2021 Season

Where Guam and Ice Collide

T built a homemade sled for us to use. Converted Dining Room turned DN Sail Loft

Hi everyone,

November was spent getting sails and runners ready and staying consistent with the sprint training. Given Covid restrictions throughout the summer and early fall T and I were pretty consistent working out three days a week. I wrote our 40-yard dash times down each week and in two months some progress was made with slicing off a bit of time. In early November we saw a young woman sprinting at the high school track. She was literally the fastest person I’d ever see run in real life. Her form was perfect, her legs were moving like pistons, and she blew us both away. It was beautiful to watch someone with that much speed.

T and I joked that maybe she’d take us on as students. I was definitely intrigued with the idea so T urged me to talk to her. He said, "Come on. Go talk to her. Ask her. I’ll be your wingman." I finally worked up the nerve to approach her. I said awkwardly and lamely, "Hi, um, you are really fast." She politely said, "Thanks." I then said, "Did you run for your college? She said, "Yes, I ran for the Naval Academy." I then said, "Well, T and I are really old and we are really trying to get better at sprinting."

We told her about ice boating and even broke out the infamous Matt Struble you tube video to show her why we need to learn sprinting technique. She told us she was from Guam and had never heard of ice boating. We have since learned in Guam the average temperature rarely dips below 65F so that makes perfect sense. We then showed her a few of our sprints. She politely said our form was okay. I then said, "Well not sure if you are interested, but if you are at all willing to give us some coaching we will pay you for your time and we’d take it very seriously." I gave her my cell phone and said to please call if she was interested.

Three weeks went by and I didn’t hear from her. What’s the term nowadays…ghosting? I was all bummed out. I’d been ghosted.

Then, having given up hope I got a text from Regine. She said she’d been away, but would enjoy working with us. I was thrilled. We met at the track and got to work last Tuesday night.

At some point in our first session we were talking about Usain Bolt. She described him as a sprinting phenomenon. She pulled out her phone. It was a picture of her standing with Hussien Bolt. I said, "Wow, where was that?" She said Rio de Janeirio. I said, Wait, was that taken at the Olympics? She said, "Yes, he was so nice. Look how tiny I am next to him." I then said, "Wait…you were at Olympics running?" She said, "Yes, I ran for Quam."

Holy smokes. We are being trained by a real OLYMPIC ATHLETE!

We have had three sessions. Already T has shaved over a full second off his sprint time and I have whittled off .40 seconds. Neither sounds like a lot, but with sprinting over a short distance winning is determined by thousandths of a second. It’s huge progress and totally attributable to our Olympic trainer, Regine. We are doing drills I’d never seen or heard of and learning the body positions for starting, powering up, and going full speed.

Sprinting, like most things in life, is a matter of technique, repetition, and a commitment of time. The bad news is Regine is being reassigned for her Naval service in another week so we may just have one or two sessions left. I will keep you posted!

Karen Binder
DN 5630
NEIYA Secretary

Off-Ice Meet Up Stamford, CT

This past Saturday was a welcome dose of normal for this time of year for a group of NEIYA members. No, we were not able to hit the ice anywhere in New England but we did get a group of people safely together to talk about iceboating. Getting ready for the season and talking over those plans with like-minded friends.

We had a good mix of seasoned, newer, and newbie iceboaters at Landfall Navigation in Stamford CT. There were questions asked and solutions drawn out from the 100+ years of experience at the gathering. A local rigger from Ocean Rigging stopped by Landfall and was able to help out someone make up a setup stays.

The only problem we could not solve was provide a nice place of fresh Black Ice. That will come as it always does. Sometimes a little earlier sometimes a little later.

In the meantime be sure your buddies are ready to sail. Drop them an email, give them a call, or invite them over to Talk & Tune as the ice coming soon. Need help or looking to lend a hand check the member directory for contact info. NOTE if your dues year is marked with anything but 2021 and is RED.

The Member Directory is here https://theneiya.org/member-directory/ it is password protected. if there is trouble just let me know. It will be sent out this morning via email. Note, there are additional older list below the current list. Please thank our Club Secretary Karen Binder in the pits or between races for keeping track of all the details! Rumor has it that she will be posting another segment in her Drive for Excellence blog series. Watch out for it here.

This year we may not be traveling as far but there will be ice and we need to find, scout, and sail it. In other words get ready for hyper local and or extended day trips.

Think Ice and Be Safe,

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore

Off Ice Gathering This Saturday

I don’t have to remind anyone that this year and into 2021 is not what we are used to. In ordinary times we have gotten together for an off-ice tune-up and education sessions at Steve Lamb’s place of business. Steve has been kind enough to open his vast shop for us to set up iceboats indoors and gather without worrying about the elements. As you have already guessed we are going to forgo the event this year and have already begun planning for an even grander event in 2021.

While the complex patchwork of rules, regulations, and risk factors have made it imprudent for everyone to gather from the far corners of New England, that should not stop us from talking about and preparing for sailing in a remote and safe plate of ice.

I will be working this coming Saturday, December 12th at Landfall Navigation in Stamford, CT. Since I have to be there I will be setting up my DN in the parking lot for a customer demonstration. I welcome local NEIYA members or those interested to stop by from 10am to 3pm. Have a boat you want to get on the ice this season bring it by for a once over the collection of seasoned iceboaters. Drop me an email if you have any questions, John@neiya.org.

Like our sailing other spontaneous small local gatherings may be occurring in the coming days before we have ice.

Think Ice and Be Safe

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore

Thinking Ice on Thanksgiving

Turkeys out checking ice for us. Sailable?

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Hoping everyone is safe and enjoying some level of the usual traditions. Things are not the same but I am thankful we can preserve some level of normalcy. We have already gone virtual for a few events and there are discussions about more as well as safe, sensible, responsible, and compliant ice time. We are in a fluid situation so stand by. Keep Saturday, December 12 in mind. Details to follow.

Big events are just not going to happen this year but with miles of ice coming to bogs, frog ponds, small lakes, and big ice we will sail.

Hope everyone enjoyed the Iron Duck Movie featuring a couple of our own Vermont Iceboaters Bob Dill and Schumacher. Through their endless determination, they earned a place in sailing history. Special thanks to the director of Iron Duck Ben Dolenc for bringing the Iron Duck Story to all of us last week and to screens of all sizes. While the NEIYA sponsored watch party has come and gone you can still see the film here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iron-duck-watch-party-tickets-130323688661. If you love sailing on ice, dirt, and going fast it’s a must-see.


Make and keep a promise to call an iceboat friend this long weekend. Talk about the great times you have had, what you need to get on the ice again and how and when blades will meet the ice again. Be thankful for the ice time we have had together and for the ice time yet to come.

Think Ice and be safe,

John Stanton
Commodore, NEIYA

P.S. Check out the Pocket Skeeter that just went up on our Classified Section. Available from one of our premier boat builders Bill Buchholz. https://theneiya.org/classifieds/


Read this and keep it in mind- If you see some iceboats (Renegades) or parts and or a trailer like this for sale give Ron a shout- his email is in the post.

Click and read-

3 Stolen Renegades & Trailer in Michigan – iceboat.org

3 Stolen Renegades & Trailer in Michigan – iceboat.org

Ron Sherry’s trailer with 3 Renegades was stolen near Detroit, MI over the weekend from a locked storage facilit…

Ice Sailing Calendar- Last Call!

Hello All-

If you enjoyed the photos that Sean Heavey took at the DN NA and GC last year you might want to grab the calendar he put together-

Don’t put it off- the order cutoff is in a few days-

Lots of great shots and New England is well represented, as we darn well should be!

Click the link and take a look- makes a great gift and Christmas is on the way….

Think Ice!

Sean R Heavey | 2021 Ice Sailing Calendar

2021 Ice Sailing Calendar

Hello all and welcome, 2020 has been a year that will go down in the history books. For myself it has been a ye…


Richard and Dideric were able to sail a lake in Sweden last week…

Doesn’t look bad at all.

Think Ice!

Sailing In Canada

Mike Madge was out on Whitefish Lake, just west of Thunder Bay in Ontario the other day…. how much closer to perfect can you get???

Stay tuned folks, our turn will be coming soon….

Iron Duck Watch Party Weekend Starting NOW!

Featuring VT Iceboat veterans Bob Dill & Bob Schumacher

Things are finally falling in place for our Iron Duck Documentary Featuring Bob Dill and Bob Schumacher. With the help of Director Ben Dolenic, I have arranged for a Watch Party (online) for NEIYA Members. The film and commentary will be available to watch at home or anywhere on the web between Friday (NOW) and 3:00pm Sunday. Find the 35 minutes and some extra to watch the interviews too.

If you know the Bob’s or heard of them you owe it to yourself to watch. It’s a great story. I was lucky to have been on Ivanpah the year after the record was broken. Unfortunately, after a couple runs the wing detached and there was a huge cloud of dust a few miles down the playa. I know I have pictures someplace and watching this film has given me the inspiration to find them.

2021 Membership$30

Link to watch our film between today (NOW) and Sunday 3pm:

Link to the Cast and Crew discussion panel: https://vimeo.com/481455128

Remember this is a member benefit. You will need the super-secret password. Members who have paid for the 2020-2021 Season can email me john@neiya.org. Hint hint, if I see a membership transaction come through I will respond with the passwords.

Think Ice and please stay safe,

John Stanton
Commodore, NEIYA

P.S. If you have never poured through the wealth of Ice related information Bob Dill has compiled on http://lakeice.squarespace.com/, do so before the season takes off.

P.P.S. After we have gorged and recovered from Turkey Day we will schedule another call with a focus on building. Date and time pending.

Marching towards the Ice

Brian Langley reports that Bella, the youngest sailor in our fleet, is just too big to fit in her BDX-8 this year. She will be upsizing to a brand new BDX-10. The craft will be running a small 24″ springboard to bring it to LOA @ about 12ft. This will sail on a glass mast formerly owned by John Pepper with a clean 45 sq ft skimmer sail.

Brian modified the plan to lighten the overall weight of the hull. The lightening mods include 3/4 x 3/4 frames and truss work, 3/8th one pcs ply-wood floor, and 1/4″ side skins. He believes it should come in right around 60 pounds with foot steering assembly and springboard. The craft also features a nice 7″ trunk for safety gear, lunch etc. And open bulkheads with corner bracing. Given the light weight of both craft and pilot it ought to really scream down the ice.

Also on the building bench are two new BDX-12’s one for himself and one for Doug sharp they should be on schedule for this season’s ice. Doug has been in semi retirement for a few years and this proves that once bitten by the iceboat illness you are a lifer. We are looking forward to seeing Doug back on the ice again.

Go Bella! Good luck with your new rig. With your power to weight ratio you may just have the fastest acceleration out there. Can’t wait to see our youngest member ripping up the ice again this season.

What can I say about this video? There is beautiful ice and a desire to slide across it. Hopefully the wind picked up later as I am sure Charlie S. wore himself out after picking for a while.

Sent in by Charlie Silvenius of NH

We are moving towards that first sail-able ice part of the season but it may out of reach for many of us. Have patience there is will come to your state.

Covid will impact some of our usual pre-ice activities. Traveling to different states to gather and discuss tuning and safety topics may not allowed and not a wise idea at this time. We are looking to focus more locally and are open to ideas and suggestions. Whatever happens looks like we will be staying closer to home so lets start looking locally.

One thing we can all enjoy is the viewing of Bob Dill and Schumacher’s Iron Duck Documentary. I am in the final stages of setting up the group viewing and will make the announcement shortly.

Think Ice and be safe,


GO FAST GO, FASTER Call @ 7:00pm

Eben Whitcomb Rounding By Bill Converse Oldie but goodie 2010 Eastern’s

As announced Sunday we are a GO for our Go Fast, Go Faster, Tune for Speed and Win conference call. Tonight Tuesday, November 10th, 7:00 pm. We have a panel of experts lined up to share their secrets and to help you finish closer to the top.

Send me an email for the conference call login info, John@neiya.org. See you Tuesday, November 10th 7:00 pm

John Stanton
Commodore, NEIYA

P.S. Don’t put it off the season is coming.

Speed Call / Iron Duck Watch Party

Featuring VT Iceboat veterans Bob Dill & Bob Schumacher

The wait is over. As announced a couple weeks ago we are a GO for our Go Fast, Go Faster, Tune for Speed and Win conference call. Tuesday November 10th 7:00 pm. We have a panel of experts lined up to share their secrets and to help you finish closer to the top.

Send me an email for the conference call login info, John@neiya.org. See you Tuesday, November 10th 7:00 pm

As many of you have already read on Facebook and other places, the Iron Duck Film has been completed and will premier at the Montreal Independent Film Festival. Featuring veteran New England ice boaters Bob Dill and Bob Schumacher from Vermont. Both gentlemen have been long time DN racers, ice enthusiasts, have a passion for speed on the ice and playa, and NEIYA supporters.

The NEIYA will be having an Iron Duck movie watch party online. The date will be either the night of the premier November 19th or a day or so after. Stay tuned for final details for NEIYA members and special guests.

Till then read more about the Iron Duck movie from Bowsprit Productions at https://bowsprit.co/iron-duck-2.

Swap meet update. New DN owner Jack Denker needed some help with his newly purchased first boat. Being a college student he did not have the resources nor expertise to tackle the project. A call went out to area members for help and Dave Fortier answered that call. Repairs were completed this afternoon and Jack is ready to join the rest of us on the ice. Thanks for pitching in Dave!

We are just weeks away from first ice. Be ready to go.

Think Ice,

John Stanton
Commodore, NEIYA

P.S. If you have never poured through the wealth of Ice related information Bob Dill has compiled on http://lakeice.squarespace.com/, do so before the season takes off.

P.P.S. Check out this latest classified listing Peter Zendt’s J14 is up for sale.

Vendee Globe Start 0545 This Morning

Hey Folks- It ain’t iceboating but it is fast sailing and who doesn’t dig that?

The start coverage starts around 0545 and if you stay tuned you should see some very interesting, very cool looking IMOCA 60 sailboats foiling over the horizon.

Enjoy the coverage and then get back to work on iceboat stuff! Lakes will be ready sooner than you think….

Think ICE!

[EN] Start of the Vendée Globe 2020


[EN] Start of the Vendée Globe 2020

Iceboating Season Is ON!!

The party has started! Some lucky soul up in Alberta has popped the cork on this season!

Won’t be long for the rest of us….

Think Ice!!


Checkered Flag All the Way

The Finish of our 2020 Season. Winners abound. Welcome 2021

In the past couple of months, we had doubts about whether we could have our annual event. Well, we pulled it off in a Covid safe way. Thanks to everyone that adhered to Covid guidelines. From the Swap through lunch and our Annual Meeting things moved smoothly.

The Thompson Speedway was a fitting venue for a group of speed enthusiasts and a good collection of competitive individuals. The theme of the day like most everything we do was “Go Fast”. Fast cars and fast boats. This place was made just for us.

It was nice to chat with some new boaters and also to speak with others who are returning from a long time away. It reminds me of how much information we have gathered over our time on the ice and how valuable it is to others who are trying to get some blades on the ice. A common feature among members of the NEIYA is that we enjoy passing on any advice we have.

Boats changed hands and went home with new owners. We welcomed a couple of new iceboaters into the fold this time around and wish them well in their first season. We as a club have committed to helping them get up to speed in this and future seasons.

Big boats and small boats. There was something for everyone and more than enough equipment to fulfill many dreams. DN sailors looking at bigger boats and everyone trying to figure out how they can take home a BlowKart for the warmer and the time leading up to first ice.

Following lunch, we had our Annual Meeting where we closed out the 2020 season with a checkered flag and welcomed the new season waving a green flag. Full meeting minutes will be published soon.

Highlights include The recognition of the intrepid who ventured all the way to Montana for the DN Gold Cup and NAs. The epic ice many of us sailed on at Winnipesaukee over a couple of weeks. We ran all of our key races this past season and ended up with a lot of cruising ice time as well. On the new race front, Bill Buchholtz took first place in the inaugural Presidents Day Cup. We look forward to Bill defending his throne next year. Speaking of thrones. As most of you know James “T” Thieler returned from Montana as the New North American DN Champion. Way to go T!

Vice Commodore Jay Whitehair a First Responder in Norwich VT specializing in ice rescue, gave a safety and rescue demonstration and I know every one of us learned something from Jay. We are very lucky to have a seasoned pro standing by to help us learn to be safer. To quote Jay First thing one does in an emergency is “Call 911” and begin rescue and first-aid. One of the recurring themes in Jay’s lectures is putting together a personal safety kit.

To help members build their own kits, Mylar Space Blankets were distributed to all attending members in good standing. The blanket giveaway was made possible through a bulk at cost purchase through Landfall Navigation. If you couldn’t be at the event yours will be coming in the mail. Nudge Nudge, pay your dues!

2021 Membership$30

Thanks to all that that helped make this event possible. I may not have been able to talk to everyone but I know that our Secretary Karen Binder did. Thanks, Karen for working the crowd and collecting member information from everyone. Our membership role is our most important and pretty much only asset. I feel very confident in entrusting it to your care. Everyone, please remember to update Karen if your contact info changes during the season.

Thanks to Bob Haag for keeping our number balanced and in order and providing insights on where we are from a financial perspective. Bob was wandering about the Swap and im sure many of you had the opportunity to speak with him about building and boat maintenance. If you did not there will be other opportunities in the future.

T what can I say but thanks for your tireless dedication to our sport and the time you devote to helping others compete and go fast. Thanks for shepherding NEIYA racing last year and congratulations on getting the races in. We are all looking forward to your carrying on as Race Committee Chairman this coming season.

Special thanks to Henry Capotosto for suggesting the Thompson Speedway and working behind the scenes to make this happen. Henry has held many positions in the NEIYA leadership team over the years and currently sits on the Governing Committee. Next time you see Henry on or off the ice please thank him for his tireless behind-the-scenes efforts. Without Henry and other volunteers, the NEIYA would not exist.

And of course thanks to everyone who attended and those that wanted to but were logistically challenged. During these times it is important to ground ourselves with familiarity and to us that is iceboating. I am glad we were able to put together an event that people felt comfortable enough to attend. Outdoors is safer and we will see people out in the elements this winter.

We are all looking forward to a safe and fast sailing season. I know the people in Maine are keeping a watchful eye on Plymouth Pond. This could happen before Thanksgiving so drag your boat and gear out of storage this weekend.

Think Ice and Sail Safe,

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore

P.S. We are moving ahead with lining up the right people for our race and race tune conference call. Stay tuned for more details.