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Cancellation of the Gold Cup and North American Championships
The IDNIYRA Governing Committee earlier announced plans to decide by November 25th whether the 2021 Gold Cup would be held. Since publishing the Q&As it has become apparent that holding the regatta in 2021 is not feasible. The Canada-US land border closure has been extended to 21 December and Europeans cannot travel to either the US or Canada for non-essential reasons. Therefore the 2021 Gold Cup is cancelled.
It would be possible to delay making a decision about the 2021 North American Championships until the next decision about the Canada -US border, but public health restrictions within states and provinces make the feasibility of any international event doubtful at best. As a result the IDNIYRA Governing Committee has decided to cancel the 2021 North American Championships but will endeavour to hold an American Championship in the same timeframe.
Prevous: 2021 Gold Cup Q & As 12 August
2021 Ice Sailing Calendar Information
If you haven’t had a chance, there’s only a few more days left for you to order the coolest 2021 calendar in the world from Montana photographer Sean Heavey. Sean let us know that he’s closing the orders on Sunday, November 29, 2020. Click on the button above to order from Sean.
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Previous: IDNIYRA & IDNIYRA EU Autumn 2020 Ballot
The Autumn 2020 IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU combined ballot closed at 2345 November 22, 2020. Two-thirds of ‘yes’ votes are required for a Question to pass. The results are as follows:
Fifty-six percent of eligible members participated in the ballot. Abstentions were allowed on individual questions.
Question 1: EPIC Agreement Amendment. 132 yes / 84 against (61.1% yes, Question 1 fails)
Question 2: RMA Amendment. 184 yes / 46 against (80.0% yes, Question 2 passes)
Question 3: Technical Specification A16, Hull Cross Section. 169 yes / 52 against (76.5% yes, Question 3 passes and comes into effect May 31, 2021)
A report with the breakdown of votes by continent will follow once those results are received from the voting software contractor.
The members support to the governance of the DN Class is appreciated.
Attila Pataky (M-100) Commodore IDNIYRA EU
Warren Nethercote (KC 3786) Commodore IDNIYRA
UPDATE: 25 November 2020:
IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU Autumn 2020 ballot Results by Continent
Here are the results for the Autumn 2020 ballot broken out by continent.
|Question 1: EPIC Agreement Amendment|
|Votes tallied: 216|
|Yes – I am in favour of Question 1||69||63||132|
|No – I am opposed to Question 1||48||36||84|
|Question 2: RMA Amendment|
|Votes tallied: 230|
|Yes – I am in favour of Question 2||95||89||184|
|No – I am opposed to Question 2||28||18||46|
|Question 3: Technical Specification A16, Hull Cross Section|
|Votes tallied: 221|
|Yes – I am in favour of Question 3||91||78||169|
|No – I am opposed to Question 3||25||27||52|
As reported yesterday, 2/3rds ‘yes’ votes were required for a measure to pass. On that basis, Question 1 failed and Questions 2 and 3 carried.
Warren Nethercote Commodore IDNIYRA
Attila Pataki, Commodore IDNIYRA EU
Facebook was on fire yesterday with photos of local DN sailing coming out of Sweden and Canada. Dideric van Riemsdijk S867 and Richard Gustring S713 made a road trip north to Sautusjärvi, about a 3 hour drive above the Arctic Circle near the famous Ice Hotel. In North America, Mike Madge KC5449 found a perfect sheet of ice on Whitefish Lake, an hour west of Thunder Bay. The Thunder Bay area has experienced some long ice sailing seasons lately. Last season, Mike sailed his DN from November 7 until mid April.
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The IDNIYRA membership year starts on November 1st. It is perhaps no surprise that this year the pace of renewals has been slower than usual, with concerns over the effects that COVID 19 might have on regatta travel. But the DN Class is not just about ranked regattas and road warriors: it is also about recreational, club and regional sailing. The IDNIYRA supports these activities too, so in what is likely to be an unusual winter there is every reason to support your class association as you normally do. Please, if you haven’t renewed yet, commit your 26 bucks and go to to renew your membership. Keep the DN Class strong!
Warren Nethercote, KC 3786
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How To Build a DN Composite Mast
For all you DN home-builders out there, Bob Rast of RKR Composites has uploaded an instructional manual “How to Build a DN Composite Mast” in a Google Doc. Click here to access the document. Bob and Mark Isabell show you how it’s done in a YouTube video posted a few years back.
We have an electronic ballot underway to consider three questions: an amendment to the EPIC Agreement; an amendment to the Regatta Management Agreement; and a change to the OFFICIAL SPECIFICATIONS. The ballot closes on November 22nd. As of 0900 AST Wednesday 11 November 177 of 422 eligible voters had voted (79 from Europe and 98 from North America). Another 49 members have opened their ballots but not yet voted. How people voted is not available to us until after ballots close on November 22nd. The voting software indicates that all ballots sent to IDNIYRA EU members were received. One ballot for a North American member was undeliverable, but we have been unable to make contact with the member to correct the email address.
On Friday 13 November those who have not yet voted will receive an automated reminder to vote from the voting software. The reminder will come from firstname.lastname@example.org To help avoid rejection of the notice as junk mail you can add email@example.com to your contact list. If you did not receive an invitation, or a first reminder (on 6 November 2020) and think that you should have received one, please contact Deb Whitehorse firstname.lastname@example.org for North America or Attila István Pataki for Europe. We can check whether a ballot has been sent, your voting eligibility if one was not sent and, when appropriate, we can add you to the voters list.
Warren Nethercote, Commodore IDNIYRA
P55 hit the road and visited Karol Jablonski P36. Karol, a 12 time DN Gold Cup champion, knows a thing or two about runners. Rumor has it that Tech Talk is working on having an American guest star talk about his runner philosophy. If you have questions or comments about this video, please leave them on DN Tech Talk’s Youtube page.
2021 Ice Sailing Calendar Information
Sean Heavey, the photographer we met at the 2020 North American Championship, has issued a printed calendar. Sean’s the guy whose drone video captured the amazing battle between Ron Sherry and Steve Orlebeke. (Just mentioning it is a good excuse to post it again – see below.)
Hello all and welcome,
2020 has been a year that will go down in the history books. For myself it has been a year of upheaval and unexpected adventures. The most unexpected adventure began after a text from an acquaintance tipped me off that our local lake was within days going to host North American Ice Sailing Championship.
I rearranged my schedule and went out on to the ice to get a closer look.
What a sight to witness… Truly is!
A few weeks later and with the help of people far and wide, many of whom I didn’t know or I had meet just days earlier, I found myself embarking on a trip to Europe to attend the World Championships.
So this year I though I would make a special 2021 Ice Sailing Calendar with some of the moments I captured along the way.
They are $20 USD each and what you get is a 12 months, full color, calendar that’s 8.5×11 in size with a couple bonus pages for fun. Here is a link to a full layout preview.
Because I’m not sure what the demand will be for these I’m going handle them a bit differently than I do my regular calendars. During November I will take preorders and then send it off to printing the first week of December. Turn around is just over 2 weeks which means they should to me around the middle of the month and be ready to ship to you shortly after and with a little luck be delivered in time for Christmas. So if you live in the USA and are interested in getting one or two here is a link to place your order.
>> US Ordering <<< For those of you living outside the USA I still need to look into the best option for shipping. I regularly send shipping tubes to various place in Europe for the flat rate of $24 USD. In the coming days I will visit the post office to see if I can find a less expensive option. I think we will have to deal with them on a one on one bases so if you sending me an email we can work out the details.
>> EMAIL ME <<< email@example.com And to hold you over till the ice forms and the calendars arrive here’s the link to the my drone video of final laps of the final gold fleet heat at the North Americans. When I finally figured out how to keep up with these wicked fast boats.
So thank you and I think it’s going to come out looking really nice. Think Ice…
This is the announcement of a combined ballot for members of IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU, although North American and European results will be available separately.
At their Spring 2020 meeting the IDNIYRA EU National Secretaries supported sending six measures to a ballot of the members. Three of the six will be on this combined ballot.
- Changing Article II of the EPIC Agreement to add considerations of environmental friendliness to reasons for changing the Official Specification. The IDNIYRA EU National Secretaries supported this proposal. The IDNIYRA Governing Committee believes that environmental friendliness should be located in the Regatta Management Agreement. The current proposal may restrict construction materials currently in use. The IDNIYRA Governing Committee recommends rejection of this proposal. This is Question 1 on the ballot.
- Changing Paragraph 10 b) of the Regatta Management Agreement to add “Skippers who finished in the first 3 places in the Gold Fleet of the preceding continental or higher regatta” to Gold Fleet assignments. The IDNIYRA EU National Secretaries supported this proposal. The IDNIYRA Governing Committee and the scoring committee recommend rejection of this proposal because it addresses one unique occurrence of an unranked sailor finishing in the top three of the Gold Fleet and may reduce the opportunity for advancement from the Silver and Bronze Fleets. This is Question 2 on the ballot.
- Changing Paragraph A 16 (Fuselage) of the Official Specification to introduce a ±2 degree tolerance to the 90 degree corners (‘rectangle’) of the fuselage. Both the IDNIYRA EU National Secretaries and the IDNIYRA Governing Committee support this proposal. This proposal has been further developed by the Technical Committee and is Question 3 on the ballot.
Further work is required on the other three proposed changes to the Official Specifications and they will be submitted for a future ballot once technical issues have been resolved.
Members of IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU who were in good standing as of September 1, 2020 are eligible to vote and can expect to receive an electronic ballot invitation at their email address on file with IDNIYRA or IDNIYRA EU. The ballot will be open from 2345 Atlantic time, 1 November 2020 to 2345 Atlantic time, 22 November 2020. To pass, a proposal must receive at least 2/3rds yes votes. Any measures passed will come into effect on May 31st, 2021.