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  1. bobval70

    checked quaboag yesterday 5 to 6 inches sailed the north end for 3 hrs. going back today to check south side wind permitting.
    Quaboag lake Brookfield ma.
    bob s

    01/07/2020 at 6:11 am

    • Commodore John Stanton


      Thanks for the report. Had heard a rumor and was going to. Ask you to check it out.

      Lets see if people will come out to play on a weekday.

      It’s getting warm Friday and Saturday.



      On Tue, Jan 7, 2020, 6:11 AM New England Ice Yacht Association wrote:


      01/07/2020 at 7:27 am

    • Commodore John Stanton


      How did it go today. We have a number of people out there ready to sail Wednesday. What do you think?


      01/07/2020 at 6:03 pm

    • George Neyssen

      What is the latest info on Quaboag Pond? I can go on Thursday when the winds subside.

      01/08/2020 at 8:24 am

      • John F Hughes

        I’m planning to go tomorrow, in hopes that someone else will show up as well. I’ll probably leave Providence around 730 or 8 AM. Feel free to contact me at jfhext AT .

        01/08/2020 at 5:47 pm

    • Phil Gaynor

      I am planning a trip to Quabaug to get on the ice on Friday morning before it warms up. Can anyone else make it then. Strength in numbers!

      01/08/2020 at 9:34 pm

  2. Martin Cawley

    Just acquired a South Bay Scooter and looking for advice on rigging and sailing techniques I have experience with DN/Nite but if you know the Scooter, you know its another world all together. Beautiful boat and bought it on impluse!! I’m based on LI and have a decent trailer so am willing to travel for ice time Bantam, etc.

    12/31/2019 at 9:58 am

    • Jeff

      Martin you should join the South Bay Scooter club to find out more about sailing the scooter. There is a definite learning curve to them. I would suggest you chose your sailing locations very carefully as scooters require a steady flow of wind to maintain control. They do not do well in areas/ponds with shifty winds. I learned that the hard way. As for sailing them it is not just as simple as angling the jib to steer. The jib control needs to work in concert with the man on the main sheet. Weight distribution and have effect on the steering too. Moving weight forward will assist with the boat rounding up. To come about sheet in the main, let out the jib and move forward. Good luck!

      01/01/2020 at 1:28 pm

      • Martin Cawley

        Thanks Jeff. I have been in contact with one of them and will follow up.

        01/05/2020 at 9:06 pm

  3. J-J Cote

    As of yesterday afternoon, the south part of Sunapee was black ice (further north, it was covered with snow). The southernmost tip didn’t look that great, but I went in on foot from near the state park beach, and it was thick enough gray stuff in the cove, then there was a sharp line where it went to beautiful clear ice. I didn’t have any tools, so I’m not sure how thick it was (at least an inch, maybe substantially more, but I didn’t step out onto it), and I don’t know how it will fare given the warmish weather this week.

    12/23/2019 at 4:12 pm

    • Commodore John Stanton

      JJ, thanks for the icetel we have a few different sources all with positive Sunapee reports. Rumor is there will be a group gathering on boxing day! Cruise, scrub race and or one of tour left over 2019 races could all take place. Stay tuned for more info.

      12/23/2019 at 5:18 pm

  4. Charlie

    Lake Wentworth is iced in. Have NOT checked thickness yet. Surface is a little rough. Hope To get some numbers tomorrow

    12/19/2019 at 7:34 pm

    • Charlie

      That’s in Wolfeboro, NH

      12/19/2019 at 7:37 pm

  5. Kit Tucker

    Walked Lake Monomonoc in Rindge, NH this morning. Maybe three inches with thin layer of water on top. Should freeze tonight..test holes to be drilled tomorrow. We’re getting close

    12/10/2019 at 12:32 pm

    • Ed

      Hi Kit!
      How did the ice look on Monomonac?
      and yes… we are neighbors !

      12/12/2019 at 12:04 pm

    • Kit Tucker

      Hi Ed, not so good. The snow messed us up but the warmer weather might swing things in our favor. It certainly is a fickle sport but well worth the wait. I’ll post whatever news I have. Anything yet on Contoocook?

      12/12/2019 at 8:28 pm

      • Ed

        Have not gone by there. Went there once last year when I went looking for access onto Monomonac. Got lucky and found good ice there that day by chance

        12/12/2019 at 9:52 pm

      • Ed

        Have not gone by there. Found good ice there by chance last year the day I went looking for access onto Monomonac

        12/12/2019 at 9:56 pm

  6. John Pepper

    Heading to Brewster Beach on Winni on Thursday at 8AM. At least 1 other boat will be there. Distance TBD

    03/27/2019 at 7:38 pm

  7. Marty Cawley

    I’m a newbie here and looking for help with runners. Difference between inserts, plates, alligators, slush runners, bull nose….. All confusing.

    I bought a Nite style boat (but single seater) and it has runners that seem short to me though it handled pretty well on my 1st time out in light wind.

    Steering runner is 26 inches, side runners are 30 inches. I’ve seen longer ones on the lake where guys have skeeter type boats. My “Nite” is about 17 feet long, 12 foot plank and 18 foot mast.

    Any comments are appreciated.

    02/18/2019 at 7:35 pm

  8. Ed

    Anyone know ice conditions at Contoocook in Ringe NH?

    02/10/2019 at 9:56 am

    • Kit Tucker

      Hi Ed… looks like we’re almost neighbors. Monomonoc is looking pretty good. I’m headed to Boston right now but I’ll be up there tomorrow for a closer look. Never sailed on Contoocook. Would love to try it sometime.

      12/10/2019 at 12:35 pm

  9. Jay Whitehair

    Cleversky, please contact me. I am always looking for more local hang gliding wing mates. Especially ice boaters!
    Jay Whitehair

    02/10/2019 at 9:53 am

  10. Ed

    Question for you on monomonac, where is an access point to get on the ice?

    02/10/2019 at 8:42 am

  11. Ben Raynes

    How thick does the ice have to be typically before you put a boat out on it?

    12/26/2018 at 4:56 pm

    • Ice strength varies depending on how old it is. New is strongest. We look for plus 4 inches but remember there is always variations in thickness. I urge you to scout ice with someone with experience. Never sail alone!

      12/26/2018 at 8:51 pm

  12. Ben Raynes

    I’m new to the sport. I’ve only sailed a DN once and looking to get some more experience this winter. How best to find people to sail with near Ossipee, NH?

    12/22/2018 at 8:38 am

    • Ben,

      Thanks for reaching out. We welcome all new comers. Suggest you keep an eye on our site for racing and cruising gatherings. Right not we are in healing mode after the recent assault from the warm rain. Stay tuned.


      P.S. I encourage you to join the NEIYA links should be on the right side of the site from a desktop browser. Regardless we welcome you to come to the ice.

      12/22/2018 at 9:39 am

  13. Kit Tucker

    Anyone want to sail on Monomonoc tomorrow, Friday the 14 th? It’s really, really nice
    Kit Tucker

    12/13/2018 at 6:55 pm

    • I have to work tomorrow, but I’m going to try and get up there this weekend. And I bought a sail to go with my skates, so if there’s any breeze I’ll be trying to learn to use that. Saturday looks very light (which might be a good thing for me just starting out), Sunday a little stronger but maybe rainy. (We should exchange contact info.)

      J-J Cote

      12/13/2018 at 9:02 pm

  14. John Hughes

    4 DNs and a Lockley Skimmer had a perfect day on Contoocook today, sailing on the kind of ice they make in heaven. We launched from the Jaffrey Town beach, on the north end of the lake. Enough wind to be exciting but not scary, ice so smooth the only sound was a steady soft hiss, and best of all, a new DN sailor sailing for his first time, who finished up the day with a smile so wide I thought the two sides might meet in the back of his head. (The rest of us explained to him that it wasn’t ALWAYS quite this nice!) I can’t go back tomorrow, but if I could (and if Quaboag weren’t closer), I’d be there!

    12/12/2018 at 7:46 pm

  15. John Pepper

    At Jaffery public beach on Contoocook Wed 11am

    12/12/2018 at 11:14 am

  16. John Hughes

    I’m hoping to sail either Monomonac or Contoocook tomorrow (Wed.) I’d like to be sure I’m not stuck on shore waiting for someone to sail with. Please email me (jfhext@gmail) or post here if you might join me. I should arrive by mid-morning with any luck.

    12/11/2018 at 3:50 pm

    • John Pepper

      I can meet you at Monomonoc mid morning.

      12/11/2018 at 6:16 pm

    • John Pepper

      Great ice, fellow sailors and sailing.

      12/12/2018 at 9:42 pm

  17. GC

    Contoocook Lake, Jaffrey, NH:

    12/10/2018 at 9:33 am

  18. Kit Tucker

    Oh what a joy. Outstanding sailing today with two boats sharing the whole lake. The best ice ever. Happy hour came in strong. Looks good all week.
    Come one come all. Tis the season. Get it while we can. A solid 10.
    Kit Tucker
    Lake Monomonoc

    12/09/2018 at 9:07 pm

    • John Hughes

      Will you be there tomorrow?

      12/11/2018 at 4:23 pm

    • John Pepper

      Kit, you going out tomorrow?

      12/11/2018 at 6:21 pm

  19. Kit Tucker

    Lake Monomonoc Sat 10:10 am current conditions
    15 degrees winds from the NWN 8-10 knots
    Walked the length, bore holes tested 4 out of 5
    4”. One tested 3” (reef in center of lake-well marked)
    Surface is excellent with usual amount of surface
    expansion cracks. Zamboni Ice! You guys that
    have sailed with me in the past…..this is A1.
    Bring your lunch tomorrow. Warm house for your
    honey or ice skaters.

    12/08/2018 at 10:24 am

  20. Kit Tucker

    Walked Lake Monomonoc yesterday. Going out after breakfast to check it further. Beautiful surface. I expect to be sailing this weekend. I’ll need another sailor to join me in the fun.
    Kit Tucker
    Rindge, NH

    12/08/2018 at 7:30 am

    • I’m not a sailor, but I’m likely heading up your way with my ice skates Sunday morning. I love skating with you guys when there’s enough wind for you and not too much for me.

      12/08/2018 at 6:52 pm

      • Kit Tucker

        JJ I saw the hang glider and instantly knew who it was. Right after you left another ice boat showed up. We really ripped up the lake. What a great day. Hope to see you again on the ice.

        12/10/2018 at 8:43 am

  21. John Pepper

    Has anyone tried making a storage tube for a DN using 24 inch corrugated poly culvert pipe? I use 12 inch for my soft water sails
    It is best to used the smooth inside wall as its much stiffer. A 24 inch would allow plank and hull storage. They come in 20 foot sections, new for 400. Construction sites have leftovers sometimes, but they are too short. Maybe someone has tried this, and could confirm it works. Maybe we could group buy for a discount?

    12/03/2018 at 7:24 am

  22. Chad Atkins

    Limited run of Custom Runner Alignment jigs (triangles) for sale.

    Contact Chad Atkins for details and pricing

    09/22/2018 at 11:43 pm

  23. Jay Whitehair

    My new DN is mostly complete and I am looking for groups to scrub race with in the mid VT/NH/MA area. It been decades since I ran laps. Can anybody help me connect with groups that are racing regularly? I live a tad north west of Lake Sunapee NH.

    Jay Whitehair
    Norwich, VT
    US 3947

    02/13/2018 at 6:42 pm

  24. Thomas Parish

    Any information on ice conditions on Wequaquet Lake in Centerville, MA?


    01/16/2018 at 11:57 am

  25. Kit Tucker

    Last day to sail on unbelievable ice before the weather moves in. Come see for yourself.
    Kit Tucker
    Lake Monomonoc 19 degrees light breeze

    12/21/2017 at 8:56 am

    • Joachim Roesler

      Hey Kit,
      Hope you’re having a great sailing day today. Sorry I missed today’s weather window. Looks like snow is moving in tomorrow. My direct contact info for next time is (305) 328-2369, and JoeRoesler@gmail. com. Cheers, JoR

      12/21/2017 at 10:41 am

  26. Kit Tucker

    Two great days of sailing on Lake Monomonoc Rindge, NH. / Winchendon, Probably going out again this Thursday. Any mid-week sailors out there?
    Kit Tucker

    12/19/2017 at 10:12 am

    • Joachim Roesler (JoR)

      Would love to come, any day this week. How is the ice?

      12/19/2017 at 11:10 am

      • Kit Tucker

        Joachim, the ice has been great. It got a little soft on the surface today and I will check it tomorrow night. Thursday is the first day I could go. Where are you coming from?

        12/19/2017 at 7:32 pm

      • Joachim Roesler

        Kit, I’m about 3 1/2 hrs away, in SW Connecticut. Sailing Surf ‘n Turf, a fixed wing Boat. JoR

        12/19/2017 at 11:12 pm

  27. Kit Tucker

    Heading up to Lake Monomonoc for a great day of ice boating. The Ice God is smiling. Merry Christmas to all.
    Think Ice
    Kit Tucker

    12/17/2017 at 8:17 am

  28. Kit Tucker

    I don’t know what’s with the “moderation” but there’s excellent sailing on lake Monomonoc Rindge, NH …….
    Kit Tucker

    12/16/2017 at 8:06 pm

  29. Kit Tucker

    Walked and sailed Monomonoc today. 3” black ice
    Excellent. In the teens tonight better tomorrow
    Kit Tucker
    978 602 4401

    12/16/2017 at 7:58 pm

  30. Kit Tucker

    Just walked and SAILED Monomonoc 3” black ice. Excellent. Teens tonight better tomorrow.
    Kit Tucker
    978 602 4401

    12/16/2017 at 5:05 pm

  31. Dana lake

    Dad passed on 10 years ago and we are just getting to move things from moms house as she is now in assisted living facility.
    We have two ice boats – a DN and I think the other is a renagade,
    They are in Peterborough NH
    If anyone has any interest please contact me and I will send pics or meet you at the house to see them.
    Boats are in excellent condition but the sails are missing .

    Dana Lake
    8 Legacy Lane
    Peterborough NH

    09/19/2017 at 1:55 pm

  32. Louis Rubera

    Hi can anyone tell me is there still ice to sail on thanks Lou

    03/23/2017 at 8:50 am

    • Lou we are ever hopeful but nothing that we know of in New England

      03/23/2017 at 9:07 am

  33. Mike Lee

    I have a older DN for sale. $900. I’m in The Manchester area of New Hampshire. Also, when and where is the spring swap meet. Mike.

    03/21/2017 at 6:04 pm

    • Mike we are putting together plans now venue will likely be Jeff Kent’s shop end of April waiting for confirmation

      03/21/2017 at 6:07 pm

  34. Victor Rossi

    please visit pinterest and input neiya vermont_2017 to see some photos. sorry about duplicates – still figuring out the whole pinterest thing – you might have to search by my fake name mobettanews or Mo Betta. Sorry also, as there are lots of pictures of my old friend from cape cod Rick Bishop DN5540 – biased as I owe him big for many fun times racing normal boats in our 20s. cheers, Victor

    02/12/2017 at 8:21 pm

    • Victor Rossi

      02/12/2017 at 8:22 pm

  35. John Eastman

    Howdy, I built a relatively simple rig out of 2″x 4″ x 16′ for my Gambit “G1″ and a 3/4” steel axil, with set of garden cart wheels, “works Slicko” Lloyd

    01/16/2017 at 9:02 pm

  36. FOUND-Cell phone left on Dave Fortiers White VW at the launch site for the NEW England’s Regatta today 1/15/17 in Vermont. Call Dave at 1-207-400-9709

    01/15/2017 at 9:30 pm

  37. pfurr

    Ron pfurr is Pat Furr over here in Laconia, NH but I grew up in Burlington and sailed Shelburne pond a few times

    12/22/2016 at 2:06 pm

  38. Brian Fogg

    Hello Ron,

    I sailed yesterday above the float bridge road on Lake Bomoseen on 4-6″ of good ice. That part of the lake is small and sheltered from strong wind but it was very good sailing yesterday. The main lake is not frozen over. I will keep you posted and thanks for your interest in sailing with us.


    12/22/2016 at 12:21 pm

  39. pfurr

    Hi Ron and Brian,
    I am keeping an eye on things up Ron’s way. My sister scoped out Shelburne Pond a couple days ago and says it is frozen and her buddy ice fisherman says five inches of ice. It was clear but it is snowing up there now. Ron, you may want to look at that or Iroquois maybe.

    12/22/2016 at 12:16 pm

    • ronbouchardvermont

      I have had some of the best days on Shelburne Pond. It is in a bit of a hollow and even on light air days the wind can howl down the length of it. I have never sailed Iroguois and it is noticeably smaller then Shelburne Pond but desperate times…I will check it out (and Shelburne Pond as well). BTW, who is pfurr? Thanks for the updates. The season is upon us. Ron

      12/22/2016 at 1:50 pm

  40. Brian Fogg

    What time are you sailing? National weather service forecasts only 5 to 10 mph wind. Is the whole lake frozen? I am dying to get out sailing. Please call me or text at 802-353-3693 thanks – Brian

    12/21/2016 at 9:01 am

  41. Kit Tucker

    Sailing again today on Lake Monomonoc Rindge, NH. 4 plus inches of glass ice, lots of room and good wind predicted.
    WARM HOUSE AND LUNCH PROVIDED. Double your money back if you don’t leave with a BIG SMILE.

    12/21/2016 at 8:40 am

  42. Kit Tucker

    Excellent ice on Lake Monomonoc as of Monday 19Dec 1.00pm
    Rindge, NH Sailing tmro

    12/19/2016 at 1:12 pm

  43. Brian Fogg

    Our small group of DN ice boat sailors invite you to consider sailing with us on beautiful Lake Bomoseen this winter. We have 4-6 DNs in our group and generally cruise and socialize. We would love to have join us for a day of sailing this winter.

    Brian Fogg
    Rutland, Vermont

    12/12/2016 at 1:27 pm

    • ronbouchardvermont

      Hi Brian, thanks for the invitation. I am in Shelburne (five miles south of Burlington) and things are not presently looking too promising around here so please let me know if you come across any decent ice and I would gladly make the trip down, and I will do the same.

      Have a wonderful Christmas. Best, Ron.

      Ron Bouchard
      Shelburne, VT

      12/22/2016 at 12:12 pm

  44. pfurr

    Did I say something wrong?

    12/12/2016 at 9:20 am

  45. Kit Tucker

    “Kitty Ice” on Lake Monomonoc Rindge, NH. Won’t be long now….stay tuned

    12/10/2016 at 9:18 am

  46. Mike Normandeau

    I used wheel chair wheels.

    11/06/2016 at 7:16 am

  47. Fred Greis

    Two (2) fresh completely restored high rig yankees for sale. The best thing about Yankees is that you can sail/race them alone, or take people for rides in “Cadillac” comfort. I’ve always found this is one of the best ways to introduce people to our beloved sport. I restored them both over the last year and plan to have them both set up on display at the Greenport, Long Island Maritime Festival this weekend (September 24th and 25th). Our Long Island clubs plan on having a good showing there so come on down! Fred Greis. RC LRIBYC. cell 516-313-7788.

    09/20/2016 at 12:54 pm

  48. Gerry Weiss

    Need to find a round mast base for a wooden dn mast.

    Please contact me via email

    09/19/2016 at 2:54 pm

  49. David

    For sale: Gambit gun wall gluing frame and strong back table for assembly.
    Located in Bradford, NH 603-938-2936

    09/17/2016 at 10:30 am

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