New England Ice Yacht Association
The Early Years (As far as we know.)
By Bob Kilpatrick, Commodore 1994
Norton Reservoir, Norton, Massachusetts. The First Annual New England Ice Yacht Association Championship Regatta. Won by a young fellow by the name of Joe Gavin from Harwich on Cape Cod. The same Joe Gavin who was still sailing through the 1990s.
Regatta Chairman Leo A. Healy scheduled the 2nd NEIYA Annual Regatta for Saturday, January 22nd. In lieu of an Ice Service Hotline, notice was given to interested skippers to call Jim Bonney, Rollie Blake, Chet Kenyon, Clif Stevens, Joe Gavin, Dick Price, Dick Watts, Leo Healy, Joe Allie, or Don Fellows on Friday evening for news of the site. No results are available; we would appreciate hearing from anyone who knows the race results.
The 3rd NEIYA season was kicked off with a business meeting at Leo Healy's home on December 28, 1972. Eighteen members showed up, electing Commodore Stu Nelson, Vice-Commodore Dick Price, and Secretary-Treasurer Leo Healy. Annual dues: $2.00. It was voted to hold the 3rd Annual Regatta on January 13th, 1973 at Long Pond in Lakeville, Massachusetts, and Harold Chamberlain volunteered to act as Regatta Chairman. Registration was $3.00, with over 40 boats showing up, 23 competing. Doug Kenyon was the winner, followed by Bill Crosby and Kim Whitney. Doug would go on to win five more years in a row, dethroned by Lloyd Roberts in 1979.
The Annual Meeting for the 1974 season was held at the MIT Faculty Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Friday, October 26, 1973, hosted by Stu Nelson. Price for ala carte dinner was "around $5.00." Annual dues: still $2.00. The January 1 newsletter reported 41 paid members and that the newsletter would be mailed to over 130 iceboaters throughout New England. (The season finished with 67 paid members.) Two dozen members elected Commodore Dick Price, Vice-Commodore Leo Healy, Secretary-Treasurer Hal Chamberlain, and Regatta Chairman Jim Bonney. The date was set for the 4th Annual Regatta on January 13, 1974, to be held at Long Pond in Lakeville, Massachusetts. January 14 and January 19 were set as backup dates. As goes ice boating, the race, officiated by Sid Hamel, was finally successfully prosecuted on Sunday, January 20, on Lake Nippenicket in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. 20 boats sailed five races, the regatta won by Doug Kenyon, followed by Kim Whitney and Stu Nelson. The first "Hard Way" fleet successfully negotiated Lake Winnipesaukee from Wolfeboro to Center Harbor and back. Hal Chamberlain, Stew Hamel, Leigh Turner, Paul Healy, and Don Fellows made the expedition in their DNs, while Dick Price and Leo Healy sailed their NorthEast class skeeters.
Again, the site of the Annual Meeting was the MIT Faculty Club, on November 15, 1974. Breast of Chicken Maryland Style was $6.25. Over thirty skippers and guests were on hand for the inauguration, by the Nautical Association of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (and past Commodore Stu Nelson, who donated the perpetual trophy) of the Donald M. "Doc" Fellows DN Regatta. Elected Commodore was Leo Healy, Vice-Commodore Kim Whitney, and Secretary-Treasurer Hall Chamberlain. Stew Hamel took on the Regatta Chairman duties, assisted by his dad, Sid. Dues were increased from $2.00 to $3.00. The First Don Fellows Invitational Regatta was sailed on January 7, 1975, on Winnecunnet Pond, Norton, Massachusetts, and was won by Doug Kenyon. The 5th Annual Regatta was sailed on schedule on January 18, at Lake Massabesic in Manchester, New Hampshire, won by Doug Kenyon, followed by Paul Healy and Rollie Blake. The International association started to develop weight and dimensional standards for the DN.
Friday, November 14, 1975 was the date of the 1976 season's Annual Meeting at the MIT Faculty Club. The price of a Breast of Chicken Maryland Style complete dinner increased by twenty cents, to $6.45, including tax and tip. Quent Theroux was elected Commodore, Joe Allie Vice-Commodore, and Hal Chamberlain accepted the post of Secretary-Treasurer for another year, starting a tradition that continues to this day. An unusually warm December resulted in a late start for the season, but Secretary Chamberlain reported that both the Doc Fellows Invitational and the NEIYA Annual Regatta were sailed under "superb" conditions in January. Both were won handily by Doug Kenyon. Regatta Chairman Bill Converse's attempt to schedule a Spring Regatta was foiled by the elements but as always he was profusely thanked by the organization for all of his efforts in a sometimes frustrating job.
It was fortunate that the 1977 Annual Meeting was held on Wednesday, November 10, 1976, as the first sailing of the season was accomplished on the "stump pond" area of Lake Monomonac over the weekend of November 13th and 14th! Joe Allie was elected Commodore, with Stew Hamel Assisting as Vice Commodore and Hal Chamberlain continuing as Secretary and Treasurer. Regatta Chairman Bill Converse agreed to serve for another year. Don Fellows was unanimously elected Honorary Commodore and presented with a well-deserved life membership to NEIYA. Because of conditions too good to pass up, the NEIYA Annual Regatta and the Doc Fellows Invitational were both sailed on the same day, January 30th, at Wequaquet in Hyannis. Stew Hamel and Doug Kenyon swapped first and second places in the two regattas. Henry Bossett was the winner of the World DN Gold Cup Championship, held this year in St. Michaels, Maryland. And for the first time, an awards banquet was held at the end of the season at Valle's Steak House in Braintree, Mass.
DN World Champion Henry Bossett was the featured speaker at the Annual Meeting, held on November 18, 1977, at which Stew Hamel was elected Commodore, Bill Converse Vice Commodore, and Hal Chamberlain Secretary and Treasurer. Treasurer Chamberlain reported $504.97 in the treasury as of the end of the 1977 season. Past Commodore Dick Price announced plans for the "Winnipesaukee Spring Frolic and Long Distance Cruising Race" to be held in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire later in the season. January was pretty much snowed in, Secretary Chamberlain reporting three weekends in a row with no available ice, for the first time in memory. The Annual Regatta was sailed at Norton Reservoir on February 8th, with Doug Kenyon edging out Stew Hamel. A young man by the name of Jeff Kent, listed in the official race results for the first time, finished in last place, although observers noted that he appeared to be getting the hang of it. The planned Spring Frolic could not be pulled off due to weather.
It was noted with sadness at the Annual Meeting that Elmer Kenyon had passed away during the summer. The membership voted, in recognition of his contributions to the iceboating world, to establish a perpetual trophy to be awarded to the winner of the NEIYA Annual Regatta, which will be known as "The Elmer Kenyon Memorial Trophy." Officers for the 1979 season: Bill Converse, Commodore, with Herb Dreher serving as Vice Commodore and Regatta Chairman. Hal Chamberlain continued his service as Secretary and Treasurer. Quincy Bay froze completely for the first time since 1934 and on Washington's Birthday weekend afforded an unusual opportunity for a dozen or so skippers to entertain the public, much to the consternation, it was reported, of the local constabulary. Jeff Kent overcame miserable conditions to win the Doc Fellows Regatta, and Lloyd Roberts was awarded the Elmer Kenyon Memorial Trophy for his win in the NEIYA's 9th Annual Regatta. Dick Price pulled off the "Winnipesaukee Spring Frolic and Long Distance Cruising Race" in Wolfeboro, with great sailing reported. Secretary Chamberlain reported a ten-mile tack on his return from Center Harbor with wind 2 to 3 points abaft his port beam.
The season was kicked off at the Annual Meeting held at "The Ship" restaurant in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. Herb Dreher was elected Commodore, with Sid Hamel as Vice Commodore and Regatta Chairman, and Hal Chamberlain Secretary and Treasurer. Treasurer Chamberlain reported a balance of $759.36 as of November 14, 1979, and dues are still set at $3.00. The NEIYA Newsletter noted that 1980 marked the 100th anniversary of the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club of Red Bank, New Jersey, the oldest iceboat club in the country. Secretary Chamberlain gave a rave review after reading an advance copy of Think Ice, written by Warner St. Clair and Lloyd Roberts. An awesome season developed, with black ice through February. Doug Kenyon took the Doc Fellows Regatta at Winneconnet in Norton. Henry Bossett won the Elmer Kenyon Memorial Trophy at the Tenth Annual New England Ice Yacht Association Regatta at Long Pond in Lakeville, Massachusetts. The Maine sailors reported successfully staging the Linc Davis Trophy Regatta on the third annual attempt, skunked by weather conditions on the first two attempts. Warner St. Clair and Lloyd Roberts took first and second, respectively.
The Association started its eleventh sailing season with the sad news of the unfortunate passing of Donald M. "Doc" Fellows, on September 18, 1980.
The Annual Meeting got underway at Valle's Steak House in Braintree on November 7, 1980. Sid Hamel was elected Commodore, to be assisted by Vice Commodore Jeff Kent, and Secretary/Treasurer Hal Chamberlain. Lloyd Roberts advertised plans available for a "car-toppable" 2-seat iceboat called a "Gambit" in the NEIYA January newsletter. The 11th Annual Regatta, run at South Wautuppa Pond in Fall River on January 31st, was won by Jeff Kent. Jeff followed up by winning the Doc Fellows Regatta two weeks later at Lake Massabesic in Manchester, New Hampshire. Jeff had one second place finish and four firsts in each of these five-race regattas. Al Lake won the Elmer Kenyon Trophy as the winningest Over-50 skipper of the 1981 season, coming in with a fourth-place finish in the Annual Regatta and strong second in the Doc Fellows.
The season kicked off with the Annual Meeting at the Maridor Restaurant in Framingham on December 5th. Jeff Kent was elected Commodore, Al Lake Vice Commodore, and Hal Chamberlain again assumed the duties of Secretary and Treasurer. Regatta Chairman is, again, Bill Converse. Mrs. Ona Fellows attended the meeting and was presented with a collection of memorabilia and tributes to her late husband, Don "Doc" Fellows, that had been assembled over many months by Dick Price. Adverse weather conditions made for a difficult 1982 season. The Doc Fellows Regatta, sailed on Webster Lake, January 9th, was won by Jeff Kent, with Stew Hamel second, and Bob Ciabaszewski, on his home ice, third. Jeff beat Stew again three weeks later in the Annual Regatta at South Wautuppa Pond in Fall River on the 30th of January, with Lloyd Roberts coming in third. Stew Hamel won the big boat Skeeter Regatta at Wakeby Pond in Mashpee on February 27th, winning all but one race. Jeff and Stew put on another first/second show the following day, February 28th, at the Webster Lake Regatta. Great racing. Conditions precluded the running of a Winnipesaukee Spring Frolic.
Regatta Chairman Bill Converse agreed to administer an answering machine "Ice Hot Line" service for the second year. Jeff Kent continued as Commodore for a second term, with Vice Commodore Henry Stone, and Secretary/Treasurer Hal Chamberlain. Secretary Chamberlain reported 1982-83 to be, without question, the poorest in memory. A severely abbreviated Doc Fellows Regatta was held at Lake Wentworth on January 15th, with Leo Healy coming in second to Jeff Kent. The first attempt to get the Annual Regatta off was at Long Pond in Lakeville, Massachusetts on January 22nd. This was wisely abandoned when Dave Johanson, when attempting to set the windward mark, suffered injuries which required hospitalization. The event was finally sailed on Lake Quonnapowitt in Wakefield, Massachusetts, on February 26th, with eleven boats on the line. The Kent/Hamel one-two show from 1982 was repeated. Maine fared a little better. The 1982 Linc Davis Trophy was contested on Plymouth Pond in Plymouth, Maine on January 2, 1983, and was won by Larry Hardman. They then staged the 1983 Linc Davis Regatta two weeks later at Damariscotta Lake, and Lloyd Roberts beat David Johanson for first place. Sailmaker Henry Bossett won both the DN Gold Cup and the DN North American Championships at Trenton, Ontario.
The Annual Meeting was held at Ann's Place, overlooking Lake Winneconnet in Norton, Massachusetts on November 19th. Officers elected for the 1984 season were Commodore Henry Stone, Vice Commodore Lloyd Roberts, and Secretary/Treasurer Hal Chamberlain. Regatta Chairman Bill Converse agreed to again run the Ice Line. Another difficult season ensued. Why do we do this to ourselves? Jeff Kent won the Annual Regatta, sailed at Long Pond in Lakeville on January 28th, with Pete Johanson second and Lloyd Roberts third. The NEIYA Executive Committee named Doug Kenyon "Man of the Year" in recognition of his contributions to the organization.
Ann's Place was again the site for the Annual Meeting, at which Leo Healy was elected Commodore, Lloyd Roberts Vice Commodore, and Hal Chamberlain Secretary and Treasurer. An experienced leadership slate if ever there was one. Despite an unusually warm December, the usual regattas were pulled off nearly on schedule in January, although not without some problems. The Doc Fellows was sailed on January 12th at Winneconnet in Norton, Massachusetts, but most of the usual front-runners went out early with equipment problems and Bob Martell, Henry Stone, and John Blundo came in 1-2-3 out of a field of fifteen registered. The Annual Regatta was run at Long Pond at Lakeville, Massachusetts on January 27th. Jeff Kent beat a newcomer, Rich Cobb, and Lloyd Roberts was third. Commodore Healy proposed a change in the association's by-laws to allow separation of the Secretary and Treasurer positions if desired or if necessary. The proposal was passed by the membership in a typically underwhelming mail ballot. The Winnipesaukee Spring Frolic, after whimpering along with little luck for several years, finally allowed us to end the season with a bang. Henry Stone's recollection of the weekend, to be found elsewhere in this book, captures the flavor of a Spring Frolic perfectly. Twenty-three boats made the "Winnipesaukee The Hard Way" trip, the second fleet to do so since formal acknowledgment of the accomplishment has been in effect. Concerned about the safety of future skippers, the governing committee felt it necessary to come up with several conditions the must be met for award of "Hard Way" recognition. As wonderful an iceboating venue as "Winnie" is, we cannot overstress that all it takes is a moment's inattention to turn that wonderful place nasty, dangerous, and possibly deadly.
The membership elected Commodore Ken Anderson from Marblehead, Vice Commodore Paul O'Neill from Connecticut, familiar Treasurer Hal Chamberlain, and Secretary Henry Stone at this year's annual meeting, held again at Ann's Place, on Lake Winneconnet in Norton, Massachusetts. Dues for the 1986 season remain at $5.00 but it was voted to increase dues to $10.00 for 1987. Was then, and still is the greatest bargain around. Speaking of bargains, Henry Bossett's Shore Sails "Wide Range" DN sail, marked, numbered, and in a bag cost $335. Larry Hardman won the Annual Regatta at South Watuppa in Fall River on January 18th. The Doc Fellows Regatta was run on Sunday the 16th of February. Top three were Jeff Kent, Rich Cobb, and Paul O'Neill. The DN Easterns were held on Lake Champlain in Charlotte, Vermont on March 1st. Mike O'Brien was first, followed by Jeff Kent and Bob Schumacher. The Spring Awards Banquet was held at the Lord Wakefield Hotel on Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, Massachusetts.
Larry Hardman notified Secretary Stone of Warner St. Clair’s passing on July 20, 1986. Warner, co-author of Think Ice, defined the DN: "Now that thing there is only one thing, it's a cold racing machine, and that's all it is."
The Lord Wakefield Hotel on Lake Quannapowitt, November 21, 1986, was the site of the 1987 Annual Meeting. Elected for the 1987 season were Commodore Paul O'Neill, Vice Commodore Bob Martell, Secretary Henry Stone, and Treasurer Hal Chamberlain. Bill Converse continued to serve as Regatta Chairman. The Regatta this year was sailed at Lake Wequaket in Hyannis, Cape Cod, on February 7th and 8th. Paul O'Neill, Jeff Kent, and Lloyd Roberts were the top three finishers, Lloyd also won the Elmer Kenyon (Over 50) Trophy, and Leo Healy took the newly donated Warner St. Clair (Over 60) Trophy. In accordance with Warner St. Clair's wishes, his ashes were lowered in the breeze with the starting flag of the first race of the Annual Regatta, so that as he put it, he could be "out in front in one more race." The Doc Fellows Regatta was held the following weekend at Long Pond in Lakeville, with the order of finish: Jeff Kent, Paul O'Neill, and Stew Hamel. The Skeeter "Big Boat" Regatta was held the following day at the same location, won by Leo Healy, followed by Dick Price and Bill Converse. Despite a winter heavy with snow, it was reported that there seemed to be ice available somewhere in New England almost every weekend. Leo Healy was the season's winner of the Social Security Trophy, for the best combined points by a skipper over the age of sixty-two-and-a-half in the NEIYA and the Doc Fellows Regattas. The Governing Committee accepted Dick Price's offer of this fine trophy just this year. A committee appointed by Commodore O'Neill completed their update of the association's by-laws and submitted the revised by-laws to the membership for approval, requiring a two-thirds majority of the votes cast.
This year's Annual Meeting was at the Avon Towne House in Avon, Massachusetts on November 13, 1987. Elected were Commodore Paul O'Neill, Vice Commodore Sid Hamel, Secretary Henry Stone, and Treasurer Hal Chamberlain. Bill Converse once again assumed the responsibilities of Regatta Chairman. Secretary Stone reported that there was one hundred percent approval of the proposed new NEIYA by-laws, and they became effective immediately. The Annual New England Championship Regatta was held February 2nd on South Watuppa Pond in Fall River, won by Jeff Kent, who came in first in the first six races, then did not sail the seventh and last race, as it would have been his "throw-out" race. He was followed by Paul O'Neill, Lloyd Roberts, Larry Hardman, and Rich Cobb. The Elmer Kenyon (Over 50) Trophy went to Lloyd Roberts, and the Warner St. Clair (Over 60) Trophy was won by Dick Price. The Doc Fellows Regatta was held the very next day, same venue, and the top five finishers were exactly the same as the New England winners. Dick Price was the winner of the Social Security Trophy, for the best combined points by a skipper over the age of sixty-two-and-a-half in the NEIYA and the Doc Fellows Regattas. The Eastern Championships were held on Lake Champlain on March 5th, won by Mike O'Brien, followed by Jeff Kent, Peter Hill, Don Brush, and Paul O'Neill. Mike O'Brien won the DN World Gold Cup in Leningrad, USSR, over 180 competitors from twelve countries.
Commodore Leo Healy, Vice Commodore Phil Sewell, Secretary Henry Stone, and Treasurer Hal Chamberlain were elected at the Annual Meeting, held at the Avon Towne House in Avon, Massachusetts on November 19th. Treasurer Chamberlain reported a treasury balance of $1,726.59. Commodore Healy gave a brief review of NEIYA's history, noting that the Association was incorporated in the State of New Hampshire in February, 1971, with charter members: Bill Wardwell, Cliff Stevens, Roland Blake, Doug Kenyon, and Leo Healy. Commodore Healy also noted with thanks that Race Committee Chairman Bill Converse had offered to serve another year on the ice. Secretary Stone reminded members in the January newsletter that a certificate of liability insurance in the amount of $100,000 was now required to be shown at registration for any NEIYA regatta. Sailing in New England started this year on the weekend of December 10th, and was wonderful everywhere! The New England Championship Regatta was held at Damariscotta in Jefferson, Maine, on January 14th, won by Peter Johanson, followed by Paul O'Neill and Lloyd Roberts. The DN World Gold Cup was sailed a week later from Sandbar State Park at Lake Champlain, won once again by Mike O'Brien. The NEIYA Doc Fellows Regatta was held at Lake Massabesic in Manchester, New Hampshire, won by Jeff Kent of MA, who was followed across the line by Ben Hall of RI, and Rich Cobb, Paul O'Neill, and Jay Spalding, all of CT. The organization is becoming, obviously, less parochial. Nine boats competed in the Skeeter "Big Boat" Regatta which was sailed on Norton Reservoir on February 11th. Roger Haush, from Newburgh, New York was the winner, followed by Stew Hamel and Dick Price. The Winnipesaukee Spring Frolic got underway on Thursday, March 9th, and this year featured four of the large old stern steerers, among many others: Jack Frost, Cold Wave, Sweet Marie, and Phantom. Also fun to watch were the unusual "South Bay Scooters" from Long Island. The Elmer Kenyon (Over 50) Award this year went to Lloyd Roberts, and both the Warner St. Clair (Over 60) Trophy and the Social Security Trophy were won by Leo Healy.
Henry Stone, Leo Healy, and Hal Chamberlain kicked off the season in fine style with an iceboating trip to Novosibirsk, Siberia in November of 1989, where they joined Jan Gougeon and competed in "The Big Siberian Cup." At the Annual Meeting, this year at Tony Roma's in Framingham, Massachusetts, Hal Chamberlain was elected Commodore, Phil Sewell named Vice Commodore, Sid Hamel to Treasurer, and Henry Stone, Secretary. The Doc Fellows Regatta was sailed on January 6th at South Watuppa in Fall River, won by Jeff Kent of MA, who was followed by Rich Cobb and Paul O'Neill of CT, and Ben Hall and Duncan Brown of RI. Fellow by the name of Amos Heckendorf took sixth. The New England Championship Regatta was extremely well-handled by the Vermont iceboaters on January 20th at Mallet's Bay on Lake Champlain. Jeff Kent beat Peter Hill, Don Brush, Paul O'Neill and Rich Cobb. Every New England state was represented on the ice. Henry Bossett was the winner, over Peter Hill and Jeff Kent, of the Eastern DN Championship Regatta, held March 3rd, also at Mallet's Bay. The biggest and best Winnipesaukee Spring Frolic so far was pulled off by Dick Price and Leigh Turner; estimates agree that at least 150 boats of every type were on the ice at Wolfeboro.
The season was kicked off with the Annual Meeting at the Lord Wakefield Hotel on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt, on November 29, 1990. Nominating Committee Chairman Bill Converse presented Hal Chamberlain for Commodore, Rich Cobb for Vice Commodore, Sid Hamel for Treasurer, and Henry Stone for Secretary. The proposed slate was unanimously elected. Treasurer Hamel reported a balance on hand of $3057.28. It was announced that the executive committee had determined that the Winnipesaukee Spring Frolic had grown to such a size that, due to liability issues in a changing world, NEIYA should sever its formal ties with the Frolic and simply lend organizational assistance, if asked, in the future.
The Doc Fellows Regatta was sailed January 5th on Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Winner Doug Raymond was followed by Bernard Kimball, Tom Halsey, Scott McDowell, and Charlie Blair.
The New England-Siberian Ice Yacht Association, which has several members in common with NEIYA, reported holding its Annual Regatta at Lake Winnipesaukee on Monday, February 12th. The participants also seized the opportunity to make a "Hard Way" attempt the same day, and the fleet of eleven international skippers made the first successful circuit of the lake since 1985. Previous qualifiers (Leo) Healy, Price, Turner, and Chamberlain guided seven first-time "Hard Way" award winners: Alex Kopylov of the USSR, Oa Sjoberg and Hasse Linberg of Finland, Jon Hix at the helm of stern-steerer PHANTOM, Long Island's Reuben Snodgrass, Mike Lawless, and Wolfeboro denizen Hennig Scherdin.
The Annual New England Championship Regatta was sailed on Lake Massabesic in Manchester, New Hampshire on February 23rd. Paul O'Neill beat Richard Saltonstall (2nd), Jeff Hill (3rd), Eric Wilson (4th), and Lloyd Roberts (5th). A Connecticut boat was destroyed when a runner caught a crack during warm-ups, and tiller damage to the skipper's forehead necessitated a trip to the local clinic for minor repairs to the skipper.
The Easterns were run during the Spring Frolic at Winnipesaukee on March 10th, and Peter Hill swept first place in five races, resting for his sixth and last (throw-out) race. Don Brush was second, followed by Henry Bossett and Paul O'Neill.
The Frolic itself, hosted by Leigh Turner and Jon Hix, ran from Thursday, March 7th to Sunday, the 10th. Wind was howling on Friday as even the skippers who had storm sails searched the beach for draggable ballast and smaller sails. Saturday brought sustained 30 knot winds with extended gusts to 40 knots outside Wolfeboro Bay. More than one skipper who ventured into the open part of the lake returned pushing a pile of iceboat parts. Sunday, to everyone's relief, dawned with manageable air, resulting in almost 200 sails up by 9:30; every imaginable size and type of iceboat all in one place off Brewster Beach. In addition to the Easterns, there were several imaginative "fun" races for all who wished to run. Thirty-two skippers in three separate fleets made the Winnipesaukee “The Hard Way" trip, effectively doubling the size of the official roster. A slam-bang end to the 1991 season! The Skeeter "Big Boat" Regatta was not sailed this year.
Our Annual Meeting this year was held at "White’s" of Westport, Massachusetts on Saturday, November 16th. Harold Chamberlain was elected Commodore, with Rich Cobb as Vice Commodore, Sid Hamel our Treasurer (pro tem, while a replacement was sought), and Amos Heckendorf, Secretary. Duncan Brown was elected to the position of Treasurer later in the season. It was noted with sadness that IDNIYRA Europe Commodore Wim Van Aker had passed away.
Dick Price jump-started the season on December 28th at Lake Nippenicket with his inaugural "Get into Racing the Easy Way" clinic which was attended by 28 skippers, 22 of whom raced.
The Doc Fellows Regatta was sailed January 11th on Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire under challenging conditions, hard, smooth ice, a dusting of snow and small, hard drifts, wind 20mph gusting to 30. Cam Lewis beat Charlie Blair for the win, followed by Jay Spalding, Tom Halsey, and Bud Topping. One skipper spun into a 360, continued racing without missing a beat, and didn't discover until he had to tack that he had lost his windward runner when he spun out.
The NEIYA Annual Regatta was held a week later at the same track, under similar conditions. Dick Saltonstall just nipped Rich Cobb on points to win, followed by Scott Carlson, Peter Johanson, and Charlie Blair.
The Winnipesaukee Spring Frolic was drowned in rain over the first weekend in March, however "Winnie" came in for two additional weekends of fine sailing and three more fleets totaling 22 skippers made the "Hard Way" circumnavigation of the lake in the two weeks after the Frolic weekend.
The Skeeter "Big Boat" Regatta was not sailed this year, for the second year in a row.
The Marriott in Westborough, Massachusetts was the site of this season's Annual Meeting, on November 21st. It was noted with sadness that the unofficial Poet Laureate of New England iceboating, Larry Hardman of Maine, had passed way unexpectedly in October and the collective membership observed a moment of silence. New officers for the 1993 season were Commodore Duncan Brown, Vice Commodore Peter Ashley, and Secretary-Treasurer Amos Heckendorf. Jeff Kent was the featured speaker, explaining that while technology might help you go faster, the only way to win is to work at it, then work some more, hopefully while your opponents are out carousing or asleep. Message: no substitute for hard work.
The season started December 26th on Lake Monomonac in Rindge, New Hampshire, where Dick Price conducted his second annual "Get into Racing the Easy Way" clinic, this time on the ice in front of Kit Tucker's house.
Secretary Heckendorf reported a membership roster of 186 in early January, with a mailing list of 369.
The Doc Fellows Regatta was held at Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire on January 2nd. Jeff Kent was the winner, followed by Dick Saltonstall, Doug Raymond, Scott McDowell, and Lloyd Roberts.
In Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, the 1993 DN World Gold Cup Champion was NEIYA's Jeff Kent. Further proof that hard work pays off; the 1993 North American Champion was Jeff's development partner, Henry Bossett. Two deserving champions.
The New England DN Championship Regatta was sailed at Long Pond in Lakeville, Massachusetts on February 27th. Peter Hill was the winner, followed by Paul O'Neill, Scott McDowell, Dick Saltonstall, and Doug Raymond.
The Winnipesaukee Spring Frolic fell victim to weather and was not held. At the Awards Banquet held at the Lord Wakefield Hotel in Wakefield, Massachusetts, the "Larry Hardman Trophy," a new perpetual trophy to be awarded to the winner of the NEIYA New England Championship Regatta, was unveiled. All three senior trophies, the Elmer Kenyon, the Warner St. Clair, and the Social Security Trophy, were won by Dick Price. There was scurrilous talk of selecting a representative to request that Mr. Price produce a certified copy of his birth certificate. The Skeeter "Big Boat" Regatta was not sailed this year, for the third year in a row.
This year's Annual Meeting, held November 21, 1993 at the Westborough Marriott, saw the election of Commodore Bob Kilpatrick, Vice Commodore Steve Madden, and Secretary-Treasurer Amos Heckendorf. Bill Converse, with the thanks of incoming Commodore Kilpatrick, continued to serve the Association as Regatta Chairman. Much discussion and some controversy developed in the previous year concerning technological advances in the DN and ideas for splitting the Class into different racing fleets, a high-tech, developmental fleet, and a more traditional, more restrictive, "one-design" fleet. No final decision was made, but the membership voted to continue to explore further options.
Jeff Kent won both the Doc Fellows and the NEIYA Annual Regatta, Lloyd Roberts took the Elmer Kenyon Award for skippers older than 50 years of age, and Leo Healy swept both the Warner St. Clair Trophy and the Social Security Trophy, which are awarded to the real old-timers.
The Skeeter "Big Boat" Regatta was not sailed, for the fourth year in a row.
Jeff Kent and Peter Hill claim to have set a DN speed and endurance record for their “thunder run” down from Center Harbor to Wolfeboro during a wild Spring Frolic. Those who stayed on the beach due to the wind conditions and witnessed their arrival back at the launch do not question their claim.
Dick Saltonstall won the New England Championship, and Jeff Kent took the honors in the Doc Fellows for the third year in a row. Amos Heckendorf had the distinction of holding posts of Commodore, Vice Commodore, Secretary, and Treasurer, while simultaneously drinking a glass of water.
Peter Hill won the New England Championship, and Greg Cornelius won the Doc Fellows for the third year in a row. Dave Koshiol stepped up and relieved Amos Heckendorf as Commodore, with Matt McCauley as his Vice Commodore. Amos retained his positions of Secretary and Treasurer once again.
Jeff Kent returned to winning form after a two-year hiatus, winning both the New England Championship on Mallets Bay in Burlington, Vermont and the Doc Fellows Regatta at Webster Lake in Webster, Massachusetts. Matt McCauley moved up to the Commodore post with Scott McDowell serving the Association as Vice Commodore. A fellow by the name of Amos Heckendorf continued as NEIYA Secretary and Treasurer.
Greg Cornelius won the New England Championship, sailed on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, and Jeff Kent won at Lake Massabesic in Manchester, New Hampshire to keep the Doc Fellows honors for a second consecutive year. All club officers from 1997 retained their posts this year.
Dick Saltonstall won his second New England Championship, sailed on Lake Damariscotta in Jefferson, Maine this year, and Jay Spalding won his first Doc Fellows Regatta, sailed on January 2 at Lake Nippenicket in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Matt McCauley continued to serve as Commodore, assisted by Vice Commodore Barry Burgess. Amos Heckendorf continued as Secretary and Treasurer.
Former DN World Champion Mike O’Brien took the New England Championship honors, and Jay Spalding repeated his 1999 win in the Doc Fellows, this year sailed at Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. All 1999 club officers graciously returned to serve the membership for another year.
New blood came on the scene as Dave Wilkins won the New England Championship Regatta. Former New England and Doc Fellows champion Greg Cornelius returned to form with another Doc Fellows win. Matt McCauley remained as Commodore, assisted by Vice Commodore Luke Buxton, once again with the help of Secretary and Treasurer Amos Heckendorf.
Vermont’s Don Brush won the New England Championship regatta and David Wilkins took the honors in the Doc Fellows. Greg Cornelius assumed the Commodore’s post with Luke Buxton and Amos Heckendorf retaining their positions.
Don Brush won his second, consecutive, New England Championship and Maine’s Doug Raymond won the Doc Fellows Regatta, also for the second time, but in Doug’s case after a twelve-year hiatus from his 1991 victory. All club officers graciously agreed to serve another year.
The New England Championship had its first international winner as Canada’s Andre Baby, KC4360, ventured south to Sebago, Maine to beat Jeff Kent and Greg Cornelius. David Fortier won at Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, taking the Doc Fellows Regatta honors for the first time. The leadership class consisted of Luke Buxton as Commodore with Eben Whitcomb to serving as VC, Amos Heckendorf once again serving as Secretary and Treasurer and James “T” Thieler serving as race commitee chairman.
Sorry we have some catching up to do. I am sure some key individuals will step up and help out in the coming days before the ice sets up.