2018 Season

It’s on! Annual Meeting, Swap & Lunch Saturday 10/28/17

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All NEIYA members, iceboaters and anyone with any interest in iceboating,

The fall meeting and swap meet has been scheduled for October 28th, and once again at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 17 Willow St, Westborough, MA  01581.

Swap meet starts at 9AM in the parking lot, lunch at meeting starts at noon in the hall. There will be great door prizes

Put it on your calendars folks! Start digging out all the gear you want to sell or trade and start making a list of anything you’d like to bring up at the meeting.

Please pay your dues and lunch online today. Don’t worry you do not have to have PayPal, any credit/debit card will do. Lunch is a club subsidized $15 this year. Our treasurer Bob Haag would appreciate online payment or at least let him know (treasurer@neiya.org) you’re coming for an accurate head count. There will be plenty of Swedish meatballs.

Description Price
2018 Membership $30
2018 Membership and Lunch $45
2018 Membership for one & Lunch x2 $60
Lunch Only $15

If you have any extra gear be sure to list it in the classified section and drag it to the swap meet. Your old gear will make someone very happy.

Stay tuned for more info-  Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Think Ice and see at the Meeting

John Stanton

NEIYA, Vice Commodore

Winter Is Coming And Our Annual Swap & Meeting

It’s that time of year again so start dragging your old gear from storage and get ready to bring it to the annual Swap meet. Your old gear will be new and fast for someone else. Once again its time to get together with our winter friends. Friends that share the passion of sailing fast, sailing fast on ice.

Don’t miss out. Bring a friend or two or three. Bring someone new, drag out an old ice boater. Come one come all…

When: Saturday October 28th – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm or so
Knights of Columbus Hall 17 Willow St, Westborough, MA 01581

See you there,

John Stanton
NEIYA Vice Commodore

Looking Forward To The Coming Season


As I prepare for the upcoming season and words flowed onto the screen I knew that I had said it all before, so here it is, below. Some recycled content from a few years ago. We are in need of someone to help out with the Website as well collect and report ice conditions. The web is easy and requires no hardcore tech. I will guide.

A Look Forward

With shorter days and cooler nights, we are all thinking about ice boating and the miles of black ice we hope to find this winter. Just as there are a few months till we sail again, a number of things MUST happen and individual efforts MUST take place before groups of pilots can safely congregate and sail.

Most of you know what occurs prior to setting up your boat in the pits and pushing off toward a nice plate.

Someone watches as the lakeside trees shed their leaves.

All manner of boat building advice and help is freely given.

Boats and equipment are bought, sold, traded and loaned by fellow sailors prior to first ice.

Runners are sharpened individually and en mass by skilled sanding volunteers.

Someone watches as fog and mists wafted over the body of water in the early morning hours.

Eyes are on the lake while morning frosts creep toward the water from the shore.

People gaze upon the first mirror black ice to skim out from shore.

Occasionally taking the long way to work or home to check on ice conditions.

One or more people poke at the new ice with a stick even though they know it is not ready.

Swinging blunt instruments upon the ice, a wise man from Rockport swears by the blunt end of an axe, and drills test holes.

Talk to ice fisherman who are generally happy to break their solitude for a conversation about fish and ice.

Scout off shore with skates, or sailing carefully stopping periodically to check grade and thickness.

People report back whether, positive or negative results. Insufficient ice or unsafe conditions change. A body of water’s history plays an important role for future safe sailing.

Who where those someones? Who were those eyes? Who spent countless hours helping to others get ready to sail? Who communicated observations so that others would benefit?

The answer is simple. Heed the call. Members of the NEIYA. Please remember this when asked to contribute time, knowledge and skills toward club activities. Ice forms all by itself but it’s a team effort to bring a group of people the ice.

Ready to help out? We are in need of someone to manage the collection and distribution of ice conditions for both Rec and Racers. Also looking for someone to manage our website. Fear not, you do not have to be tech savy, only an interest in the Web and a desire to learn. Contact me or any of the other officers

As we come into season, let’s all sail fast, sail safe and think ice,

John Stanton

NEIYA, Vice Commodore

P.S. Our annual meeting, swap and lunch are ON for Saturday October 28th Westborough, MA Knights of Columbus Hall. More on that shortly.