New Nite website is online

If you wanna go fast too, check it out.
Great job Dr. Chad and all others that have contributed to the ongoing success of the class over the years.

Minnesota iceboat swap meet

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Our annual iceboat swap meet is scheduled!
Saturday, November 3rd, 9AM-Noon
7450 Oxford Street
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
call or email Tim: 952-693-6089

Lake Christina reports SNOW

Normally, we don't celebrate weather forecasts that include snow. But last night's 1 inch of snow is a true indicator that cold weather is on its way.
Think Ice!


NEIYC Commodore James "T" Thieler (DN 5224), isn't shy about reminding us of our financial responsibilities. Here is a post I plagiarized from the NEIYA web site:
Hey Gang- That time of year! If you are a DN sailor (or would like to be) it’s time to crowbar the wallet open and pay the class dues. At a whopping $26 per year it’s a pretty good value! You can also get a sustaining membership for an extra $10 or even make a donation to help support the class.
Click here:
Pay here:

Hibbing MN: Below Feeezing Temps

The fall equinox arrived yesterday and, almost as if on cue, the temperature last night in towns near Hibbing Minnesota dipped to below 32 degrees. It won't be long now!
Think ice.

sheri Qil mast

2yrs old. $1500. will deliver to mn regatta. anyone take it to lake geneva swap for me. tom meyer. 6124328124

Skeeter Swap Meet: November 4, 2018

The Skeeter Ice Boat Club's 33rd Annual Swap Meet is scheduled for Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Lucke’s Cantina, 220 N. Elkhorn Rd. (WI Hwy 67), Williams Bay, WI.
This the mother of all swap meets. More equipment changes hands here than at all other swap meets combined. All classes of boats are represented. It is well worth the drive.

Today's project - Skeeter stay adjusters!!

December is coming quickly
Today's project: stay adjusters
Why: Steel was free and it's raining outside
What boat are these for: Don't know yet
How many stay adjusters do I need: All of them!!
Today's project - Skeeter stay adjusters!!

2019 DN Int'l Rankings

The 2019 Intl Rank list is out. Several Local boys are ranked high.
Full list is here:
Notables in top 20: #1 Sherry and Jablanski; #2 J.D and Struble; #3 Orlebeke; #5 Robbie; #7 Doctor and Berger; #15 Isabell; #19 Bloom

Think Ice

July Runner Tracks Newsletter: Special Epic Edition

Class Secretary Deb Whitehorse has published a special edition of Runner Tracks in response to the IDNIYRA Board's request that the fleet review and comment on the first public publication of the "Epic Agreement & Regatta Management Agreement." The proposed agreements will form the basis for a more unified world wide iceboat class. See the document at
Submit your comments to: exec.secretary@idniyra.

Iceboat plans for Drifter C skeeter finally detailed.

[click for full text and link below] It seems like many people have asked me for plans for my current iceboat, which has been kind of partially drawn up for a few years. So I have finally taken the time to fully detail out the entire boat. The goal of this is NOT to profess any sort of iceboating wisdom, just simply to try to get more people interested in building and continue enthusiasm in the sport. It ended up being 29 pages on 11 x 17 paper. The plans and building guide are now posted in a public folder on Google Drive per the link below.

Game Over

New England Ice Yacht Association Commodore James "T" Thieler reports "She's Sung."
IDNIYRA Executive Secretary Deb Whitehorse says "That's all Folks."
JD didn't say anything, but he did take his B skeeter and trailer off the ice.

These three know more about iceboating than I ever will. If they say it's over, it's over. I'm putting my boat away.

Tonka Still covered with Ice and Snow.

Here it is April 20th and Tonka is still frozen solid and covered covered with lots of snow.Last night in front of my house I measured over 7 inches of snow on the ice, although I think there is some wind load on my side of the lake. With a little bit of luck there is a chance we might have ice on May 1, 2018. If so, I say we go iceboating. Who's in?

Friday the 13th coincidence: Up to a foot of snow in mid-April?

With an ice depth on Tonka not heard of since the ice ages, it's going to be a while before the fat lady sings. In front of my house on Crystal Bay we still have over two feet of ice. Unfortunately, it's been covered with snow since December. And today's forecast is only going to delay the onset of spring. The National Weather Service has announced a Severe Weather Advisory for the entire state. They predict a powerful Winter Storm that could bring up to 5 to 15 inches of snow.

The Singing is Getting Louder: ISA Posponed till Decemeber

Sorry folks, but the spring sailing season, for all practical purposes, is over. Yes, we still have ice and yes, a few hardy sailors (read Drifter, JD and Kennedy) might get one or two more days, but mother nature is flexing her muscle. If you need proof the end is near, the International Skeeter Association Championship followed the lead of the Northwesterns and pulled the plug on the ISA's.

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