The NIA

While the CIBC have evolved into primarily a cruising club, we still use the rules of the road. They are just as critical, if not more so, to maintain order in the way we sail: reaching around with the sun in our eyes driving the boats as fast as possible. Please take a minute every now and then to brush up on the rules. We need to assume the other guy knows them just as well as you do. Here’s a nice nod to Jane Pagels who worked long and hard to unify the rules across many different iceboat clubs.

News from the National Iceboat Authority

Jane Pegel has decided to retire from the Board of Directors of the National Iceboat Authority. We’d like to thank Jane for over 50 years of service regarding the management of our racing rules and ensuring safety and fairness is maximized in iceboating. Jane was one of the founding members of the NIA along with Elmer Millenbach, Wally Cross, Homer Seider, and Bob Pegel. Prior to the NIA racing rules, the various sailing clubs around the country had different racing rules which created confusion and hazardous situations on the race course. Jane played a key role as this group worked together to develop the NIA Racing Rules which have successfully served as the basis for iceboat racing since the early 1960’s. Please join us in thanking Jane for her many contributions to our sport!
We’re happy to announce that Steve Schalk has accepted the open position on the NIA Board of Directors. Steve is an experienced B-Skeeter sailor with many years of service on local and regatta race committees. Those of you who know Steve would agree that he is a reasonable and patient person who communicates well and always considers the needs of every class of iceboat participating in an event.

Here’s the North Ridge at Moosehead, taken by John and Tania. It’s Rick Bishop and the Cape Codders looking to cross. As you can see, the ice is always better on the other side.

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One Response to The NIA

  1. Ben Fuller says:

    Issue for me is without a race course you don’t necessarily know which direction a boat ahead of you is going to turn when approaching a shore on a reach. Will they bear away or go up? In Tippy I am usually the one being passed, and I usually try to point as to which way I am going or when I am going to bear off. Is there a protocol for this beyond the following boat keeping clear?

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