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Message from the Commodore:
As I write this on January 18th,
Mother Nature so far has not cooperated
in giving us any sailable ice. But the
winter is still young. I encourage
everyone to keep their boats and all
associated equipment on the ready for
when the Ice Alert horn blows it's
favorable report. I cannot stress enough
the importance on making sure when the
ice comes that it's checked properly and
thus safe for sailing.
At the upcoming February 2nd meeting,
club members will be voting to adapt the
changes/additions that were proposed to
the Bylaws at our last meeting. It is
important for you to attend and have
your voices heard.,
Recently I have been going
through boxes of old club records given
to me by the Rich Crucet, Warren
Darress, and Larry Veprovsky families.
One of the most interesting facts I
discovered was that the club started
holding their meetings at the Weeks
Yacht Yard way back in January 1992.
That makes 24 years of Weeks
hospitality! The club can't say thank you
enough to the Weeks family for all they
have done for the club over these years.
Hope too see many of you at our
February 2nd meeting.
2015 LI DN Championships A great day was had by all at the 2015 LI DN Championships on Mecox Bay, Southampton, NY. Ten fiercely competitive
DN skippers took on the challenge of BIG ICE on Mecox Bay. Varying ice surfaces and the occasional wind shift made picking a winner a real test for those "experts".
The race committee of Ralph Hilbert and Tom Valentine were blessed with the help of special guests, Tom Halsey and Hanna Gray. Tom Valentine was "THE ULTIMATE" utility man starting, finishing, setting up, boat assistant, sail number caller,
verifier of boat finishing positions and gourmet lunch cook --- just kidding :).
He was the glue that held the committee together. Tom Halsey, the winner of numerous championships, was of great value to the team by relating past experiences
and sharing his wealth of racing knowledge. Hanna Gray took time out from her job as Marine Technician for Polar Trec in Antarctica. Hanna was a great help in
using her keen "ICE" eyes to call out the sail numbers of the DNs as they rocketed by the start/finish line. The beautiful weather with a decent breeze brought out some 20+ sailing craft of all sizes and shapes. DN, Skeeter, Gambit, Bat Wing, Home Made, and even a Lockely Skimmer made up the group of sailors that had a great time even beyond the setting sun. Some competitors continued their racing well after the
championship racing was in the books.
John Ziermann DN-5426/Gambit/Treasurer
It is With Great Sadness That Our Club Has To Report That Rich Crucet Has Passed Away.
Rich taught us all how to sail ,race, build, be safe and most of all enjoy our ice-boating friends. He shared his home, his shop, his camper and his experience was passed on to all. We must follow his tracks and use and share the knowledge he instilled in each and every one of us.
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Lake Ronkonkoma Ice Boat and Yacht Club
The Lake Ronkonkoma Ice Boat and Yacht Club was founded
in 1923 on the premise of furthering the interest in the sport of ice boating.
Today we still stand by that noble cause with the vision of enjoying the sport
to its fullest and inspire others regionally, nationally and internationally to
partake in the fun and adventure that sailing on ice can bring.
GLOBAL WARMING ?
HAH....WATER IS ONLY TEMPORARILY THAWED OUT ICE