Howie Dietz, Fair Winds….

Sad news from LI as Howie Dietz has passed. Some nice thoughts and memories have been coming in from the LI sailors;

“Howie was a welcome fixture for my entire iceboating life. Ralph, I am smiling remembering you, Howie, and company, sitting in the back row “peanut gallery” laughing your asses off and being generally entertained watching me try to run a meeting! LOL. I look forward to reading more memories from the rest of you.”

“Very sorry to hear about Howie. Sympathies to his family. Smooth ice, fair winds and sharp runners, you will be missed by all your iceboating friends..Doug”

“Very sad news indeed but very glad to have had him for a friend- Always a genuine pleasure to hang out with as you all know, We will miss him and the undiluted sense of fun he always brought to the ice and our meetings.”

Details on services below:

Alexander-Rothwell Funeral Home,

6447 Route 25A, Wading River, NY
Visitation Tuesday 6/4/19, 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral service at the funeral home on Wednesday 6/5/19, followed by burial at Calverton National Cemetery.
Obituary was in Sunday’s Newsday 6/2/19.

Fair winds….

A Standout….

In a fleet full of unique sailors with amazing stories, this gentlemen stands out. Read here:

May 2019 Runner Tracks – DN North America Newsletter Available!

Check it out folks- another great issue complete with a history of DN sailing in Poland. Very cool stuff no matter what kind of craft lights you up! Available online or in actual glossy paper. Click and enjoy!

DN World Champs- Won In A Loaner Boat!

Hey Folks-

You may have heard that due to a shipping snafu several Polish sailors had to borrow gear to compete at the DN Gold Cup this year. In a class where sailors spend hours customizing, refining, and practicing with very specific gear this is a big bummer…

The good news is several sailors from the midwest were able to cobble together enough spare gear to assemble a few complete boats that these guys could race. Not the perfect situation but better than nothing!

Of course Poland’s Michał Burczyński sailed one of these borrowed boats and was able get it going well enough to take the top prize, in convincing fashion no less.

Just goes to show that the most important piece of gear on any boat is the nut that holds the tiller!

Read all about it in Michal’s words here….


Saw this on the CIBC site. Videos like this make us all pray that December gets here soon….

Take a look and enjoy!

CIBC Spring Meeting May 5

Speaking of Meetings- Here is another spring meeting to attend up north- clear the calendar and head on up!

billbuchholz posted: “Nite sailor Fred Musser and Sarah Sheffield have graciously offered to host our pot luck lunch party and meeting at their house in Union. Sunday, May 5, meeting to start at 11:00 sharp with lunch to follow. Address is 1611 Clarry Hill Rd., Union. Take 235”

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CIBC Spring Meeting May 5

by billbuchholz

Nite sailor Fred Musser and Sarah Sheffield have graciously offered to host our pot luck lunch party and meeting at their house in Union. Sunday, May 5, meeting to start at 11:00 sharp with lunch to follow.
Address is 1611 Clarry Hill Rd., Union. Take 235 north from RT 1, or Clarry Hill Rd south from RT 17. You’ll find it: you’re iceboaters and the one thing we know how to do is find things like hidden launch ramps and good lunches! The food gets better and better each year. Thanks for making it happen! BYOB

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LRIBYC Awards Dinner

Check it out folks, the gang on LI had a good wrap up and gave out some interesting awards…. Be sure to click the links and check out the videos!
Congrats to all the award winners!

The 2019 Awards Dinner was enjoyed by 28 members, Bill Buckholtz and his wife drove down from Maine to join us. Proclamations were read by the Officers and the cannon was fired to open the evening. Dinner by the Oar Restaurant was served in our private room and was the fine quality we have received every year. Howie Dietz gave us a history of his Iceboat beginning with the Club in the ‘60s. Doug Hardy received the Senior active sailor award. Fred Greis was awarded “The most interesting man” award for his DN adventures on Swan Pond out of view of any Skeeter Sailors.. Chris Miller gathered the award for the highest member result in the DN World’s along with the newest award the “Rich Crucet Travel Award” for covering about 5,000 miles during the season from the Midwest to the Northeast in search of ice. Scott Valentine earned the top result in the DN North American Championships award. Mike Acebo with the “Hard Way” photo award. Sorry if I missed any. Link to photos:

And a video of the “Hard Way Trip”

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