Results of the Autumn 2021 Ballot

NOTE: The 2 proposals that were approved come into effect 31 May 2022!

The Autumn 2021IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU combined ballot closed at 1200 US CT October 21, 2021. Two-thirds of ‘yes’ votes are required for a question to pass. The results are as follows:

61% percent of eligible members participated in the ballot. Abstentions were allowed on individual questions.

Question 1: PROPOSAL TO CHANGE SPECIFICATION G14 SAIL WINDOW SIZE 160 yes / 8 against (95.2% yes, Question 1 passes and comes into effect May 31, 2022.)

Question 2: PROPOSAL TO ADD SPECIFICATION I. FITTINGS SELF-RELEASING STEERING POST HEAD 65 yes / 82 against (55.8% no, Question 2 fails.)

Question 3: PROPOSAL TO CHANGE SPECIFICATION A30 NATIONAL LETTERS AND SAIL NUMBER 110 yes / 50 against (68.8% yes, Question 3 passes and comes into effect May 31, 2022)


Votes tallied: 168
Abstentions: 4 NA EU Total
Yes – I approve the amendment 107 53 160
No – I reject the amendment 6 2 8
113 55
Votes tallied: 147
Abstentions: 25 NA EU Total
Yes – I approve the amendments 37 28 65
No – I reject the amendments 63 19 82
100 47
Votes tallied: 160
Abstentions: 12 NA EU Total
Yes – I approve the amendments 79 31 110
No – I reject the amendments 26 24 50
105 55

The members support to the governance of the DN Class is appreciated.

Attila Pataky (M-100) Commodore IDNIYRA EU
Jody Kjoller (US 5435) Commodore IDNIYRA

2022 North American Championship Update

COVID 19 continues to affect our everyday activities of life, whether home, work, or leisure. Border crossings between Canada and U.S. remain challenging and in flux. It may continue to affect our coming hard water season, but we have plans in place and a decision-making schedule.

The Governing Committee will hold a conference call on November 22, 2021, to decide whether the North American Championship (23 – 29 January 2022) can be held. The decision will be published immediately after the meeting. This allows two months lead time for the regatta, both for the organizers and for those competitors who need to plan international travel.

Suppose the Governing Committee decides that the North American Championship cannot be held. In that case, we will plan to run another US-based Championship during the same period as the scheduled North American Championship. Canadian members might decide to run a Canadian regatta in the same period. A U.S. Championship and a Canadian Championship would be non-ranking events.

Some factors in the decision-making have to do with the risk of a COVID positive test and quarantine requirements before reentering Canada or the United States. Canadians still face some severe logistical and expense problems attending regattas.

If the conditions don’t improve, the North American Championship could not be held. It would fail the most basic measure of fairness to have a  championship when it’s too great a burden for international competitors.

Please feel free to engage the Governing Committee if you have further questions. We are committed to offer racing this winter subject to constraints that might be imposed by COVID 19.

2022 Western Region Championship: Jan 1- 2, 2022

Via Western Region Commodore Chris Berger US5166

The Western Region Championship has been scheduled for January 1-2, 2022 on the best ice in Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, or Indiana. Stay tuned for Notice of Race and more updates as January approaches. Your World Portal to DN Ice Yacht Racing

What media do you pull up on your mobile device when the subject of DN sailing comes up with someone who wants to know more about our sport? Now you can start with the landing page of for the most exciting videos, best photography, and radical DN mast bend photos to convert the curious into DN sailors.

The DN Class comprises two continental organizations: the IDNIYRA (North America) and IDNIYRA Europe. Both organizations have developed a new world portal website,, to showcase our sport’s best videos, and photos that are easily accessible on the front page. Our photographers and videographers best tell the story of DN sailing, and we are indebted to them for sharing their work with us.

International class members and those interested in DN sailing will find common governing documents, contact information, regatta information, results, and more on the portal.

The menu is simple, with four links, to Class Information, the continental websites, and contact information.

The Class Information page allows you to access the Specifications, the IDNIYRA Yearbook, Racing Rules, Regatta History, International Rank List, and another page dedicated to videos.
 VIDEOS (with links to EU and NA YouTube channels)

We will update Specifications and Interpretations changes on the world portal as soon as they come into effect, more efficient than waiting for the class Yearbook to be published months after the change.  In addition, we’ve combined the Specifications and Interpretations so that they are on the same page. is a portal to and, which will continue to keep members informed of their specific continental affairs.

IDNIYRA Governing Committee Comments on Fall 2021 Tech Ballot

IDNIYRA Governing Committee Comments on the 2021 Technical Ballot

There are three questions on the Autumn 2021 IDNIYRA Technical Ballot. The two continental Governing Committees have views on the three proposals being presented to the members.


The first question seeks approval for a 25% increase in the maximum size of windows in the DN sail. It permits, but does not require larger windows. The potential safety benefits of larger windows are obvious and both the IDNIYRA Governing Committee and the European National Secretaries support the proposal and recommend its approval.


The second question introduces a requirement for a break away feature in the steering post head as a safety feature. The proposal includes neither a grandfathering clause nor a phase in schedule so if the proposal is approved, all DNs will require a steering post with break away capability for the 2023 season. The European National Secretaries support the proposal. The IDNIYRA Governing Committee is concerned about the lack of commercial availability of a break away steering post head, notes that modifying the ubiquitous Sarns steering post head to that end may not be feasible, and cannot recommend approval at this time.


The third question proposes making DN hull numbers optional rather than obligatory. The European National Secretaries, who originally proposed obligatory numbers, oppose the change. The IDNIYRA Governing Committee supports the proposal because the numbers do not appear to have contributed to safety or race management as originally intended.


Jody Kjoller IDNIYRA Commodore

IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU Autumn 2021 Ballot

John Atkins sets the starting line. Photo: Catherine Firmbach

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.

North American IDNIYRA members were sent a test email this morning (4 October) to check email addresses. If you did not receive the test email, please check your spam folder. If you didn’t receive the test email, please contact

At their Spring 2020 meeting, the IDNIYRA EU National Secretaries supported sending six measures to a ballot of the members. [See September 2020 Runner Tracks.] Three of the six were voted upon in November 2020. Further work was required on the other proposed changes to the Official Specifications, and two of them have been reviewed by the Technical Committee and submitted for the fall 2021 ballot. The third proposal was submitted by Chad Atkins US4487. [See December 2020 Runner Tracks.]

The three proposals to change the Specifications are: 

1. Changing G.14 Sail Window size.
G14. A window in the sail is required. The window may be any shape and placed in several sections.
English Metric
Area (sq. in. and sq. cm.)
Max Min Max Min
1000 100 6452 645
Change to:
G14. A window in the sail is required. The window may be any shape and placed in several sections.
English Metric
Area (sq. in. and sq. cm.)
Max Min Max Min
1250 100 8064.5 645
“A 25% increase in maximum window size would give the opportunity to greatly reduce blind-spots between the mast and in front of the sail window without sacrificing the running window. With increased forward visibility when the rig is bent out and the sail is set low on the mast, our sport would be significantly safer.”

2. Adding I. Fittings Steering-Post Head Break-Away Requirement
I. Fittings: The steering post head shall incorporate a safety feature to release the tiller forward upon impact to the skipper’s body.
“One of the most dangerous situations in case of an accident is when the skipper falls on the tiller. Even with helmets it can poke or puncture many parts of the head or upper body during a crash or a sudden stop. Unfortunately, there have been accidents in the last few seasons in which the lack of this feature proved to cause several horrific injuries that could have been easily avoided. The forward-open steering post-head is a widely used solution in the DN class but currently only on a voluntary basis. A “safety slot” or other mandatory solution that would allow the tiller to fall out on a harder strike or impact has proven to save skippers from these kinds of injuries and would make our sport significantly safer.”

3. Changing A30 National Letter and Sail Number
A30. National letter and sail number shall be affixed to each side of the fuselage below the mast stepping point. Color shall contrast with the fuselage and each letter and number shall be a minimum of 5.5 inches (140 mm) high and 0.7874 inches (20 mm) wide
Change to:
A30. National letter and sail number is optional and may be affixed to each side of the fuselage below the mast stepping point. If a national sail letter and sail number are affixed to the fuselage, the color shall contrast with the fuselage and the recommended size of each letter and number is 5.5 inches (140 mm) high and 0.79 inches (20 mm) wide. National letters and sail numbers affixed to the fuselage should match those on the sails, except for boats loaned or chartered for a regatta.
“Scorers and Race Committee personnel do not use these hull identification graphics very often for lap management, scoring or collision assessment as originally intended. Also as we saw at the 2019 G C Rule A30 currently makes lending equipment to sailors more difficult with possible SI amendments needed from the OA. The proposed number sizing is ‘recommended’ so that variances in size of optional numbers would not be subject to protest.”

Members of IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU who were in good standing as of 1 September 2021 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 1200 Central time, 7 October 2021 to 1200 Central time, 21 October 2021. To pass, a proposal must receive at least 2/3rds yes votes. Any measures passed will come into effect on 31 May 2022.

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2021 Iceboat Swap Meets

Iceboat swap meets are a perfect opportunity for you to learn more about the sport, buy your first DN, or upgrade your equipment. From Minnesota to Connecticut, there’s a swap meet near you.

NEW ENGLAND: Thompson, CT, Saturday, October 23, 2021 10 AM
Thompson Speedway Golf Course, 205 E Thompson Rd, Thompson, CT 06277
Go fast ice time is coming and our annual meeting and banquette is on for Saturday October 23rd. What more fitting place for speed seekers than a race track? The NEIYA is made up of the people and the history we share, camaraderie, fellowship, spirited competition, and sailing together. Come out and welcome in the upcoming 2022 Season. The NEIYA annual meeting has been going on for four decades. It is a gather of new and experienced ice boaters, a great place to buy or sell equipment and catch up with old friends and make new one.

WISCONSIN: Madison, Sunday, October 31, 2021 9 AM – Noon
The 4LIYC is sponsoring the southern Wisconsin Iceboat Swap Meet this year at Daniel Hearn’s office on October 31 from 9:00 – noon. Company name is Stephan & Brady Strategic Marketing; address is 1352 E. Wilson St., Madison. Hoping for nice weather, so we can open up the overhead doors. Food and beverages will be served. There is no charge for participating. This is the day to swap, buy, or sell new and used iceboats and misc. equipment. Boat builders & hardware manufacturers will display new products. For more info, email
Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club
36th Annual Southern Wisconsin Swap Meet (founded by the Skeeter Iceboat Club of Lake Geneva, WI)
Date: Sunday, October 31, 2021
Time 9:00 to Noon
Location: 1352 E. Wilson St. Madison, WI

MICHIGAN: Muskegon Yacht Club, Saturday, November 6, 2021  9 AM – 2 PM
3198 Edgewater St, Muskegon, MI 49441
West Michigan Ice Yacht Club
Gull Lake Ice Yacht Club
Grand Traverse Ice Yacht Club
This year its at the Muskegon Yacht Club, Muskegon, Michigan.
Every year since 1975, winter sailors from throughout the Midwest converge on November’s first Saturday to kick off the new season.
Complete Iceboats on exhibit…. see some current day and historical iceboats. Lunch is available for a small fee with tickets for the raffle of iceboat needed parts and useful seasonal items for the sport. The lunch buffet is provided by the main kitchen of the Muskegon Yacht Club Buy, sell, or trade complete iceboats, parts, or upgrade your current rig. Enjoy the start of a new season, learn about iceboating.

MINNESOTA: St. Louis Park, Saturday, November 6, 2021 9 AM – 1 PM
Tim Carlson at Sailcrafters ((952)540-7474) is hosting his annual Iceboat Swap meet on Nov 6, 2021. You can expect to see all types of iceboats and all types used gear. If you are new to iceboating, this is the perfect place to meet local sailors and check out used equipment. Sailcrafters is located in St Louis Park at 7450 Oxford Street. Doors open from 9 am to 1 pm. If you are looking for new gear, Tim caters to the local iceboat community and can provide new sails, stays, line and everything in-between.



Erin Bury New North American Ice Optimist Program Director

After five years as the North American Ice Optimist Program Director, Ron Rosten has handed over the tiller. Thank you, Ron, for your service to the class. Please welcome our new Junior Secretary, Erin Bury US5397, of Minneapolis, MN. Erin, who grew up sailing, brings her experience as a youth coach. Erin came to us with an idea about establishing an Ice Optimist training camp near Lakeville, MN. Her enthusiasm for the project made her a perfect candidate for the role of North American Ice Optimist Program Director.

I grew up sailing a 1984 Freedom 21 on Lake Superior along with scows on Lake Minnetonka. I currently crew on a Nacra F-18 Infusion MKIII and a J70 on Lake Minnetonka, where I race at least three days a week in spring, summer, and fall.

I have been a head swim coach for high school and club for the last eight years. I built a self-sustaining non-profit aquatics’ program from the ground up over five years. After that, I moved into a full-time role (my current occupation) as the Senior Coordinator of Aquatics at the YMCA. As the Senior Coordinator, I grow current aquatic programming and develop new programs as we expand.

My goals as the North American Junior Secretary include:
1) Create more sailing opportunities for a broader range of demographics and engage our communities in unique ways.
2) Empower young women AND men.
3) Share the love of ice sailing and grow the sport in inclusive and equitable ways.

I’m also excited to announce that I’m seeking a partnership with the YMCA to start an official North American youth ice sailing program.
Currently, I am building a proposal for the YMCA and have thus far secured REI as our first sponsor!
Have ideas for this initiative? Don’t be shy! Feel free to reach out with any questions and/or suggestions!

I can’t wait to work with you all!

Erin Bury US5397

2021 September Runner Tracks Newsletter

Runner Tracks

The Online Magazine of the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association

September 2021

The 21-22 season is starting to rev up. This month’s newsletter will inspire you to get those runner sharpened for December’s first ice. IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA Europe have combined forces with a new website,, a portal that will host information common to both continents. The website is also designed to attract new DN sailors and sponsors with the best video and photos that tell the DN story. Thanks to our sponsors for supporting the class and making Runner Tracks possible.

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  • Better Late Than Never by Eric Smith
  • Commodore’s Column
  • The New DN World Portal
  • Zen, Adrenaline, & Reflection by Rhea Nicholas

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Thinking About Ice

DN class members have been doing a lot of ice thinking this summer. Brian and brother Bruce Jones are making dust, mixing glue, and giving their clamps a work-out while building 2 DN hulls in steamy Florida. The IDNIYRA Facebook community has been following along, asking questions, and giving suggestions.

DNer Mike Miller has been dreaming of Minnesota’s Lake Christina, site of many Western Challenges, the first unofficial DN gathering of the season. Mike posted a short video from Lake Christina on the IDNIYRA Facebook page, reminding us what’s “coming soon.” I can’t embed it, so here’s one from Jim McDonagh US5213.

This website has a new page, the Runner Tracks Library, where you can see all the covers of our class newsletter since it went electronic in 2013.
Runner Tracks Library

The season approaches.

Jones Brother’s Florida DN build.

Jane Pegel US805 To Be Inducted into National Sailing Hall of Fame

The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) announced today nine sailors comprising its 11th anniversary class of inductees. The IDNIYRA is pleased to congratulate one of our own, Jane Pegel US805 for this well-deserved honor. More to come.

Jane Wiswell Pegel – a three-time Martini & Rossi (now Rolex) Yachtswoman of the Year and winner of several National and North American Championships in sailing and iceboating.

National Sailing Hall of Fame.

Giving back to the sport has been a prerequisite for Pegel. Her first service oriented post was as the fleet captain of the X Class in 1948. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Phi Beta Kappa, (1955) and helped organize a sailing team. Up until that time the “Hoofers” as it was called was more of a club sport. During the summers she was a sailing instructor at the Lake Geneva Yacht Club, home of another Hall of Fame sailor, Buddy Melges. In 1972 Melges and Pegel were both named Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year – Melges for winning a Gold Medal in the Olympic Games and Pegel for winning the M Scow Class National Championship and several other regattas that season. When asked if the lessons from ice boating apply to Scow sailing Pegel explains “In high performance boats there is a transfer especially on lakes where the wind is shifty. For those who sail fast boats we came alert to that magical thing that made one boat faster. We were forced to learn about design. Sailors that key into the variables that exist in the sport are what makes it so interesting.”
Continue reading Jane’s biography on the National Sailing Hall of Fame website.

Jane Pegel’s DN Statistics

IDNIYRA Commodore, 1961
IDNIYRA North American Championship Regatta
2 first place finishes in 1960 and 1963
7  second place finishes in 1958, 1959, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1978
1 fourth place finish in 1968
1 first place B fleet (Silver fleet) finish in 1981

Northwest Ice Yacht Racing Association Regatta
DN Class
11 first place finishes in 1960, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1976, 1984, 1990
41 times highest placing woman 1958, 1961 – 1963, 1965 -1967, 1969-1977


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