2020 DN North American Championship

Hosted by the Western Lakes Region


2020 NA Update: Schedule for Friday 24 Jan

9 AM Skipper’s Meeting at Launch Site
10 AM First Start Silver Fleet Race #2 followed by short break and then Silver Fleet Race #3.
If time allows, racing will continue with alternating fleets (Gold Silver Gold Silver, etc.)
There will be no on-shore postponement. Plan accordingly to be on the ice ready to race all day.

The Executive Committee met tonight and determined that our governing documents are clear that if we do not complete 2 Silver Fleet races on Friday that racing will continue into Saturday, January 25, 2020.

Twenty20 DN Championship: Silver Qualifier Race Line Up

Schedule for Wednesday 22, January
9 AM Skippers Meeting at launch site
10 AM First Race: Silver Qualifier (Top 12 in Silver Qualifier move to Gold Fleet)
Silver Qualifier


Fort Peck Lake, Fort Peck, Montana

Starting Positions

Gold Fleet

Sailed: 0, Discards: 0, To count: 0, Entries: 35, Scoring system: DN Scoring System
Start Fleet SailNo Name R1 Total Nett
1 Gold US3705 Rob Holman
2 Gold G107 Bernd Zeiger
4 Gold US111 Matt Koch
6 Gold US4975 Robert Evans
7 Gold US4926 Steve Orlebeke
9 Gold US4775 Eben Whitcomb
10 Gold G737 Joerg Bohn
11 Gold US3535 Jeffry Kent
13 Gold US5435 Jody Kjoller
14 Gold US807 JR Francis
15 Gold US5352 Daniel Hearn
16 Gold US4249 Dave Glick
17 Gold US322 Mike Bloom
18 Gold US44 Ron Sherry
20 Gold US4 Griffin Sherry
24 Gold US5358 David Frost
27 Gold US5166 Chris Berger
28 Gold US4691 John dennis
29 Gold KC2766 Peter Van Rossem
31 Gold US4487 Chad Atkins
32 Gold US5224 James “T” Thieler
33 Gold US3283 J. Bruce Williams
35 Gold US5193 Eric Anderson

Silver Fleet

Sailed: 0, Discards: 0, To count: 0, Entries: 38, Scoring system: DN Scoring System
Start Fleet SailNo Name R1 Total Nett
1 Silver US4387 Charlie Blair
2 Silver US3909 Donald Williams
3 Silver US4155 Rick Lemberg Sr.
4 Silver US4706 Tim Ogrinic
5 Silver US1277 Hal Bowman
6 Silver US602 Thomas Meyer
7 Silver US5630 Karen Binder
8 Silver US4137 Ken Smith
9 Silver KC3786 Warren Nethercote
10 Silver US5053 George Reis
11 Silver US3433 Robert Cummins
12 Silver US5451 Andrew Allen
13 Silver US4882 Richard Wollam
14 Silver US2360 Pete Johns
15 Silver US4203 Patrick FitzGerald
16 Silver US294 Lou Loenneke
17 Silver US5369 Mike Miller
18 Silver US4783 Rhea Nicholas
19 Silver US3314 Bill Buchholz
20 Silver US5526 Dave Gleuk
21 Silver US1576 Brian Jones
22 Silver US4868 Julie Richards
23 Silver US4857 Tom Berrum
24 Silver US445 Bob Cave
25 Silver US5644 Morgan Jones
26 Silver US4148 Tim Dixon
27 Silver US4192 Randy Rogoski
28 Silver US209 Arthur D Rose
29 Silver US1313 Bob Rast
30 Silver US5430 Bill Cutting
31 Silver US1610 Bruce Brown
32 Silver US5432 Bill Eklund
33 Silver KC5457 Colin Duncan
34 Silver US5471 Timothy Cleary Jr
35 Silver US3576 Bruce Jones
36 Silver US5590 Chris Gordon
37 Silver KC5591 Mike Webber
38 Silver US5633 Peter Johanson

Sailwave Scoring Software 2.28.1

Jan 18 PM Update: Twenty20 DN Championship Called ON for Fort Peck, MT

UPDATE Saturday 18 Jan 7:30 PM CT: The Cottonwood Inn is experiencing a phone outage. “Our provider is working on fixing the issue.
Please email us at cottonwood@cwimt.net for the time being.”

Fish or cut bait. Shit or get off the pot. Sink or swim. Drop the puck. Any way you say it…it’s decision time. Do I send it? Or do I stall again? I’m the guy with his finger on the button surrounded by wise advisers. And sometimes I even listen to them, though I’m known to be afflicted with MBD. (Mission Blindness and Deafness). Damn it…we’re going to make this thing happen! Step back, the launch sequence has been activated.


We’re ON. We’re headed WEST. Boldly going where most of our iceboats have never been before—the Fort Peck Reservoir outside of Glasgow, Montana. It’s nearly 400 square miles of ice. Shouldn’t be a problem getting a long enough race track (That’s what the Euros call it. Thought it might make me sound sophisticated. My wife knows otherwise). The reservoir froze nice and smooth earlier this week. By the time we arrive, thickness should be 5-6” minimum. They got less than an inch of snow and there’s next to nothing in the forecast. Except for moderate temps and a range of wind speeds. Sounds good to this urban cowboy!


Here’s the video that was shot today by our man in Montana—Tim Ogrinc. Give him a hug when you meet him. If you’re homophobic, then just buy him a beer. He set up his DN today in sub zero temps with winds above 20 mph, and went out twice to capture this footage. He doesn’t even know any of us, and he did this anyway. Wow, talk about selfless! Tim said the best ice is always further out in the middle. Sounds to me like Mother Nature is polishing up the surface for us! Is calling it on a leap of faith? Yeah, maybe, but I’m going to jump. After all, I know I’m going to get to sail in a place I’ve never been. I know I’m going to learn something new. I know I’m going to have a great time with many friends. Heck yeah, that’s worth it! You in?


If yes, email or text Deb right now. We need to update the hotel on our numbers for their food order. Here are all the details. Travel safe…see you there!




Did I mention you can support your class by drinking free beer all week? The first keg we’ll tap is called “Naked Threesome.” Yes, there is a hot tub. (It does concern me, however, that we’re mostly all dudes). Did I mention that the fast guys are going to tell you all their secrets? Did I mention that we’ve gathered thousands of dollars of booty for the raffle? Did I mention that two great meals are included? And that you can get a special iceboater breakfast every day in the onsite restaurant for just $8.50. I could keep going, but I need to sharpen my runners. See you on the ice!

Daniel Hearn

US 5352

Event Chairman

Western Hemisphere Rear Commodore

Fort Peck Reservoir, Fort Peck, MT

Duck Creek Recreation Area:
Please stay on all roads and observe all rules. Do not drive off road or park off road. We have a permit to launch here.

Cottonwood Inn
54250 US-2, Glasgow, MT 59230
Phone: (800) 321-8213
Iceboater Rate: $84 plus tax ($92.74)
Breakfast buffet each morning  6 – 8 AM for $8.50


    • Tuesday, January 21, 2020,
      Registration 6 – 6:30 PM MT
      Regatta HQ: Cottonwood Inn, Glasglow, MT,
      6:30 PM MT Opening Ceremony
      7:00  – 9 PM MT: Optional Speed Symposium Session w/ heavy hors d’oeuvres and drink
    • Wednesday, January 22, 2020: First race at time stated in sailing instructions.
      8:00 PM: Annual Class Governing Meeting
    • Thursday, January 23, 2020
      7 PM MT Dinner Buffet & Raffle
    • Friday, January 24, 2020 racing is concluded with Prize Giving after racing at Regatta HQ.
      (Providing 3 Gold Fleet races)

Jan 17 PM Update: Twenty20 DN Championship

The announcement for site selection for the 2020 North American Championship regatta has been postponed until January 18, 2020. The governing board is going to meet immediately upon receiving accurate and up to date information from actively scouted sites.

The video above is from today, January 17, 2020 from Fort Peck, Montana and there was limited scouting ability due to weather conditions. The ice will be re scouted at that site in the morning of Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Registration has been postponed until Tuesday, January 21, 2020.  This is to ensure safe travel of all competitors and to supply accurate ice condition information.

Next update: Saturday, January 18, 2020 sometime after the ice has been scouted.


Jan 16 PM Update: Twenty20 DN Championship

DNs line up to race on Lake Pepin in Minnesota.

Keep The Faith!

If this were a card game I’d call a misdeal. My partner starring across the table with that, tell-me-you’ve-got-SOMETHING look in her eyes. No face cards. No pairs. No aces. Four suits. One Joker, but it’s not funny. That’s my hand friends, but I’m still going to play it for all it’s worth.


Not much has changed since last night. Still lots of snow on the way almost everywhere. Except Montana. That’s a long way for a lot of people. That sucks. But the Governing Committee agrees, it would suck worse to not do our best to stage an event anywhere it could happen for those who could make it.


Some of you will undoubtedly be forced to pull out. We regret that. But we just don’t appear to have ANY other options. We’re going to delay another 24 hours to see if something miraculous happens. And if it doesn’t, we WILL call on the Championship for our best location. It’s likely somewhere in Montana. They’ve got ice. It’s got very little snow. Temps and wind look good. We’ve got someone sailing it tomorrow. A very experienced local ice sailor. In an ideal world, he would be ranked. In our world, he’s a great guy who’s been extremely helpful and is working hard to provide us with all the information we’re asking for.


Sit tight for one more night. We’ll be back tomorrow evening with our final call, pictures, videos, description, weather forecast, etc. For what it’s worth, we have exceptional accommodations lined up for where we think we’re going. And we’ve got lots of fun stuff planned that should make the regatta a great experience for all who will still be able to make it.


Keep the faith, and Think Ice! And remember, if it were easy, everyone would do it. We’re a special breed. Arguably not the most sensible in our selection of recreational activities, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything! You in?




Daniel Hearn (aka, the guy whose ass is on the line)
US 5352
Event Chairman
Western Region (which now includes Montana) Rear Commodore

Jan 15 PM Update: Twenty20 DN Championship

Twenty20 DN Championship Registrants:

After careful consideration, the Governing Committee has concluded that we do not yet have enough thoroughly vetted information to announce a site for our event. We are electing to postpone for 24 hours to allow us to consider updated forecasts and verification of ice conditions of the sites currently on our short list. The primary issue is a wide band of snow that is expected to wipe out everything from the Midwest, to north central states, the east coast and north into Canada. Below is a map and statement from our independent weather advisers depicting expected snow falls.

“Due to storm system moving E thru Great Lakes into NE part of the US, there will be widespread area of 6+ inches across the region, most in northern Michigan into central/northern Wisconsin and Minnesota. Lesser snow to S as some rain mixes. 1st attached map shows snowfall amounts thru Sun evening” Weather Commander Forecasting Service

The bright spots from a weather standpoint are locations on the outer fringe of the Western Region, specifically in the state of Montana.

“[This] chart shows snowfall amounts for US NW, which most of Montana has little or no snowfall thru Sun evening.” Weather Commander Forecasting Service

We recognize that Montana would be very long drive for our friends on the east coast and in Canada, but at this point, other viable options, which will not be affected by the major snow storm, have not been identified. 

I awoke this morning to see Lake Monona in Madison snow free. Unfortunately, the same as last season, Mother Nature is going to toss a white blanket on her before we have a chance to play. And she’s doing the same thing all over the country.

Lake Monona, morning of January 15, 2020

We WILL be playing somewhere next week, and it appears it may have to be in Montana, but we’re not prepared to conclude that yet. We may announce tomorrow night, or we may elect to delay another 24 hrs. to Friday night. By Friday night, all sheets will have been sailed and more of the impact of the coming storm known. In either case, we are officially delaying registration to Monday night January 20, 2020.


If you want to begin heading west, assuming somewhere west is where we are going to end up, then you need to make that decision for yourself. The Governing Committee is NOT advising you to do so. Please consult your own travel advisory resources to determine the impact of the storm on your probable driving route. Then, you will be better equipped to determine if and when you should start a journey. Of course we’d love to see you, but even more, we want you to be safe.


Stay tuned for the next update on Thursday evening, January 16, 2020.

Think Ice! (Not Snow)

Daniel Hearn
US 5352
Event Chairman
Western Region Rear Commodore

DN National Championship: What’s Up?

Photo via the Montana Ice Buds Facebook page.

If it were easy, everyone would be an ice sailor! Mother Nature is doing her best to throw us curve balls, but we’re hangin’ tough in the box ticking off foul balls. Strike one has been the warm weather in most of the places it’s supposed to be cold. Strike two has been the snow in the few places it’s been cold enough for ice. Later this week the ornery wench is threatening to throw some chin music, brushing us back from all the usual places we look for ice, with a major league dumping of snow. So, right now we’re looking to the west into the Dakotas and Montana to identify the places she’s overlooked. Our DN cowboy ice checking network is already out on the range looking for black gold. Sharpen’m up, pull out your cowboy boots and be ready to travel, partner, we may be headed west. Or maybe she’s just playing with us. We’ll see as the week progresses. Stay tuned and Think Ice!

Daniel Hearn
US 5352
Event Chairman

A Message for European Sailors Traveling to Twenty20 NAs

Photo: Gwidon Libera

Dear European Sailing Friends:

We’d be thrilled to see you at the Twenty20 DN North American Championship. If you’re able to make it, but have not yet registered, please just send us an email letting us know you are coming. debwhitehorse@gmail.com
We’d like to prepare for you a thermal vest customized with event logo and your sail number. The men’s version of the vest is dark gray and the women’s version light gray. Sizing information at this link.

If you can’t cross the pond this year, I’ll look forward to seeing you at the Gold Cup in February.


Daniel Hearn
Western Region Rear Commodore
US 5352
Madison, Wisconsin, USA


For all media inquiries, please contact
Deb Whitehorse
+1 608 347 3513


January 18-25, 2020
Hosted by the Western Region
Important Dates:

    • December 23, 2019: Registration deadline to guarantee customized giveaway item
    • December 31, 2019: Registration deadline for early entry fee.
    • January 15, 2020, 9 PM CST:
      Primary site info to be posted on IDNIYRA website
    • January 21, 2020,
      Registration 6 – 6:30 PM MT
      Regatta HQ: Cottonwood Inn
      Glasglow, MT
      6:30 PM MT Opening Ceremony
      7:00  – 9 PM MT: Optional Speed Symposium Session w/ heavy hors d’oeuvres and drink
    • January 22, 2020: First race at time stated in sailing instructions.
      8:00 PM: Annual Class Governing Meeting
    • Thursday, January 23, 2020
      7 PM MT Dinner Buffet & Raffle
    • Friday, January 24, 2020 racing is concluded with Prize Giving after racing at Regatta HQ.
      (Providing 3 Gold Fleet races)


2020 IDNIYRA Annual Meeting Agenda
Agenda And Proposals For The 2020 DN North American Annual MeetinG

2018 North American Championship