Launch Etiquette

The very first thing we’ll be doing this season, after setting up the boat and fixing those little things we forgot about from last season of course, is to back our cars, trucks or trailers down the ramp, un-load and launch. On that, John Ziermann from the Ronkonkoma Ice Yacht Club on Long Island has these thought to share. We’re pretty good at this generally, but a little refresher couldn’t hurt. Article #4 is especially important as we try to build the sport.

1. When I get to the launch site, I’ll unload everything
quickly, without lots of chatting with other folks.

2. If there’s someone else unloading, I’ll offer to help
with boats, since sometimes two people can get two

boats on the ice faster than they can set up one boat each.

3. As soon as I’m done unloading, I’ll move my car away
from the launch point/ramp/whatever. THEN I’ll finish
assembling the boat(s). I’ll do this even if I’m one
of the first people at the site.

4. If I see someone who looks new to the ice, I’ll
introduce myself, and mention our club, even if it
means I’ll spend a few minutes less on the ice myself.

5. I’ll ask others about hazards before I hoist my sail.

6. I’ll pause for a moment each time I sail to think
about the risks, about safety, about who’s on the
ice and how safely they seem to handle their boats, etc.

This past weekend at the NEIYA meeting, Leo Healy was honored for his decades of devotion to iceboating. After he was granted a lifetime club membership and a a moderate roast; more of a saute actually, he was asked to give us a few words. There were only a few, but they were good ones:

“In heavy air, know the rules of the road. In light air know your boat. Think ice, and there is always thin ice somewhere”.

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CIBC Fall Meeting

Thanks to Dave Fortier for hosting another great meeting. There were about twenty-five people in attendance. We agreed to buy back all the remaining boxes of Think Ice from the IDNIYRA, as Jim has been selling them like hotcakes all over the world.

Dave announced that he’s almost done compiling the race results from the club archives and that John Stanton will have them up on the web site soon. He went through all the newsletters put out since the early nineties and realized there is lots of good stuff in there that should be accessible some how. I think we should package into a nice little book. Any volunteers willing to take it on?

Bill Bunting presented the Cheapskate trophy he built to the Commodore of the Cheapskate Fleet, Lloyd Roberts. Thanks to Patsy for the awesome polishing job. She even left the polishing cloths in the cup for the next winner. Kate Morrone photo.

The discussion was dominated, however, by our situation on Lake Damariscotta. The clubhouse has been sold, and with it went our right to use the launch ramp. So please take note: iceboaters cannot launch from the ramp next to the clubhouse anymore, or park anywhere inside the fence. Parking along the fence in front of the gazebo is still ok. Please respect the new owners wishes. We are exploring all options, but for now we will launch from the beach and make sure that trailers will have a way to be backed down onto the ice. It’s possible to purchase one of the little cabins which would assure legal access, but for now we will keep a low profile and see what happens.
Thanks for all the good brainstorming; it was very helpful to work this out as a group. The consensus was that the qualities of this particular access to one our favorite lakes was excellent and that everything should be done to keep it viable.

A big welcome to Kendra, who sails a DN. She wrecked it last year, spent the summer rebuilding it, and is now all set to go. Sounds like a real iceboater to me.

Lastly, Frank Able has resigned from the board of directors. Denis Guertin was nominated in absetia and swiftly seconded.

The NEIYA swap meet was on Saturday, with the usual collection of great stuff, bargains on boats, and talking ice. Steve Duhamel of Northwind Iceboats is cutting back on his production of iceboat hardware, so be sure to get whatever you need, might need, or think you might need, right now! He’s the best source for this stuff and we need to keep him profitable. Northwind Iceboats – World’s Fastest Sailing
Oliver Moore and his brother have taken over Jeff Kent’s company Composite Solutions, Inc. They’ve move production to Bristol, RI. See him for great DN masts and fast fuselages.
Home – Composite Solutions Inc

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Terrific Chicky meeting

I am having a glass of wine from the bounty left behind after cleaning up the place. I hope that everyone is home safe and sound. Thanks everyone for all the food shared at the party. I am sad to say that much must be tossed as I clean up, I am one, I can’t eat that much. All the chairs I have returned most to where they belong. I thank those who found them and collected for the meeting. I have most of them back to where they belong.
I just found a very nice surprise on my counter as I was cleaning up, and I want to thank Fred for the large jar of what he used to label hard-scrabble or free-range honey. I would like to talk more about bees this winter Fred, I will try to remember to start the conversation.
I do hope, that after this storm we are supposed to get passes, the temperatures will drop, because I am thinkin’ ice,


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The Roulette Game

The most powerful reinforcement is certainly intermittent reinforcement.  We smile faintly at the predictable birthday present, while we fantasize about pleasures snatched from uncertainty.  Every gambler knows this.  And every iceboater.   

And here we are, almost  in November:  the tomatoes have fallen to the ground untouched by the frost which used to threaten “any time after labor day”.   It’s hard to believe.  Both September and October have been broken records for warmth.  I wonder if Lloyd has been charting, as he usually does, the fall cooling of Chickawaulkie.  And then yesterday’s bad news:  our little weekly newspaper predicted a warmer than normal winter.   Hardly a surprise.  Happily, they left a little wild card in the game.  Perhaps an El Nino will cool us down.  

So I sit here in mild panic.   Could this be the year?   Could we finally have a non-season?  Could the north-creeping disaster which has hit our brothers in New Jersey and Massachusetts cross our sacred state line?  

It’s always unsettling to look too closely at the mechanics of things.  I remember as a young boy, taking the Pullman train every summer from Cincinnati to Martha’s Vineyard.   I loved to linger between the cars, in the wind and deafening click-clack, and look down at the tracks swaying beneath.   It  would stir up strong uncertainties: would the rails continue to hold, the wheels not break?   Then, with relief, I would take my seat again and enjoy the view.  Today, I must relearn that lesson: just enjoy the view.  

I also find comfort in our own iceboating history.  For me this history holds about 15 seasons.   The fat years have sometimes yielded 30 days on the ice; the lean ones perhaps 12 to 14.   And never, in all those seasons,  have I ever looked back in April and not marvelled at the magic we had.   What we’ve been losing to the warming trend, we’ve been gaining for two reasons:  we have far better weather prediction and far better spying.  These two have enabled us to keep our passion alive against the odds.

And  we’ve had another critical advantage.   Amid the aging of our community, there has remained a steady core of buddies:  Those fellow deranged beings, who have continued to lie, to exagerate; to guilt-trip,; to brow-beat; to wheedle, cajole,  entice– and  willingly  to leave their home fires.  Such that yet again, thanks to their company,  we will  do the sit-ups, sharpen the runners, improve the clothing.   We’ll spin yet again the fascinating roulette wheel of ice and…….  show up and pray!


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CIBC History

I have been going through all of CIBC’s club newsletters for race results, I have been entering them into spread sheet that will eventually become a menu item on the website. Probably a week or so. Some of the race recaps are very good. Many written by Lloyd and you all know how well he writes. Some written by the race winner as we tried to do that for a while. I have entered 45 races, 2 Sebago Opens, 8 Commodore’s Cup, 8 NE Spring Classics, 12 Linc Davis, and 15 Maine State Championships. While going through the Chicky Ice Racers there were also many things other than race results. Iceboat safety, iceboat fun, tuning tips, many very good. Some may be worth webizing. See you all this weekend, Dave US4690

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New DN powered Mini Skeeter for Sale

Brian Langley will be bringing this little beauty to the Swap Meet. Check it out! His work is always top notch.

Complete mini skeeter for sale. Brand new, never sailed. Completed late last season.
DN Composite mast. Dn sail. Adjustable hiking rack, wheel steering . All epoxy coated. Glass covered, automotive finish. Beautiful boat. Will be at NEIYA meet. Complete boat ready to sail, asking $3,500. Will sell hull and plank without rig..

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The NEIYA Swap Meet Is Just a Week Away

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The NEIYA Swap Meet Is Just a Week Away

by NEIYA Admin

Do not forget. The New England Ice Yacht Club’s annual gatnering is just a week away. Come out and see old friends, mke new one. Buy some old gear or new stuff, regardless it will be new to you.

October 28th,
Knights of Columbus Hall
17 Willow St, Westborough, MA 01581.
Swap meet starts at 9AM in the parking lot, lunch at meeting starts at noon in the hall. There will be great door prizes.

Please take a moment and pay your dues and lunch.

Description Price
2018 Membership $30
2018 Membership and Lunch $45
2018 Membership for one & Lunch x2 $60
Lunch Only $15

See you there,


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