Poem Of The Week

Dave Fortier has mined all the old CIBC newsletters for the poems of Dave Wilkins and the late Larry Harman. We will be adding them to the ice poetry department of http://iceboat.me/ice-poetry, but meanwhile we will all have the pleasure of a poem a week for while.


Let us recite the ode of Donald Fellows,
Who boats each day in the winters.
“Hard water sailors have more fun” says he,
“If they don’t turn their boats into splinters!”

Let us sing the song of Donald Fellows,
Ice boatings great Kahuna,
And be of good cheer when it turns cold each year,
‘Cause he’ll the good ice sonar.

Let us raise our voices for Donald Fellows,
Who knows all the lakes out yonder
And tells the fleet where they might meet
To race, or cruise or wander.

And let our praises ring until the spring
For this marvelous Donald Fellow
Who says, “ice is nice, and will suffice,
“Even if it’s as weak as jello!”

L. Hardman

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Missing Links to DN speed

Doug Raymond says I missed 3 nuances in the photo of Karol Jablonski at speed from the cover of Winter CIBC News. One is the halyard in aft hole of sail head board, another I have forgotten, and the third he won’t tell me but assures me that it is more than a nuance.

So, get out your magnifier and fill us in on the go fast secrets. Don’t let Doug get too far ahead.

Thanks to all who made the Spring Meeting so successful.

Reply to me.

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CIBC Board of Director’s meeting, May 9, 2015

Spring Meeting 2015 Damariscotta Farm Inn

We had a business meeting prior to eating and after fixing up fencing and driveway at the launch ramp. Work well done.

34 Members attended plus one prospective member. The venue was very nice, thank you Dave Lampton.

President Buchholz presided. He suggested two new members of the board to replace retiring directors Tom Childs and Jim MacDonald. The membership approved Jim Gagnon and Frank Able as replacements. The Board then retired Lloyd Roberts as Treasurer of many years with Jim Gagnon appointed as new Treasurer by the board according to our bylaws. The treasury contained some $2200 at the time of transfer. Suggestions were offered about spending some of this to encourage skippers to carry ice picks and throw ropes such as granting a free one year membership for members bringing the above rescue gear to the Fall meeting. The meeting was adjourned as the content dwindled away into less relevant matters and hunger replaced procedural trivia.

Respectfully submitted, Lloyd Roberts, Secretary

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CIBC Spring Meeting

The Spring Meeting held at the Damariscotta Lake Farm Inn, in full view of the lake, was a terrific success. The pot luck food was fresh and tasty, including a fine grilled Salmon. Over thirty people showed up. We had opened the meeting to the general public by placing announcements in local media, but the only new person who showed up was Bill Good. He’s just moved here from New York and already had heard of the club. Welcome, Bill. That said, we still had thirty-five members in attendance with John Stanton and Eben Whitcomb making the trek from Connecticut.

We agreed to hold a fall tuning clinic to help those most in need of learning how to make their boats sail well. Runner sharpening and alignment are the basics. New Board of Directors members Curtis Rindlaub and Frank Able hit the ground running with all kinds of great ideas. The best one is a new prize to be bestowed upon all those who can document sailing over 1000 miles in a season. Details are still being worked out, but the plan has great buzz. Thanks to Bobby Able for planting that seed.

Doug Raymond has a thought on safety preparedness:

Hi Lloyd,
People really do enjoy your newsletters. The last two issues in particular with the color cover photos got left out on coffee tables everywhere to impress friends, I’m sure. The diversity is refreshing. I have no doubt you will come up with more great ones in the future.
I mailed Bill the web links to the throw-bag and ice picks. Hopefully he posts them soon with mention of free dues to anyone showing up with them at the fall meeting. (He could re-post in fall) This says to the general public that CIBC cares about safety and also reminds iceboaters that we have a responsibility to carry this stuff. It will be really interesting to see how many people show up with picks and throw lines. I know I will, cheapskate that I am. Who knows, it may save a life some day.
I also sent Bill a link for the iceboat screw-in tie downs that I got. I used them at the Easterns on Champlain and they’re better than Ambien. If you remind me I’ll bring a set to the fall meeting to show people.
I mentioned to Dave I thought it would be cool if he photoed some CIBC trophies, ie Maine States, Linc Davis, Spring Classic, Warner St Clair and have them posted to our website during the slow summer doldrums. John and a couple others thought that was a good idea. By the way, the Warner St Clair trophy should have been awarded the last couple of years because that trophy isn’t about racing, but sportsmanship and recognition to a CIBC member who gave something extra or special to the sport. (that’s the way it evolved the last several years it was awarded) I can think of two or three people it should have been awarded to. I’d be happy to update it if the powers that be would like.
Lastly, I must say, what a truly great bunch of riff-raff this club is. I go to other meetings and parties but never come away feeling the way these get- togethers leave me. What a talented, interesting group of exceptional people. It’s a shame we only get to do this twice a year. Doug

Throw Bag: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002BBK59C/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Iceboat Anchors: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000LX739W/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Self-Rescue Ice Picks: http://www.amazon.com/Celsius-Ice-Escape-Life-Preserver/dp/B000ZKPHEO/ref=sr_1_9?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1431211072&sr=1-9&keywords=ice+picks WOLFIE!

Dave Fortier would like to have all of Larry Hardman’s ice poetry on the web site, a worthy goal. Doug recited some of his best for us at the meeting. We should probably start every CIBC meeting with a dash of Hardman verse. Dave writes:

Very well said Doug, legendary newsletters that I will enjoy going through searching for Larry Hardman’s ice poetry. I will get those trophies Photographed and we can show them in the racing section of the web site along with the results of races past and present. MAN I got to get to work!
Great meeting, Great sport, Great folks. Have a Great day, Dave

Now that we’re officially into iceboat building season, be sure to send in project reports. We are building yet another obscure Russian design here at Iceboat Central, the 8 Meter:

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Canadian Ice

Denis Guertin sends greetings from Lac St. Francois. Like Moosehead and the other northern lakes, it never achieved a decent surface once the warm weather settled in.


Meanwhile, to promote the sport in St Petersburg the local iceboaters put a DN on wheels and took people for rides around the huge square of the Winter Palace.

Thanks, Natasha, for the photo. We are holding our own, not so glamorous, public outreach at our Spring Meeting and Pot Luck next Saturday at Damariscotta Lake Farm Inn. Announcements of the event have been placed in local media, so please come and share your enthusiasm!

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iceout on lake michigan

I’m out here on the shores of lake michigan, caregiving my 100 year old mother…..and i thought it would be pretty dull….lake michigan was frozen solid for miles and miles, with open water near the shore, and a wide variety of ice colors and textures.
How could this ice possibly disappear, I wondered? There was no place for the ice to go, as there might be on a river. Then, two days ago, the ice began to turn bright colors, blue, green and even brown. Then, far off shore and parallel to it, a strip of dark open water, as though left behind by an icebreaker, appeared from a point of land to the west, eastward for 6 miles.

Yesterday, that strip had widened, and with the waves produced in that narrow strip, had turned the entire area—mile after square mile–into brash ice, totally immersed in water, like rum on the rocks….this ice was an even darker blue-green color. It would obviously absorb heat quickly.

and then today, a single day later…..miles and miles of ice was magically gone….vanished overnight….how could so much ice so quickly disappear? it simply didn’t have to go anywhere, but once broken in small pieces and bathed it water, it could melt in hours, not days…

i thought i would be far from the fascination of ice…..NOT SO!…..jory

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Chickawaukee; “Ice Out”, Last Ice, No Ice

Here is the “Last Ice” around the corner from Lloyd’s beach. There was a fair amount of this stuff blown down my way, so although the lake was “Navigable” by Coast Guard standards the ice was not all out. My “Ice Out” time and date was Independence day April 19 at 3:47 PM (when observed from Rte 17). On the morning of April 19 there were a few independent patches of ice cruising around the lake in light and variable breezes, by afternoon only small pieces of old snow covered ice were jammed in leeward corners and by morning April 21 after heavy rains there was no ice seen anywhere, true ICE OUT. Long hot summer follows.

Note shiny water, grey ice, dark gray broken up ice cubes,and snow covered ice. The ice cubes tend to stay together, surface tension perhaps.

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