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  1. 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

  2. GC

    Contoocook Lake, Jaffrey, NH:

    12/10/2018 at 9:33 am

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Thomas Parish

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


    01/16/2018 at 11:57 am

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. Kit Tucker

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

    12/19/2016 at 1:12 pm

  27. 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

  28. Kit Tucker

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

    12/10/2016 at 9:18 am

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. Pat Furr

    Does anyone have some suggestions or rough plans for constructing a dolly to get my hull from trailer to the ice? I have seen some short glimpses of rigs built of schedule 40 PVC and bicycle wheels. The axles of most bike wheels use a pretty light all thread and I was thinking that would need to be at least a 5/8″ all thread or smooth bar to hold the weight of a Whizz. I was also wondering if anyone made a dolly using steel pipe with end caps and then drill the end caps and push the 5/8″ or 3/8″ axle through that? The steel pipe would definitely reinforce the lighter axle and could be padded with foam insulation.

    04/19/2016 at 10:01 am

    • Mike Normandeau

      I used wheel chair wheels.

      11/06/2016 at 7:16 am

    • 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

  33. follow the british story of baikal on my closed facebook page “british icesailing”

    04/06/2016 at 8:28 pm

  34. Anyone able to check the Nip with me today 508 560 9571 Ed E

    02/12/2016 at 1:51 pm

  35. Mike

    I would like to take some pictures/video of a race or just some boats out sailing with my kite camera… I live in central Massachusetts . . I have seen the guys out on quaboag pond in Brookfield but never in time to get out and launch the kite and camera… If anyone could give me advanced notice of a scheduled day out on quaboag pond would be great.. The rain day last week smoothed the ice nicely and the cold this week should tighten things up quick this week.. snow on quaboag is usually blow off the pond pretty quick and there should be ideal conditions there soon.. I will check it out personally soon and report… my email is one or two day advanced notice would be all I need… Thanks…Mike

    02/08/2016 at 8:31 pm

    • Mike we will all be looking to sail someplace. More than likely 2 days notice is all anymore will get. Just keep an eye on our home page. Sailing sites are announced there.

      02/08/2016 at 8:36 pm

      • Mike

        On the forum link…? Events link..? Thanks

        02/08/2016 at 8:42 pm

      • Home page!

        02/08/2016 at 8:54 pm

  36. Anyone considering or decided to go to Sabattus pond in Maine tomorrow?

    01/07/2016 at 12:44 pm

  37. Ron Bouchard

    I need some new #s for my DN sail. Any one knows who sells that product? Thanks, Ron Bouchard.

    12/21/2015 at 8:18 pm

    • Any sail maker but someone may know a cheaper option.

      12/21/2015 at 8:49 pm

      • iceone1


        Scott US4925 Sent from my iPhone


        12/21/2015 at 9:16 pm

      • iceone1 has different size numbers for sale


        12/21/2015 at 11:37 pm

  38. Jay Whitehair

    After 30 years off of the ice I am thinking of racing again, this time with my son in tow if I can break him away from the slopes. I built many DN’s way back then but now the game appears to have changed considerably. I am hoping someone can point me in the direction to obtain DN building tips for a competitive boat, mast, plank and the rest. Might be interested in used hardware if it appears fast, salvageable, and affordable. I now live in Norwich Vermont and would love to hear from anyone that sails in this region. Thanks!

    Hi to the Chickawauki clan… I fondly remember the handful of years I raced with Loyd, Warner, Larry, the Johansen brothers and the rest! Boy… those were some wonderful years.

    Sail on!

    12/16/2015 at 10:27 pm

  39. Brian Fogg

    I rebuilt my DN #3491 this summer including new decks, coating all internals with epoxy, laying 3.25 oz fiberglass cloth, etc. I’m done except for remounting the external plates for the plank. Not sure how to do this to ensure proper alignment and I haven’t seen anything online. So I am hoping one of your members can help with how to do this?

    I really would appreciate hearing from anyone that can offer help. I can send you pictures to show you the boat and plates. You can reach me at


    12/09/2015 at 9:08 am

    • Brian,

      I sent word out among VT ice boaters and some one should contact you soon.


      12/09/2015 at 7:06 pm

  40. Doug MacFarland

    Can someone tell me how the classifieds works. I see that you can leave a comment but how & where do you post pictures?

    10/27/2015 at 6:13 pm

    • Doug,

      Just a couple steps and how tips.

      1) From the classifieds page ( scroll down to the bottom or click on the “For Sale” image

      2) Enter details on what your selling or want to purchase where it says “Leave a Reply” You must include contact information email or Phone also location is helpful.

      3) If you want a picture email to This is due to security restrictions. I trust you but the web service we contract with does not and we do get obnoxious spam from time to time.

      4) ALL ads are approved by me or a designee so please be patient. Didnt see anything in say 18 hours feel free to email I’m human and do forget and sometimes am away, lets hope ice boating.

      5) If you sell or want to withdraw or change an ad please email The goal is to keep what is for sale as current as possible so so do keep in touch.

      Let me know if there are any further questions or give me a call my numbers in the member directory.

      John Stanton

      10/27/2015 at 6:44 pm

  41. John Hughes

    A somewhat depressing winter forecast:

    Time to tune up the boats so that we’ll be ready for whatever ice we actually DO get…

    10/20/2015 at 10:33 am

    • John,

      You are so right. The sailing window may be narrow. Gear needs to be ready to hit the road at a moments notice.


      10/20/2015 at 10:50 am

  42. Anyone remember Sammy Holmes from Brockton? Heard he hung around with Doc Fellows. I work with Sam’s son. Sam passed a few years back and no one in the family are interested in his ice boats and equipment so I gave Bill a few bucks, loaded the truck and now?? Sam had a double Arrow Ice Boat. Never was on the ice. There are some holes for planks, blocks, mast and a new sail and mast. I’m leary about why Sam never finished fitting the boat so before I do I’d like to see some of the construction drawings first. Antone know where I could find some info on the Arrow?
    Sam’ DN596

    09/18/2015 at 3:30 pm

  43. Scott valentine

    Just letting you know my summer projects. I built a side car for carrying equipment out to the race course. It’s a very easy build. I built a runner box that hooks right on to the side of your hull. Another easy build. I am making a “T” special, a pair of custom track spikes for fat feet that will keep your feet warm. I working on a spare runner plank. I just have to mount the chocks on it. I have been busy this summer. I hope all is well with everyone. Team Long Island is planning on attending the NEIYA swapmeeting
    DN 4925

    09/17/2015 at 10:21 pm

  44. Have an equipment question ask the group. Building something new, let the group know. General feedback let it fly. It’s that easy. And, yes people really do want to hear from you.

    09/17/2015 at 9:37 pm

  45. Hello everyone!

    I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone at Squam Lake for being so amazing and welcoming myself and my crew with open arms today. We felt so honored to be invited to such a wonderful event and cannot thank you all enough for being a part of our styleboston segment.

    A big thank you to Eric Anderson who was kind enough to do an interview with Kim Walleston and teach her how to sail, our ice boat cheauffeurs, as well as all of you who were kind enough to share stories, mittens and ice picks.

    The piece is being edited next week and will hopefully be on the air next weekend, January 12 and 13. We broadcast on Saturday on Channel 4 WBZ at 11:35 p.m. and Sunday on WSBK Channel my38 at 10:00 a.m. All of our segments go on our website ( about a week after they are aired, please feel free to send a link to friends and family.

    Thank you all again for your hospitality and warmth… pun intended.


    Liz Fallon

    Associate Producer

    01/05/2013 at 6:50 pm

  46. Cornelia Harris

    For Jeff Brown please. Jeff, my uncle Tom Rockwell, died last month at the age of 94.
    His love of ice boating with his brothers while owning Velocity and Whistler ( which you had rebuilt and took some video of) as well as sailing the OLD HUGE ice boat from the late 1800s on Lake Cochiewicke in North Andover Massachusetts was part of the childhood of his 22 nieces and nephews as well as myriads of friends, family, and any
    interested onlookers…He had loads of iceboating stories!!! he will be sorely missed…
    Jeff, thank you for rescuing his beloved boat. He was very very pleased and grateful.
    Sincerely, Cornelia Harris

    10/15/2012 at 5:47 pm

    • iceratz

      Dear Cornelia,
      Sorry to hear your uncle has passed. Pleased to hear that he enjoyed wathing his old boat sail again on my videos. Steve Lamb & Jeff Solderholm were 2 guys who restored the Whistler and another Winnicunnet stern steerer. I helped sail and produced video.
      Thankyou for your compliments.
      Like I say at the end of my film Endless Winter 2
      ”Remembering those whose ice tracks we follow”
      May Tom rest in peace

      Here is a short clip of Whistler still online from years ago

      10/15/2012 at 10:20 pm

  47. Deane Williams

    Dear Webmaster,
    Where can I see those great photos that were recently on the home page of the New England race. I want to capture a few for my desktop. The last one is one of the best I’ve seen.

    02/24/2012 at 7:44 pm

  48. Patrick Zachary (DN 5246)

    See video of race 5 first weather mark rounding at DN Easterns Sunday 2/19/12:

    02/19/2012 at 6:07 pm

    • Brian Fogg

      Hi Jay, we are cruisers rather than racers over here on Lake Bomoseen but you are welcome to sail with us. There are about 4-6 DNs on the lake. I am nearly finished rebuilding my DN and hope to tackle the mounting of the plank mounting plates this weekend. If you have any advice on how to do that (or other offer of help) I would love to hear from you.

      Brian Fogg,
      Rutland, Vermont

      12/17/2015 at 12:28 pm

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