2020 Season

What’s in Your Iceboat Bag?

Last Thursday we successfully held our second NEIYA conference call in the fall pre-ice series. The “Newbie” call was well attended with a good group of the new, newer, and never set foot on the ice as well as a good assortment of grizzled and experienced sailors.
Enthusiasm was high as we talked about how we got into iceboating, what to wear what kind of boats make sense for people, and a general safety discussion.

Open questions from the call for NEIYA members and iceboaters at large. What’s in your bag? What kind of spiked shoes or strap ons do you use? If you were to buy new spikes what would you purchase? What kind of helmet do you wear and would you buy it again? What kind of ice pics or claws would you recommend? Let’s hear from you in the comments section below. Help answer for anyone that is getting started.

Next call topic, Getting Race-Ready. Time will be announced after our annual event. The third all Getting Anything with Blades Ready for the Ice will follow about a week after and Building and Repair shortly after. Have a topic you are interested in or passionate about chime in.

Annual Swap Meet, Lunch, and Meeting. Saturday, October, 24th 10:00AM. Thompson, CT. 205 E Thompson Rd, Thompson, CT 06277. Use the Golf Club entrance. Map Link We have a big parking lot for boats and other stuff and plenty of space. there could be a couple landsailors too. Pay your dues and lunch with buttons on the right.


So everyone what’s in your bag? Share your thoughts in the comments section or bring them this Saturday. Bring your spares to sell. Bring spikes, helmets, blades, masts, boats, or whatever.

Think Ice and see you on Saturday,

John Stanton
Commodore, NEIYA
DN5023
John@neiya.org

P.S. Any questions or comments? Drop me an email.


Ice Tease….

Fresh Ice in Norway Today – DN North America

Fresh Ice in Norway Today – DN North America

Black ice, the holy grail of ice conditions with miraculous powers treasured by DN sailors, made an appearance i…

And don’t forget the annual NEIYA Swap Meet is right around the corner-
Come on out and bring anyone you think wants to have a taste of the Kool-Aid….

Swap Meet and Event at the Thompson Motor Speedway Golf Course Next Saturday, October 24th. 10:00 am. We will have lots of outdoor space for the swap meet, Lunch, and our Annual Meeting. You don’t have to come inside if you are not comfortable doing so but everyone should meet up in the parking lot. You do not have to be a member to attend the swap or other activities.

For a preview of items for sale check out the Classified Section and remember to reach out to the individual seller via their published contact info. Replies like “is it still for sale” and other questions will not be published so send the seller an email or pick up the phone.

Thompson, CT. 205 E Thompson Rd, Thompson, CT 06277. Use the Golf Club entrance. Map Link We have a big parking lot for boats and other stuff and plenty of space. there could be a couple landsailors too.

Sign up on the NEIYA website

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Raceway Golf Club

★★★★☆ · Golf course · 205 E Thompson Rd


Today’s The Day – Call at 7:00pm

Trailer Currently for Sale Check out Classifieds

Today is the day. We will have a conference call at 7 and the primary focus will be on those who are new and or interested in iceboating. We have some old salts waiting to answer questions and guide you safely onto the ice.

All members should have received an email from me yesterday with login instructions. If you did not or are not a member and would like to join in please email me directly at john@neiya.org.

Not a member? I encourage you to signup and attend our annual Swap Meet and Event at the Thompson Motor Speedway Golf Course Next Saturday, October 24th. 10:00 am. We will have lots of outdoor space for the swap meet, Lunch, and our Annual Meeting. You don’t have to come inside if you are not comfortable doing so but everyone should meet up in the parking lot. You do not have to be a member to attend the swap or other activities.

For a preview of items for sale check out the Classified Section and remember to reach out to the individual seller via their published contact info. Replies like “is it still for sale” and other questions will not be published so send the seller an email or pick up the phone.

Thompson, CT. 205 E Thompson Rd, Thompson, CT 06277. Use the Golf Club entrance. Map Link We have a big parking lot for boats and other stuff and plenty of space. there could be a couple landsailors too.

Description Price  
2021 Membership $30
2021 Membership and Lunch $45
2021 Membership for one & Lunch x2 $60
Lunch Only $15
Mail in Form

 

Think Ice and be safe,

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore
DN5023
John@neiya.org


September Runner Tracks

Hey Gang-

Better late than never I hope…. The September issue of Runner Tracks is out and as ever is a good read!

Take a look here:

September 2020 Newsletter Runner Tracks Published – DN North America

September 2020 Newsletter Runner Tracks Published – DN North America

Runner Tracks The Online Magazine of the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association Current Issue: September …


Wanna Join A Gang?

If you are a DN type be sure to click the link and join the IDNIYRA-

It’s easy, cheap, and good to be part of the crowd. Plus you get to do the big regattas if you want- And you earn some good karma points for supporting a good organization!

Click and sign up here!
https://www.idniyra.org/2020/10/05/notice-of-dues-2021/


DN Ballot On The Way-

Hello All- If you are a DN class member there is another set of proposals that need to be voted on coming up-

Click the link and read up. Keep an eye on this site for some opinions and editorializing in the next day or so….

Ok, ballot stuff here

https://www.idniyra.org/2020/10/10/notice-of-electronic-ballot/

And details in this issue of runner tracks
https://www.idniyra.org/2020/09/18/september-2020-newsletter-runner-tracks-published/

And if you have a DN but aren’t a member of the class join up! Good to be part of the gang and it doesn’t cost much at all:

https://www.idniyra.org/membership/


Good DN Article

Hey Gang-

This is an article that noted DN sailor and Harken engineer Steve Orlebeke wrote for Seahorse magazine a month or so ago-

I could not find the text online but if you can blow the attached pics up it is well worth the read!

And for those of you who haven’t heard of it be sure to check out Seahorse magazine- THE BEST sailing magazine out there!

Online at:
www.seahorse.co.uk/shop and use the code TECH20

Or via email: subscriptions@seahorse.co.uk

Or for iPad simply download the Seahorse App at the iTunes store


DNs in Advertising Today

North Sails Ice Sailing Collection – Are you or friends in the video? #icesailingcollection

We have all seen iceboats used to sell everything from liquor, cigarettes, and cars, clothing, etc. My own DN5023 and her sister last know to be in NJ were used by Oldsmobile as props at a series of international car shows. The latest, a natural from the sailmaker that has collected a lot of DN silver, to use the iceboating tie is North Sails for their Ice Sailing Collection of clothing. Check out what they have to offer, besides sails. There are also shout outs to Chad and Oliver https://webstore.northsails.com/us/en/fw20-ice-sailing.html #icesailingcollection

See how many NEIYA members or DN friends and competitors you can find in the video and post your comments below.

Once you find yourself or friends please renew your membership for the season and reserve your lunch at the Thompson Speedway Golf Course for our annual event on the 24th. We need to firm up the headcount per covid rules. Do it now, so you don’t forget.

Description Price  
2021 Membership $30
2021 Membership and Lunch $45
2021 Membership for one & Lunch x2 $60
Lunch Only $15
Mail in Form

 

Think Ice, Sail Fast, and be Safe,

John Stanton
DN5023
Commodore, NEIYA
John@neiya.org


Green, Green, Green…

Aurora borealis forecasting https://www.gi.alaska.edu/monitors/aurora-forecast
  • Everything is coming up green for the 2021 season. First up, our classified section is back up and running. I have only heard from a handful of people about wanting their old ads back up. If you have not sold your iceboat items(s) and want to sell please reach out to me. This beauty just went up yesterday and the price is right. See it at the Swap Meet.
Free to a good home. George is not taking it back.
  • Newbie iceboat call is finally coming back. 7:00pm Thursday, October 15th. After flaming out on the first call It is back on the schedule. We will have enhanced security this go-round. Please email john@neiya.org to receive an invite from Zoom. Bring your question and interest in iceboating. We will have a mix of old and new sailors to share experiences and help the new get on the ice this season.
  • Lastly, and the most important point. We are counting down the days till our annual event which is being held at this Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT. 205 E Thompson Rd, Thompson, CT 06277. Use the Golf Club entrance. Map Link We have a big parking lot for boats and other stuff and plenty of space. there could be a couple landsailors too.

Many people have already sent in their dues and paid for lunch. I need people to follow the links below and pay your dues and or purchase lunch. In these days we need to get our headcount in NOW. While we will take payment on site for dues and lunch paying online is preferred especially this year.

Description Price  
2021 Membership $30
2021 Membership and Lunch $45
2021 Membership for one & Lunch x2 $60
Lunch Only $15
Mail in Form

 

Think Ice and as always be safe,

John Stanton
Commodore, NEIYA
DN5023
John@neiya.org

P.S. Our Vice Jay is doing a dive clean up at the Quaboag launch tomorrow. He could use a couple volunteers to help put trash in bags. Info here:


(Limited) Volunteer Ramp Clean-up at Quaboag Pond – Sat 10/10

NEIYA is having a low profile boat ramp clean up this Saturday (10/10) at Quaboag pond. Two commercial divers will be under the surface between the hours of 11am – 1pm grabbing garbage off the bottom in the area of, and surrounding the boat ramp. If there are a few members close by who would like to assist that would be helpful. Shore side tasks involve draining trash, sorting and loading etc, as well as walking the waters edge and parking lot area to pick up any other debris. The ramp and parking lot will remain open and we will be working in the periphery of all local traffic. If you come to help please bring a workers reflective vest, gloves, proper Covid face covering, and if you plan to be within 10’ of the water you must wear a life jacket. NEIYA or ice boat clothing and identifiers are of course the fashion of the day. Trash bags and one pickup truck will be supplied. We will be observing proper social distancing. 3-5 helpers is all we need so if you can commit please contact me and we will limit at 5.

If you have a favorite popular sailing site that may need a little NEIYA support and you would like to give back to that community for all the good times had, contact me to get it on a future ramp clean up date!

Vice Commodore Jay Whitehair
sailoffshore@comcast.net
text or call: 802.291.0989


Annual Event is ON For Oct 24th

In these uncertain times, I am happy to announce that we are going forward with our annual Event. It will be a little different this year but the iceboating spirit will prevail. The NEIYA is made up of the people and the history we share, camaraderie, fellowship, spirited competition, and sailing together. Come out and welcome in the upcoming 2021 Season.

Come join your fellow NEIYA members and interested individuals
When: Saturday, October 24th, 10:00am
Where: Thompson Speedway Golf Course, 205 E Thompson Rd, Thompson, CT 06277 https://goo.gl/maps/DbGpTekm4ZLNnV8n7

  • There will be door prizes and giveaways for all
  • Swap Meet and outside gathering lower parking lot
  • Lunch and meeting inside and accommodations can be made for outside eating if anyone prefers. Because we are in
  • The golf facilities will be open and if the practice greens are not aerated we could have a casual putting competition. Most of us are sailors, not golfers but we are talking bragging rights. Bring your sticks and a sleeve of balls.
  • There may be a land sailor or two set up in the parking lot and if the wind cooperates a demo will occur.
  • There may also be some amateur track events going on to watch.
  • Now is a good time to
  • We ask that everyone follow the prescribed state and federal protocol. It’s about being sure everyone is comfortable and safe and not politics.

We will need a headcount for lunch and now’s a perfect time to reserve your lunch and your 2021 season dues.

Description Price  
2021 Membership $30
2021 Membership and Lunch $45
2021 Membership for one & Lunch x2 $60
Lunch Only $15
Mail in Form

 

THINK ICE and let’s have a great 2021 Season,

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore
DN5023
John@neiya.org

P.S. If anyone has any questions, comments, concerns or thought please contact me directly.


Mea Culpa The Barbarians Broke Through

All conference call attendees and those that could not get on after I killed the meeting. My apologies I thought I had enough security set up but obviously not. Will have to implement additional safeguards going forward. Having new people in the crowd I did not know made things harder.

Checking schedules now and hope to redo this tomorrow night.

Think Ice and Internet Security,

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore
DN5023
john@neiya.org


1st Conference Call Tomorrow Night

All,

A little more then 24 hours from now we will have our gathering venue announcement and help guide new, newer, or returning iceboaters back onto the ice this coming season.

With all that has been going on in our own lives and the world as a whole, it will be nice to bring some glimmer of normalcy into our lives. I can’t think of a better way than to sheet in and go fast. Before we can go iceboating there are a few things that have to happen. Of course, the weather has to turn but I am thinking of our annual gathering and the preparation that goes into getting ready.

In preparation for the upcoming season and to be sure that we are only showing the most current classified inventory, all classified ads have been pulled. If you had a previously published ad and it is still for sale just email or leave a comment and we will put it back up. Please be wary of scammers. If you are suspicious it probably is a scam.

As mentioned tomorrow’s call will focus on Newbies and how to get everyone on the ice this season. There will be plenty of people on hand to help tonight and as the season begins.

Talk to you all tomorrow night. Check the conference all info above.

Think Ice,

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore
DN5023
john@neiya.org

P.S. Now is a good time to renew your NEIYA membership or join. Info to on the right.


Lost Photo Credit From Ames Farm 2010 – Don’t Forget Annual Gathering Meeting and Newbie Call Next Wednesday

Ames Farm launch Winnipesaukee 2010 Seeking Photographer

Anyone recognize the above picture? It was taken at Ames Farm on Winnipesaukee in 2010. Bill Buchholz from Maine and President of the Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club  is looking to track down the original picture for an iceboating book project he is working on.

If you have no idea where Ames Farm on Winni is you might just be a newbie and should be on our call next Wednesday details below.

Let the fun begin. Remember all members, non members, racers, cruisers, seasoned, and newbies welcome. Seriously if you have ever thought about iceboating this is the year to do something about it. Email me for password john@neiya.org.

Zoom Meeting Info:

Topic: Annual Gathering Venue & Newbie Intro
Time: Sep 30, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88295236307?pwd=TnE0a090RFZrVjVRa01zc1FSaUdXZz09

Meeting ID: 882 9523 6307
Passcode: Email John at john@neiya.org for password
One tap mobile
+19292056099,,88295236307#,,,,,,0#,,5023# US (New York)

Think Ice and be safe,

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore
DN5023
john@neiya.org


1st Conference Call is Wed Sept 30th Its Newbie Night and Gather Venue Announcement

And you thought your travels are tough…

To clarify the Zoom meeting is next Wednesday, Sept 30th. Sorry about the confusion. Details below and just email or text me for the password.

John

 

All,

I know I said there would be an announcement on our annual gathering location but in typical iceboating fashion, we have to put off the announcement till next week. Some conditions have changed in the background and our first choice has fallen through.

Several people have expressed interest in or are new iceboaters this season. I would like to take the opportunity to welcome them and answer any questions during this zoom meeting. Don’t have a boat now is the time to start putting one together. Hope to have lots of newbies online next Wednesday. Please feel free to reach out to me directly.

 

Zoom Meeting Info:

Topic: Annual Gathering Venue & Newbie Intro
Time: Sep 30, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88295236307?pwd=TnE0a090RFZrVjVRa01zc1FSaUdXZz09

Meeting ID: 882 9523 6307
Passcode: Email John at john@neiya.org for password
One tap mobile
+19292056099,,88295236307#,,,,,,0#,,5023# US (New York)

Dial by your location
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 882 9523 6307
Passcode: Email John at john@neiya.org for password
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/khaRTbGlE

Think Ice,

John Stanton
Commodore, NEIYA
DN5023
john@neiya.org

 

 


Of Mice, Ice and (Wo)Men – Holding on Oct 24th Meeting Venue Announcement

And you thought your travels are tough…

All,

I know I said there would be an announcement on our annual gathering location but in typical iceboating fashion, we have to put off the announcement till next week. Some conditions have changed in the background and our first choice has fallen through.

Several people have expressed interest in or are new iceboaters this season. I would like to take the opportunity to welcome them and answer any questions during this zoom meeting. Don’t have a boat now is the time to start putting one together. Hope to have lots of newbies online next Wednesday. Please feel free to reach out to me directly.

 

Zoom Meeting Info:

Topic: Annual Gathering Venue & Newbie Intro
Time: Sep 30, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88295236307?pwd=TnE0a090RFZrVjVRa01zc1FSaUdXZz09

Meeting ID: 882 9523 6307
Passcode: Email John at john@neiya.org for password
One tap mobile
+19292056099,,88295236307#,,,,,,0#,,5023# US (New York)

Dial by your location
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 882 9523 6307
Passcode: Email John at john@neiya.org for password
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/khaRTbGlE

Think Ice,

John Stanton
Commodore, NEIYA
DN5023
john@neiya.org

 

 


Saturday Oct 24th – Fall (Socially Distant) Gathering ON!

Eric Aho: Ice Cuts (1932), 2010 Oil on linen / The ice, competitors, friends, and your boats are calling. Heed the call!

All,

Current members, past members, fellow iceboaters, those with any interest in iceboating, and those dealing with a loved one affliced with ice fever all are welcome to this years NEIYA Fall Gathering on Saturday October 24th.

I do not have to remind everyone that things are different this year and understand that some people legitimatly may not want to attend a traditional gathering. These concerns have weighed heavy on myself and the managment commitee but everyone of us want to make it happen. And so it shall be.

Things will be different this year as we navigate state the and local regulations and even more important our own comfort levels.

We will be holding a short Zoom meeting next Thursday evening to discuss the venue and the upcoming season. All are welcome. Please email me for details.

If you have any thoughts or concerns please reach out to me directly.

Think Ice,

John

Commodore, NEIYA
DN5023
John@neiya.org


Iceboat Exhibit- take a look!

The Oyster Ponds Historical Society in Orient has a display of iceboating photos and memorabilia. The late 1800’s Orient Stern Steerer “Red Bird is on display with many OIYC and earlier photos. Doug Hardy, Richard Gluckman and I participated in a Q & A session this morning and were able to talk iceboats and iceboating. Richard had his DN set up outside. It was a nice way to get back in the swing of things. Mikehttps://oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org/event/summer-exhibition-iceboating-in-oysterponds-open-to-the-public/


9/11

Take a moment, folks.

Spare a thought for the victims, responders, survivors….


Ice In Duluth…

….kind of anyway. Mike Bloom sent this photo of frost on a windshield out in Minnesota…. tune up, kids….


Canadians At Work….

Must be getting cold up there…. Andre, Robin and Jacek have their boats out and we can only guess at what they are up to….

Time to get cracking!

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

401 258 6230
t_thieler@yahoo.com


A Harbinger to the 2021 Season

Comet Neowise C/2020 F3 Photo Credit: Mike Acebo

I can’t speak for everyone but know many of us have been looking for answers. Since the beginning of time man has looked to the stars. I got a great glimpse of the comet in July. Comets have been and still are considered harbingers. Comet Neowise C/2020 F3 is the harbinger of fast-moving ice and water and a great iceboating season to come. Thanks to Mike Acebo for his frozen water comet picture.

We have been agonizing over our annual meeting for well over a month. Staying optimistic has not changed the grim realities of the COVID-19 virus. Let’s remember that is we are iceboaters. We persevere through the adverse, press on through the night and early morning hours, and find a way to make it happen.

That said, we have scheduled the gathering for October 24th. Due to circumstances, the format will be different and the venue at this moment is not firm. Kind of like iceboating in general. I promise the venue will be somewhere in New England and certainly not in Montana. Though I know some would drive that far to attend. Our gathering will be held in a safe, legal, and responsible manner.

We will announce the venue and additional particulars on Thursday, September 24th via our website. Stay tuned.

Can’t make the event? We will be holding a series of online events covering various topics and hosted by some of our resident experts. More details to come. Topics include but not limited to how to get started, connecting equipment buyers and sellers (online open-air iceboat marketplace), building and maintenance, race prep, race tactics, and more… Suggestions are welcome of course and if you want to host a topic just let me know.

 

Stay Safe & Sail Fast,

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore
john@neiya.org


Labor Day Video

Hey Folks- Hope everyone is having a safe and happy Labor Day. Winter sailing season is right around the corner, and this video should get you fired up if you aren’t already- click and enjoy! T

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwbssUi4kyA


Landsailing In Two Weeks

Hey Gang- If you are ready to hit the road and get in on some wind-powered fun take a look at the CIBC website-

Bill Bucholz has been organizing a landsailing event up in Maine, should be a good one!

Check the link and keep an eye on the CIBC site for details-

https://iceboat.me/2020/08/28/two-weeks-to-loring-2020/