Crossword Puzzle Winner

Congratulations to Kate Morrone for being the first one to submit a complete and correct crossword. John Stanton gets an honorable mention.

Where she ever came up with “polynyas” we’ll never know, but it’s generally used to describe large holes in the arctic ice sheet that stay open year after year in more or less the same place. The word itself is borrowed from Russian. Thanks to everyone who gave it a shot!

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Iceboating Brain Teasers

The first one to submit a complete set of correct answers to both puzzles wins a CIBC hat. Respond via the “comment” bar. Please include your mailing address.
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Secretary Rindlaub out sick, Secretary Emeritus takes over

Fall Meeting Chickawaukee Ice Boat Club Nov 4, 2018 at Dave Fortier’s, Biddeford, ME

Treasurer’s report received; major expenses donation to Clary Lake Association toward dam repair, Spring Meeting hall rental, and newsletter printing. Current balance $2,285 plus dues collected at both meetings. Meeting attendance about 20, recorded by Treas.

Damariscotta Lake Report; Farm beach access worked well last year. Can’t use the ramp. South end Vannah Rd. access used once, worked OK. Beware stream to the right of the ramp, facing lake.

Megunticook Lake report; discussion of ice boat damage incident at Fangs channel last year lead to discussion of hazard notices in general on web site and at lake side with over arching importance of individual responsibility to seek out current information at the time of sailing. Ice boating is dangerous. Peter Ashley recommends carrying emergency smoke flares, Lloyd Roberts made a plug for dry suits as cheap life insurance ( about 1/3 of members present use them). The “buddy system” is basic key practice. Duct tape may get you or some one else home.

There is a permanent “Winnepesaukee Hardway” trophy at Brewster Academy near Wolfeboro Beach in the school’s boathouse. To be engraved on the trophy you must do the Hardway 3 times. Contact people are Charlie Sylfanius, Lee Spiller, and Kate Marrone.

Where is the “Over 50” trophy? Fortier tries to keep track of trophies. Dave was appointed official club archiving historian. He will organize, catalog and store any club related historical stuff.

“Think Ice” is running out, re write/reprint discussed, again.

No changes to board of directors were made.

Meeting adjourned, pot luck lunch demolished.

Thank you Dave, glad to hear that training for your new gold fish is going well.

Respectfully submitted, Lloyd Roberts, Secretary pro tem.

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2018-19 Season Kickoff

Good Monday all,

I just want to say that the weekend of meetings, feedings, talkings, tunings, sharpenings, alignings went well I conclude. The first get together in MA went well for me as I did not have any gear to sell at the swap meet, so was able to get there at the leisurely, time of 1200. The new location for the meeting was cool. There was a good area for the swap meet directly outside the door of the Elks club. The meeting/lunch area was cozy with just enough seats, and a full bar. The meeting went well with a synopsis of New England races, and a description of the happenings at the IDNIYRA North American Championship from the man in charge, Chad Atkins. Bill Buchholz gave a nice synopsis of the cruising and racing happenings in our club. 

Three of the southern New Englanders joined Jim, and I for a good evening in Biddeford. A delicious meal at a local Italian restaurant along with some terrific stories from Jim that I wish I could have taped. Even though it was the night that we would set the clocks back one hour, and so gain an hour of sleep, we did not even stay up past 2300. We missed Saturday Night Live!

Our meeting went well, I believe that we attended to all necessary business regarding finances, Think Ice printing/possible edits, and member lists. There were JUST enough seats for all.  What I really want to say is, I want to thank those that were able to bring the food. There was much of it, and it was delicious. I have to say that the chili was my fav. I apologize for the lack of coffee to go along with the sweets, I should have made a pot. 

In case you may be wondering Kate Morrone and I were sharpening and aligning runners in the shop. We were successful and Kate was on the road by 1900hrs. I hope all had fun and a safe cruise home, see you soon. 

Think Ice, Dave US4690

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Boats For Sale

It’s a buyers market out there folks!

Nite final.pdf

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Attend The NEIYA Swap Next Saturday

NEIYA Admin posted: ”

Who Needs to Come? Yes, it’s a need…

Anyone interested in ice boating Winter sports enthusiast Frost biters Multi hull racers cruisers Sailors and non sailors Veteran racers Veteran cruisers Looking to buy gear Looking t”

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Who Needs to Come?

  • Anyone interested in ice boating
  • Winter sports enthusiast
  • Frost biters
  • Multi hull racers cruisers
  • Sailors and non sailors
  • Veteran racers
  • Veteran cruisers
  • Looking to buy gear
  • Looking to sell gear
  • You have a need for speed

Stop by to get information. Chat with ice boat enthusiasts from around the northeast. Rub elbows with itinerant cruisers and world class DN racers. They are there to help you get on the ice for the first time or go faster. Make this the year you start ice boating.

There will be door prizes for those staying for lunch (all welcome). Not the usual nick knacks but prizes that might actually save your life. Landfall Navigation will once again pitch in with gift certificates.

Have things to sell? Post on the classified section and bring on Saturday. To post or view our classifieds Click

Don’t forget to pay your 2019 dues. Make things easy and pay for the luncheon as well. Our treasurer will be thankful for all those who prepay online.

Description Price
Membership $30
Membership and Lunch $45
Membership for one & Lunch x2 $60
Lunch Only $15
Thanks for flying with

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ice fever

ICE FEVER     (with apologies to John Masefield)

October creeps — the days grow short—
and there’s a fever that starts to rise
The symptoms come, my face is glum,
as I scan the bleak fall skies

I check the gear, I check the temps,
look over the maps and scheme:
How many miles to Canada’s ponds
or the hike to a high pond’s gleam?

I must get out on a lake again,
and sound ice black or white
And feel the moan of a winter wind,
that cuts like a whetted knife

I miss my buddies tried and true,
and the tales we love to tell:
when Sebago froze from shore to shore,
and we sailed like bats from hell

I long to put on a boiler suit
and insert my heat packs right
To sharpen those spikes on the old ice boots
and pull my face mask tight

Then I’d clip the “claws” around my neck
and grab my ice axe true
and lightly step on that glistening black
and pray that I won’t break through

I long to see that shiny pane,
with bubbles and a view below
as it barks and groans with cracks that shoot
like arrows from Neptune’s bow

I must leave this house and it endless chores,
and this life– both love and bore–
to seek again those open skies
and spread my wings once more.

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