2021 Season

All Tuned Up

2021 Tune-Up (Credit Steve Lamb 2021)

The lifeblood of any organization is the collective knowledge of its members and their ability to impart wisdom to newcomers.

Thanks to Steve Lamb for his decades-long support of the NEIYA and the sport of iceboating we were once again able to hold the Off-Ice Tune-Up. Special thanks to Linda Lamb and Val for keeping everyone well fed and cheery.

No one left hungry and the venison chili was a huge hit.

The regulars began showing up shortly before the scheduled start time, followed by the first of many newbies with their boats.

Six ice boats and a land sailer were rolled into the shop. The Yankee class Skeeter’s mast was just too tall for the ceiling and was moved to the back lot to be surveyed and set up. Paul Zucco took charge of getting Eddie’s Yankee together for the first time. Eddie, good luck with your new boat and see you on the ice.

The perfect storm began to unfold, requiring a reworking of the agenda. Decades of experience descended on the many new iceboaters needing hands-on help or advice.

As the afternoon progressed, we had just enough time for one presenter. Since a majority of the crowd wanted to talk about runners, T took to the workbench with a set of stones.

Like many of us, I will talk about iceboating to anyone who will listen and there was much talking. Eventually, most of us were talked out and the crowds packed up their boats and headed home. Everyone had dreams of black ice last night.

And now, we wait, all Tuned up and no place to go. Yet…

Think Ice,

New England Ice Yacht, Commodore

P.S. We will have one more off ice gathering Landfall in Stamford, CT – Details soon

Sweden Welcomes the 2021 – 2022 Ice Sailing Season – DN North America

Looks like the Swedes got the jump on everyone this year!


LIVE ON ZOOM: Ask Matt Struble – 12 Nov @ 7 PM ET – DN North America

Hey Folks- you don’t want to miss this Q and A with Matt Struble. If you’ve ever sailed with or against him you’ll know why….

He has a few World, NA, and European Championship victories on his resume and will be talking DN stuff tonight. You will learn something, guaranteed!

Check the link for details- Think ICE!


2021 Swap & Meeting Recap

2021 Swap Meet Thompson Speedway Golf (All photo Credits Milo Fleming)

The day was on the warmer side and sunny. Perfect to roam the parking lot, talk to new and old friends, pick up equipment and check out items for sale. Next up our annual luncheon and annual meeting.

This year’s meeting was dedicated to one of NEIYA’s founding members Leo Healy who passed away earlier this year. Rob Healy one of Leo’s sons came to represent the Healy family. The meeting kicked off with a brief discussion of how many ice days were had by the membership. In spite of difficult times three members, Bill Buchholz, T, and Karen Binder, got in 30 or so days. Not bad for any year and particularly under the ever-present cloud of covid. Shows one what a little perseverance and determination will get you.

The usual business portion of the meeting followed, Secretary’s and Treasure’s reports were entered into the record followed by the election of officers. Voted into office for the 2021-22 season are John Stanton for Commodore, Jay Whitehair for vice Commodore, Karen Binder as Secretary, and Bob Haag as Treasurer. In addition “T” Thieler and Bill Buchholz agreed to serve as our Race and Cruising Chairs for another year.

In addition to announcing the nominating committee recommended slate to the membership Eben Whitcomb reminded everyone that the NEIYA is a volunteer organization and we need active volunteers to get things done at all levels. This plea was also echoed by many in the room. Be sure to answer the call when it comes.

T had an easy time giving a racing recap as all races were postponed and if we do not get them in by the end of the year, canceled for the season. T then gave an overview of the racing that will likely take place and as everyone except newbies knows everything is condition dependent.

For the third year in a row the Hardway was successfully completed. Charles Silfvenius and assisted by Bill Buchholz gave a recap of the event and outlined next year’s tentative plans. The event would not have happened without Charlie’s watchful eye and guidance. In addition to the Hardway, the Spring Frolic may return as well. We would all love to see a major ice event return to Winni.

Up next Chad Atkins IDNIYA Eastern Rear Commodore gave an update on the upcoming DN events as well as the background and results of the recent IDNIYRA equipment ballot proposals. The international and North American events are in flux due to covid restrictions.

In the new business portion of the meeting Commodore Stanton made two proposals relating to the Hardway. The first recognized the Hardway as an official NEIYA event which it has never been even though it was organized and administered by the NEIYA. The second proposal, change the name of the Hardway to the Leo Healy Memorial Hardway in honor of its founder Leo Healy. Both proposals passed by a unanimous vote.

Coming up next
Off Ice tune ups. At this time we are working on dates and exact locations. One will be in Stamford CT for sure.
MA Boston Area Location / Date TBD
NH Sunapee area Location / Date TBD
Southern CT @ Landfall Stamford, CT Date TBD

I am looking forward to a great season. Think Ice Everyone,

John Stanton
Commodore, New England Ice Yacht Association

P.S. Several new or newer people are looking for boats if you have something that someone else might need please list it on the classifieds or reach out to me or one of the other officers.

P.P.S. Below are an assortment of pictures taken by one of our rising stars Milo Fleming

NEIYA People

Swap Meet Boats

Swap meet stuff. Which as we know always associated with people.

Talking about where we have been and discussing plans for the upcoming season and beyond.


Hey Gang- as we wait for the swap meet be sure to take a moment to read the latest issue of Runner Tracks- Very well done and full of great info as always no matter what kind of boat you sail!

Runner Tracks – DN North America (idniyra.org)

Runner Tracks – DN North America

Runner Tracks is the online newsletter of the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Assocation. It is published 4 ti…

New Online Hub For DN Class

No matter what kind of iceboat you sail this is worth taking a look at- Click and learn!

By the way, that is Chicago’s own Chris Berger on the start line, doing his routine pre-race stretch-

DN Class launches new online hub >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News (sailingscuttlebutt.com)

DN Class launches new online hub >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

The DN Class has developed a new world portal website – dniceboat.org – to showcase the best media while directi…

On The Way….

Things are cooling off just a little…. Soon things will freeze up….

Here’s a few photos to remind us all of what’s on the way- these were taken at Webster Lake last spring, late March if I recall.

That’s Peyton Albanese in 2172, Ed Demerest in 4886, and Matt Knowles in 5606.

It was a good day!


Take a moment, folks.

DN work list, training and watching videos

It’s August and about that time to get serious or just distracted from the day job and think about ice boating. On my end the fitness training started two weeks ago, T infused my new plank with Jeff Kent over the weekend, and today I caved to distraction and sought out some you tube videos to bring me to that feeling of being on the ice…This video below popped up first. Spectacularly scenic.

I am sure the trusty officers of the club will start thinking about the fall swap meet and settle on a date and location very soon.

Lastly, it’s only five months to go until the Western Challenge. If you have never gone to a regatta before, I encourage you to seriously consider it. You will meet the most welcoming crowd and have a complete blast. After the last year with COVID treat yourself to doing more and hitting the road. You won’t regret it. I promise.

Get cracking!


BEYOND THE ICE | Ice Sailing Germany Cup 2020 |
Das diesjährige Eissegler Video ist da. Es waren zwei sehr witzige, kalte und schöne Wochenenden zum Jahreswechsel. Danke für diese Zeit und danke dass ich dieses Jahr ein Teil dieser absolut coolen Gruppe sein durfte. Und jetzt viel vergnügen mit dem Video. Music and SFX by https://www.epidemicsound.com Used Equipment: Sony A7 III Ronis S …

Think Ice,

Karen DN 5630/NEIYA Secretary

What We Need….

Summer is great and all but I think all of us are ready for some:

Jane Pegel Hits The Big Time!

Congrats to Jane Pegel! Great that her years of passion, dedication, and work are being recognized.

And did I mention that she also won a ton of regattas along the way?

Well done Jane, all of us hard-water people are proud of you-

Think ICE!

Jane Pegel US805 To Be Inducted into National Sailing Hall of Fame – DN North America (idniyra.org)

That Time Of Year ?

Chicago DN sailor Chris Berger sends this photo, taken just a few days ago….

Clearly he is itching to get on the ice- I gave him a thorough interrogation in an attempt to get him to confess to knowing a secret lake in the Upper Peninsula that never thaws out. He didn’t crack though, just insisted that he was merely moving his gear from one storage location to another….

In any case the Solstice has come and gone, time to get psyched and get cracking on the work list- Think ICE!!

Art Menard Sails Off Forever

Art Menard, Kate Morrone, Bob S, Paul Zucco and Dave Buckley Ninigret Pond 2014

It is with sadness that I have to share the the news of the recent passing of Art Menard. Art was one of the core sailors that would be out on a regular basis. We will all miss seeing Art in the coming winters. But we will remember Art when we sail in and around Massachusetts.

Farewell Art and may your hand be steady on the helm of whatever craft you choose to sail. I’m sure your choice will be an iceboat on miles of black ice with a steady 12 knts to wind up the speed.

Art’s obituary can be found here https://obits.masslive.com/obituaries/masslive/obituary.aspx?n=arthur-menard&pid=198959897

As always please share any pictures or memories of Art, either in a comment or feel free to send directly to me and I will post. The above picture was all I could fine in our archive.

Sail Fast and Think Ice,

John Stanton
Commodore, NEIYA


Nice little article here- a good little short history with a nice painting to go with it. Something to reflect on as we while away the summer months…

Special thanks to my mom for sending this one in!

Inline image

Memorial Day

Take a moment today folks….


Hey DN people, be sure to cast your vote regarding the spring IDNIYRA ballot- your opinion matters!

If you are an active class member you should have an electronic ballot from the IDNIYRA in your inbox, it went out May 15. Voting closes Saturday May 29 so don’t delay- If you didn’t see it in the inbox check your spam folder. Click the link below for details.

As always, vote early and often…. And Think Ice!

2021 IDNIYRA Spring Ballot News – DN North America

Canadian Championship Trophy- Help Needed

Hello All-

I am fixing up the DN Canadian Championship trophy- So far I have filled in a few blanks but there are several to go-

If you can take a look at the attached list and fill in any blanks that would be great- feel free to suggest any corrections as well and send them to me at t_thieler@yahoo.com

Much appreciated- hope spring is going well for everyone- Best, T

What I have so far:

1972 Ed Kraft

1973 Ed Kraft

1974 Spike Boston

1975 Ed Kraft

1976 Spike Boston

1977 John Schuch

1979 Don Walton

1982 Ron Sherry

1983 John Koeck

1986 Spike Boston

2000 Andre Baby

2001 Andre Baby

2002 Andre Baby

2012 Jacek Marzenski

2013 James “T” Thieler

2014 Eric Anderson

2017 Mark Christenson

2019 James “T” Thieler

2020 James “T” Thieler

James “T” Thieler

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Newport, RI 02840

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May Runner Tracks Is Out

Hey Folks-

Be sure to take a look a the latest Runner Tracks- Very well done as always and this time it includes an article by our very own Bill Bucholz- Congrats to Bill for getting the ink!

See it and / or order it here:
2021 May Runner Tracks Newsletter Published – DN North America (idniyra.org)

Don’t forget that spring, summer and fall fly by faster than you think they will…. Get that worklist out and get your iceboat projects done while it’s nice and warm in the garage.

Think Ice!

Landsailing at Loring This Weekend

Hey Folks- Big landsailing event this weekend- stay tuned to the CIBC site for details at
Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club | Maine ice boat enthusiasts and friends

First update here:
Eastern Landsailing Championship | Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club

Second update here:

Loring Update | Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club

I haven’t attended this event but it sounds like a great time- If you have something with a sail and wheels be sure to check it out!

Think Ice (or pavement for now)

Spring CIBC Gathering

Hey Folks- If you are so inclined and need to get out of the house head on up to the CIBC spring meeting- Always a good time to be had with the Maine-iacs!

Details here:

Spring Gatherings | Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club

The Prima Donna Has Belted Out Her Song….

Not a bad season considering everything that was going on over the winter. If you were able to get out and enjoy some hard water sailing during it all give yourself a pat on the back. If not, remember to get out twice as much next season!

Of course the official word of the ice going away gives us all reason to utter a few words that aren’t as polite as they should be. If anyone gives you any grief about it, feel free to use the attached retort, sent in by John Pepper. Thanks John!

Think Ice- Get cracking on that worklist for next season…..

Moosehead Lake Video

This drone video shot by Jonne Trees last weekend at Moosehead Lake, ME.

Two days of great sailing, April 3 and 4. Good breeze, good ice, sun, scenery, Just proves that it ain’t over ’til it’s over!

Thanks to Jonne for the video and the Maine gang for scouting it-

Click and enjoy!

Moosehead Lake Ice Sailing Aerials – YouTube


Moosehead Lake Ice Sailing Aerials

Moosehead- Pics And Video

Hey Folks-

For those of you who thought the Moosehead Lake news last weekend was some sick April Fool’s prank, let it be known that there was plenty of ice, plenty of breeze, plenty of sun, and plenty of speed to be had!

Great to sail on April 4, I think that is the latest I have ever gone….

In any case, keep it in mind for next year, just in case we get another chilly spring- Worth the trip!

The picture is from Jonne Trees, the video (I hope the link works) is from Jeff Kent.

Get tuned up, only about half a year until the next ice….




Moosehead Lake is delivering…. Ice is thick, surface a bit rough but hey, totally sailable and enjoyable.

Especially for early April!

Marks are set, will be scratch racing tomorrow if there is breeze.

Forget the holidays, never mind the family, they’ll get over it. Come on up!

Lodging at The Birches. See earlier posts for details.

Think Ice!