In The Mail: Your 2017-2018 IDNIYRA Spring Ballot

There’s a ballot arriving in your mailbox within the next few days. You will be voting to elect officers and on a proposal regarding how regatta fleet splitting is determined.

Please take a few minutes to fill it out, put it an envelope,stamp it, and mail to Secretary Geoff Sobering. All ballots postmarked July 1, 2017 or sooner will be counted.

If you are a member and don’t receive the ballot, please email to and I will mail one to you.

Runner Tracks May 2017 Posted

2017 May Runner Tracks has been posted.

It’s a big end of season issue with filled with regatta reports and results and features some world class photography from Gretchen Dorian and Evgeny Ryazhev. The DN class is fortunate to be able to use their work to help promote the sport.  Of special note is Gretchen’s cover photo of Anja Fiedler G390 of Germany, the first to be awarded the new IDNIYRA World Championship Trophy for the highest placing woman. Read it here on the Runner Tracks newsletter page.

You can also read Vice Commodore Warren Nethercote’s article about his recent visit to Warsaw for the European Secretaries meeting and Secretary Geoff Sobering’s submission of the minutes from the 2017 North American annual meeting.

Did you know that Runner Tracks is available in three different electronic formats and you can also order it in a print version?
Flipbook magazine: Best for laptops and desktop computers
PDF: Best for tablets
PDF Single Page: Best for mobile devices

2018 Regatta Dates Announced

John Atkins is checking the marks in preparation for the 2018 DN North Americans which will be hosted by the Eastern Lakes region.

January 21 – 27, 2018
Host Region: Eastern Lakes

It’s never too early to mark you calendars for the 2018 ice sailing season. The DN North American championships will be hosted by the Eastern Lakes region. The dates are January 21-27, 2018.
Registration will take place on Sunday, January 21 and racing will begin on Monday, January 22.

Via Vice Commodore Warren Nethercote who recently attended the European Secretaries Meeting in Warsaw, Poland.

“The meeting set dates for key regattas in 2018, starting with the Gold Cup. Estonia will be the host nation for the 2018 World Cup and European Championships, February 25th to March 3rd, 2018. If the weather and ice conditions allow the regatta to be sailed in Estonia it will be an opportunity to celebrate the centenary of iceboating in that country. Other regatta dates spun off the dates for the Gold Cup: February 5th to 9th, 2018 for the Junior DN and Ice Opti Worlds and January 21st to 27th, 2018 for the North American Championships.”

2017 DN Gold Cup: Tour of the Pits

What do you do while you are waiting for wind at a regatta? If you are Long Island, Pete Truesdell (with the help of Scott Valentine), you take the opportunity to catch up with your neighbors. Thanks, Pete and Scott, for reminding us that the camaraderie in iceboating is a big part of the experience.

Chris Berger Makes National News

Sailors from Europe, Russia, and North America raced DN iceboats in an annual regatta held on Siberia’s Lake Baikal last week. North American IDNIYRA member Chris Berger US5166 of Chicago, IL won the Baikal Cup on Friday, March 24. CBS national news has been running footage from the regatta. Even the Olympic Channel has noticed DN iceboat racing!
Event website
Photographs from Baikal Ice Yacht Racing

If you’ve stopped by to learn more about ice sailing and want to try it, read our “Getting Started” page. Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions. Join us in “Thinking Ice” and sailing the coolest boats on the planet.

Canadian Championship Regatta Report from March 25, 2017

Photo: Alan Auld – Imagine Films

Via Mike Madge KC5449:
Champagne sailing, sun, wind, nice ice, and close fast racing. The wind was a pretty steady 10-12 knots all day out of the east and slowly clocked southeast. The racing was fast as the ice stayed hard and the top 6 boats were finishing within a minute of each other.  Mark Christensen US4824 and Mike Bloom US5432 were tied going into the final race.  Mark made a few adjustments throughout the day and  along with some great starts and smart sailing, that gave him the edge.

Mark Christensen US4824 MN

Even with 9 races, we had nice breaks during the day where we where entertained by Pat Hepper’s C Skeeter, DRIFTER, sailing less then 2 minute lap times on his Skeeter over a 3/4 mile course. We finished early enough for some competitors to cruise around and check out the scenery. Some lucky sailors even had the opportunity to try out DRIFTER. All I can say about that is “Wow what an experience.”  Also the famous old tandem Skeeter THUNDER JET, was out all day giving rides.
It was such a perfect day for sailing that the competitors agreed to just keep racing and complete the regatta in one day.

The after regatta party was hosted by a great sailing sports bar, On Deck, where for the first time in 2 years, the prestigious Canadian DN trophy was presented.

The ice is still here and the sailors who are sticking around are going to race again today. Many thanks to all the competitors that made the effort to come up and sail with us. All were very helpful and supportive of our new fleet members. Also special thanks to my wife and kids that volunteered for Race Committee Duty.

Canadian DN Champs results (9 races)

POS	NAME	   		R1	R2	R3	R4	R5	R6	R7	R8	R9	TOTAL
1	MARK CHRISTENSEN US4824	2 	(3)	2 	1 	1 	1 	2 	1 	1 	11 
2	MIKE BLOOM US5432	1 	2 	1 	2 	2 	2 	1 	(3)	2 	13 
3	GUY LOVEJOY US4638	3 	1 	3 	(5)	4 	3 	3 	2 	3 	22 
4	MIKE MADGE KC5449	6 	6 	4 	4 	3 	4 	4 	(6)	5 	36 
5	DAVID FROST US5358	5 	4 	5 	6 	6 	5 	(6)	4 	4 	39 
6	PETER VAN ROSSEM KC2766	4 	5 	(6)	3 	5 	6 	5 	5 	6 	39 
7	JORI LENON US5397	7 	(7)	7 	7 	7 	7 	7 	7 	7 	56 
8	LIZ PETRONE KC246	8 	8 	8 	8 	8 	8 	8 	8 	(9)	64 
9	MIKE FABIUS KC 		9 	9 	9 	9 	9 	9 	(10)	10 	10 	74 
10	JIM CAMERON KC3811	(10)	10 	10 	10 	10 	10 	9 	9 	8 	76