2021 US NATIONALSJanuary 23 - 30, 2021
2021 US Nationals
The US Nationals is a non-ranking regatta scheduled in place of the 2021 Gold Cup World Championship, cancelled because of the pandemic.
Sailors and Race Committee must observe social distancing and COVID-19 guidelines.
Professional video of the U.S. Nationals from Peter Norton KA2, who not only competed, after each of his races, he flew a drone or filmed with a long lens camera. Peter then generously handed it over to one of our newest members, Sam Bartel US1011 (who placed 4th in the Silver fleet in his first regatta), and Sam edited the footage.
The DN Class is fortunate to have photographers who know how to look for the small moments that express a human element during a competitive regatta. They also are generous with their work. Thank you Catherine Firmbach for sharing these photos with us. Contact her to purchase photos: email@example.com
2021 Nationals Results
Thank you to all competitors, Vice Commodore Jody Kjoller, PRO Dan Heaney, with assistance from George Gerhardt, Dave Ray, and Brian, for making an effort to race and help run an exciting regatta in some of the coldest conditions we’ve seen in a while. Stay tuned for some photo galleries from Gretchen Dorian, who is not only an ace photographer; she also makes sure the weather marks don’t fly away when the wind knocks them down.
Day 1 Gold Fleet Race. Photo: Gretchen Dorian
Patience paid off this morning as the Race Committee postponed racing on the half-hour because of lack of wind. Finally, at 11:30, Dan Heaney and George Gerhardt, who had been standing in the middle of Black Lake watching the wind readings, reported that the breeze had filled in and there was enough to race. The wind was about 10 – 15 mph, and between the intermittent snow squalls, each fleet went around the track for a total of 3 races. Both of my weather apps failed to predict the wind today, showing that getting to the lake is the only way to know if the wind is there. Temperatures were frigid again, but it seemed like everyone has adapted to the conditions.
SCHEDULE FOR DAY 3
Thursday, January 28
10 AM First Race
Three races are planned for each fleet.
Be prepared for possible postponement onshore with the light wind forecast.
It was a long cold day on the ice with a good breeze, excellent racing action. Manageable snowdrifts on the course made for challenging sailing, especially if sailors have never had to deal with the art of dodging drifts and keeping a DN up speed. I wish I had photos to post, but the cold meant economizing movements, focusing on writing numbers, and taking pictures of the score sheets for our tabulators, Ann and Bob Foeller. I know I speak for everyone when I say how tired I am tonight.
SCHEDULE FOR DAY 2
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26
10 AM First Race
Time for a quick update from Cheboygan, MI before heading to Black Lake, site of the U.S. Nationals, a non-ranking DN regatta. The breeze finally came up yesterday afternoon which allowed for some training races. Winds look better today but it’s going to be cold out there. Follow along with as-they-happen results from our off shore race committee tabulators, Ann and Bob Foeller, who are in Toledo, OH.
The starting line-up for the mini-qualifier and the first Gold fleet race is posted below.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
9 AM: Skippers’ Meeting out on the race course, (NOTE: Skippers’ meeting will not be in the pits because there are different launches.)
10 AM First race, mini-qualifier
|S||US 1576||BRIAN JONES||1|
|S||US 5498||RICHARD GORDON||2|
|S||US 5608||NICK HOVLAND||3|
|S||US 5630||KAREN BINDER||4|
|S||US 4789||CHRIS CLARK||5|
|S||US 445||BOB CAVE||6|
|S||US 3433||ROBERT CUMMINS||7|
|S||US 5127||HUGH STEVENS||8|
|S||US 216||RICHARD POTCOVA||9|
|S||US 530||BOBBY CUTTING||10|
|S||US 2500||ERIC SMITH||11|
|S||US 5397||ERIN BURY||12|
|S||US 4137||KEN SMITH||13|
|S||US 4974||STAN JONES||14|
|S||US 4532||BILL EKLUND||15|
|S||US 5647||MATT MEYER||16|
|S||US 4783||RHEA NICHOLAS||17|
|S||US 5435||JODY KJOLLER||18|
|S||US 5824||ROLF VAN HOUTEN||19|
|S||US 294||LOU LOENNEKE||20|
|S||US 1277||HAL BOWMAN||21|
|S||US 5470||THOMAS DAWSON||22|
|S||US 5760||NOAH JONES||23|
|S||US 4203||PAT FITZGERALD||24|
|S||US 5358||DAVID FROST||25|
|S||US 5486||DAVE ELSMO||26|
|S||US 5652||SAMUEL BARTEL||27|
|S||US 5451||ANDREW ALLEN||28|
|S||US 5053||GEORGE REIS||29|
|S||KA 2||PETER NORTON||30|
|S||US 4192||RANDY ROGOSKI||31|
|S||US 5654||GAIL TURLUCK||32|
|S||US 5219||KENT BAKER||33|
|S||US 1313||BOB RAST||34|
|S||US 2237||MIKE STEWART||35|
|S||US 4155||RICK LEMBERG||36|
|S||US 5430||BILL CUTTING||37|
|S||US 637||JOSEPH MEADE||38|
|G||US 3283||JOHN WILLIAMS||1|
|G||US 4926||STEVE ORLEBEKE||3|
|G||US 3||JIM GROGAN||4|
|G||US 4||GRIFFIN SHERRY||5|
|G||US 60||JOHN HARPER||6|
|G||US 4638||GUY LOVEJOY||8|
|G||US 5166||CHRIS BERGER||9|
|G||US 807||ROBERT FRANCIS||10|
|G||US 5352||DANIEL HEARN||11|
|G||US 4882||RICHARD WOLLAM||13|
|G||US 321||MIKE BLOOM||15|
|G||US 3705||ROBERT HOLMAN||16|
|G||US 5224||JAMES THIELER||17|
|G||US 44||RON SHERRY||19|
|G||US 5633||PETER JOHANSON||21|
U.S. Nationals Information Page
The 2021 U.S. Nationals has been called on for Black Lake in northern Michigan. Online registration ends on Monday, January 25 at 7 PM ET. First day of racing is on Tuesday, January 26. See Schedule of Events below.
WHAT TO KNOW:
- Online registration is mandatory. Register and pay online at this link.
- Proof of Insurance: Please either upload when you register or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Text Notifications: Competitors will receive updates via text messaging. There’s no need to download any app. Please plan ahead and bring your phone to the race course. A spare recharging battery can also be helpful and perhaps your reading glasses.
After each race is scored, a photo of the line up sheet for the next race will be sent out via text messaging to discourage congregating around the competitors and Race Committee. The line up sheet will be posted but competitors must observe social distancing. Please do not crowd around the line up sheet and Race Committee.
- If you have registered and paid for the regatta and are NOT coming, please let us know so that you won’t be added to the draws. We are assuming that you are attending if you we don’t hear from you.
Link to ice report video.
Via Vice Commodore Jody Kjoller:
January 23, 2021: No wind today so we ran and pushed for miles. A working seam cuts the lake in about half. We went left out of the launch. 2 took one shore line, 2 took the other. Tons of room to sail. Small areas of stiff snow but not hard to push thru and separated by almost a mile for the most part. Surface is about 1/2 – 3/4 very textured snow ice that is very easy to cut through to a pretty decent hard surface. Barely a dusting of snow. Easily raced in 6+ mph wind. Overall I’d rate it a 6 (or a Maumee Bay 9).
UPDATE 25 January: There is a better launch for those with big trailers at Onaway State Park.
Eisen Trail, Grant Township, MI
Plus code: FPQP+66 Black Lake Bluffs, Michigan
Use caution when accessing the launch. It’s a very narrow, icy, and curvy road. Use extreme caution. Light single axle trailers can be rolled on but please spread out.
1. Best Western River Terrace
847 S Main Street
Cheboygan, Michigan 49721
$85 double queen
2. Waterway Inn
Indian River, MI 49749
3. Northwoods Lodge
390 S. STRAITS HWY.
INDIAN RIVER, MI 49749
4. Star Gate
4646 S. STRAITS HWY.,
INDIAN RIVER, MICHIGAN 49749
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Monday, January 25 7 PM: Registration Closes. No exceptions.
Tuesday, January 26
9 AM: Skippers Meeting in the pits
10 AM: First mini-qualifier
Following needed days: Races start at 9 AM
Awards follow immediately after the final race is completed and results are tabulated