Oliver’s Post about the pitchpole and foam…

Hey Folks- Thought you might like to see the latest from NEIYA Regatta Chair and all around composite and wing sail guy Oliver Moore-

This is the latest from his company Facebook page- interesting stuff and neat to see that he is making parts for the AC boats racing in Bermuda- For more details look up “Moore Brothers Company Warren RI”

Read on!

We never like to see wings in the water, but Team New Zealand’s pitch-pole on Monday leaves the opportunity for learning. The safety rules of this challenge call for foam flotation to fill the tip of each team’s wing, but the main purpose of the foam isn’t actually flotation; the goal is to prevent the wing filling with water. Each gallon of water that ends up in the wing becomes an eight pound hammer, dropping through all the delicate control systems as soon as the wing is righted. While we didn’t cut the foam for New Zealand, we did for both Oracle and Softbank. The foam itself is a super light EPS called geo-fill, and it was interesting to cut. Ninety-six cubic feet of foam block came through the door, and we sliced it down with a hot wire to fit the parts inside a 5 axis machine. THEN we started carving, and the fun began.

Finger Lakes Boat Museum Lecture Series CORRECTIONS-

Hey Folks- Just a few corrections about the upcoming lecture by Joe Meade-

First, the event is at the Keuka Yacht Club at 12890 WEST LAKE ROAD, HAMMONDSPORT, NY 14840 jUNE 15TH, 7pm

Also – perhaps more importantly – the bar will be “open”, not an “open” bar. A subtle difference but an important one….

Joe will, however, be donating the coffee and says if anyone makes the trip from northeast of NY, he may just buy them one anyway!

Either way be sure to head out and enjoy the event.

Think ICE!


Hello All- The NEIYA’s own Joe Meade will doing a presentation on iceboating at the Finger Lakes Boating Museum on June 15, 7PM. Don’t miss it! Joe is a great speaker
and no doubt will have some interesting things to say during this event. If you are a veteran or rookie or haven’t even tried sailing an iceboat yet be sure to go check it out.

Admission is free and there will be an open bar to boot! Read on for more info….


The KYC is hosting the Finger Lakes Boating Museum Monthly Lecture series on Thursday, June15th at 7pm.

Join Joe Meade for a presentation on June’s topic – Iceboating!

Joe is a member of the Keuka Yacht Club, the Finger Lakes Boating Museum (, and the KEWASA Iceboat Club (‘Ke’uka – ‘Wa’neta – ‘Sa’lubria). He is active in the DN
iceboat class and sails iceboats locally as well as across the country including the Northeast, the Midwest, and Canada. Join the discussion to learn about iceboating, its history, and more.

The event is open to the public and admission is free. The bar will also be open. More info here:

See you there!

James “T” Thieler
12 Channing St.
Newport, RI 02840

401 258 6230

KEWASA – Summer Iceboating Lecture

Hey Folks- Be sure to go see Joe Meade hold court at the FLBM- this promises to be an interesting event! Read on….

The Moore Brothers Company Goes To The America’s Cup!

Hey Folks! The Americas Cup racing has been fast and furious, right up there with the hard-water sailing we all enjoy….

The NEIYA’s own Oliver Moore is involved- In addition to being a cat sailor and ranked DN campaigner he is also one of the founders and big cheese of The Moore Brothers Company, or “Moore-Bro-Co” for those of you who can’t resist a rhyme….

Whatever you want to call them they are in the composites field; they can make molds, tooling, and finished parts in carbon and other materials, some more exotic than others!

They have a presence at the America’s Cup in Bermuda, having built clewboards for all the jibs, machined “floating foam” for the top of the ORACLE wing (keeps the boat from turning turtle if they flip), and built shroud fairings for ORACLE and TEAM JAPAN. It should be noted that the fairings were so cool and worked so well they were ruled illegal. They must have been good!

Congrats to Oliver and the company for getting their foot in the door of that world-

For more info on what they are up to click the link below or Google “The Moore Brothers Company”

NEIYA Heads North

Ever hear of this one? It’s a wild sounding race up the West Coast from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, ALASKA.

Crazy weather, killer whales, fishing boats, packs of rabid sea otters, whatever the heck they have out there to deal with will challenge participants to the max.

Of course a hard-water sailor would have to be involved. Joachim Roesler is a land and ice sailor, and (possibly, I have to look it up) an NEIYA member. He will be sailing this craft and posting updates- check out the boat here:

More on Joachim’s entry here:

More on the race here:

Good luck Joachim! Send an update or two if you can-

New Four Lakes Website

The Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club website, long the gold standard of ice yachting websites, is new and improved. To see the new format along with the usual fare of great articles and photos click here:

Think ICE!!

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