Many of you are members of the NEIYA and will already have received these compelling words from John Stanton, but for those who aren’t, here you go.
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by NEIYA Admin
With shorter days and cooler nights, we are all thinking about sailing iceboats and the miles of black ice we’ll find this winter. Just as there are a few months till we sail again, a number of things MUST happen and individual efforts MUST take place before groups of pilots can safely congregate and sail.
We all know what occurs prior to setting up your boat in the pits and pushing off toward a nice plate:
Someone watches as the lakeside trees shed their leaves.
All manner of boat building advice and help is freely given.
Boats and equipment are bought, sold, traded and loaned by fellow sailors prior to first ice.
Runners are sharpened individually and en mass by skilled sanding volunteers.
Someone watches as fog and mists wafted over the body of water in the early morning hours.
Eyes are on the lake while morning frosts creep toward the water from the shore.
People gaze upon the first mirror black ice to skim out from shore.
Occasionally taking the long way to work or home to check on ice conditions.
One or more people poke at the new ice with a stick even though they know it is not ready.
Swinging blunt instruments upon the ice, a wise man from Rockport swears by the blunt end of an axe, and drills test holes.
Talk to ice fisherman who are generally happy to break their solitude for a conversation about fish and ice.
Scout with skates, or sailing carefully and stopping periodically to check grade and thickness.
People report back results. Insufficient ice or unsafe conditions change. A body of water’s history plays an important role for future safe sailing.
Who are those someones? Who are those eyes? Who spent countless hours helping others get ready to sail? Who communicated observations so that others would benefit?
The answer is simple: Members of the NEIYA and the CIBC. Please remember this when asked to contribute time, knowledge and skills toward club activities. Ice forms all by itself but it’s a team effort to bring a group of people the ice.
NEIYA, Vice Commodore
P.S. Our annual meeting, swap and lunch are ON for Saturday October 28th Westborough, MA Knights of Columbus Hall. More on that shortly.
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