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!
Patience was rewarded at Brewster Beach today- Morning breeze fizzled out not long after marks were set and didn’t reappear until about 0430.
And when it did…. All worth it. We did a quick shuffle of the marks to square the course up and rattled off at least 6 two-lap races.
Scores weren’t kept but close racing was had by all. Great to see some new faces mixing it up!
We ended the day on a high note and decided that the President’s Day Regatta can wait- high temps and puzzling wind forecast made us decide to pull the plug.
If you do want to sail on President’s Day, head for Brewster Beach in Wolfboro NH. Lots of boats sailed the inner bay just off the launch today and reported no issues.
Due to drain holes at Ellacoya we looked at other places to race-
Merrymeeting Lake had fewer drain holes but still enough to warrant caution. And parking is an issue. Brewster Beach in Wolfeboro has more parking and way fewer drain holes-
We will scratch race out of Brewster
Beach tomorrow if possible-
Diasappointed to not sail out of Ellacoya today but the drainholes were significant and we decided to err on the side of caution….
We walked about 200 yards out from the launch at Ellacoya- ice at least 14” thick with some thin spots right at the launch.
Drain holes were seen around the areas where people were ice fishing, I think they were fishing holes that turned to drain holes. Some of them looked big enough to cause an issue…. Hoping that they will lock up with cold temps and clear skies tonight.
Beyond that the surface isn’t bad- no snow and mostly smooth grey ice. We have certainly sailed on much worse! Call it a 6-7 out of ten.
We will sail, scout and hopefully scratch race out of Ellacoya State park tomorrow AM.
OK Folks- The weather is going to make things interesting but you never know, we may just get lucky-
So the current plan is to scratch race Saturday, do the New England Champs on Sunday, and try to get the President’s Day Regatta done on Monday.
Winnipesaukee will be the place, launching out of Ellacoya State Park, just off Lake Shore Rd in Gilford, NH.
As ever, have an intimate knowledge of the Ice Yacht Racing Rules and be aware of the differences between them and regular soft water right of way rules. Click here for all: Rules & Safety – DN North America (idniyra.org)
Three or more boats of any class will have their own start, and a Vintage/Classic Award will be presented to the skipper with the best result in the most dated DN. The regatta chairman and a hand-picked secret cabal will decide the winner on the day, based on criteria far too esoteric to go into here…. So if you have an older DN don’t hesitate to come to the regatta!
All racers will also have to show proof of $300,000 liability insurance (usually tacked on to one’s homeowner’s policy).
If anyone wants to volunteer to help run races or keep score let me know at 401 258 6230. We can use all the help we can get…
It sounds like there is plenty of room on the lake so whether you want to race or cruise load up and come on out!
Lodging will be an issue due to the long weekend and February break from school so start looking now- Apologies for not being able to get a hotel with a group rate or anything- That said there will be rooms in the area somewhere….
Stay tuned to this site for details and Think Ice- And don’t leave your slush/angle runners at home, you might need them….
T Thieler DN US 5224
We are getting some encouraging reports about Winnipesaukee- Encouraging enough that we are calling a regatta or two on for the weekend-
The weather is interesting as ever but with a little luck we will get one in on Saturday/Sunday and the President’s Day Regatta in on Monday.
So far we are thinking of launching out of Ellacoya State Park but that isn’t written in stone- stay tuned….
Load ’em up! And don’t forget if you have an older boat you could be a contender for the Vintage/Classic trophy- The racing will not be limited to DN class iceboats- Three or more of any class will get a start.
Stay tuned to this site for details!
T. Thieler DN US 5224
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.
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:
Bantam has grade 8 ice with some powder drifts here and there. Fun to hit at 50 mph, and more spectacular to watch.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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,
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:
Video- Chris Gordon and John Curtis are heavily featured, great footage from WI and IL- Good stuff!
2022 DN US Nationals on Vimeo
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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 email@example.com or leave a comment here on the website-
Be safe and Think Ice!
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
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.