Fall Meeting

Camp Kieve has offered us the use of their big deck overlooking Damariscotts Lake, so we will hold a small meeting there on Sunday October 25, the day after the NEIYA meet. It is weather contingent, of course, so we’ll post the final call on Saturday night.No potluck this year, but you’re welcome to bring your own lunch. Please wear masks and observe distancing within reason. And bring questions, comments, suggestions, etc. for the upcoming iceboat season. All reports indicate a very good season.

A Cold Winter Ahead

It’s late fall and the Indians on a remote reservation in South Dakota asked their new chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild.

Since he was a chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old secrets. When he looked at the sky, he couldn’t tell what the winter was going to be like.

Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he told his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect firewood to be prepared.

But, being a practical leader, after several days, he got an idea. He went to the phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked, ‘Is the coming winter going to be cold?’

‘It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold,’ the meteorologist at the weather service responded.

So the chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more firewood in order to be prepared.

A week later, he called the National Weather Service again. ‘Does it still look like it is going to be a very cold winter?’

‘Yes,’ the man at National Weather Service again replied, ‘it’s going to be a very cold winter.’

The chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of firewood they could find.

Two weeks later, the chief called the National Weather Service again. ‘Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?’

‘Absolutely,’ the man replied. ‘It’s looking more and more like it is going to be one of the coldest winters we’ve ever seen.’

‘How can you be so sure?’ the chief asked

The weatherman replied, ‘The Indians are collecting a whole big load of firewood!’

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NEIYA Annual Event is ON For Oct 24th

New post on New England Ice Yacht Association

In these uncertain times, I am happy to announce that we are going forward with our annual Event. It will be a little different this year but the iceboating spirit will prevail. The NEIYA is made up of the people and the history we share, camaraderie, fellowship, spirited competition, and sailing together. Come out and welcome in the upcoming 2021 Season.

Come join your fellow NEIYA members and interested individuals
When: Saturday, October 24th, 10:00am
Where: Thompson Speedway Golf Course

  • There will be door prizes and giveaways for all
  • Swap Meet and outside gathering lower parking lot
  • Lunch and meeting inside and accommodations can be made for outside eating if anyone prefers. Because we are in
  • The golf facilities will be open and if the practice greens are not aerated we could have a casual putting competition. Most of us are sailors, not golfers but we are talking bragging rights. Bring your sticks and a sleeve of balls.
  • There may be a land sailor or two set up in the parking lot and if the wind cooperates a demo will occur.
  • There may also be some amateur track events going on to watch.
  • Now is a good time to
  • We ask that everyone follow the prescribed state and federal protocol. It’s about being sure everyone is comfortable and safe and not politics.

We will need a headcount for lunch and now’s a perfect time to reserve your lunch and your 2021 season dues.

Description Price
2021 Membership $30
2021 Membership and Lunch $45
2021 Membership for one & Lunch x2 $60
Lunch Only $15
Mail in Form

THINK ICE and let’s have a great 2021 Season,

John Stanton
NEIYA, Commodore

P.S. If anyone has any questions, comments, concerns or thought please contact me directly.

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Ice Boat for Sale

Pocket Skeeter, built spring 2020. Brand new RKR composite mast, full power sail, Sarns bullnose plate runners.

Fresh paint job, wheels not included. Easily cartoppable. Warm and comfortable. $3800.oo Located Camden, ME. Call Bill: 207-975-6980

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Warren on Starts

I saw David Ross’ note and since I was referenced I thought I’d better reply ….

I too have joined the old F___s club and am waiting on two knee replacements to boot, so I only look like I’m trying to sprint just after one of my periodic cortisone shots. I was a good starter in my time, and still enjoy the occasional (OK, rare) good start, and believe (wearing my Commodore’s hat) that sprint starting is an exciting part of DN racing. Having said that, there are options.

IDNIYRA EU ran a Masters DN championship where the starting run was limited somehow (three steps I think) and thereafter the skipper could not run. To restore the boat to sailing if required they had to use the one-legged kick. The event was well received, with about 60 entries, but I sometimes think that the one legged kick is harder on my knees than a hobbling run.

Andre Baby has long advocated limiting running, either by a painted line or by a three step limit. The three step limit would just demand a different skill set in my mind. Andre’s more interesting proposal was a layered start, with he old and infirm starting with the first flag and the young bucks starting several seconds later on a second flag. That way, the old and infirm get better air at the start and can demonstrate their sailing skills. I am not enthusiastic, since a few of our fleet leaders are beginning to nibble at Masters if not Grand Master status. But perhaps a useful exercise for club racing.

The reaching starts on the airfield seemed quite effective, but translating that to a 50 boat starting line, or even 25, would be challenging. Our current 32 ft separation of starting positions would be quite inadequate.

Best wishes,

Warren Nethercote, DN 3786

Commodore IDNIYRA

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More On Starts

NEIYA Secretary Karen Binder has this to offer, followed below by Warren Nethercote.

I could be flippant but I’ll be serious: I think giving some older folks a bit of a head start could work at local smaller regattas.
But the sprint is part of the game and promotes greater athleticism in my opinion. So, I’ll keep going to the track three days a week. Jumping bleachers,
pulling and pushing a weighted sled and doing timed 40 yd dashes! So until rule change, I plan to crush it off the line.
The Andre Baby start at the New Englands on Winnie last season? Everyone had fun and he appreciated it as his sailing ability is greater than his sprinting ability. But for major regattas, not so sure.
I do think some handicap system might keep older folks in fleet; in the laser master fleet there is a built in handicap based on age. Your finish
result is altered by a set amount based on your age. Its widely accepted and works well. So the idea of doing something for older folks has some merit.
With few young people getting into the sport we should all brainstorm ways to keep people engaged. You and Andre could talk about something. T has even
thought it a good idea to do something.

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