DN Great Western Challenge is ON for Wisconsin

Photo Kurt Meyer


The DN Great Western Challenge is called “ON” for December 13-15, 2019 on Lake Puckaway Wisconsin.
Lake Puckaway is near Green Lake, Wisconsin. The Skeeter Western Challenge is cancelled for the season.


Apuckawa Park and Boat Launch
Located at the intersection of Fox Court and Toepper Drive, east of Montello.
Link to map


Mecan River Outfitters:
(920) 295-3439
Very limited availability.

T’ween the Lake Motel
510 Underwood Ave Hwy 23
Montello, WI 53949


Acorn Ridge Motel


Bayview Motel and Marina
(920) 294-6504
439 Lake St, Green Lake, WI 54941


Comfort Suites At Royal Ridges
(608) 567-4024
2 Westgate Drive, Ripon, WI, 54971, US


Boarders Inn & Suites by Cobblestone Hotels – Ripon
(920) 748-7578
1219 W Fond Du Lac St, Ripon, WI 54971

Western Challenge Groove Armada


As we wait for news of the first unofficial regatta of the season, the Western Challenge, it’s a good time to review one of the earliest and best DN videos ever made by Minnetonka’s Peter Crawford of Head Injury Media/Penalty Box Productions. It’s of a Western Challenge at Buffalo  Lake in 2005.

Currently we are checking ice. We have a lake in Albert Lea that looks like it will work. We are checking Buffalo today to see whats left after the snow.
Expect an update on Wednesday December 11.

Any help checking Albert lea is appreciated.

DN Regatta Fri,Sat,Sun

Skeeters Sat,Sun

Please report any new freeze. I know Pepin was water on Sunday.


2020 IDNIYRA Yearbook

2019 Gold Cup Champion Michal Burczynski             Photo credit: Catherine Firmbach

The 2020 International DN Ice Yacht Racing Yearbook is now available for purchase. There have been some significant changes from the 2019 yearbook including the new EPIC and Regatta Management Agreements. IDNIYRA Europe has a new constitution as well.

New this year is the championship history of the DN Junior and Ice Optimist World and European regattas. Very interesting to see some familiar names who continue to have success in DN competition as adults.

If you have already ordered the yearbook, it will be shipped to you within the next 2 weeks.

Get your 2020 IDNIYRA Yearbook soft cover book for $17. Buy Now Button


Back Cover 2020 IDNIYRA Yearbook

Interview with DN Junior Champion Rasmus Maaliin

2019 European Championship regatta race start. Rasmus sails C20.                                                                 Photo: Gwidon Libera

Estonia’s Rasmus Maaliin C20 is an up and coming ice sailor to watch! Here’s a link to a translated interview with the current DN Junior World Champion.

Rasmus Maaliin C20 of Pärnu, Estonia is the four time the junior world champion in ice sailing and wants to reach the highest pedestal rank among adults. For this year’s achievements, the young man was awarded the Order of the Estonian Yachting Club.


How and when did you get to ice sailing?
I got to ice sailing through summer sailing. As Estonia has a long and cold winter, when the water bodies are frozen, ice sailing is a logical extension for a young sailor to be able to train in winter. I started ice sailing at the age of 11, in 2011. From this year on, ice sailing has become my main area, and summer sailing is a bit overlooked. Continue reading.

Results of the EPIC Agreement Ballot

Results of the EPIC Agreement Ballot

Members of IDNIYRA in North America and Europe recently received postal ballot concerning approval of the EPIC and Regatta Management Agreements, and deletion of the current Specifications Management System (SMS), because the EPIC and Regatta management Agreements would replace the SMS. Ballots closed on Novembers 29th and on November 30th the Executive Secretaries in North America and Europe organized the counting of ballots.

One hundred and fourteen ballots were received (51 in Europe and 63 in North America), of which 112 supported adoption of the EPIC and Regatta Management Agreements and deletion of the current Specifications Management System. Consequently, the EPIC and Regatta management Agreements are now in force and will be published in the upcoming IDNIYRA Yearbook. Adoption of the EPIC and Regatta Management Agreements also means that all future ballots of IDNIYRA members will be conducted electronically.

Warren Nethercote, Commodore IDNIYRA

Attila Pataki, Commodore IDNIYRA EU

2020 North American Championship Registration Office is OPEN

At Least You’ll Look Fast.

But you MUST register by DECEMBER 23rd!

Register by December 23rd for the North American Championship and you’re guaranteed a customized thermal vest in the size you really need. Miss the 23rd and you’ll have to choose from the extras we have left with no sail number. Since it’s a bummer to not receive your correct size, see below so you can specify when you register. Hey, here’s an idea! How about doing it right now?

See the graphic above. Download in pdf.
Women’s sizes are available through XL. Men’s sizes are available through 3X. Finished measurements are in Inches
Chest: Full chest, measured 1″ under the arms. Body Length: Measured from center of the back neck seam straight down to back bottom hem.BODY
S     44         27-3/4
M     47         28-1/4
L      50         28-3/4
XL    53        29-1/4
2XL  56        29-3/4
3XL  60       30-1/4

Finished measurements are in inches.
Chest:   Full chest, measured 1″ under the arms.
Body Length:      Measured from center of the back neck seam straight down to back bottom hem.

CHEST                 BODY LENGTH
S            38 1/2       26
M            40 1/2      26 1/2
L              43 1/2     27 1/4
XL           46 1/2      28
2XL         50 1/2      28 3/4
3XL         54 1/2      29 1/4


The DN is most popular iceboat in the world. Whether you are a racer or cruiser, your $25 membership in the IDNIYRA helps to promote the art and skill of DN ice yacht construction and the sport of ice yachting on all the hard waters of the world.

2020 North American Championship Info Membership View Yearbook


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