2021 Season

From the NW Section of New England

John Pepper sends over this short Lockley Skimmer video from Bantam Lake. The pilot, Alex, is new to the iceboat game but he is hooked for sure.

Most iceboat attention goes towards the DN the largest class and the E Class Skeeter the fastest crafts out there. As most of us know there are many other types of crafts out there.

Next time you are in the pit take a look around and see what other classes or one-offs you see.

To help can we get a volunteer to write up details on the Lockley. Maybe someone from Long Island?

We have another thaw and rain cycle to get through in the next couple of days. This should complete the Zamboni process from a few days ago. Stay tuned.

Think Ice,


NEIYA Secretary Gets Some Ink

Hey Folks- Looks like we have ice on Bantam Lake in CT and several other places- Fingers crossed that we can get a regatta in this weekend-
Stay tuned for news on all that-

In the meantime take a look at this article about Silver Fleet champ and NEIYA Secretary Karen Binder and her big week in Illinois:

Bristol woman is a fast-rising ice boating star | EastBayRI.com – News, Opinion, Things to Do in the East Bay

Bristol woman is a fast-rising ice boating star

Bristol resident Karen Binder is rapidly climbing the ranks in the high-speed, high-stakes, male-dominated sport…

Bantam Update

Bantam has grade 8 ice with some powder drifts here and there. Fun to hit at 50 mph, and more spectacular to watch.

Sail safe!


Deep Creek MD In Play?

DCL Ice Report #11

2021 – 2022 Ice Sailing Season

DCL Ice boat FUN!,

Ice Sailing knows no bounds!

WOW! All of our combined wishing and praying finally paid off! We now have had three great days on the DCL ice this season.

Saturday dawned warm and too windy… but six sailors showed up and rigged in preparation for predicted great sailing on Sunday.

Sunday, as predicted, started out cold with really good ice… however, it was under 2” of unpredicted snow. 11 DN total rigged and the fun began… sort of…

The predicted 10 mph wind decided to sleep in and we spent the morning introducing several new sailors to Twice as Nice Sailing, On the Ice!

Joni Palmer, like always, went all out and had a fire pit going, food and drinks. Several others showed up with food and drink as well, Jacob Feisley, Tom Johnson, David and Karen Meehan, Ed and Beth Halley, Sue Wolffe and… Cheryl Shafer with HOT brownies… the IceMan could smell them all the way out on the Lake!!! Thanks everyone! We all had a great lunch and even greater camaraderie with our sailing friends! Wonderful!!

Mother nature made a big yawn and finally got up at lunch time. With the wind now on, everyone had a blast! Our new inductees into the pleasures of ice sailing got some great fast sailing in, after a morning of getting familiar with the DN it worked out just fantastic!

Tom Wolffe brought Scott Hollander, Jill Bennett brought Alex and Lisa Pline all had several runs and came in smiling!

Austin Latimer brought his Dad, John with their DN. They bought it two years ago and were finally ready to make it go… and boy did they! Same for Mark Haraway and Colin. Colin gave up a day of flying, or so he thought, until he and Austin started flying around the lake on their DNs!!!! Welcome to the clan guys!

Jake Nill and his family, Sarah, Brice, Bodie and Colby came out. They had spent Saturday out in the wind and soft ice practicing with their skates and hockey sticks and did again Sunday. Brice and Bodie sailed and came in claiming to have been thrilled to the edge of being terrified… but came down on the side of WOW! FUN!!!

Christy Barowich, Gail and Eric Von Eckartsberg, and David Klueter stopped by to watch the action too.

We had very few breakdowns, thankfully, but the I interesting one was Ed Halley way out in the middle of the lake watching his mast hound bolt go drifting down into the snow… followed by his mast and sail….. Ever reliable Quoc Tran was out on his snowmobile and he came by and towed Ed in. Ed got another bolt and was soon out blasting around with Greg Shafer, Dave McVeigh, Ralph Kemp and the rest of us. Ralph said… well, I will be able to say “I tried it” but he left saying “I’m hooked!”

David Tuel, IceMan, Jacob F. and Tom J. spent lots of time in the slot doing short windward, leeward “races”… What a great time and what great conditions! See our tracks picture.

Bruce Spinnenweber worked with David Meehan and got him up to speed… he and Karen were all smiles!

At the end of the day tired and happy we were all very thankful for Rob Pumphrey’s extra trailer… Hahaha.. all three trailers are now full to bursting!

So much fun was had, a few dedicated Iceboaters left their boats rigged for Monday and Tuesday sailing… taking full advantage of the great, rare and fervently wished for conditions.

Next weekend is also another possible good day…stay tuned… Be There!

See everyone on the DCL ice!



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We have this report on Bantam Lake, CT as of Monday morning, February 14;

“17 boats on the ice, I’m the first here, measured 1.5” of light fluffy snow 50 yds off the pits. 11 degrees, blowing 15 with gust upper 20s. The sailing will be quick, the snow on the ice is of no concern. Tomorrow: winds 9 – 20, temps 11 – 27. You can’t sail it if you are not here!”

As always be safe and have fun!

More info for Dammariscotta Lake – Monday, February 14th

Here is additional information for tomorrow.

Thanks to Bill Bucholz for the report.

"The surface hardened right up nice last night and is now ready to go. Looks like about a 5.5-6. We will be launching from Lake Farm Circle. Here’s how it looks today. Sixteen inches of hard ice. No idea what happened with the cracks and ridges out there in the north broads from last time, so consider that plate unscouted for now."

Here’s how it looks today. Sixteen inches of hard ice. No idea what happened with the cracks and ridges out there in the north broads from last time, so consider this plate unscouted for now.

New post Damariscotta Lake ON for Tomorrow. Launch North End

If you can take the day off go sailing in Maine. Remember no ice is totally safe, check in with others for hazards, and do not sail alone.

Karen Binder
NEIYA Secretary

Thaw, Refreeze and Sail Next Week

Winter Fest 2/6/22 Ponp’s Pond Andover

This morning I checked my email and texts and answered the usual I want to try iceboating and where is the ice questions. I looked at my phone, as I do each morning, and was pleasantly surprised to see 21 degrees. Well, unfortunately, google or whoever was parting data to me played a mean trick. The real temp was 46. Was I disappointed? Yes, but know that somewhere we sail was indeed 21 or less and even colder overnight. As we know a good overnight below freeze will set up a previously dismal-looking plate of ice.

Just a couple of NH venues to get you thinking. And yes, many other places in CT, MA are in refreeze mode.

The cold is returning and with it multiple opportunities are on the way next week. Trusted ice checkers are out there this weekend and Monday. Remember we are in a transitional period and it takes time to heal and refreeze. With the predicted cold we should be in business early next week. If you do not already check out Maine-specific reporting on the Chickawaukie site.

Andover Winter Fest press – Here

This past Sunday the NEIYA attended the Andover Winter Festival. Peter Boyton and I set up our boats and Paul Zucco had a table with plans and building material examples. We fielded questions and planted the seed of speed in the young and older in the crowd. I may be biased but it looked like kids were more interested in sitting in our boats than checking out the fire and rescue vehicles that were nearby.

The aim of the festival was to get people out and enjoy winter activities.

As iceboaters, we interact with others on or near the ice. Spreading the word and understanding iceboating activities is very important. I had ice safety conversations with the personnel from the Andover Fire Department. They were very interested in our activities and specifically about our concerns for safety.

Thanks to Bob Douglas and the rest of the Andover Conservation & Recreation department for having us back again this year. We look forward to coming back next year and hopefully we will get to put on an actual sailing demo.

Thought of the day. People are afraid of the unknown. Spread the word, be good lake guests and respect other ice users and those that live nearby.

Be patient, be Safe, and Think Ice,


2022 DN National Champs Photos And Video

Hey Folks-

While we are waiting for some good conditions please take a look at these photos and video from the 2022 DN National Champs regatta.

Do some recon! See what people are using and how their boats are set up, how they are sailing them, and what seems to be working.

Sean Heavey and Gretchen Dorian did an amazing job schlepping out onto the ice to capture the action- please support them by purchasing a few photos for yourself or someone you care about!

Click the links here to take a look:

Sean Heavey:
Video- Chris Gordon and John Curtis are heavily featured, great footage from WI and IL- Good stuff!
2022 DN US Nationals on Vimeo

Sean R Heavey | 2022 DN US Nationals

Gretchen Dorian:
2022 DN US Nationals – gretchen dorian


Hey Folks, Looks like one of those weekends where a regatta just isn’t in the cards- Warm temps, snow on the way, Valentine’s Day and Superbowl all combining for a Perfect Storm of regatta prevention….

Good news is we have reports of good ice at Quaboag, Webster and who knows where else- If you have sailable ice let me know at t_thieler@yahoo.com and I’ll do my best to get it on the website.

We will be keeping an eye on the weather as the week goes on- with a little luck we have some cold nights on the way which should tighten things up-

Have faith and Think Ice!



Hey Folks-

Good news as we have had reports of sailable ice- Just want to give everyone a general idea of what is going on-
Take all of these reports with a grain of salt as ice is never totally safe as we all know- Take all the usual precautions; Safety lines, ice claws, drill test holes, talk with locals, and work with at least one other person to see if sailing is a good idea.

There is some interesting weather on the way but if we are left with a sailable venue we will make another attempt at holding the Doc Fellows Regatta this weekend- Stay tuned….

With all of that in mind, here we go:

1 Webster Lake in MA was sailed yesterday and no issues were reported, in fact it sounds like a good time was had by all.

2 We have a report of 5″-6″ of ice on Long Pond in Lakeville, MA out on the Cape. I don’t know if it has been sailed or not but it might be worth a second look. Be aware of a pressure ridge separating the north and south parts of the lake.

3 Worden Pond in Wakefield RI was walked and drilled yesterday, we found 3 1/2″ to 6″ thickness and a sailable surface even if a bit bumpy

4 Deep Creek Lake in MD was sailed by the group out there, they reported good sailing through about 2″-3″ of light snow

5 We have heard rumors that Wallenpaupak Lake in eastern PA is frozen and possibly sailable.

If you have details on any of these let me know at t_thieler@yahoo.com or leave a comment here on the website-

Be safe and Think Ice!

Word on Pond RI

Worden Pond in Wakefield RI was partially walked and drilled today.

The areas checked had between 3 1/2” and 6” of ice that was a mix of snow ice and clear ice. The surface is about a 6 out of ten.

We will take a more thorough look on Monday- stay tuned for details-

Think Ice! T

Ice Ahead and in Rearview Mirror

Karne Binder in the lead (Credit Sean Heavey more DN National images https://www.seanrheavey.com/p712834890)

Rain and near rain has fallen and I like other iceboaters am happy to see some of the white stuff melting back beneath the ice. While our lakes are resurfacing, now is a good time to look back on the great sailing we got in over the past few weeks. Well, before the last storm anyway.

We were sailing on Damariscotta Lake as well as other locations in Maine. We were sailing on Masabesic in New Hampshire. We were sailing on Bantam in CT and a great run on Quabaog in MA.

Our fleet always splits up across New England and the country, for regattas. Last week was the DN Nationals.

It is always harder to travel when there is known good ice closer to home but travel we did. Many of you im sure were following the journey and read T’s recap so I will keep it brief. Nine of us traveled west. Myself, T, Karen, Jay, Eric, Sean Healy, Rick, Ed, and David Silsby.

The 2022 National results are here. Congratulations to Ron Sherry for yet another championship. It was a pleasure to see you smoothly navigate the course. Nothing like my hacking it up out there. All I can say about Karen Binder’s performance is wow! There was no stopping her over the course of two days with five consecutive bullets and the win in the silver fleet. You have all read Karen’s race prep articles and it certainly has paid off. Newcomer Sean Healy really showed some promise and was mixing it up rather well for someone who has not been on the DN line before. Ed Demerest with some of T’s QND tweaks was in the hunt and fighting. Jay Whitehair qualified into the Gold fleet for the first time had some great opportunities to see how that fleet rocks.

The NEIYA will be putting on an iceboat demo and Q and A session tomorrow at Pomps Pond in Andover MA. If you are nearby come and say hello and join in on the discussions. No there will not be actual sailing but as we all know if we can’t sail at least we can talk about it.

When: Sunday, Feb 6th
Where: Pomps Pond – 147 Abbot St. Andover, MA
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
And it’s free additional info here

We expect condition reports from all over New England after the weekend. Sout and West are looking good as well as some areas in Maine could come in with big ice. Stay tuned and as always report in with updates to myself other officers or committee members as well as directly to the site’s forum section. The forum has worked particularly well with hooking up people to sail with mid-week. On the forum do take note of when the info came in as some posts might look great but a little stale.

Think Ice

2022 DN National Championship Photos

Hey Folks- Thought I’d share some photos from the road trip and regatta- Will send links to the professional ones but in the meantime I hope you get a kick out of these-

If you have some good ones from the regatta send them to me and I’ll put them up- t_thieler@yahoo.com

Ed Demerest’s boat getting a new plank in the living room. Where else?

On the road!

Part of the RI Mafia

Sean Healey stoning… Is he happy or angry?

Air Museum in Oshkosh WI- see it if you are out that way!

The launch

Erica Baker and Deb Whitehorse. Try having a regatta without them, I dare you!

Tug and barges going by the hotel near the lake. Felt right at home!

Hotel room…. Runners and laundry

RI Mafia post-regatta

My mother, who presumably still thinks I’m terrific

My father, who presumably only likes to be photographed with champions

Home Sweet Home…. Already thinking about the next one!

2022 Nationals Report

Hey Folks!

The dust has settled, the laundry is done, the van is unloaded, and for the most part the muscle stiffness and soreness has subsided…. Which means it’s time for the write-up!

As it happens so often the weather was making things a challenge- the group that selected the venue certainly had a lot to do. Many thanks to them for making it happen yet again! While they were working behind the scenes the New England group was doing the usual prep- finishing up boat work, packing, trying to bring order to the chaos…. The New England group was made up of Thieler, Binder, Bishop, Whitehair, Anderson, Stanton, Silsby, Demerest, Gordon, new DN sailor Sean Healey, and I must have forgotten one or two- apologies for that, you know who you are.

And off we went, headed for Madison WI- Had a good day or two of sailing out there but then the snow came and put an end to that option so we had a day or two to hang at the AirBnb and take a day trip up to Oshkosh to check out the airplane museum (it should be noted that Karen went to an art museum and an arboretum instead. Go figure.)

Then it was down to Senachawine Lake in Central Illinois, the best game in town! There was a bit of snow on the ice, sticky drifts that made getting up to full speed a challenge- less than perfect but it was a venue! In iceboating, if you wait for perfect you will sail about once every three years. Maybe.

The mini-Qualifier was run in the late afternoon in the fading breeze and was a great race for some, a heartbreaker for others- Julie Price was on fire and a slew of Canadian sailors made the cut into the Gold- Well done to all of them and also to the people running the regatta for getting that one done!

Racing the next day was a whole other matter- the breeze and dense snow drifts were a lot to deal with and made things difficult. Or they presented opportunities to excel, take your pick! In any case it was fast, physical sailing! In conditions like this the boat can’t gain speed easily and has a tendency to hike up, which is slow and annoying. I dealt with this by raising my main halyard about 1/2 inch which makes the mast a little more bendy and forgiving. I also didn’t hesitate to throw my body weight aft and outboard out of tacks and gybes to get the mast to pop out and get the boat going again. Steering with the tiller between the knees also allows two hands to stay on the mainsheet and make more accurate adjustments to the mainsail- a slight, controlled ease in a big puff will allow the leech to open up a bit without letting the mast straighten out. This is critical!

So there was a lot to keep track of during the races- speed, shifts, controlling the boat, all the while looking for lanes through the drifts. They weren’t always obvious but you could usually find a path that wasn’t as bad as the surrounding area. If you could find a clear lane wide enough for all three runners life was good for a few seconds. More often you’d have to let the windward runner go through the drift. Even worse you’d have to let the front and windward runner hit one. Worst case was having to go through one with all three and when this happened it was important to slide aft a bit and ease the sheet an inch to keep the boat on it’s feet and keep the flow attached to the leeward side of the sail as the boat slowed and the apparent wind went aft. As I said, there was a lot to keep track of! If you were able to get in the zone it was a great feeling…. Looking for clear areas to tack and gybe in was a priority as well. In those conditions I think it helps to keep your head up and look for the clear lanes rather than tuck in for less wind resistance. I figure snow drifts are thicker than air so it’s worth it to keep an eye on them!

This writer had a good first day, and a decent second one. Bad news is I wasn’t keeping track of the scores and didn’t realize I was tied with another boat going into the final race and I didn’t cover him while I was ahead. A classic mistake, and a lesson learned! Congrats Ron Sherry on a good win! JR Francis took third.

In the Silver Fleet Karen Binder put on a clinic with six bullets in six races- they say consistency pays and that kind of consistency certainly does! Plan on an article telling how she did it but in the meantime know that she has been working on her gear (namely a new plank from Jeff Kent) and has a gym routine that would impress an NFL coach. Sean Healey had a great regatta debut with an 8th in Silver, with Stanton and Demerest putting in solid midfield performances. Well done to all the NE skippers!

The other big story is about the Canadian Invasion. The groups from Kingston and Montreal have really been putting in the time and effort individually and as teams- they have managed to grow their fleets, refine their gear, and most importantly practice together and share what they learn with each other, before and during the event. It is amazing how far both groups have come in the last few years, with three boats in the top ten. Not too shabby! Congrats to Curtis (4th), Lagravier (5th), and Van Rossem (7th), and Mabboux missing out on 10th by only two points. We’d love to read an article about all that, guys! (hint, hint….)

Many thanks to everyone who made this happen- Getting a regatta like this pulled off is a massive undertaking and involves a small army- I know I’ll miss a few names but major thanks go out to Deb Whitehorse, Erica Baker, Dan Heaney, Bill Coberly, Fred Stritt, Mercedes Auger, Sean Heavey, Gretchen Dorian, all the national and regional commodores, all the ice scouts, and all the competitors too! Really an amazing group!!

Stay tuned for photos and more sailing- this season is far from over, remember we sailed in April last year!

Think Ice! T Thieler, DN US 5224

Sailwave results for 2022 DN U.S. NATIONALS at 2022 (iceresults.org)

Part of the fleet:

Ron Sherry Interview

Hey Folks- Good interview with Ron Sherry here, talking with Mike Madge about his big win at the Nationals-

They cover a lot of ground and whether you race or cruise you’ll learn something!

Thanks to Mike and congratulations to Ron- Listen well! T

Ron Sherry – Back up to Full Speed in the DN Ice Yacht – YouTube


Ron Sherry – Back up to Full Speed in the DN Ice Yacht

Last Chance

Its a good/last chance to sail before the nor’easter arrives on Saturday and ruins the party. Webster and Massabesic have been sailed by numerous club members.

Hope to see you on the ice later today.



Madison Checking In

What a difference a little time makes Nice to No go overnight. But most of us already know the delicate natural balance between sailing and not sailing on any given lake.

Most of the New England Crew is hunkered down under one roof waiting for word from the race committee. Scouts are out looking and we will know soon. in the meantime all our equipment is packed up ready for the move. We will know by noon what our next venue will be.

Unlike those of us in waiting mode there has been consistent sailing in Maine at Damariscotta (https://iceboat.me/) and other locations. There has been some sailing in NH, MA, and CT as well as reports from Budd Lake and stern steerers putting on the Hudson in Athens NY. For last-minute and small groups of sailing keep an eye on the Forum section.

We have been invited back to attend the Andover MA winter festival on Pomps Pond and display and hopefully demo ice boats Sunday, February 6th. Peter Boynton and others will be there. Drop by if you are nearby.

Think Ice and don’t forget to report what you see.


P.S. More news to come and be sure to ring in on ice conditions

NEIYA Goes West

The regatta has been called on and an optimistic group of NEIYA sailors are headed west- the ones I can think of are Demerest, Silsby, Binder, Healy (newbie!), Kent, Zeiger (German but we will claim him for our own), Whitehair, Bishop, Stanton, Thieler, Anderson, and Gordon is already out there. Im sure I’m missing a few.
Here’s hoping we get some good weather- the ice looks really good at the moment!

Regatta prep- Ed Demerest’s boat getting a new plank. Note insert runners for weights….

The dash….

The view from the luxury cabin in the back….

Ice Report for Central MA

I didn’t get back to quaboag since sunday it should be good with all the cold weather we had,last weekend to sail before the lions club derby jan 29.i spent the past two days marking holes in the ice, north pond is a big trap, south pond has not been checked. middle pond has many hazards that i
have been marking. this is on webster. even with the cold weather we still open water.

bob s

2022 U.S. Nationals Called ON for Lake Monona: Launch, Lodging, Info – DN North America

And here we go!
Stay tuned to the IDNIYRA site for details


Ice report

Massabesic in NH was sailed yesterday. In some areas it was 8. A few pressure ridges and some sections a little rougher but very good plates in a lot of zones.

Remember no ice is 100% safe, dont sail alone.


Making It Happen

Most of you have probably met Deb Whitehorse at some point, and no doubt you’ve read her posts and websites. She works tirelessly behind the scenes to keep things organized and on track which, when dealing with a bunch of iceboaters, has to be a real challenge more often than not!

She recently received some very-well deserved accolades from WI TV, be sure to see it here:

Oh, Baby, It’s Cold Outside >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News (sailingscuttlebutt.com)

Many thanks for all you do for us Deb! We hope you’ll remember all of us now that you’re famous….


The weather isn’t making it easy on the site selection gang but we have faith…. Stay tuned to IDNIYRA home page for info-

Also it isn’t too late to register if you want to give it a go! Think ICE…

2022 U.S. Nationals Update #2 Jan 20 – DN North America (idniyra.org)