Ice and Asphalt News

Ice first: Tyler Vroman, of Rockland, has made a great start on his new Whizz project. He’s been thinking about it for a few years and has realized the time is now. He’s right. Time keeps on slipping into the future and if you really want to sail iceboats seriously there’s not one season to waste. Tyler inputted the design into his cad program so if that’s any motivation for anyone to start building, contact Tyler.

Careful readers of this column will have heard plenty of accolades for this design, but suffice it to say that in terms of how we sail iceboats in New England there isn’t a more perfectly suited iceboat. Hopefully we’ll have enough Whizz in a few years to begin racing more seriously. Well, we do race pretty seriously but it’s the thing with going around the marks that may start happening. We still have a beautiful Whizz Regatta trophy, last sailed in 2017, looking for a new home.

One week from today is the opening day of Loring Landsailing IV. The unlimited class is filling out nicely with a hot collection of converted DN’s. With that in mind, Steve Duhamel will be there with a selection of conversion hardware.

Above, a front fork with multiple steering rod location options.

Here’s a rear wheel spindle with 5/16” threaded mounting holes that will bolt right to your existing plank, right though the same holes. If you’re not ready to sail this time, you can still show up, bum a sail on some one’s yacht, load up on hardware and be ready for the fall event, second weekend in September. Contact Steve at Northwind Iceboats for more info.

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CIBC Spring Meeting

From Secretary Rindlaub:

“Fifteen iceboaters and their significant others gathered on the sunny deck of Camp Kieve last Sunday for the CIBC annual spring meeting, overlooking Lake Damariscotta, followed by a potluck lunch.

President Bill Buchholz began the meeting with a welcome to a new member, Jost. Being Dutch, Bill has nicknamed him “Jost van Dyke,” after the BVI island and it seems to have stuck. His real last name is Roos, we think. Also of note was that Denis Guertin was in attendance with his wife Caroline all the way from Canada.

Bill presented an appreciation awards of a CIBC coat to your secretary (Curtis Rindlaub) and the Warner St. Clair award to Treasurer Jim Gagnon.

Jim presented the treasurer’s report. Income from membership and book sales was offset by expenses for a net gain of $1476, with $6894 in the bank. Discussion followed about the possibility of getting the membership list onto phones, as perhaps a pdf or contact list, and/or getting it on the website in some password protected way. Future expenses might include a 360 degree camera. Many thanks to Denis for his videos, which promote the sport and the club.

Racing was discussed. The finishers of the Link davis regatta were conjured from memory as 1. Guy Polllyblank, 2. Michael Young, 3. Tyler Vorman, 4. Dave Fortier, 5. Jim Gagnon, 6. Jeff Rosenberry. Bill Bunting suggested making available a set of marks that could be used closer to the pits for those who wanted to practice.

Parking at the Vannah Road boat launch was discussed. Mike Ball’s property across the street and toward the neck seems to have an ideal piece of land on Ice Palace Lane that could serve as off-street parking. Bill Bunting knew Mike’s brother, so Bill will ask for permission.

Safety and communication was discussed. While the website posting is one-sided, without the ability to have feedback, a large text thread with random chiming in becomes long and confusing, as experienced by Bill Buchholz when sailing out west. It was decided that our ice posting system is good, and that if smaller groups have found ice and are planning to sail it and want others to join, they should let Bill know, and he will post their plans.

Curtis proposed a smaller text thread, formed as boats head out to sail that is only used for safety and logistics, as a way to quickly let a whole group know what is going on should boats get separated. The group agreed to try this.

A few iceboating stories came up, including Frank losing a chock in Quebec, cobbling it together to sail home, fixing it in 45 minutes, and heading out again to complete a 120-mile day. The Lambs almost had a Hardway in the bag, but one of their group of three about faced and sailed for the pits with no discussion of his plans. By the time the Lambs caught up with him, it was too late to attempt the sail to Center Harbor. A text list might have been helpful in this instance. The next day, conditions were bad.

Meeting was adjourned, and a delicious lunch and catch-up time followed. Thanks to all who brought the good eats.”

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Summer is here, and we are OK with that

We had another really fine day at Camp Kieve for our end of the iceboat season meeting/get together. I was fortunate and made it to the meeting just in time for Bill’s sharing the years highlights. I did get there a bit on the late side, the drive getting there was a bit more leisurely than I usually drive as there were many Sunday drivers on the road, and I just joined the crowd. 

The main reason that I am making this post is that after the meeting we were all treated to much good food, and I did not bring a thing to share. I did leave Camp Kieve with half a loaf of pumpkin bread and a donut on a plate. I had donut with my coffee this morning, and look forward to having toasted pumpkin bread with my coffee the next few days! That is basically what got me going on this post.

After the meeting yesterday I took the opportunity to drive to Belgrade to do another spring thing. Back in the 80’s me and Harrison Richardson had an old wooden sailboat that was a terrific sailing vessel, a Camden Finn boat was the design, not sure if that is even the proper name. But, being an old wooden boat that we were not going to restore, it did take on water. I kept it floating by rotating a 12V deep cycle every two weeks. I then sailed for the Bahamas in November on another boat, leaving the battery rotation responsibility to Harrison. Long story short, the boat sank. When I returned from the Bahamas, I dove and recovered what I could from the Finn boat including the mast. I subsequently used the mast as flag pole at our place on Great pond. 

I then designed a pole with a luff rope like appendage that goes up the sail track in the mast. On the upper half of the pole is a brass tube that has a jewel type thing in the tip that allows it to rotate freely. The luff of the flag can be pulled taught, as seen in this photo. This flagpole is a bit out of the ordinary so I stop in Belgrade and hoist the flag in the spring, and lower it in the fall. 

I was also able to visit with family during my stop in Belgrade, get a fish tote full of topsoil, and eat more good food cooked by others. Hope you all had as an enjoyable Sunday as I, and my post is understandable and interesting to you all, Dave 

The tip of the actual mast is just below the rotating brass tube. Works great as shown.

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Where There’s a Way There’s a Will

Will Tuthill is chasing the ice on its retreat to the Arctic. It was 19 degrees yesterday with a fresh breeze blowing on Lac Saint-Jean, central Quebec. The surface was cruddy, but for Will and his pals on skis and hand held wings it was excellent.

In southern Quebec, just across the border of Maine, Lac St. Francois had a bergette of black ice yesterday morning.

It appears to have formed in a cove and then the wind got a hold of it and that was the end of that.

Don’t forget the CIBC meeting next Sunday at Camp Kieve. Meeting at 11:00, pot luck lunch to follow.

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Our Friends

These reports trend non political, but as ice sailors we have Russian friends. We’ve sailed together, drank together, and solved the problems of the world together. Well, maybe not all of them. But there are many good Russian people who’s lives are being ripped apart both within Russia and without.

So take a minute to watch this wonderfully joyous iceboating video. It’s a precious reminder that we are all human, and those who sail on ice are connected by a special bond that transcends borders.

Ice boat Ледовый буер – YouTube

Let’s hope we can someday again meet our Russian ice sailing buddies on the ice.

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