2015 season


Here we see Jeff Kent working out the shoulder and back muscles required to deal with main sheet loads while also developing the keen eye/hand coordination required to sail (and build) the best DNs out there.

And yes, that mast is really, really RED!

James “T” Thieler


Things are brewing out on the Cape…. Tom Olsen, Rick Bishop and Neil Fowler had a little boat prep session a week or so ago- here they are getting a few tips from RI DN builder/tuner/racer Chad Atkins- Looking forward to seeing these guys ripping it up this winter! T

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

401 258 6230


Hello All-

Just a heads-up that the fall issue of RUNNER TRACKS (the magazine of the IDNIYRA) is online at http://runnertracks.org/

This issue is packed with all kinds of cool stuff- rank lists, regatta dates, suppliers, photos, articles, and a BRILLIANT story on how to take a DN to Europe and compete over there written by yours truly.

Don’t miss it! Read it online for free or order a printed copy for a few bucks- Great either way!

Chilly last night… Think Ice! T


Here we see Canadian DN sailor Colin Duncan ripping up the lake near Kingston, Ontario in a vintage Flying Dutchman. He reports that is was an awesome day and the kid in the front of the boat is keen to get into an iceboat this winter- Keep your eyes open!

Looking forward to seeing that body of water when it freezes over- soon!

T US 5224



From NJ, Jim Hadley reports that fighting and boating a 600 pound mako shark for 4.5 hours provides a good workout! The DN main sheet will be child’s play compared to reeling this beast in.

The place was Hudson Canyon off NJ, the bait is rumored to have been a stool pigeon (this is Jersey folks- it’s how they roll….)

Well done Jim!

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

401 258 6230


You may recall Doug Raymond posting some good results last spring in the DN New England and Eastern champs.

Not one to rest on his laurels he has been training hard this summer up in Maine- Eben Whitcomb went on a little spy mission up to Belfast Harbor, ME and caught a few photos of him soft-water cross-training on his Drascomb longboat…. Have to keep tabs on these secretive Maine types-

Looks a little like Sir Ernest Shackleton sailing the JAMES CAIRD…. if you use your imagination!

Looks like a good day on the water- Looking forward to seeing Doug and the rest of the gang when the days get short and the temps drop!


Hello All!

The tall ship L’HERMIONE went up to Castine, ME last summer- She is quite a sight and our own Don Stearns was able to check her out up close and personal- and he shares his thoughts with us:

“When this rig rolled in to Castine last month I had a first hand seat and a few observations.
1- These guys were living history.

2- They knew how to dress.
3- They had great rigging.
4- They were hands-on when it came to sails.
5- They had a grand flag.

In short, they had one more item than the traditional iceboater.”

Thanks Don! Think Ice!!