Weekend Regatta / Sailing Update

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.

Stay tuned!

NH Update

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….

Stay tuned!

Winni Downgrade

We took a scouting trip off Ellacoya and found way too many drain holes to sail safely- Scratch racing is OFF for the day and cruising is highly discouraged. Sorry folks!

Winni Report

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.

Stay tuned to this site for details!

Weekend Regatta Info-

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 (

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


Hey Folks-

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

From the NW Section of New England

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.

Think Ice,


NEIYA Secretary Gets Some Ink

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:

Bristol woman is a fast-rising ice boating star | – News, Opinion, Things to Do in the East Bay

Bristol woman is a fast-rising ice boating star

Bristol resident Karen Binder is rapidly climbing the ranks in the high-speed, high-stakes, male-dominated sport…

Bantam Update

Bantam has grade 8 ice with some powder drifts here and there. Fun to hit at 50 mph, and more spectacular to watch.

Sail safe!


Deep Creek MD In Play?

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!



US 5576


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!

More info for Dammariscotta Lake – Monday, February 14th

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.

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