January 21 - 28, 2023, North America

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2023 DN World & North American Championship

Hosted by the Western Lakes Region, USA



Expressing Gratitude

After the 2023 IDNIYRA World Championship, a group of participants took up a collection to recognize PRO Pat Heppert’s exceptional dedication. Daniel Hearn selected action shots of Pat, captured by Cathy Firmbach, and commissioned a company to create an awe-inspiring 3D photo montage.

Yesterday, Pat was presented with his gift at Daniel’s shop, where he joined a gathering of fellow ice sailors busy preparing Nite masts. During his visit, he also took the chance to organize the DN Western Region equipment, a significant portion of which had been generously contributed by retired PRO Dan Heaney. Pat will join us again for the North American Championship on February 25 – March 2, 2024.

Red Gear Racing Speed Symposium at the 2023 DN World Championship

The 2023 DN World Championship was held in Madison, WI on Lake Kegonsa. After racing on day 2, sailors gathered at the office of Daniel Hearn to learn from the best.

We had a Q&A session with four of the best ice sailors in the world: Tomek Zakrzewski, James “T” Thieler, Tomas Lindgren, and Oskar Svensson.

Thank you to the panelists for sharing your wisdom, to Daniel Hearn for letting us use your office, and to Red Gear Racing for sponsoring this Speed Symposium!

Cathy Firmbach 2023 DN World Championship Photos Available

Via 2023 DN Worlds & North American Event Photographer Cathy Firmbach:

Thanks for your patience! My online store is now open with a gallery for the 2023 DN World Championship. The first set of images are uploaded and they will continue to be uploaded over the next few days. The North American Championship images will follow in a new gallery.

Each image has the sail number(s) as a keyword (ie, us46 ) to make searching for your boat easy. You will find the search bar in the top right corner.
THANKS very much for your support! Without it, I would not be able to continue to be out there with you.
Hope to see you on the ice soon! See the gallery here.

Harken’s Postcard from the Worlds on YouTube

The media team at Harken has released a fantastic video about the people who make up the DN ice sailing community and their experiences at the 2023 World Championship. It’s received the highest number of social media shares I’ve ever seen for this sport. The Harken folks have uploaded it to their YouTube Channel. For those of you not on Facebook, it’s your turn to watch it now! Link


Matt Struble Wins 2023 DN North American Championship

Matt Struble, five time winner of the DN North American Championship. Photo: Cathy Firmbach

Matt Struble has been unstoppable this week after his 2023 Worlds win. He took top honors at the 2023 DN North American Championship on Lake Kegonsa in Madison, Wisconsin, on January 27, 2023. It’s his fifth North American Championship. Congratulations to long-time Minnesota DNer Tom Meyer on his Silver fleet win.

Congratulations to all those competitors who hung tough and waited for PRO Pat Heppert to find the right window to complete the regatta on Friday with a race in Gold and Silver. Paul Goodwin US46 said the heavy air, blowing, snowy conditions reminded him of the classic iceboat documentary, Black Ice. Spectators and the Race Committee witnessed some of the most exciting races of the week on Friday. There will be many stories told about that day.

There are many people that need to be acknowledged for their part in bringing the Worlds and North Americans across the finish line. We’ll get to the heartfelt thankyous in a separate post.
Cathy Firmbach Photo Gallery

2023 DN North American Championship Day 2 Update

Photo: Cathy Firmbach

2023 DN North American Results
Thursday, January 26 was a plate runner day, the first day of sailing for the 2023 DN North American championship. Lake Kegonsa in Madison, WI. The lake was scouted and sailed early in the morning and competitors were surprised to find it easily sailable despite the additional snow. Two races in both Gold and Silver fleets were completed. The day ended with decreasing wind and a sticky, slower track. The gold fleet starts first in the rotation today at 10 AM. Results will be posted at the end of racing because our tabulator is on the ice with us again. Follow on Facebook for live updates.

Cathy Firmbach Photo Gallery


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


Don’t Miss the Excitement of 2023 DN Worlds

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  • See their special iceboating issue here.


Date: Monday, January 23
Location: TBA
The Red Gear Racing Speed Symposium is your chance to learn from a panel of ice sailing champions. They are the best of the best. The cream of the crop. The all-stars of ice yacht racing. Do you have a burning question that needs to be answered? Great. Bring your questions, curiosities, and good vibes.

Important Dates

  • Saturday, January 21, 2021, Check In Registration 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm local time: Location 1352 E. Wilson Street, Madison, WI
    Opening ceremonies at 8 PM
  • Sunday, January 22, 2023 first World Gold Cup race at time stated in sailing instructions.
  • Monday, January 23, 2023 Red Gear Racing Speed Symposium – Your chance to learn from a panel of ice sailing champions.
    Location 1352 E. Wilson Street, Madison, WI
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2023: IDNIYRA Annual Governing Meeting.
    Time: 7 PM – 9 PM
    Location: Clarion Hotel Conference Room
  • PRIZES to be awarded after the Completion of World Gold Cup. Raffle and auction will be held in conjunction with awards ceremony.
  •  January 23, 2023, earliest possible North American Championship Registration: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm local time. Location and updated date, time and place to be listed on the IDNIYRA website.
  • January 24, 2023 earliest possible race in North American Championship, at time stated in sailing
  • Saturday, January 28, 2023 racing is concluded. PRIZES shall be awarded after the regatta is completed.

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