2021 Polish Championships

The Polish fleet in bed on the eve of the National Championship in Krynica Morska, Poland. Photo: Henryk Kuczma

The Polish Championships start tomorrow, Saturday, 20 February, in Krynica Morska near Gdansk. This two-day event will be very competitive and have a Gold Cup-like atmosphere. The Poles take up about one-third of the list of 30 sailors with an international IDNIYRA ranking of 10 or less. If you’d like to follow along, check out these sites: 


Gmina Miasta Krynica Morska Facebook Page

Polish DN Class Facebook Page 

Polish DN Class Website
Now is an excellent time to review Robert Gracyk’s P31 short video on runner sharpening techniques from Lake Pepin in Minnesota in 2013.

2021 Western Region Championship Update #10: Postponed

Via Western Region Commodore Chris Berger:

The 2021 DN Western Region Championship has been postponed another week until February 27-28, 2021.  We are still looking for a suitable site. Next update is on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.
The Western Region Championship is a two-day regatta in either Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, or the UP of Michigan.

2021 Central Region Championship Update #4: Postponed

Via Central Region Commodore Rob Holman:

The 2021 Central Region Championship has been postponed until February 27-28, 2021.
Next update is on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.
The Central Region Championship is a two-day regatta in either Michigan or Ohio.

2021 Western Region Championship Update #9

Via DN Western Region Commodore Chris Berger:

A lot of snow has fallen on the Western Region over the last week and there is not much hope of finding regatta quality ice. But we haven’t given up hope just yet. Perhaps there are some lakes that have been spared. But don’t hold your breath.
Final call Thursday PM, February 18, 2021.

Ride Along & Listen With Karol Jablonski

Mike Madge has been busy reaching out to DN class members and asking questions. Here’s his interview with Poland’s Karol Jablonski, the 12-time DN World Champion. Below is the original video Karol and Mike are discussing.

Ron Sherry Interview: Choosing Fast DN Equipment

Mike Madge and Ron Sherry have a conversation about DN equipment.

Great ice boating equipment tips from one of the best. As an eight-time ice boat world champion title holder, Ron Sherry’s philosophy is to freely and willingly share his knowledge gained through innovation and investigation of new technologies with all sailors because, “the faster I can help to make other ice boaters, the faster I’m going to be”.

Samuel Bartel Definitely Got Started!

Samuel Bartel is a college student on the University of Wisconsin-Madison sailing team. Sam has discovered that DN racing is flat out fun and helps his soft-water reflexes. The fine crew with Harken Blockheads filmed Samuel right before the U.S. Nationals. (You will note that Sam accomplished his goal of a top-ten finish in the Silver fleet by placing 4th at the Nationals.)



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