Cancellation of the 2021 Gold Cup and North American Championships

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.


Warren Nethercote
Commodore IDNIYRA

Previous: Q & As 15 October


Prevous: 2021 Gold Cup Q & As 12 August

First Results of Autumn 2020 Ballot

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
Abstentions: 30
Continent NA EU Total
Yes – I am in favour of Question 1 69 63 132
No – I am opposed to Question 1 48 36 84
117 99
Question 2: RMA Amendment
Votes tallied: 230
Abstentions: 16
Continent NA EU Total
Yes – I am in favour of Question 2 95 89 184
No – I am opposed to Question 2 28 18 46
123 107
Question 3: Technical Specification A16, Hull Cross Section
Votes tallied: 221
Abstentions: 25
Continent NA EU Total
Yes – I am in favour of Question 3 91 78 169
No – I am opposed to Question 3 25 27 52
116 105

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

First Runners On The Ice

Photo: Dideric van Riemsdijk

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.

Mike Madge on Whitefish Lake.

Member Dues Reminder

Photo Gretchen Dorian

Pay Dues Online
If you’d rather send a check:
Make check payable to IDNIYRA
$25 for an annual membership
mail to:
c/o 1200 East Broadway
Monona, WI 53716

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

Commodore IDNIYRA

Pay Dues Online


Update on IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU Autumn Ballot

2020 North American Championship, Fort Peck Reservoir, Montana. Photo Gretchen Dorian.

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 To help avoid rejection of the notice as junk mail you can add 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 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

Ballot Administrator

Karol Jablonski Talks DN Runner Prep

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 from Sean Heavey

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.)

2021 Ice Sailing Calendar Information

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.

>> Full 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 <<<     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…

IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU Autumn 2020 Ballot

Charlie Blair US4387 at the 2020 North American Championship in Ft. Peck, Montana. Photo: Gretchen Dorian

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.

Note to voters: All election notices are sent from   To help avoid rejection of the notice as junk mail add to your contact list.


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.

Membership View Yearbook


Buy Now Button


Tech Committee Discussion Board

Current Newsletter


  • Western Region Championship January 2, 2021 – January 3, 2021 Location: Best ice in MN, WI, or IL
  • Gold Cup & NA Championship January 24, 2021 – January 30, 2021 Host: Canada & US Eastern Region
  • European Championship February 21, 2021 – February 26, 2021


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 271 other subscribers