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Steve Orlebeke in Seahorse Magazine: “Careful What You Wish For”

 

Steve Orlebeke US4926 at the 2020 North American Championship on Fort Peck Reservoir, Fort Peck, Montana. Photo: Gretchen Dorian.

DN iceboats in the press alert!  Seahorse Magazine has an article by Steve Orlebeke about our sport.

Not many sailors only ever have one go in a DN ice yacht. US sailor Steve Orlebeke explains why…

One hundred kilometres per hour downwind in 15kt of breeze. That’s what got me hooked. And I am terribly hooked.

This past January I drove 1,000 miles from Wisconsin across Minnesota and North Dakota to a lake in eastern Montana to sail in the North American DN Championship. Some sailors drove over 2,000 miles from the east coast including regatta winner James Thieler.  Read more.

September 2020 Newsletter Runner Tracks Published

Runner Tracks

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Current Issue: September 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE

  • Annual 2020 IDNIYRA Governing Meeting Minutes
  • Making the Best of Spring Ice by Mike Madge KC5449
  • Minutes from the 2020 European Secretaries Meeting
  • A Summary of Proposals from the European Secretaries Meeting
  • 2021 IDNIYRA International Ranking List

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Aniela Graczyk: All Around Champion

Meet Aniela Gracyk of Poland.  She’s an accomplished Ice Optimist sailor who is following in the runner tracks of her father, Robert Gracyk P31.  This coming winter could be the perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to ice sailing. Ice Optimists are specifically designed for junior sailors. Buy a used one or you could easily build an Ice Optimist as a family project. Learn more about the Ice Optimist and ice sailing for kids here. 

Video filmed and edited by Tomek Zakrzewsk P55.

2021 Gold Cup Regatta Q & As

Photo: Debbie Parker

2021 Gold Cup Q&As

The soft water regatta scene has been significantly affected by COVID 19. Will it do the same for the hard water season? Members have been asking questions of the IDNIYRA Governing Committee, so we have prepared the following Q&As.

Q: Will the 2021 Gold Cup happen?
A: We don’t know yet. If it were to be held now (pretend it is winter), the answer would be no. But public health conditions may be better in late January and allow the regatta to be held.

Q: What is the Governing Committee doing about it?
A: We are planning on the basis that there will be a regatta but have contingency plans. John Curtis, the Canadian Rear Commodore, is our regatta chair and key regatta volunteers have already been identified and agreed to serve. Some work towards the regatta has already started.

Q: What are the contingency plans?
A: Our dates are fixed for January 24 to 30, 2021, since there is a coordinated regatta schedule between North America and Europe. As Gold Cup host we had first choice of dates and those are the ones we selected. The base plan provides for the usual seven race Gold Cup series followed by a seven race North American Championship.In the October time frame, Europeans would ordinarily begin planning their travel to the Gold Cup. If in October, we still have travel restrictions or quarantine requirements in place (and no prospect of removal) that restrict or prevent international competitors from attending, then it would be inappropriate to hold a Gold Cup. At that point we would consider cancelling the Gold Cup and holding a 14-race North American Championship series instead.
If the Canada/US border remains closed, or significant quarantine requirements remain in North America, then Canadian participation in a US-based regatta (or vice-versa) would not be feasible and it would be inappropriate to hold a North American Championship. This decision can be made much later than a Gold Cup decision. If we do not hold a North American Championship, then we would hold a US-based event, perhaps the ‘annual regatta’ of old or a US Championship. All our key volunteers are American. Jody Kjoller, our Vice Commodore, would assume the chairmanship of the US-based regatta. This would not be a ranking regatta. Canadian members might choose to hold their own national championship at the same time.

Q: What would cancellation of the Gold Cup do to my ranking?
A: DN ranking is established annually “using regatta results from the previous two (World Championships, North American Championships, and European Championships)” (2020 Yearbook, p.110) and is defined in Section 14 of the Regatta Management Agreement (2020 Yearbook, p. 188). If a ranking event is not held, whether due to COVID 19, a snowstorm or unsafe ice conditions, the two previous events are still used for ranking purposes. If your ranking is based solely on North American events and we do not hold a ranking regatta in 2021 your rank will not change.

Q: What does this mean financially?
A: The COVID 19 situation increases our financial risk. We are making financial contingency plans too. We could limit our up-front financial risk, for example, by not pre-purchasing keeper prizes and limiting regatta freebees. We could then order keepers according to actual attendance and mail them to recipients. Such measures might also allow reduced registration fees.
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.

2021 IDNIYRA Rank List Published

2020 Gold Cup regatta at Orsa, Sweden.     Photo: Sean R. Heavey

2021 IDNIRYA RANK LIST

The 2021 IDNIYRA International Rank List has been published. Many thanks to our North American tabulator, Ann Foeller, for her assistance. We are adding something new this year at Anne’s suggestion, another column indicating the specific regatta where ranking was earned. If you have any questions, please contact IDNIYRA Secretary Deb Whitehorse.

New Western Region Commodore

Chris Berger US5166 racing at the 2019 Polish DN Championship                                   Photo: Gwidon Libera

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Berger, US5166, as Western Region Rear Commodore, effective immediately. Chris’ contribution to the class is appreciated.

IDNIYRA Commodore Warren Nethercote KC3786

New Technical Committee Discussion Board

DN sailors waiting to have their boats measured after a race at the 2018 DN Gold Cup in Poland.

In an effort to keep IDNIYRA members more informed and educated about technical matters, Technical Committee members invite you to follow their discussions on a new internet forum established for Technical Committee members. Only Technical Committee members (along with both IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU Commodores) have the ability to log in and post on the TC Discussion Board. Class members and the public may view but not register to post or comment. All IDNIYRA technical matters should be addressed to the Technical Committee.

Board access is through the button in the right sidebar or find it under the “Forum” up in the top menu.

TECH COMMITTEE DISCUSSION BOARD

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Technical Committee Chairperson: Jeff Kent US3535
Members
Tomek Zakrzewski P55
Paul Goodwin US46
Steve Orlebeke US4926
Richard Larsson S807
Peter Hamrak M53

ESTABLISHED PROCEDURES OF ICEBOAT COMPETITION (EPIC)
Article VI – TECHNICAL COMMITTEE
The DN Class Technical Committee (TC) shall consist of six members, three elected from North America and three elected from Europe. TC members shall be elected according to the respective Continental Governing Documents (CGD). One member will be elected every year, alternating between continents. North American members will be elected in even years and European members in odd years. The term of office is six years. Term of office will begin July 1, and expire June 30 of the appropriate year. Each year the TC shall elect from its membership a chairperson to serve until June 30 of the following year. All decisions of the TC require 2/3 majority vote of all members. Upon resignation prior to six years, a replacement member will be elected by the respective CGG to complete the unexpired term.

The Chairperson shall report to the CGGs on all recommendations of the TC. The TC may initiate changes in the OFFICIAL SPECIFICATIONS or OFFICIAL PLANS by proposing a change to both CGGs.

Inside Great Lakes Sailing: Ron Sherry US44 Interview


Let’s talk DN iceboating with Michigan’s Ron Sherry US44.

Ron Sherry US44 rounds the mark at the 2020 North American Championship sailed on Fort Peck Reservoir, Fort Peck, Montana. Photo: Gretchen Dorian

2020 Officers and Governance Amendments Ballot

2020 North American Championship, Ft. Peck, Montana. Photo: Gretchen Dorian

There was a 44 per cent response to the 2020 ballot on election officers and amendment of our Constitution and By-laws. It is apparent that specifications management is more important to members than governance, but we are (ice) sailors after all! All of the proposed officers were elected and the proposed amendments to the Constitution and By-laws were approved by overwhelming margins.

The Officers for 2020 are:

Warren Nethercote, KC 3786 – Commodore
Jody Kjoller, US 5435 – Vice Commodore
Deb Whitehorse, US 2366 – Secretary
Deb Whitehorse, US 2366 – Treasurer
Robert L. Cummins, US 3433 – Past Commodore

Warren Nethercote

Commodore IDNIYRA

RESULTS

Commodore – Warren Nethercote, KC 3786 PLURALITY
Yes – I approve the candidate 99 votes(99.0%)
No – I reject the candidate 1 vote(1.0%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 99.0% of the vote.
100 votes tallied and 1 abstention from 101 ballots

Vice-Commodore – Jody Kjoller, US 5435 PLURALITY
Yes – I approve the candidate 98 votes(98.0%)
No – I reject the candidate 2 votes(2.0%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 98.0% of the vote.
100 votes tallied and 1 abstention from 101 ballots

Secretary – Deb Whitehorse, US 2366 PLURALITY
Yes – I approve the candidate 101 votes(100.0%)
No – I reject the candidate 0 votes(0%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 100.0% of the vote.
101 votes tallied and 0 abstentions from 101 ballots

Treasurer – Deb Whitehorse, US 2366 PLURALITY
Yes – I approve the candidate 100 votes(100.0%)
No – I reject the candidate 0 votes(0%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 100.0% of the vote.
100 votes tallied and 1 abstention from 101 ballots

Past-Commodore – Robert L. Cummins, US 3433 PLURALITY
Yes – I approve the candidate 97 votes(97.0%)
No – I reject the candidate 2 votes(2.0%)
John Harper 1 vote(1.0%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 97.0% of the vote.
100 votes tallied and 1 abstention from 101 ballots

Bylaw Amendment, “General”, Paragraph 2 PLURALITY
Yes – I approve the amendments 95 votes(100.0%)
No – I reject the amendments 0 votes(0%)
Yes – I approve the amendments wins with 100.0% of the vote.
95 votes tallied and 6 abstentions from 101 ballots

Amendment of the IDNIYRA Constitution due to EPIC Agreement PLURALITY
Yes – I approve the amendments 91 votes(98.9%)
No – I reject the amendments 1 vote(1.1%)
Yes – I approve the amendments wins with 98.9% of the vote.
92 votes tallied and 9 abstentions from 101 ballots

IDNIYRA Bylaw Amendment due to Regatta Management Agreement PLURALITY
Yes – I approve the amendments 94 votes(98.9%)
No – I reject the amendments 1 vote(1.1%)
Yes – I approve the amendments wins with 98.9% of the vote.
95 votes tallied and 6 abstentions from 101 ballots

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REGATTA SCHEDULE

  • 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

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