NEIYA annual meeting,
awards banquet, and swap meet!

Date: Saturday November, 2008 Place: Windham Westborough, at the junction of Rt. 495 and Rt. 9 (west)

Take I-90 to exit 11a, take I-495 north one exit. Exit 23b, Rt 9 West to Computer Drive exit. Bear right at the end of the exit and go 1/2 Mile. The hotel is located on the left hand side. Hotel telephone is 508-366-5511.

This is the NEIYA's annual get together. The swap meet starts around 9:00am and goes through to 3:00. All kinds of boats and gear will be on display, new and used, old school and high tech.

Cash bar social hour starts at 11:30, the banquet is at 12 noon. The NEIYA has arranged for a subsidized price of $20. for the always popular Westborough Buffet. The business meeting is right after lunch.

Reserve by calling treasurer Henry Capotosto at 401-739-2894 or emailing at You can pay at the door.

Come to the meeting ready to be seduced by the great stuff you find at the swap, ready to catch up with hard water friends, and ready to have some great food. Also think about club issues and getting involved, and the fun of volunteering.

Another softwater sailor crosses over to the hard

Sail maker Ben Sperry of Sperry Sails, Marion MA, showed up at Massabesic at the end of last season with his brand new DN "Bullet." I started building this boat with the maximum length cockpit not knowing it was going to be Ben's. As it turns out he was a perfect fit. He the tallest iceboater I have ever seen at about 6'-6".

This boat was made from the remnants of its namesake, a 1950s skeeter. Doug Sharp had discovered what the ants had left behind of Bullet and Yankee Girl II on a rusted old trailer. Doug managed to salvage the side panels and some antique hardware. Now you can see Doug sailing his Super Duper DN YG3. Between Doug and I both boats have made it back to the ice as smaller more modern versions of their predecessors.

Be Green! Recycle that old gear, you never know, it could get one more soul out onto the ice.

--Steve Lamb

From the Treasurer

Welcome to the following new members who have joined the NEIYA since the last edition of Black Ice! We hope to see you all at an upcoming event or just out for a day on the ice with other club members.

Please check the annual date listed on your address label of the current edition of Black Ice. The date indicates the year through which your dues have been paid. 2008 dues are still due from a number of members.

Thank you to all of the members who paid up to date and to those of you who have submitted dues for 2009 and beyond.

All payments for dues and luncheon reservations at the annual meeting should be mailed to:

Henry Capotosto
78 Winchell Rd.
Warwick, RI 02889.

I will also accept email notification of a luncheon reservation at

--Henry Capotosto

group of iceboaters on SunapeeWalking on water. A group stopped at Newbury at the tip of Lake Sunapee a few months ago. Photo by Jeff Soderholm.

Ben Sperry in "Bullet" at Massabesic.