This summer heat will pass and we will be out in the cold soon enough….
In the meantime take a look at the new rank list, see where you are, where your friends are, where your rivals are…. Start setting goals and making lists!
Fire up the inspiring “Rocky” soundtrack music and hit the gym or just go in the garage and give your boat a pat, doesn’t matter. Just get ready to hit the ice!
Hey Folks- Take a few hours to listen to Henry Bosset and Deb Whitehorse talk all things iceboating-
Great way to learn a few things, beat the heat, and get fired up for the coming season!
Here is the link:
NEIYA 2022-2023 Season
Shout out to all ice boats and yachts dating back through the ’80s and earlier. This is your year! The NEIYA is focusing on bringing back the sights and sounds of the vintage class. Our goal is to empty the attics, boathouses, and garages around New England of any boats that have been mothballed, neglected, or abandoned. Iceboating is always a group effort so we are calling upon our members to lend a hand to others that may need support in getting the old wood back out on the ice – and we are encouraging YOU to gather up your old parts and get those beautiful old crafts up and running again. This is your year. We are celebrating vintage.
Keep an eye on this NEIYA website for more details as they roll out. The highlight of the season will be a full vintage regatta. A full weekend of fun plus all the days in the following week we can muster. Good food, great company, prizes, rides.
To get the ball rolling we are asking you to take a moment and fill out the following survey. the information will be use to help guide the event parameters. Your input is important to us, and we want to hear from you. Please take a moment and answer the quick survey below.
Vice Commodore NEIYA
We are ticking off the milestones till we get on the ice again. The summer solstice is behind us, Independence Day is past and we are nearing the Dog Days halfway mark.
This weekend I was (again) reminded of how close our ice boat community is and the depths it reaches in sailing at all levels. At an after-race party on the Hudson (Chelsea, NY) I was introduced to someone I already knew through email correspondence on a classified ad for a DN. The boat sold and found a new home in Ontario Canada. That single classified ad connected iceboaters across the northeast and into Canada and down to the majestic Hudson. The Chelsea Yacht Club was originally founded as an iceboat club and many members sail classic stern steerers and more modern craft. For a historic view and classic iceboat origin check out Chelsea YC history. Great iceboat history read. If you have never perused the Hudson River Ice Yacht Clubs, site now’s the time.
This BIG iceboat community is exactly what is behind our Vice Commodore Jay Whitehair’s 2023 BIG Iceboat Gathering initiative. We are looking to hold a gathering of all iceboats next season. A parade of the ages featuring crafts from far and near.
Join us for our first preseason call to discuss the BIG Gathering as well as an upcoming summer drysuit demo next month. Pre Ice call is scheduled for tomorrow Tuesday night July 19th, at 6:15 pm and will last under an hour. To participate please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org for login credentials.
Sail Fast, no matter what the craft,
P.S. Keep cool this week with iceboat thoughts.
Happy first day of summer. Happy Solstice. A time we have all cherished from an early age. Schools out, sailing, boating, beaches, fireflies, picnics, canoes, bike rides, surfing, fishing, etc.
I hope everyone is enjoying outdoor summer activities offshore, inshore, on our favorite lakes, or on land. Good luck to all the racers whether on a classic yacht, evening beer can races, around the buoys, or offshore. I am not sure but but likely someone in our crowd is about to finish or has finished the Newport Bermuda Race. Of course, there is always fun to just drop the hook for lunch, fish, or overnight. I will be participating in many of those activities in addition to racing an Ensign on the Hudson and I hope to see a few DNers at the Ensign Nationals under the shadow of the Tappan Zee in August.
As we count down to the first frost, first ice, and first sailable ice the New England Ice Yacht Association enters into our second 50 years of existence. We all (well those that were born before 1960 something) know what the last fifty looked like in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s ’00s, 10’s, and the beginning of the 2020s. The question for all of us is, what will the next 50 years of the NEIYA look like? Something to think about as we soak up the sun and fun of summer.
Over the past few years getting on the ice to cruise or race has become increasingly more difficult. Challenges are hitting us iceboaters from many fronts, conditions have changed, and some of our beloved locations in New England have become unreliable, the ever-increasing commitment of our time on all fronts as well as covid and access and competition with other ice activities. While we hope the worst of covid has passed, it has left damage in it’s wake. The greatest, collateral damage is the end of our social gathering innocence. Some of which lingers in the back of our minds whenever we travel.
With the above in mind and a desire to kick off our next fifty years of New England iceboating with plenty of momentum, I want to hear from all involved. There will be a series of calls and gatherings of minds over the next few months. All are welcome to participate and some of you may feel a little arm twisting and herding to be sure you do. Please make an effort to attend when asked.
Think Ice and Sail Fast in any craft you’re steering,
Our fifth, can you believe it, landsailing regatta is booked at Loring Air Base, Limestone Maine, for Wednesday September 14 through Sunday September 18. Everything will be pretty much as last time, but details will be posted here as the date approaches. It would be very helpful at this end for planning purposes if all registrations were in by August 15. Fees are fully refundable if you can’t make it at the last minute.
Still a bargain at a hundred bucks. Please include sail number and class. Weight if sailing BloKarts.
31 Gosses Hill Rd.
Camden, ME 04843
If you’re considering modifying your DN for land sailing, be sure to check out Steve Duhamel’s fine collection of hardware for just that. Northwindiceboats.com.
Mini Skeeters welcome!
Hey Folks, there is some good reading available to help while away the coming summer months- Get your copy today!
Hey DN people- don’t forget that we have this class ballot to fill out- It’s easy and quick so get to it!
Remember, vote early and often!
Apologies for being a little late on posting this but the sport lost a legend awhile back-
Bill Mattison embodied everything a person and an iceboater should be; likeable, competitive, smart, and helpful to rookies and experienced sailors alike.
He also had a thirst for adventure.
You know how we say “he ran off and joined the circus”? He actually did.
A lot of us want to build big Skeeters and spend a lifetime ripping it up on one of those babies. He actually did.
Many of us think it would have been cool to be involved in a big America’s Cup campaign back in the 1980’s and 1990’s when the Cup was really cool. He did it.
Fair winds, Bill. We are all better for having crossed tacks with you.
Hey Folks, good news is there is sailable ice up north if you can take Wednesday off-
Option one is Umbagog Lake in NH- Local knowledge tells us the surface is re-frozen snow and is ice-boat-able. Launch from the Umbagog Public Boat Launch in Errol.
Option Two is Moosehead Lake in Maine- Launch and sail out of Kelly’s Landing In Greenville Junction. Miles and miles of sailable ice, it was cruised extensively by the Mainiacs today…. Call ahead, rooms may still be available at Kelley’s Landing.
Ice on both lakes is refrozen snow, some snow machine tracks, maybe a 5 out of ten but hey, it’s almost April, how picky are you gonna be?
Tomorrow looks like a good day at both places- as always use caution and never sail alone!
Think Ice and Sail Safe
This report below is from Bill Bucholz. Sailing at Moosehead is an unbelievable experience. The lake, scenery and stars are gorgeous. If you can take the day off from work DO IT! This may be the last ice of the season. Thanks, Karen, NEIYA Secretary
Here’s the lake this morning just after sunrise taken in Greenville Junction. The slush alongshore has frozen, and the plate is reported to be hard but not totally smooth. Sounds about right. Wind today and tomorrow is excellent. Accommodations at Kelly”s Landing. Launch at Greenville Junction boat launch. The launch ramp itself may be rotten but there are other slopes right alongside. Call me if you are coming so we don’t loose anyone. 207-975-6980.
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Well the big storm didn’t fizzle as the die-hard optimist would have hoped…. It’s a bit on the breezy side today, shall we say.
Not sure what the rain/snow combination did to all the sailable ice but the good news is there is a really good base on several lakes, large ones at that.
Saratoga, Winni, Damariscotta, and a few others still have plenty of potential so don’t pack it in yet- last year we sailed into April and with a little luck we can do it again-
As always stay tuned and if you know of sailable ice let me know at email@example.com
As ever the weather is making things interesting but we are still hoping to get some regattas in the books-
This weekend has potential with ice on Winnipesaukee and Damariscotta- They are being scouted further and if they are in decent shape following the snow and rain forecast for Saturday we could have a quick and dirty regatta on Sunday.
As always if you have some ice to report let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay tuned for more….
While we wait for the changing weather to stabilize the remaining ice, read up on John Ziermann’s take on the Lockley skimmer. If you have ever seen John or Rosemary on the ice you surely know they are true Skimmer devotees. John thanks for taking the time to share.
If you want to get back on the ice again be ready for a road trip in the near future. There will be oppotunities for the taking.
The Lockley Skimmer-45 – Points of Interest
Currently, the Lockley Skimmer 45 is dismissed by the cool kids on the playground.
To a beginner or even a seasoned ice boater, the LS-45 can be a simple no-nonsense thrilling way to sail on the ice.
Points of Interest:
- They DO NOT float – $20 will get you a 500lb+ fishing magnet just in case.
- Over 5,000 sold, so used ones are available.
- You can buy one today from the factory.
- Great learning tool for iceboating – simple hand and foot controls.
- Billy Joel bought one from the late, great ice boater Bob Reeves (a sales rep for Lockley on Long Island).
- Trailer not needed. Parts are small enough to transport in or on top of your vehicle.
- No need to buy a single runner for $950, sail $1140, mast $1400. A set of 3 runners can had for <$50.
- You don’t need 2X2 miles of ice. Just a quarter to a half mile is perfect. No need to wait for big ice.
Little ponds freeze sooner, stay frozen longer, and with bad weather heal faster.
- Runner alignment is easy with an alignment adapter plate. Alignment is accomplished for different
sized skippers on the ice. No need for an expensive dial indicator, laser, or jig to align your runners.
- Sail with a LS-45 365 days a year (wind permitting) – Sail on ice or land.
- Sets up in 20 minutes. Simple tools needed for assembly.
- Low maintenance. No exotic materials used in its construction.
- A single can of spray paint covers the LS-45 with some paint left over. Be creative with multiple colors.
- Multiple sail sizes. 45sqft or 50.6sqft available. Make your own sail with luff sleeve construction.
- Foot steering allows 2 hands for the main sheet.
- Parts missing, no problem 4mm cables for shrouds, hardware store fasteners, runners are 1/4 or 3/8
inch plate steel. Runner sharpener plans available. Set of 3 runners can be made for <$50.
- Body friendly upright seating with comfy suspended sling made out of any material.
- Easy to modify and innovate.
- Experienced ice sailors have down sized to LS-45s or have added a LS-45 to their fleet of ice boats just
for the fun of it. Easy to bring your ice boat and a LS-45 for a newbie to try.
- Thrifty sailors own LS-45s
- There are times when LS-45s are sailing when no one else can.
- Easy to store – all pieces are less than 8′ long.
Good day on Quaboag Pond today- The ice was rough in places but stayed solid into the afternoon, when the breeze faded out anyway-
There was all manner of craft; a Lockley Skimmer, a Pocket Skeeter, a Gambit, several DNs of all vintages, and probably more.
Lots of miles were racked up and at least ten DNs went around the marks during the course of the day- A few ice fishermen from Worcester were thrown in a DN and the after a few runs up and down the lake one stated “I’m buying one TONIGHT!” We hope he follows through!
It might be possible to squeeze in a few runs in the morning if anyone wants to try, although the forecast doesn’t look great.
As always stay clear of the eastern side of the lake- Where the creek comes in east of the launch is to be avoided as the ice is thin or non-existent…. Use caution and never sail alone!
Stay tuned…. Rain is on the way, could be the wet-out we need to have some big spring ice….
Think Ice!! T
Quaboag Pond was sailed today- the ice is decent in places and full of frozen ATV ruts in others- Some of these ruts have developed drain holes here and there and should be avoided. The eastern shoreline and the area east of the parking lot should be avoided as well-
Bantam also being sailed now, is described as “6 boats, grade 8/9 ice, good breeze, and a big portion of the north bay is solid 6 to 8inches. Hazards are all on the south side”
Check the weather, talk with the locals, and see if you can sail tomorrow-
We will be scratch racing on Quaboag tomorrow if anyone is interested-
Got a report on Quaboag yesterday, sounds like lots of slush and water on top of the base, lots of ruts from various craft, etc….
That said it was pretty cold last night and we will take another look today- Hoping to have a look at Bantam as well.
With a little luck we can scratch race and cruise over the weekend-
Do keep in mind that at this time of year we need to exercise even more caution than usual- warm days and more direct sunlight exacerbate the normal risks. Err on the side of caution.
Stay Tuned…. T
As you may have guessed things aren’t looking too promising for the weekend- Quaboag Pond in MA is a possibility but we are waiting for the latest report later today-
Eagle Lake on Mt. Desert Island in Maine is a possibility but we don’t have a recent report.
Some people are headed to Chatauqua Lake in NW New York State, that may be the only game in town.
If you know of any sailable ice anywhere please let me know at email@example.com
Stay Tuned! T
While we wait for all the snow to go away take a look at the latest Runner Tracks- Always a great read! Thanks as always to Deb Whitehorse for putting it together-
This is a good read no matter who you are, how you’re built, and how long you’ve been sailing on the hard stuff… Thanks to Erin for writing it and Scuttlebutt for putting it out there!
As we all know there is a bit of snow on the way- That’s the bad news.
The good news is it could track a bit north or south of what is predicted- If it stays a bit south northern Maine could still be in play, if it tracks north maybe southern NH or even MA could still be an option.
Either way get your best snow runners ready, if there is sailable ice in New England we will try for a regatta, even if we can only sail Sunday-
Stay tuned to this site and the weather channel for updates!
Good article here, offers an interesting perspective and some good pointers!
The gang out on Deep Creek is busy! Read and see what’s up- could be worth a drive at some point-
DCL Ice Report #14
2021 – 2022 Ice Sailing Season
Olympics wraps up in Beijing… comes to Deep Creek!
No kidding! There was an Olympian turnout Sunday at the world’s best, most inviting and welcoming Ice Sailing venue south of the North Pole! Fifty-three people showed up to sail and watch the action! Eleven DNs rigged, twelve sailors tried the “Twice as Nice, Sailing on Ice” for the first time. The boat owners were all generous lending their rigs for others to try.
We even had an Ice Skating show! Lynn (Coraor) Troutman was doing twirls and other fancy skating stuff and got a 10.0 from all of us spectators. Her two side kicks Clara and Deke spent the whole day playing on the ice and learning all they could. Gold medal to Lynn. AND an ice boat T-shirt!
Talking about the rare and highly desirable Ice-T-Shirts, Scott Hollander, Sue Wolffe, Ed Brzytwa, Rob Pumphrey, David, Karen, Emely Meehan, Keith MacMillan, Dan Rubel, Will Feisley, Ralph Kemp, Jill Bennett all earned their shirts by sailing! Come by next weekend to collect your Olympic Day award!
Mary, Lila, Cora, John and Ellen Brzytwa, came to join the action and watch while daddy Ed took off ice sailing like a natural! Ralph Kemp was sailing his ice yacht and had his daughter Hannah and granddaughters on the ice to watch. IceMan convinced Raylee and sister to get in granddad’s DN for a photo op. Other family members that came out were Charlie and Courtney Williams, Kathy Rubel, Rob and Karen Gerlach, David and Lissa Klueter and two friends.
Tom Johnson, Tom Wolffe, David Tuel, Jacob Feisley, Jill Bennett, Bruce Spinnenweber were lining up and racing on a windward Leeward course and having a fantastic time on the 7.5 Ice, which would have been a 9.5 but for the snow moguls. FYI, Tom Wolffe has one of his DNs for sale for any that want (need) a boat, “Ice Cream” is a great starter DN. Lets get that boat out sailing!
Emily Meehan was out there sailing the ice like a pro! And IceMan and Ed Haley spent some time working on downwind technique and swapping boats. FUN!
Sara Plunkett won a gold medal in the food competition by bringing no less then three pizzas, hot pizza on the ice… lets give her three gold medals! THANKS Sarah, who also gave ice sailing a try… How was it? IceMan didn’t get a chance to ask her.. so let us know Sarah. Gordon Clement was back on the ice with us again. Jacob F. brought his friend Keith along, Jacob demonstrated his teaching ability getting the non-sailor Keith to give it a try… and boy did he learn it fast!
Joni like always was very busy being the Ice Hostess but she did get out sailing twice and was doing great, practicing her downwind technique… no pushing for her, watch out she will be racing with us soon! Melanie Dunham came out but did not try it yet…. Sue Wolffe was sailing to try to convince Melanie… hmmmm… Melanie is a great sailor on the wet water… we will all have to work on her to give it a try… Come-On-Wo-Man give it a try!
Joan and Lee Coraor stopped by, we suspected Joan borrowed a pair of crutches as an excuse to not sail… ok, so Joan twisted her knee badly and was out of commission but IceMan still thinks she could have sailed anyway! Next Year!
Ned Holloway and Will McGill came by… Will said he saw the IceMan on TV the night before… great timing, great advertising MPTV!
The stand-out sailor was Scott Hollander who is no longer a soft water guy having totally succumbed to REAL sailing…. It will be a long summer off season for Scott waiting for the lake to freeze!
Thanks to all that brought snacks and liquid refreshments… 53 people is a big hungry and thirsty crowd! And THANKS Joni for all of your work making it happen!
Rob Pumphrey showed up and sailed his DN ‘Snow Country”. Rob made all this possible by rigging and lending his trailer to allow for another eight DNs to be stored at the lake front. BIG thank you to Rob!
Pictures: New friends (that’s what it is really all about!), Staging area, Ed B maiden voyage.
Next weekend looks iffy but possible… again Sunday looking the best. Stand by for next Saturday morning’s Ice Report.
DN – US 5576
While we wait for the weather to settle down for the weekend take a moment to ponder this gem- best graphic I’ve seen on an iceboat sail ever! It’s up on Merrymeeting Lake in NH and belongs to either Randy Rice or Peter Bodwell, I can’t recall but either way it’s a great boat and a real eye catcher!