Northwest Ice Yachting Association An iceboat regatta first sailed in 1913 in Menominee, Michigan.

Stern Steerers

The NIYA was originally a stern-steerer regatta organized to determine ice yacht supremacy in the Midwest. A,B,C,& D stern-steerers continue to compete in the NIYA.


Class E Skeeters first raced the NIYA in 1936 when Lake Geneva sailor Harry Melges won in MICKEY FINN.

DN Class

Skip Boston of Detroit was the first winner of the NIYA in the DN class in 1954.


First sailed as a seperate class in 1958 and won by “Mr. Iceboat”, Elmer Millenbach.

NIYA Centennial

The NIYA celebrated 100 years of iceboat racing in 2013 on Green Lake in Wisconsin.

2020 Northwest Ice Yacht Racing Association Information

March 13-15,2020
Lake Waconia, Minnesota

Iceboat Swap Meet Mega Weekend- Nov 2-3

Looking to attend an iceboat swap meet? We’ve got you covered across iceboating country, from east to west. If you are new to the sport or a seasoned veteran, swap meets are the perfect place to kick the tires, shop for parts, and meet ice sailors. Have a boat or parts to sell? Take them to your local swap meet.

New England Ice Yacht Club
Saturday November 2, 2019
10 AM with lunch at noon
Hudson-Concord Elks Hall
99 Park Street, Hudson, MA 01749
More information.

West Michigan Swap Meet at the Muskegon Yacht Club
Saturday, November 2, 2019
9 AM – 1 PM
3198 Edgewater St, Muskegon, MI 49441

Skeeter Iceboat Club Swap Meet
Sunday, November 3, 2019
9 AM to Noon
Lucke’s Cantina
220 N. Elkhorn Rd. (WI Hwy 67), Williams Bay, WI.
More information

Minnesota Ice Sailors Swap Meet
Saturday, November 2, 2019
9 AM – Noon
7450 Oxford St., St. Louis Park, MN 55426
More information

2018 SIBC Swap Meet: November 4, 2018


Get them fresh and hot!

Another milestone that brings us closet to the season! If you are looking to buy an iceboat, don’t miss this important event.
Via Jane Pegel:

Skeeter Ice Boat Club: 33rd Annual Swap Meet

Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 9:00 to noon
With a free raffle at 11:30 a.m.There is no charge for participating.
Location: Lucke’s Cantina
220 N. Elkhorn Rd. (WI Hwy 67), Williams Bay, WI.

For more info, email

This is the day to swap, buy, and sell new and used iceboats and equipment. Boat builders & hardware manufacturers will display new products. Breakfast and/or lunch will be available at Lucke’s.

Display area:

Items for sale can be set up on the black top parking area at Lucke’s
and in the vacant lot to the south of the old Sailing Specialists building.

Please do not park your cars in the display area.
Please do not park or set up your displays adjacent to neighboring businesses. A short distance to the north there is a municipal parking lot located at the intersection of Elkhorn Rd. and Stark St. (on the north side of Stark St., opposite Burrough’s Floor Coverings).

4LIYC Fall Ice Sailing Event

For well over 50 years, this iceboat club has kicked off the season with some sort of fall gathering to get iceboating back on everyone’s minds. For many years, we’ve hosted picnics. Two years ago, we held a very successful iceboat show at Dick Lichtfeld’s property.
This year, we are excited to announce an event in conjunction with Hoofer’s Sailing Club at the famous University of Wisconsin Memorial Union. (Sailing iceboats on Lake Mendota to the Union for lunch is part of what makes Madison a unique ice sailing center.)
DN ice sailor Dideric van Riemsdijk H467 from the Netherlands (where it all began) will present a program on the annual ice sailing regatta that takes place every spring at one of the planet’s most remote places, Lake Baikal in Siberia. We will have iceboats set up in historic Tripp Commons on the 2nd floor of the Union.
Please join us on Sunday, October 14, 2018 for this free event where you can meet up with old friends or learn about the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club and how to get started in the sport. All are welcome  including area iceboat and sailing clubs. The planets have aligned (at least here in Wisconsin) because there’s no Packer game that Sunday. 


A Free Program & Iceboat Exhibit Sponsored by the 4LIYC and Hoofer’s Sailing Club
Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Time: Noon to 3 PM Program at 1 PM
Location: University of Wisconsin Memorial Union, Tripp Commons, 2nd Floor of the Union
800 Langdon St, Madison, WI    MAP

Parking: Helen C. White Parking Garage  MAP
State Street Campus Parking Garage MAP
Your favorite Wisconsin beverages and food will be available for purchase at Der Rathskeller and other restaurants located in the Memorial Union.
Questions? Please email us:

December 5, 2022: 3 DNs in MI

Three (3) DN Ice Boats, solid boats, two (2) aluminum masts and one (1) wood mast, sails, and skates (runners) in ready to sail condition. These are complete boats, sold as a group of three (3) for $2,995.00.
Call 734-216-9880.
Ann Arbor, MI
No text messages.
Serious inquires only.

SOLD! November 27, 2022: Vintage DN in IN

SOLD! Vintage DN. Built for the DN World Championship races back in the 1990’s, this boat is in great shape. It has Kenyon aluminum mast and boom, Harken hardware, SS stay wires, one set of runners and two sails that are in very good shape. There is no trailer and the boat cover is from another boat and is in poor shape. Great beginner boat or a boat just for cruising. The boat has been in inside storage since 2007.
Located in the Indianapolis area. May be willing to meet half way if I can find a way to transport.

December 3, 2022: Stern Steerer in WI

C Class Stern Steerer
Great shape, ready to sail.
2 sets of Sails, 2 sets of runners, all standing and running rigging in top shape.
Trailer with full length storage box. Always kept inside, heated storage.
Located in Kenosha, WI.
Contact John Stanley

December 3, 2022: Stern-Steerer in MN

“Rainbow 2nd” is a Marconi Rigged Class “A” Ice Boat.
Originally gaff rig built in 1898. Very nicely restored & rebuilt
with West System.
35’ back bone
35’ mast
18’ plank
2 main sails, 1 jib, 2 sets of runners with boxes, full set of travel covers
and cushions.
Comes with a road worthy 31’ tandem axle trailer.
$10,000 obo
Located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
Call with questions.
Steve Wiberg

November 28, 2022: Arrow in IN

Arrow complete with good sail and runners, all in very good, but not perfect condition.
Includes full cover in nearly new condition and trailer set up to transport the Arrow and a DN with masts, planks and sails.
The boat is at Lake Wawasee in northern Indiana. Additional pictures are available.


November 27, 2022: Whizz Skeeter in NJ

16 1/2 ft. modified Whizz Pocket Skeeter, all West System epoxy construction, pedal and wheel steering, 13 ½ plank, North sail, West marine cables, DN runners, Sarns hardware, full covers, includes open trailer.
Cost over $4000 to build + trailer.
Asking $4200 for package.
North New Jersey

Big Sky Journal: Montana Ice Sailing

The winter tradition of sail-powered ice boating finds the right combination of ice, wind, and speed-seeking participants in Montana

in Winter 2022 | Feature Stories | Written by Andrew McKean | Photography by Sean R. Heavey
Just as surfers will spend the balance of their year waiting for just the right wave, and skiers will rearrange their lives in pursuit of fluffy mountain powder, so do ice boaters watch for fresh ice and stiff winds. They’re monitoring long- and short-term weather forecasts for their version of powder days, says Flathead Lake ice-boat builder John Eisenlohr, one of the dozens of Montana winter sailors who travel the West in search of perfect ice. “For us, that’s the first black ice thick enough to play on, plus a certain amount of wind,” Eisenlohr says. “Not too much wind, and no packed snow on the ice. And, if I’m really lucky, the ice will have just a little stippling on it to hold the runners.” Continue reading.

4LIYC Meeting Reminder for November 23, 2022 – ZOOM ONLY

Thankful for Ice Sailing

Thanksgiving Edition ZOOM ONLY Meeting.
Join us from the comfort of your own home while you make pumpkin pies for your Thanksgiving feast. Deb has sent the email with log on information. Please contact her if you haven’t received it.

Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Time: 6:30 PM CT

Didn’t get an email with the Zoom link? Contact Deb

If you haven’t already done so, please pay your dues, only $20! Information here.

November 21, 2022: Renegade & DN Gear in RI/WI

Renegade and DN gear-
Harken Blocks “classic”
3″ Ratchet- $50
3″ $40/each (3)
Inland Renegade sail- $600
C2 Sherry QIL -$1500
North Max power excellent condition $1100
1D Power Gold- w/ cambers. brand new black digital 8 #’s included -$1350
1D power- good condition $800
New MBC hybrid (very similar to CSI 4.1) $2800/$2900 w/spreader bar
Plank w/ Sarns chocks-$350
Wood/composite strip mast $250
All items can be loaded to head west to Madison/GWC next week. Currently in RI.
Contact Chad

November 18, 2022: 2 Vintage Skeeters in WI

2 Vintage Skeeters.
Boat 1: Class A Skeeter, built in early 1960s. Boat has been fiberglassed.
Boat 2: Mead side-by-side with springboard, rebuilt with all new frames, epoxy, deck and glass skin.
Both are rock-solid; bullet proof! They need TLC at minimum.
2 wheel trailer included
$2500 or best offer. All offers welcome.
Lake Geneva, WI
262-275-3282 text please


Greg Whitehorse in his Renegade BLADE RUNNER on Lake Monona.

Previous: Drawing Blade Runner
Lifetime 4LIYC member Greg Whitehorse has followed in his father, artist Harry Whitehorse, footsteps. Greg’s been honing his artistic talents in the past couple of years by sketching open-wheel midget race cars, another Whitehorse family tradition. Last year, Greg shared his first sketch of his Renegade, BLADE RUNNER. The cold weather must have inspired him to have another go at it; here’s his second sketch.

BLADE RUNNER’s new owner, Chad Atkins, and trailer partner, Chris Gordon, who bought a former Simon Renegade, have been tuning them up in Rhode Island for the past few weeks. They are in the trailer and will return to Four Lakes soon.

November 18, 2022: 3 DNs in MI

Three (3) DN Ice Boats, Sarns Hardware, solid boats, two (2) aluminum masts and one (1) wood mast, sails and runners in ready to sail condition.
Sold as a group of three (3) for $3,500.00.
Serious inquires only. Call 734-216-9880.
Located near Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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