of the boat and keeping it moving forward- FAST!

The charge was led by Ron Sherry with John Dennis and Mark “The Doctor” Christensen rounding out the top three- Yours truly in fourth after making Ron look over his shoulder all day…. Oliver and Eric stayed high in the top ten- Our Canadian friends did well too- All shits and grins!! See Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club page for full results-

We used Darling marks and eliminated the safety zone at the finish to the delight of all- The course is way safer and not dealing w the safety zone is (ironically) less dangerous and makes life for the committee much easier- Many more races per day are possible with this system!! More on all of this later….

Thanks to John Dennis for dreaming this event up, to Springers Restaurant for hosting us (great parking lot and even better once you get inside!), to Deb Whitehorse and Loretta Rehe for scoring, Peter ? For being race committee- All much appreciated!

And what update would be complete without an action photo from the back of the van? For your viewing pleasure, behold the team…

Think Ice!

James “T” Thieler

Western Challenge, Day One

Hey Folks-

Some good sailing out here in Wisconsin! Very good ice and decent breeze saw about five races done- Over seventy boats showed up so we have good racing in Gold and Silver fleets-

Some real talent in the Gold and some classics in the Silver! Put this one on your list for next year…

Enough speed and rig bending going on to remind us all why we make the trip!

New England showing well, see the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club website for results.

Great as yesterday was I have to say that there are a lot of dinged and damaged boats- Not sure why but there were more than the normal number of scrapes and bumps- Maybe early in the season, I dunno. All I can say keep your eyes open and sail safe-

Think Ice!! T

James “T” Thieler12 Channing St.
Newport, RI. 02840

401 258 6230

Last Minute Prep….

Madison Wisconsin, 4:30 AM. Room #123 at the AmericInn looks like this as it gets turned into a last-minute runner aligning shop….

Ah, the glamor of ice-yachting!

Think Ice! T

James “T” Thieler12 Channing St.
Newport, RI. 02840

401 258 6230

And So It Begins….

Greetings from the proud highway!

The Great Western Challenge begins tomorrow-

Traditionally held the first weekend of December in Minnesota it’s been relocated this year due to- get a load of this- INSANELY GREAT ICE IN MADISON, WI. So the impossible does happen now and then…. So we are headed to Madison where the cheese is plentiful and the accents can’t be beat….

Should be cool- There will be DN’s and also Skeeters and Renegades sailing, one of the cool things about Madison- All kinds of iceboat activity-

Already on the way are at least two from NJ, four from NE, six from NS, maybe two from PA, several from ON, and a few truly hardcore from Europe. Add in all the usual nutcases from the Midwest and you Eb up with a big event! Semi-informal racing Fri-Sun…. Not too late if you want to join the party!! See the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club website for details….

Enjoy the pics- It’s the Chicago skyline, Art Samson driving and Oliver in the back doing what he does best-

Stay tuned and Think Ice!


James “T” Thieler12 Channing St.
Newport, RI. 02840

401 258 6230

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

Well folks, Turkey Day is here…. A day of relaxing, seeing family, watching football, gorging on way too much food and sleeping through the last quarter of the football game.

Unless you are an iceboater, in which case this is all an annoying interruption in your preparation for the upcoming season. So smile at the relatives, enjoy the food, savor the nap, and get an early start working on your gear tomorrow!

And give thanks for friends and family and this great sport that we all love.


James “T” Thieler

Stu Nelson Memorial Service

Hello All-

Just wanted to let everyone know that a Memorial Service for Stu Nelson will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 11:00AM at the Laconia Congregational Church, 69 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. Rev. Dr. Warren H. Bouton, Pastor of the Church, will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass.

His full obituary is here:

STUART A. NELSON’s Obituary on The Boston Globe

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Fair Winds…..