Descending on The Tune-Up Clinic This Saturday (12/26)

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Descending on The Tune-Up Clinic This Saturday (12/26)

Nov 23

With the vintage Returns spirit, Ed Edwards sent in his latest project. The 1960ish barn find appears to be made of Sitka spruce. She is undergoing a partial rebuild and will be on display at this Saturday’s Tune-Up at Steve Lamb’s shop in Canton, MA.

Does the craft look familiar? Any work you have seen in the past? Maybe even worked or saw it being worked on?

Date: Saturday, November 26th
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location:Arthur C. Lamb Company 85 Jackson St, Canton, MA 02021
Refreshments: Served continuously throughout the day
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As mentioned previously we will have a collection of seasoned iceboaters on hand to assist the interested, new, and less seasoned iceboaters. Like other types of sailing it’s not hard to learn the basics but a lifetime to master. We are all in continuous learning mode.

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Quebec Ice Report

Just across the border in the little village of Ste. Aurelie lay two of our early lakes: Lac Joli and Lac Abenakis. Denis Gueertin went ice checking today and found three inches on Joli and two on Abenakis. Sadly, the ice is covered with a crusty mess; they’ve been getting a consistent dripping of snow for a few days. But there is rain in the forecast, just enough to tidy things up, hopefully.

Lac Abenakis, right in downtown Ste. Aurelie.

Below, Lac Joli, a few miles outside of town and at a higher elevation.

Plymouth Pond might be getting close, but chances are it won’t survive the warm spell if it does freeze in the next day or so.

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First Sail!

John Eisenlohr got first tracks for the 2023 ice sailing season on Smith Lake near Kalispell, Montana. John and a friend rigged up their Mini-Skeeters and went out chasing puffs.

John reports:

So begins the season. Pretty good ice in some spots with some 2” drifts in others. I got a few one way runs right on the edge of sailing. At any rate it was a nice 20 degree sunny day to be outside.
John Eisenlohr

Locally, the forecast for Plymouth is looking hopeful. Many nights below freezing for the next week, with a few days only in the thirties. Let’s keep our eyes on it!

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14 November, 2022 10:46


Well it looks like the weather is starting to change, what a great Fall we’ve had.

Now it’s time to check your gear (including safety gear) and stand by for the first report of the season.

It’s also time to pay your dues, if you haven’t already.

Please download our membership form, from the website, check off if you’re a new or returning member. New members please fill out the form and returning members only if you have changes.
Write a check and drop it in the mail to the address below and you’re good for the season.

Thanks, and we’ll see you on the ice!

Jim Gagnon
CIBC Treasurer
PO Box 463
West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575

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Swap Meet and Meetings Weekend

The NEIYA swap meet had one of the best turnouts of people and gear in recent memory. Many new sailors picking up parts and advice, and the old-timers telling stories and clearing out basements, garages and attics. One of the better deals that did not sell was a lovely race ready Kent DN in a trailer for $3900.oo. Contact Henry.Capotasto at for more info on that.

Jay Whitehair brought out an old stern steerer to jump start discussion around the big vintage iceboat gathering this coming winter. The call was put out to dig deep in neighbors’ barns to find sleeping ice yachts and bring them out:

See the boat?

Our CIBC Fall Meeting had a more moderate turnout, but the pot luck contributions were excellent, as always, and no one went away hungry. One of the subjects we discussed was the parking at our Vannah Rd launch on Damariscotta Lake. We can park only along the ramp side of the road if the curd-side wheels are off the asphalt, or in the turnout near the rail road tracks. We had been hoping to arrange parking on Ice Palace Lane; Bill Bunting looked into it and reports:

“I did talk with Mike Ball at the Ice Palace today, and it was not very encouraging.

The open space at the head of his driveway does not belong to him, and the owner is “not nice.” He said not to park there.

The only space that Mike has is a wide place in the driveway about half-way down. Only good for a couple of cars.

Mike is now living there now so there is the possibility, I suppose, of being able to park a few more cars by his “house,” if he is amenable on a case by case basis.”

The thing to do at this point is to find out who the not nice owner is and approach him kindly. This doesn’t mean we won’t be sailing there, just that we need to be mindful about parking. We still have Lake Farm, and Camp Wavus for regattas.

Damariscotta Lake Farm Inn has given us a direct line to the owner for anyone wishing to rent the place. I think it sleeps about ten and has a full kitchen. Cost is $400.oo per night for the whole place, along with a $200.oo cleaning fee covering the duration of your stay. We can easily pack the place for our March Spring Fling. Call Tracey at 727-243-7134. Put her in your contacts.

Looking for a warm, dry place to varnish the iceboat now that it’s getting cold outside? Where else but the living room? Now’s the time!

Linc Davis Cup DN regatta will be held on Plymouth Pond, first ice. It’s been as early as November 17 and as late as never, so be ready. It looks like we’ll have a record number of DN’s this year, at least in terms of recent turnouts.

Doug Raymond has officially retired from iceboating, as those who saw his collection of great gear for sale. It all went to good homes. Doug was a former Commodore of the club and a tireless supporter of DN racing in Maine. He built masts, runners and everything else, always curious, always creatively pushing the limits on how to improve the parts and make boats faster. Doug always took time to help new sailors tune their boats and teach them to race. This sis sounding like an obituary, but Doug is alive and kicking, on to new creative ventures. Doug: a big thank you from the club for your years of service to the sport and to CIBC!

Doug smoking it at the leeward mark on Dammy, 2017 Maine State Championships, right behind Fortier.

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