Whitefish Lake in Canada

DNer Mike Madge sailed on some epic new ice near Thunder Bay, Ontario yesterday and brought his Go Pro along for the ride. The season has begun.

Attention, Attention, Attention: Membership Alert

“Radically Participate”, become a member and vote!

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As Commodore Warren Nethercote wrote previously, the important postal vote regarding IDNIYRA class governing WILL happen this month. The ballots have been printed and will soon be collated, stuffed in envelopes, stamped, and mailed to North American members on November 9, 2019. There’s been a good response to our membership drive, but there are a few who have not renewed memberships for 2020. Please take a moment to renew online today so that your vote is counted.

If you have any questions about your membership, please contact Secretary Deb Whitehorse

Message from the IDNIYRA Commodore

Skipper’s meeting at the 2019 Gold Cup on Indian Lake in Ohio. Photo: Debbie Parker

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Special Message from the Commodore

Recently, Deb Whitehorse sent out a membership renewal reminder. The IDNIYRA By-laws define the membership year as November 1 through October 31st and only members in good standing may vote on Association affairs, per the IDNIYRA Constitution.

In the last column in Runner Tracks I said that we hoped to have simultaneous postal votes on the EPIC Agreement in North America and Europe this November. The new IDNIYRA EU is now operational and accepting memberships, so the simultaneous postal vote will happen! You should expect to receive ballots about the second week of November and will have to return them to the IDNIYRA Secretary on or before 29 November. Note well, to be counted, your ballot must be back to the Secretary, not just postmarked, by 29 November. This is a shorter turn-around than normal for postal ballots so that the result of the ballot can be reflected in the 2020 yearbook if the measure passes.

So … if you would like to receive a ballot to vote on the EPIC Agreement, please ensure that you renew your membership. The easiest way is on-line, at The best 26 bucks you’ve ever spent!

Background: In 2018, the North American and European Governing Committees jointly developed two documents, the EPIC (Established Procedures for Iceboat Competition) Agreement and the Regatta Management Agreement. We then published them in Runner Tracks to enable member feedback. These agreements (published in full at here ), if approved by the membership, would satisfy a several goals:

  • That we continue to sail the same DN in both North America and Europe
  • That we organize racing the same way in both North America and Europe
  • That we strengthen our trans-Atlantic relationships so that the DN continues to be the strongest iceboat class world-wide
  • That we replace the current Specifications Management System so that we can vote electronically on all matters, including technical specifications
  • That membership in the class be on the same basis in North America and Europe, i.e., an individual paying a fee to IDNIYRA or IDNIYRA EU.

If a 2/3rds majority of IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU member ballots approve the EPIC and Regatta Management Agreements, this will be the last postal vote conducted by the DN Class.
Warren Nethercote KC3786 Commodore IDNIYRA

International DN History Trophy Case

Polish DN sailor, Romuald Rowecki P25, shared these two pictures of his DN trophy case. Note the big North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club Red Bank, NJ sticker in the back and the bold graphics from the 1977 Gold Cup. Romuald was in the first group of Europeans that traveled to North America to sail at the 1971 championship. (Runner Tracks September 2019).  Romuald also wrote an article for the May issue of Runner Tracks detailing the history of DN sailing in Poland.

Notice for Submission of Annual Meeting Proposals

Please submit all proposals for the 2020 IDNIYRA North American Annual Governing Meeting by October 26, 2019.
You can email them to the Secretary:

IDNIYRA Constitution

All proposals to be made at the IDNIYRA Annual Meeting shall be submitted to the Governing Committee in writing ninety
(90) days prior to the meeting

Randy Johnson US4000

Courtesy Gull Lake Ice Yacht Club Facebook page

Life long ice sailor, Randy Johnson US4000, passed on October 3, 2019. Randy was a member and former Commodore of the Gull Lake Ice Yacht Club in Michigan. The entire DN community extends our condolences to Randy’s family and to the members of the Gull Lake Ice Yacht Club. Randy finished 2nd place in the Worlds event when it was held at Gull Lake in 1973 and placed 28th in Poland for the Worlds in 1975. He continued to sail competitively all his life.
Randy made sure Gull Lake grew ice every winter through his official role as the “ice seeder” for the Gull Lake Ice Yacht Club.
The memorial service to celebrate Dale’s life will be held Monday, October 28th at 11:00 a.m. at the Grace Spring Bible Church located at 8643 Gull Road Richland, MI 49083.

Courtesy of the Gull Lake Ice Yacht Club Facebook page


DN Sailing on Lake Baikal in March 2020

Become part of an international community that comes together every March to sail on one of the most remote places on the planet, Lake Baikal in Siberia. Those of you from North America who are attending the 2020 Gold Cup in Europe have an opportunity to get your DN to Lake Baikal via the Trans Siberian railway. Jorg Bohn G-737 explains it all below.
What to Know: Lake Baikal 2020

Going East!

Have your ever considered going to Lake Baikal?
Here is why it’s worth the trip!

By DN G-737 Jörg Bohn

The Baikal Short “Love“ Story!
Since 2012 I’ve traveled every year to Siberia and the Far East to go ice sailing.
In 2012, I heard about the Lake Baikal event from British ice sailor, Chris Williams K-1.
The logistics of getting our iceboats to Siberia were solved that first time with help of our Russian ice sailing friends in Moscow and the Trans Siberian Railway. We flew to Irkutsk from Europe through Moscow. We arrived in Irkutsk early Friday morning, one day ahead the event.
A minibus was waiting for us at the airport, thanks to our hosts, and took us straight to the sailing area called “Little Sea“ (Sarma), opposite of Olchon Island, to a place called Uyota. Even though, I was tired it wasn’t possible to fall asleep on that five hour ride. I had never before in my life seen such a wide open beautiful mountain landscape. Thousands of cattle and horses were scattered on both sides of the road and sometimes right in front us. Half way into our trip we stopped for a delicious meal at a roadside restaurant made by the indigenous Burjatien people.

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Iceboat Swap Meet Mega Weekend: November 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

Notice of Dues & An Announcement


To get one of these cool membership cards, join or renew your class membership for the upcoming season. Go to the Membership Page to renew and help support the most popular iceboat class on the planet.


Question about when your membership expires? Need to change your email, phone, or address? Back by popular demand, paid members  will now have the ability to log in to this website, edit their contact information, and learn when their membership expires. You have to join or renew your membership to access this feature. 

IMPORTANT: Members who have previously purchased a 2 or 3 year membership (in other words, your membership is expiring on Oct 31, 2020, 2021, 2022, or 2023) will receive an email with your password so that you access your account online. You will receive this email in a few days.

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September 2019 Runner Tracks

The September issue of Runner Tracks has been uploaded. The Technical Committee reviewed Peter Hamrak’s proposals, previously published in the May issue, and working with Peter, have submitted the ballot language. Then, we go back to 1971 for a look at what was then called “the championship”, a regatta held at Geist Reservoir in Indiana.

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  • IDNIYRA As a 501(c)(3) by Warren Nethercote KC-3786
  • 3 Specifications Proposals
  • From the Archives: The 1971 Championship at Geist Reservoir
  • Mast & Runner Specifications by Chad Atkins US4487
  • Minutes from the 2019 IDNIYRA European Secretaries Meeting
  • Rank List 2020

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